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Poynter Center

Last modified: Friday, February 14, 2003

Poynter Center reschedules lecture on cloning and family ethics

EDITORS: This release contains new information. The lecture was rescheduled from Feb. 13.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- How do people react when they have a child born with multiple handicapping conditions? Damon and Suzette Sims and their families and friends created a lecture fund at Indiana University Bloomington to honor Matthew Vandivier Sims and to explore the issues that confront the family and the medical community when similar circumstances occur.

Thomas Murray, president of the Hastings Center, of Garrison, N.Y., will present the second Sims Memorial Lecture on March 5 at 4 p.m. in the Student Building, Room 150, at IU Bloomington. Murray's topic will be "Parents, Children and Cloning." Admission is free, and the public is invited. Parking is available in the Indiana Memorial University pay parking lot south of Ballantine Hall.

Murray's lecture is being presented by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions at IU Bloomington.

Before becoming president of the Hastings Center, Murray was the director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, where he also was the Susan E. Watson Professor of Bioethics. At the Hastings Center, Murray currently is the principal investigator on a number of projects, including "Genetic Ties and the Future of the Family, Education in Genetic Ethics" and "Connecting for Health." His research interests cover a wide range of ethical issues including genetics, children, organ donation and health policy.

Murray is the author of more than 200 publications. His most recent books are The Worth of a Child, published by the University of California Press, and Healthcare Ethics and Human Values: An Introductory Text with Readying and Case Studies, edited with Bill Fulford and Donna Dickenson and published by Blackwell Publishers.