Our Distinguished Faculty

Margaret Atwood, currently residing in Toronto, Canada, is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, a collection of non-fiction essays appeared in 2011. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth was adapted for the screen in 2012. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.

Ruha Benjamin is on the faculty of Princeton University and is the author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford University Press 2013). She writes and speaks widely on the tension between innovation and equity in the U.S. and globally, and is actively involved in initiatives to transform public engagement with science, technology, and medicine. She has been awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the Harvard Kennedy School Science, Technology, and Society Program, and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine among other honors.

Watch Dr. Benjamin's TED Talk

Arthur Caplan is currently the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the NY Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has authored or edited thirty-two books and over 600 papers in peer reviewed journals.

Watch Dr. Caplan speak at the Chautauqua Institution

George Church is is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Director of the NIH Center for Excellence in Genomic Science, and founder of PersonalGenomes.org (open access medical data). His technologies lead to the first genome sequence in 1994, various "next generation sequencing" methods, the first genomically recoded organism in 2013, CRISPR RNA-guided gene drives and gene therapies, plus bio-safety/security and data sharing ethics/policy innovations. His honors include election to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and of Engineering (NAE), and Franklin Bower Laureate. 

Watch Dr. Church speak at TEDMED 2010

Robert Friedman is the Vice President for Policy at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). He directs JCVI’s Policy Center, which examines the societal and policy implications of genomics, synthetic biology, and other areas of modern biology and biomedicine. Prior to joining JCVI, Friedman worked for many years for the U.S. Congress, advising Congressional committees on science and technology policy issues. He also co-founded an environmental policy think tank in Washington D.C. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dan Gincel, through his dual roles as Vice President for University Partnerships at the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) and Executive Director of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund, oversees programs on university research, tech transfer, and commercialization and innovation that contribute to economic growth in Maryland. Dr. Gincel received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry and Neuroscience) from the Ben-Gurion University (Israel). His postdoctoral fellowship was at the Johns Hopkins University (USA).

Erica Haimes is the Founding Executive Director of the PEALS (Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences) Research Centre and Professor of Sociology in the School of Georgraphy, Politics and Sociology, at Newcastle University, U.K. She also founded the PARTS (Provision and Acquisition of Reproductive Tissue for Science) International Research Network. In 2011 Erica was invited to join the Ethics Advisory Board of the UK’s Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and her position has been renewed until 2016. In 2013 Erica was appointed as a full council member on the UK’s Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
Jeffrey Koplan is the Vice President for Global Health at Emory University. He is a co-founder and former President of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes as well as a former Director (1998-2002) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Koplan is a Master of the American College of Physicians and chairs the Population and Public Health Expert Review Group for the Wellcome Trust. He is a trustee of  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente- Georgia Region, The China Medical Board, Marcus Family Foundation, and former trustee of Yale University.
Yoon-Seong Lee is a Professor in the Department of Forensic Medicine at the Seoul National University College of Medicine. His interests lie in the legal issues of the relationships between injuries and diseases leading to impairment or death. Dr. Lee also serves as the Director for the Korean National Institute of Bioethics policy and is a member of the Republic of Korea's Presidential Committee of Bioethics. He is formerly the Commissioner of the Korean Medical Association's Ethics Committee.
Thierry Magnin is the Rector of the Catholic University of Lyon. He is a French Catholic priest who received his PhD in Physics from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de St Etienne and his Doctor of Theology from the Catholic University of Lille. Father Magnin has been a Professor in Ethics (bioethics and ethics of sciences and technologies) since 2009. He has authored many papers, 10 books, and 2 films about bioethics, was the winner of the “Grand Prix” of the French Academy of sciences in 1991 and was a member of the national board of CNRS (National Scientific Research Center) from 1995 to 2000.

Ubaka Ogbogu is an Assistant Professor in the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Katz Research Fellow in Health Law and Science Policy at the University of Alberta. He is also a member of the University of Alberta’s prestigious Health Law Institute. His scholarly work focuses on the points of intersection and confrontation between ethics, morality, law and social justice in relation to the governance of novel biotechnologies. His publications have appeared in prestigious academic journals including Nature Biotechnology, EMBO Reports, BMC Medical Ethics and the Journal of International Biotechnology Law.

Steven Arthur Pinker is a Canadian experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author. He is a Harvard College professor and the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and is known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind.

Watch Dr. Pinker's TED Talk

Margaret Somerville is Samuel Gale Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University. She authored several books and has edited others, as well as publishing chapters and articles in academic texts, and comment columns in the mainstream media, totalling many hundreds. She has received many honours and awards including the Order of Australia, eight honorary doctorates and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2003 she was chosen by an international jury as the first recipient of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science and in 2013 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to higher education.

Watch Professor Somerville discuss ethical issues.

Bojana Ginn is an interdisciplinary artist and former MD and scientist. Joining art, science, and technology Ginn creates sculptures, video - installations, and photography. Ginn's interdisciplinary art/science/math work has been presented and published at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium, the MAA Session on Arts and Mathematics in Boston, MA, at Wiskunst, Ghent in Belgium, at Towson University, and at the Bridges Conference in Enschede, The Netherlands. Recipient of a 2014 Tanne Foundation award, Ginn writes on the subjects of art and science for Burnaway Magazine and ArtAndScienceATL.org.  Bojana’s work was reviewed in Art and Science Journal, SciArt in America Magazine, STEAM Journal, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Arts Atlanta, Burnaway, Leonardo International Abstract Services, and many others. Ginn's work can be seen at www.bojanaginn.com.