Palm Beach Atlantic University’s fifth annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, sponsored by the Office of Accreditation, Assessment and Research, and co-sponsored by Alumni Relations and Career Services, will be held on Wednesday, March 30, and Thursday, March 31, in the Warren Library. The event is open to the PBA community.
The theme of the conference is “Focus on Your Future” and will include a keynote address by distinguished researcher and 1996 PBA alumnus Dr. Justin D. Barnard, associate dean in the Institute for Intellectual Discipleship and associate professor of philosophy in the Honors Community at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.
He will speak on “Moral Complicity and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Use” at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Lassiter Rotunda of the Warren Library. Poster presentations will follow.
In the area of bioethics, Barnard is the primary instructor and designer of a course in pharmacy ethics for second-year students in Union University’s School of Pharmacy. In 2014, he was an invited speaker at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for a conference in bioethics, and he has spoken at other meetings and events across the country.
Barnard sponsors extensive programming in bioethics at Union University and in West Tennessee, hosting events on such topics as technology and culture, death and dying, and the ethics of organ donation. He has spoken to academic and lay audiences, including giving local radio and television interviews, on such topics as rights of conscience, disability and social justice, moral complicity and human cloning.
He also has published essays on such topics as human embryonic stem cell research, cognitive enhancement, genetic enhancement and neuroethics for Public Discourse – a journal of ethics, law, and the common good produced by The Witherspoon Institute at Princeton University.
In addition to the keynote address, the Interdisciplinary Research Conference will include student and faculty oral presentations. The presentations will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. both days in the library’s Hanley Classroom and in Room 208. A schedule of activities is available online.