Speakers & Experts
David J. Marcey, Ph.D.Professor and Fletcher Jones Chair of Developmental Biology
Phone: (805) 493-3263
Dr. Marcey taught and conducted collaborative research with undergraduates at Kenyon College (1990-1999) before joining the faculty of CLU as Fletcher Jones Professor of Developmental Biology. He is a member of Project Kaleidoscope's F21 (Faculty for the 21st Century). Marcey's research in Drosophila developmental genetics has been funded by the American Cancer Society, NSF, and the Fletcher Jones Foundation. Ongoing projects in his lab include developmental studies of tissue growth regulation, the role of an evolutionarily conserved protein in neuron development, and the identification of oxidative stress-responsive genes. Marcey has considerable pedagogical experience with molecular modeling. His website, The Online Macromolecular Museum (www.clunet.edu/BioDev/ omm/gallery.htm), pioneered the use of web-based tutorials in macromolecular structure. His tutorials, often co-authored with undergraduate students, have accompanied several prominent textbooks (Molecular Cell Biology, Immunology, Molecular Biology of the Gene). Marcey co-edited a book on the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to science, 'Integrated Science -- New Approaches to Education: A Virtual Roundtable' (2008). He has served on the editorial boards of Biochemical and Molecular Biology Education (Elsevier), biomednet.com, and Project MERLOT, an online peer reviewed journal of digital learning tools. He also chaired the Committee of Examiners for the Graduate Record Examination in Biology (Educational Testing Service). In 2012, the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Institutes of Health selected Dr. Marcey as one of 40 PULSE Vison and Change Leadership Fellows. The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Educaton (PULSE) constitutes a community of scientists that are dedicated to developing research-based strategies and resources for changing how modern biology is taught throughout the nation. In addition to his PULSE activities, he serves on the editorial board of Life Sciences Education and on the advisory board of LIFE, an introductory Biology textbook (Sinauer Press).
"The Creation Controversy: Religion and Science in Needless Conflict"
"Should we use early human embryos in Biomedical Research?"
The scientific and political issues surrounding human stem cell research are positively riveting. The discoveries in embryonic development position us to uncover the means by which to direct stem cells along particluar pathways. This line of reserach holds immense promise in relieving human suffering caused by loss of tissue through disease or accident. This presentation attempts to answer some of the many scientific and ethical questions that surround the issue of stem cell research.