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Ethics and DemocracyOffice of Public AffairsThis symposium, held on October 3, 2002, raised ethical questions about democratic societies and how they resolve dilmmas, advance scientific inquiry and protect society. The panel also addressed the process of framing ethical issues and whether the process should be transparent. Vincent Blasi, Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties, facilitated the discussion.
Genes and Genomes: Impact on Medicine and Society
Columbia 250thIn celebration of its 250th anniversary, Columbia University brought together an international group of scholars and researchers for a two-day conference that explored the remarkable birth, astounding impact, and puzzling future of genetics.
Illicit Drug Use and HIV Risk Among Older AdultsOffice of Public AffairsOver the past ten years the population of adults over fifty with HIV/AIDS has doubled and currently 10% of AIDS cases reported to the CDC are among this population. In light of this, on March 7, 2003, the School of Social Work and the Center for Intervention and Prevention Research on HIV and Drug Abuse brought together prominent researchers in drug abuse, HIV and aging to identify best practices for HIV prevention and intervention among older adults who use illicit drugs.
Research on Traumatic Loss and BereavementGeorge BonannoIn this webcast, Professor George Bonanno describes the contents of two of his papers on bereavement and emotional issues.
SARS in the Context of Emerging Infectious ThreatsNew York Academy of Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesIn February 2003, the SARS virus appeared out of nowhere, catching the international medical and scientific community by surprise. In response, the New York Academy of Sciences, in partnership with Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, convened a meeting where scientists and health experts attempted to assess the epidemic, its impacts, and where it might lead.

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