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Mendel Symposium, Villanova University

Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Mendel’s Paper: Experiments in Plant Hybridization

St. Thomas Monastery

Monday, December 7, 2015

7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Light Breakfast and Coffee

8:15 a.m. Welcome

8:30 to 11:30 a.m.   Session I:  Mendel and His Context

  • 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.: Mendel’s Milieu – Simon Mawer, author of 12 books, including, Mendel’s Dwarf (Man Booker Prize Nominee), and Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics.
  • 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.: Preserving the Legacy of Mendel: Hugo Iltis (1882-1952), Jaroslav Kříženecký (1896–1964), Vítězslav Orel (1926-2015)Ondřej Dostál, Director, Mendel Museum; Professor, Masaryk University, Brno.
  • 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.: 'What Happens in Mendel's Paper" – Gregory Radick, University of Leeds, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science Director, Leeds Humanities Research Institute Editor-in-Chief, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences President, British Society for the History of Science.
  • 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.: Q&A Session

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch (complimentary Box Lunches will be provided)

12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Session II:  Modern Genetics

  • 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.: Personal Genetics - Robert C. Green, Geneticist and Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;
    Director, Genomes2People Research Program.
  • 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.: Personalizing Cancer Therapy—Patricia LoRusso, Yale University, Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Professor of Medicine; Associate Director of Innovative Medicine at Yale Cancer Center
  • 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.: Q&A Session

2:30-2:45 p.m.: Break

2:45 to 4:45 p.m.  Session III:  Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI)

  • 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.: Good Genes, Bad Genes: Social Uses and Abuses of Mendelism – Nathaniel Comfort, The Johns Hopkins University, Professor, Department of the History of Medicine.
  • 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.: Genetics and Law/Privacy and the Genome, Pilar Nicole Ossorio, Ph.D., JD, University of Wisconsin Law School.
  • 4:15 - 4:45 p.m.: Q&A Session

4:45 to 6:00 p.m. Modern Genetics Roundtable featuring all speakers and Sarah-Vaughan Brakman, James McCartney, Stephen Napier, Department of Philosophy, Villanova University; and  Ana Iltis, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society, Wake Forest University.

6:00 to 7:00 pm – Reception with speakers, faculty, and students

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Find out more about the upcoming Mendel Symposium:

When: December 7, 2015

Where: Connelly Center, Villanova Room at Villanova University

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