Lee M. Silver to discuss new book, Challenging Nature, at Stevens

Princeton professor's talk will focus on the clash of science and spirituality

The Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology presents a talk by Professor Lee M. Silver, Department of Molecular Biology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. His talk, "Challenging God and Mother Nature at the Frontiers of Life," will take place Wednesday, March 8, 2006, 4 p.m. to 6.p.m., in Stevens' Burchard Auditorium (Room 118).

Silver will discuss his forthcoming book, Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life, to be published in May 2006 by Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins. Philosopher and author Peter Singer calls it "a provocative and sorely needed book," with a "rich array of arguments [that] will force you to think afresh about many cherished preconceptions." Silver's previous book, Remaking Eden: How Genetic Engineering and Cloning Will Transform the American Family, was a bestseller published in 16 languages. He has published more than 180 scientific articles in the fields of genetics, evolution, reproduction, embryology, computer modeling and behavioral science, as well as other scholarly papers on topics at the interface between biotechnology, law, ethics and religion.

Silver has been elected to the governing boards of the Genetics Society of America and the International Mammalian Genome Society. Silver also was a member of the New Jersey Bioethics Commission Task Force formed to recommend reproductive policy for the New Jersey State Legislature, and has testified on reproductive and genetic technologies before US Congressional and New York State Senate committees. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, the Jim Lehrer PBS News Hour, Nova, ABC Nightline, the ABC World Report with Peter Jennings, the Charlie Rose Show, 20/20, 60 Minutes and many others in the US and other countries. For more information, visit Silver's website: web.princeton.edu/sites/lsilver

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For more information on the event or directions to Stevens, please contact Stephanie Mannino (201-216-5602; smannino@stevens.edu), John Horgan (201-216-5057; jhorgan@stevens.edu), or visit the Center for Science Writings' website at www.stevens.edu/csw.

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Established in 1870, Stevens offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management and technology management, as well as a baccalaureate in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. Located directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, the university has enrollments of approximately 1,780 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate students, and a current enrollment of 2,250 online-learning students worldwide. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at www.Stevens.edu.

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