Speakers & Experts
David J. Marcey, Ph.D.Fletcher Jones Professor of Developmental Biology
Phone: (805) 493-3263
Dr. Marcey taught and conducted collaborative research with undergraduates at Kenyon College (1990-1999) before joining the faculty of CLU as Fletcher Jones Professor of Developmental Biology. He is a member of Project Kaleidoscope's F21 (Faculty for the 21st Century). Marcey's research in Drosophila developmental genetics has been funded by the American Cancer Society, NSF, and the Fletcher Jones Foundation. Ongoing projects in his lab include developmental studies of tissue growth regulation, the role of an evolutionarily conserved protein in neuron development, and the identification of oxidative stress-responsive genes. Marcey has considerable pedagogical experience with molecular modeling. His modeling website, The Online Macromolecular Museum (www.clunet.edu/BioDev/ omm/gallery.htm), pioneered the use of web-based tutorials in macromolecular structure. His tutorials, often co-authored with undergraduate students, have accompanied several prominent textbooks (Molecular Cell Biology, Immunology, Molecular Biology of the Gene). Marcey is co-editor of a recent book, 'Integrated Science -- New Approaches to Education: A Virtual Roundtable' (2008). He has served on the editorial boards of Biochemical and Molecular Biology Education (Elsevier), biomednet.com, and Project MERLOT, an online peer reviewed journal of digital learning tools. He also chaired the Committee of Examiners for the Graduate Record Examination in Biology (Educational Testing Service).
"The Creation Controversy: Religion and Science in Needless Conflict"
"Should we use early human embryos in Biomedical Research?"
The scientific and political issues surrounding human stem cell research are positively riveting. The discoveries in embryonic development position us to uncover the means by which to direct stem cells along particluar pathways. This line of reserach holds immense promise in relieving human suffering caused by loss of tissue through disease or accident. This presentation attempts to answer some of the many scientific and ethical questions that surround the issue of stem cell research.