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UAlbany Conference Explores Merger of Humanities and Technology
April 15-17 Symposium Keynoter is Bioethicist Glenn McGee

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 12, 2005) -- Glenn McGee, the newly appointed director of the Center for Bioethics at Albany Medical Center and a frequent national media commentator on cloning, stem cell research, and genetic engineering, will discuss "Making Babies: Cloning, Genetics, Enhancement and the Death of Modern Childhood" at the University at Albany April 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the new Life Sciences Building. McGee's keynote address, which is free and open to the public, is part of the third annual interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the UAlbany Center for Humanities, Arts and TechnoScience (CHATS), the Department of English and the English Graduate Organization.

The conference -- "Structure, Space and Transmigrations" -- focuses on examining the intersection between humanities, science and technology, and will host humanities scholars, scientists, technology experts, and artists presenting papers and performances on such topics as Structuring On-line Curricula, David Bowie Music Videos, Civil Space and Medieval Drama, Nuclear Waste, and Reality Games.

McGee is the John A. Balint Endowed Chair, director of the Center for Medical Ethics Research, and professor of medicine and medical ethics at Albany Medical College of Union University. He heads the Office of Bioethics of the New York Department of Health, and until 2005 was the associate director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. McGee is the founding editor in chief of the American Journal of Bioethics, and founding director of A widely published writer, his work includes Who Owns Life?, The Human Cloning Debate, The Perfect Baby, and Beyond Genetics, a discussion of the merging of computer and genetic technology.

The conference kicks off on the evening of Friday, April 15 with a dessert reception and Roundtable Discussion Concurrent panels and performance will run from 9 a.m., April 16 until 12:30 p.m., April 17. Cost is $35 for non-students, $25 for students. All events will be held at the University's Life Sciences Building, uptown campus.

For information about registering, contact the Center for Humanities, Arts and TechnoScience at (518) 442-4082 or visit


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