PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Thomas F. Lee, author and retired educator and biologist at St. Anselm College, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2. Lee will speak in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Professor Lee says we are living in an exciting era of modern biotechnology that allows us unprecedented control over life forms. He will discuss the rich opportunities and ethical perils this control presents.
In his book “The Human Genome Project,” “Lee moderates the clash between scientific values and the new genetics that has built around the human genome project,” according to Publishers Weekly. “About three-quarters of this scientific brief on HGP is a review of the history of molecular biology; the book is akin to a rapid zoom through an electron microscope lens focused on our genes. At the end of this biology-text treatment lies the science oracle’s dilemma: Given that biologists can now translate the genetic code into understandable terms and sometimes manipulate it, should they?”
Lee retired from Saint Anselm College in 2002, after 35 years as a professor in the Department of Biology. His areas of interest include microbiology, marine algal development and genetic engineering. He has published and spoken widely on his research on plant tissue culture, cellular polarity and airborne microorganisms.
The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the university each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. The series is named for humanitarian and New Hampshire businessman Saul O Sidore.
The theme for this year’s series is “Whatever Happened to Ethics.”
The Sidore Series suggests that, “from hunger and the financial crisis in the U.S. and abroad to global warming, there is an ethical component to our failure in dealing with these issues.” Series speakers discuss the ethical and moral expressions of the problems of today, and potential solutions. Professor Lee is the final speaker in the 2013-2014 Sidore Lecture Series.
All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu/.