This discussion course covers historical and contemporary readings about controversial issues related to biology and social responsibility of scientists. The topics are selected from amongst the following: Eugenics: past, present and future; Reproducibility, probability and truth in science; Pros and cons of DNA use in forensics; Social activism in science; Women and minorities in science; Biology of sex and gender; History and public perception of vaccinations; Animals in research; Science communication to the public(s); Controversies in biology and medicine re: issues of race, ethnicity and gender; How science is taught. The course can provide future scientists with a background in anticipating and considering present and future ethical and social implications of biology.
Faculty: Jonathan Beckwith, Stephen Lory, Richard Born, David Glass
Semester: Full Spring Term