WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- As part of a political solution to the thorny problems posed by human embryo stem cell research, George W. Bush proposed the creation of the President's Council on Bioethics.
In August of 2001, as he announced the formation of the council, the president named Dr. Leon Kass, a bioethicist from the University of Chicago, to be the panel's chairman. On Wednesday, the White House named the other 17 members of the commission. They are:
Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., of the University of California in San Francisco. A distinguished cell biologist, her research on chromosome telomere structure has generated several awards and prizes;
Professor Stephen Carter of Yale University, who in addition to his teaching has written a number of award-winning books on race, religion and the relationship between law and society;
Rebecca Dresser, the Daniel Noyes Kirby Professor of Law at the Washington University School of Law. Professor Dresser has written extensively on bioethical issues, and she serves on several editorial boards including the American Journal of Bioethics;
Dr. Daniel Foster of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His research in intermediary metabolism has received the Banting Medal, the Joslin Medal, the Tinsley R.Harrison Medal and the Robert H. Williams Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award.
Michael Gazzaniga of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth College. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he conducts research on how the brain enables the mind;
Professor Robert P. George of Princeton University, who is a constitutional scholar and lawyer who has written a number of books including In Defense of Natural Law;
Alfonso Gomez-Lobo, the Ryan Family Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy at Georgetown University, a specialist in Greek philosophy, Greek historiography, the history of ethics, and contemporary natural law theory;
Professor Mary Ann Glendon, the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University, who teaches and writes on international human rights, comparative law, and constitutional law issues;
Dr. William B. Hurlbut, the Consulting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University, whose main areas of interest involve the ethical issues associated with advancing biotechnology and neuroscience, and the integration of philosophy of biology with theology;
Dr. Charles Krauthammer, who received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and practiced psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital for several years and who currently writes a nationally syndicated editorial page column for The Washington Post Writers Group;
Professor William F. May, the Cary M. Maguire Professor of Ethics Emeritus at Southern Methodist University and a distinguished and widely respected medical ethicist;
Dr. Paul McHugh, who is the Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the current co-chairman of the Ethics Committee of the American College of
Gilbert Meilaender, the Richard & Phyllis Duesenberg Professor of Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University and an editor of the
Journal of Religious Ethics and the Religious Studies Review;
Dr. Janet D. Rowley, the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, and Human Genetics at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago;
Michael J. Sandel, a professor of government at Harvard University who teaches contemporary political philosophy and the history of political thought; and
James Q. Wilson, the Collins Professor of Management and Public
Policy Emeritus at the University of California Los Angeles, one of America's most respected political scientists.
The White House expects the council to keep the president advised of the latest developments in biotechnology and assist in the formulation of U.S. government policy through its deliberations.
Its first meeting will be on January 17-18 in Washington, D.C.