The main session, to be held 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., will include panelists Robert F. Murray Jr., author of Genetic Variation and Disorders in Peoples of African Origin; Diane B. Paul, author of Controlling Human Heredity and The Politics of Heredity; Gail S. Ross, chief psychologist for several children's programs at New York Hospital; Anita Silvers, author of Disability, Difference, Discrimination; and LeRoy B. Walters, author of The Ethics of Human Gene Therapy.
The PBS Adult Learning Satellite Service will broadcast an edited version of the main panel session nationally. An online web-based discussion group will provide the opportunity for the community to debate the issues and submit questions in advance of the forum. The group can be found at URL http://www.cis.vt.edu/choices&challenges.
The Choices and Challenges project is a public outreach program that explores the social and ethical dimensions of science and technology. Topics covered range from genetic engineering to computer network technologies to the use of environmental resources. The project offers unique programming that encourages dialogue among professional and lay members of the university and regional communities. Videotapes, audiotapes, and transcripts of many previous forums are available.
Program brochures, which include a pre-registration form, can be
obtained by calling the Donaldson Brown Center at 540-231-5182 or by
contacting the Choices and Challenges project office at 254 Lane Hall, Virginia
Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0227; calling 540-231-6476; or sending e-mail to:
email@example.com. Interested persons also may visit the website
Contact: Kirsten Worley or Doris Zallen