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Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Research.

Bonnie SteinbockBonnie SteinbockPhilosophy

Professor Bonnie Steinbock of the Department of Philosophy is an internationally recognized expert on biomedical ethics. Her research joins diverse fields of study, including philosophy, public policy, law, and medicine. She approaches her work with a commitment to maintaining accessibility for non-specialists.

In Bioethics, a review of her book Life Before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos (Oxford, 1992) noted, "One of the book's major successes is its simultaneous address of both philosophical and lay audiences." The book also received strong reviews from the two leading medical journals, the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet.

Steinbock's 1988 paper, "Surrogate Motherhood as Prenatal Adoption," is a classic which has been reprinted at least 10 times.

She has written some 60 articles, a large number for a philosopher. They cover a wide range of topics, including physician-assisted suicide, abortion, cloning, surrogate motherhood, genetic testing, and drunk driving.

Her ability to explain technically difficult topics to the general public has resulted in media appearances. She was interviewed for a 2003 cover story on fetal rights in Newsweek, and appeared on a panel discussing human cloning on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer in 1997.

Excellence in Research

Gordon G. Gallup Max Lifchitz Steven Messner Bonnie Steinbock
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