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Development Team

Mildred Z. Solomon, Vice President, and Director of the Center for Applied Ethics; Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Ethics, Departments of Anaesthesia and Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jacqueline S. Miller, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Science Education

Katherine F. Paget, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Science Education

Erica Jablonski, Research Associate, Center for Science Education

Jean Doherty, Project Coordinator, Center for Applied Ethics

Production Team

Kerry S. Ouellet, Center for Science Education—Editing, Production Management

Kim Elliott, thewordmechanic.com—Editing

Jessica Grant, Graphic Design Specialist—Print Design and Layout

Neptune Web—Web Site Development

Writing Team

Introduction: Mildred Z. Solomon; Jeanne Ting Chowning,
Director of Education, Northwest Association for Biomedical
Research, Seattle; Elizabeth Crane, Science Teacher, Brookline
High School, Brookline, MA; Laura Bishop, Research Associate,
Library and Information Services, Kennedy Institute of Ethics,
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Module 1: Jeanne Ting Chowning and Mildred Z. Solomon

Module 2: Jeanne Ting Chowning

Module 3: Rupali Gandhi, Medical Ethics Fellow, Harvard Medical School, and Fellow in Cardiology, Boston’s Children’s Hospital; Matthew B. Frank, Medical Ethics Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Elizabeth Crane; Julie Tannenbaum, former Fellow, Department of Bioethics at the NIH Clinical Center, and current Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Pomona College, Claremont, CA; and Kim Elliott

Module 4: Elizabeth Crane

Module 5: Jeanne Ting Chowning

Module 6: Robin Solomon, former Clinical Ethics Fellow, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix; Julie Tannenbaum; and Laura Bishop

National Institutes of Health

Bruce Fuchs, Director, Office of Science Education

David Vannier, Program Officer, OSE

Barbara Houtz, Educational Consultant, OSE

Cindy Allen, Editor, OSE


Ezekiel Emanuel, Director, Department of Bioethics at the NIH Clinical Center

Katherine Adikes, Fellow, Department of Bioethics

Carrie Thiessen, Fellow, Department of Bioethics

Julie Tannenbaum, former Fellow, Department of Bioethics at the NIH Clinical Center, and current Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Pomona College, Claremont, CA


Alan Hoofring—Cover Illustration, Medical Arts and Photography Branch, NIH

Lynne Komai—Cover Design, MAPB


Field-Test Teachers

Patrick Alarcon, The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford, CT

Leslie Van Blaha, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD

Roger Blevins, Huron High School, Huron, OH

Jack Boroditsky, St. John’s–Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Dwight Brown, Bountiful High School, Bountiful, UT

Heidi Busa, Marcellus High School, Marcellus, NY

Catherine Elwood, Central High School, Manchester, NH

Rick Featherstone, Oakland Schools Technical Campus NW, Clarkston, MI

Barbara Frasco, Haddon Township High School, Westmont, NJ

Kelly Gallo, Magruder High School, Rockville, MD

Tracy Gaskin, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore, MD

Cynthia Gibson, The Classical Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

Mary Glodowski, Juanita High School, Kirkland, WA

Kenneth Gracz, T. Wingate Andrews High School, High Point, NC

Robin Greig, West Ashley High School, Charleston, SC

Mary Halsall, Mariemont High School, Cincinnati, OH

Steven Harshfield, Sequoyah High School, Claremore, OK

Kathleen Howard, Horace Mann School, Riverdale, NY

Joyce Kent, New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle, NY

Sue Kite, Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD

Mary Kroll, West Islip High School, West Islip, NY

Laura Lanwermeyer, Moscow High School, Moscow, ID

Nicole Lener, McGraw Central School, McGraw, NY

Laura Montgomery, Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, MO

Lisa Moran, Mount Sinai High School, Mt. Sinai, NY

Mary Ann Murrow, Spring-Ford Senior High School, Royersford, PA

Birgit Musheno, Desert Vista High School, Phoenix, AZ

Susan Neumann, Model Lab School, Richmond, KY

Laura Reysz, Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis, IN

Jamie Ritchey, East Central Senior High School, Tulsa, OK

Nancy Rozak, Plymouth North High School, Plymouth, MA

Rachel Sanders, Springfield South High School, Springfield, OH

Misty Scevola, Meek Professional Technical High School, Portland, OR

Edward Scovell, Friends Seminary, New York, NY

Mary Simmons, Wm. J. Palmer High School, Colorado Springs, CO

Tiffany Smith, Cedar Grove High School, Ellenwood, GA

Vicky Sweezy, Prospect Mountain High School, Alton, NH

Bonnie Walter, Archbishop Alter High School, Kettering, OH

Patricia Zeck, Northwestern High School, Kokomo, IN

Karen Zohar, Aspen High School, Aspen, CO

Representation of green fluorescent protein (GFP), found naturally in some jellyfish, and photograph of Alba, the fluorescent rabbit, into which scientists inserted the GFP gene. GFP, NIH Medical Arts; Alba, courtesy Eduardo Kac.

Acknowledgments: We are grateful to Margaret Battin, Nancy King, Eric Parens, Ben Wilfond, and Matthew Wynia, leaders in bioethics who kindly reviewed early drafts of this material, providing invaluable insights. During the development of the field-test version, we also benefited from reviews by scientists, teachers, and others. Specifically, we would like to thank Elise Cooksley, Doug Diekema, Mary Glodowski, Lori Harper, Wendy Law, Laurie Matthews, Bryan Roberts, and Lola Szobota.

NIH Publication Number 09-7386

ISBN: 978-0-89292-550-6

Please contact the NIH Office of Science Education with questions about this supplement at scied@mail.nih.gov.


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