‘Creating Stem Cell Policy at the Interface of Science and Politics’ is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 26


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

‘Creating Stem Cell Policy at the Interface of Science and Politics’ is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 26

HOUSTON – (Sept. 19, 2012) – Biologist Sean Morrison will discuss debates over stem cell research and how policymakers can craft effective policies based upon solid scientific research at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 26.

Who: Sean Morrison, director of the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute and the Mary McDermott Cook Chair in Pediatric Genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Introduction by Daniel Carson, dean of Rice’s Wiess School of Natural Sciences.

Welcome remarks by Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute.

What: Talk on “Creating Stem Cell Policy at the Interface of Science and Politics,” followed by a reception.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

Morrison has been involved in debates of stem cell research policies at the federal and state levels. While director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology at the University of Michigan, he was a leader in a successful ballot initiative that protected and regulated stem cell research in the Michigan State Constitution. He has twice testified before Congress and has spent considerable time explaining stem cell research and its implications to lawmakers and the public.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

To view the complete event information, visit http://www.bakerinstitute.org/events/creating-stem-cell-policy-at-the-interface-of-science-and-politics. A live webcast of the event will be available at http://bakerinstitute.org/webcasts.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.