Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Meet the Participants

John Hockenberry (Moderator)
John Abramson
Art Caplan
Lawrence Diller
Martha Farah
Joshua Foer
Michael Gazzaniga

William B. Hurlbut
Peter Augustine Lawler
Gary Lynch
Michael Sandel
Sally Satel
Antonin Scalia
Tim Tully


John Hockenberry John Hockenberry
Television Correspondent and Author

Contributing Editor
WIRED Magazine

John Hockenberry has received numerous awards and honors for his work in broadcast journalism, including an Emmy and three Peabody Awards. Previously, Mr. Hockenberry served as a correspondent for the ABC newsmagazine Day One, and as a reporter, correspondent, and host of several programs on National Public Radio. Mr. Hockenberry is also the author of Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence, his memoir of life as a foreign correspondent. In 1996, he performed "Spokeman," the one-man, off-Broadway show, based on his book. He has also written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, I.D. Magazine, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Washington Post. He is also a contributing editor to WIRED magazine. Hockenberry moderated the Fred Friendly Seminar "Who Cares: Chronic Illness in America," "Making Better Babies" in the Our Genes/Our Choices series and "Failure to Protect."

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John Abramson John Abramson
Clinical Instructor
Harvard Medical School

Author, Oversdosed America

John Abramson, M.D., has worked as a family doctor in Appalachia and in Hamilton, Massachusetts, and for seven years chaired the Department of Family Practice at Lahey Clinic. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow and is currently on the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School, where he teaches primary care. In 2002, Dr. Abramson left practice to devote himself full time to researching and writing Overdosed America (HarperCollins, 2004), with the goal of helping patients and doctors to reclaim the basic mission of medicine: optimizing health most effectively and efficiently.

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Art Caplan Art Caplan
Center for Bioethics
University of Pennsylvania

Art Caplan is currently the Emmanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics, and the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Prior to joining to Penn in 1994, Caplan taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He was the associate director of the Hastings Center from 1984 to 1987. He is the author or editor of 25 books and over five hundred papers in refereed journals of medicine, science, philosophy, bioethics, and health policy. His latest book The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics at the End of Life was published in March 2006.

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Lawrence Diller Lawrence Diller
Author, Running on Ritalin

Lawrence Diller is a behavioral-developmental pediatrician and family therapist. He has evaluated and treated more than 2,500 children and their families over the past 27 years. He is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He has written many articles on children's behavior and psychiatric medication for the professional and lay literature that have garnered national and international notice. His book, Running on Ritalin: A Physician Reflects on Children, Society and Performance in a Pill (Bantam Books, 1998), was featured in a Time magazine cover story on Ritalin. He provided expert testimony on Ritalin before a U.S. congressional committee in May 2000 and the President's Council on Bioethics in December 2002. His second book, Should I Medicate My Child? Sane Solutions for Troubled Kids with and Without Psychiatric Drugs (Basic Books), was published 2002. His latest book, The Last Normal Child: Essays at the Intersection of Kids, Culture and Psychiatric Drugs has just been released.

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Martha Farah Martha Farah
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania

Professor Martha Farah is an expert in many topics in cognitive neuroscience, including visual recognition, mental imagery, semantic memory, and more recently, ethical issues emerging from advances in the neuroscience of cognition and emotion. She is now the Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Natural Sciences and director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work spans many topics in cognitive neuroscience, including neuroethics. She is the author of Visual Agnosia (MIT Press, 2nd edition, 2004), Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology (McGraw-Hill, 2nd edition, 2003, with T. E. Feinberg), The Cognitive Neuroscience of Vision (Blackwell, 2000), and editor of Patient-Based Approaches to Cognitive Neuroscience (MIT Press, 2nd edition, 2005).

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Joshua Foer Joshua Foer
Freelance Science Journalist

Joshua Foer is a freelance science journalist in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Esquire, Slate, Discover, and the Nation. He is working on a book about memory.

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Michael Gazzaniga Michael Gazzaniga
SAGE Center for the Study of Mind
University of California,
Santa Barbara

President's Council on Bioethics

William B. Hurlbut is a physician and consulting professor in the Program in Neuroscience at Stanford University. In addition to teaching at Stanford, he currently serves on the President's Council on Bioethics. His primary areas of interest involve the ethical issues associated with advancing biomedical technology, the biological basis of moral awareness, and studies in the integration of theology and philosophy of biology. Dr. Hurlbut has come to national prominence for his advocacy of a scientific method of obtaining totipotent stem cells which attempts to circumvent moral questions involved with the destruction of human embryos.

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William B. Hurlbut William B. Hurlbut
Neuroscience Institute
Stanford University Medical Center

President's Council on Bioethics

Michael Gazzaniga, Ph.D., is director of the Sage Center for the Study of Mind. He has published many books such as Mind Matters and Nature's Mind and participated in the public television specials The Brain and The Mind. His many scholarly publications include the landmark 1995 book for MIT Press, The Cognitive Neurosciences, now in its third edition, which is recognized as the sourcebook for the field. Dr. Gazzaniga's long and distinguished teaching and mentoring career has included beginning and developing Centers for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of California Davis and Dartmouth, supervising the work and encouraging the careers of many young scientists, and founding the Neuroscience Institute and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, of which he is the editor in chief. He is an advisor to various institutes involved in brain research, and is a member of the President's Council on Bioethics.

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Peter Augustine Lawler Peter Augustine Lawler
Professor of International Studies
Department of Government
Berry College

President's Council on Bioethics

Peter Augustine Lawler, Ph.D., is Dana Professor and chair of the Department of Government and International Studies at Berry College. He teaches courses in political philosophy and American politics. He is executive editor of the acclaimed quarterly journal Perspectives on Political Science and has chaired the politics and literature section of the American Political Science Association. He also serves on the editorial board of the new bilingual critical edition of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America and on the editorial boards of several journals. He is a member of the Society of Scholars at the Madison Center at Princeton University, the George Washington Professor on the American founding for the Society of Cincinnati for the state of Georgia, and he is a member of President Bush's Council on Bioethics. He has written or edited ten books. Lawler has published more than 125 scholarly articles, chapters, and reviews.

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Gary Lynch Gary Lynch
Professor of Psychiatry
University of California Irvine

Gary Lynch, M.D., is a cofounder of Cortex Pharmaceuticals and has been a scientific consultant since October 1987. He served as a director of the company from March 1988 to March 1989 and again from December 1994 to December 1995. Dr. Lynch was a professor in the Department of Psychobiology at the University of California, Irvine, from 1969 to 1997. He is currently professor above scale in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UCI. Dr. Lynch is a member of the advisory board for the Cognitive Neurosciences Institute and JPL/NASA. Dr. Lynch has authored over five hundred articles and a number of books in the areas of neurobiology, cognition, and memory. He is a cofounder of Synaptics and the Thuris Corporation.

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Michael Sandel Michael Sandel
Professor of Government
Harvard University

Former Member
President's Council on Bioethics

Michael Sandel, D.Phil., is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. Sandel has taught the famous Justice course at Harvard for two decades. Justice, conducted in Sanders Theater, is the first and only moral philosophy and reasoning class most Harvard undergraduates take. More than 10,000 students have taken the course, making it one of the most highly attended in Harvard's history. It is also offered online for students nationwide through the Harvard Extension School. Sandel also teaches Ethics and Biotechnology, a seminar considering the ethical implications of a variety of biotechnological procedures and possibilities. His latest book, Public Philosophy, is a collection of essays published over the years, examining the role of morality and justice in American political life.

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Sally Satel Sally Satel
Coauthor, One Nation Under Therapy

Resident Scholar
American Enterprise Institute

Sally Satel is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in the W. H. Brady Program in Culture and Freedom. She is also the staff psychiatrist at the Oasis Clinic in Washington, D.C. Dr. Satel earned a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.S. from the University of Chicago, and an M.D. from Brown University. After completing her residency in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Satel was an assistant professor of psychiatry from 1988 to 1993. From 1993 to 1994, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. She is author of PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine (Basic Books) and is coauthor, with Christina Hoff Sommers, of One Nation Under Therapy (St. Martin's Press).

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Antonin Scalia Antonin Scalia
Associate Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Antonin Scalia is a jurist on the United States Supreme Court. He took his seat in 1986. Scalia went to Georgetown University, where he completed his undergraduate studies and received an A.B. summa cum laude in history. He also graduated from Georgetown as class valedictorian. Scalia went on to Harvard Law School. He served as editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduated magna cum laude. A formalist, Scalia is considered the Court's leading proponent of textualism and originalism (he is careful to distinguish his philosophy of original meaning from original intent). These schools of jurisprudence emphasize careful adherence to the text of both the Constitution of the United States and federal statutes as that text would have been understood to mean when adopted.

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Tim Tully Tim Tully
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Tim Tully, Ph.D., is a professor of genetics at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories on Long Island, New York. A native of Washington, Illinois, Tully attended the University of Illinois, where he obtained a B.S. in both biology and psychology and a Ph.D. in genetics. Tully investigates the genetic basis of memory. His research seeks to identify the genes involved in neural development as well as neural function. The goal of his work is to develop effective behavioral and pharmacological treatments for memory loss. His experiments on "photographic memory" in fruit flies was the first demonstration of genetically enhanced memory in history.

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