Free Public Symposium on "Genetic Testing, Privacy and Race" at PSU, March 31
Author: David Santen, Office of Marketing and Communications (503-725-8789)
Posted: March 18, 2005

A Portland State University-sponsored symposium on “Genetic Testing, Privacy and Race” will examine genetic testing and its applications in the criminal justice system, including the forensic uses of DNA technologies to construct genetic profiles or fingerprints, as well as in medicine to find race-based medical issues and treatments.

The symposium is free and open to the public and will be held Thursday, March 31, 2005, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at PSU’s Lincoln Hall, room 75 (1620 SW Park).

An article about this symposium, "Looking for racial differences in our genes," can be read in PSU Magazine's Winter 2005 issue, here.


Troy Duster, Ph.D., Chancellor’s professor, University of California, Berkeley, and professor of Sociology and director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge, New York University. Prof. Duster is currently president of the American Sociological Association, author of Backdoor to Eugenics, and co-author of Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Colorblind Society, 2004.
Susan Olson, Ph.D., professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics, anddirector of the Cytogenetics Laboratory, Oregon Health & Science University.
Nancy Press, Ph.D., professor of Medical Anthropology, School of Medicine and School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University.
Paul Newton, J.D., attorney supervisor of Special Courts Section (Arraignments, Civil
Commitments, Drug Court, Community Court), Metropolitan Public Defender Inc., Portland, Ore.
Jon Zonana, M.D., professor and director of Clinical Genetics, Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, Oregon Health & Science University.

MODERATOR: Marc Marenco, D.Phil., associate professor of Moral Philosophy and director of the Pacific Institute for Ethics and Social Policy, Pacific University.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Patricia Backlar, research associate professor of Bioethics, Department of Philosophy, PSU; senior scholar, Center for Ethics in Health Care, and adjunct assistant professor of Bioethics, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University.

The sponsoring organizations include Portland State University’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women; PSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Departments of Philosophy, Black Studies, Native American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry and Sociology; PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs’ Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Division of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Community Health, and School of Urban Studies and Planning; OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care; Oregon Advisory Committee on Genetic Privacy and Research; Oregon Department of Health Services’ Office of Multicultural Health; and Geneforum.

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Patricia Backlar (503-725-3499)
PSU Department of Philosophy

For Immediate Release (#05-037)