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Cannon Scholars Participate in Ethics Presentation

Pictured Back row – (L-R) Teric Henry, Jeremy Wirick, Jose Santana, Austin Lonski, Rachel Piper, Osama Mahmoud, Matthew Dina, Edward Brandenburg, and Michael Skivers. Front row – (L-R) Katelynn Fry, Khadijah Bland, Sydney Hall, Kassandra Rodriguez, Christina Hubert, Jordan Brockwell, Dr. McCay, Dr. Guttenberg, Austin Luna, Morgan Gannon, and Olivia Gulledge.

Wesley College Cannon Scholars attended a presentation of ethics at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia on July 8. The Society is “a fellowship of individuals and families; an Ethical Humanist religious community” that encourages the personal growth of each member.

Eighteen students and Wesley Professor of Philosophy and French, Dr. Alban Urbanas participated in the presentation that involved a two-hour lecture and discussion regarding the varied ethical challenges in contemporary scientific practice. Ethics training is a requirement of the Cannon Scholars Summer Internship program.

“This program is vital to our students’ understanding of ethics in all they do including research,” said Dr. Urbanas.

Dr. Marta Guttenberg, a pediatric pathologist at Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Kimberly McCay, assistant professor of instruction in social work at Temple University’s College of Public Health, led the program.

In addition to the Ethical Society, students also explored the collections and exhibits of the nearby Chemical Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is an institution that preserves and promotes understanding of the history of science that includes a library, museum, archive, research center and conference center.

The program was a NIH-NIGMS INBRE (P20GM103446), NSF EPSCoR (IIA 1301765) and NSF S-STEM (DUE 1355554) sponsored activity.