Date: June 2, 2004
Michael Flower, Ph.D. —

New web mapping techniques may contribute to and facilitate significant participation in public debates of topics like global warming, the crafting of genetically-modified organisms, and the use of human embryos for research leading to stem cell production. Flowers, an Associate Professor at Portland State University’s Center for Science Education, outlines an approach to such web mapping and its role in undergraduate education.

He presents a first report of a scholarly project to devise a common PC & Macintosh platform that will support teaching, facilitate documentation of scientific controversies and contribute to greater public involvement in such controversies – what might be termed “technoscientific democracy.”

About the speaker
Michael Flower, a developmental and molecular biologist, studies the ethical, political, and economic impacts of advances in genetics and human embryo research, and is engaged in interdisciplinary sciences / humanities curriculum reform efforts. He is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Science Studies at Portland State University serving the University Honors Program and Center for Science Education

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