Fall Quarter Events


Panel Discussions at WWU and Village Books

Panel #1 Science and Ethics in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Thursday, October 25th

Join an exciting group of panelists with expertise in science, journalism, and bio-ethics.  Panelists will respond to the scientific and ethical issues raised in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and discuss the relevancy to our community, and beyond.

David Leaf, Biology, WWU

Dr. Leaf received his Ph.D. in Biology from Indiana University and engaged in post-doctoral research at UC-Berkeley. His research interests include cell biology and evolutionary developmental biology. He teaches courses in cell, molecular and developmental biology.

Kelly Edwards, Bio-ethics & Humanities, UW

Dr. Edwards is an Associate Professor at the UW School of Medicine, core faculty for the Institute for Public Health Genetics, and an Acting Associate Dean in the UW Graduate School. Her work incorporates communication and public engagement as an ethical obligation for clinicians and scientists. She is the Director of the Ethics and Outreach Core for the NIEHS-funded Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health, Co-Director of the Regulatory Support and Bioethics Core for the Institute for Translational Health Sciences (CTSA), and lead investigator with the NHGRI-funded Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality. Nationally, Dr. Edwards contributes to issues of ethical research practices with the Genetic Alliance, the Institute of Medicine, and the NIH-funded translational science (CTSA) initiative.

Ross Fewing, Northwest Network Ethicist, PeaceHealth

Mr. Fewing is the co-chair of the Ethics Committee at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center as well as a member of the PeaceHealth System Ethics Committee. The majority of his work is in the area of clinical and organizational ethics.

Sheila Webb, Journalism, WWU

Dr. Webb’s research centers on the cultural role of the media in creating community and in the representation of class and gender, particularly in magazines. A professor of mass media ethics, she was named a 2012 Legacy Scholar by the Arthur W. Page Center for Ethics in Public Communication for the teaching module, "The Ethical Audit: An Examination of News Sources' Coverage Through an Ethical Lens."


Moderator:  Dawn Dietrich, English Faculty, Director of Western Reads

Dr. Dietrich received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and taught at the Johannes Gutenberg Univeristät in Mainz, Germany. Dawn specializes in cinema, media studies, and literature and technology. Dietrich is in her inaugural year as Director for the Western Reads program.


4-5:30pm Academic Instruction West 204

7-8:30pm
Village Books, Fairhaven

Panel #2 Bio-ethics, Race, and Gender in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Thursday, November 1st

Join an exciting group of panelists, with expertise in science, bio-ethics, and race & gender studies. Panelists will respond to the scientific, bio-ethical, race & gender issues raised in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and discuss the relevancy to our community, and beyond.

Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Law, Diversity & Justice Program, WWU, Chief Judge, Nooksack Indian Tribe

The Honorable Montoya-Lewis combines judicial and academic careers by serving as Chief Judge for the Nooksack Indian Tribe & the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and as an Associate Professor of Law at Fairhaven College, WWU. She also serves as an appellate judge for the Nisqually Tribe and the Northwest Intertribal Court System. She presents nationally on engaging families & youth in dependency & juvenile court, Indian Child Welfare compliance and tribal trial and appellate court practice. She writes on tribal court practice, Indian child welfare law, and cultural identity. At WWU, she teaches on cultural and ethnic identity and law related courses. She serves on the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice and the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, advising Congress and the President on juvenile justice policy. She holds Juris Doctorate and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Washington and is from the Pueblos of Isleta and Laguna, two federally recognized tribes in New Mexico.

Joann Otto, Biology, WWU

Dr. Otto received her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from University of California, Irvine, and did postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania and Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to joining WWU, she was a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. Her research interests are in cell motility. She teaches courses in cell and molecular biology.

Hilary Schwandt, Women's Health, WWU

Dr. Schwandt earned her master¹s and doctoral degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs she was the technical monitoring and evaluation advisor for projects in Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia. She joined the faculty at Fairhaven in Fall 2012. Her main areas of research are gender and reproductive health.

Vincent E. Foster, Health Promotion Northwest/EAP, PeaceHealth

Dr. Foster is a clinical psychologist and director of the PeaceHealth's EAP. In addition to his work at PeaceHealth, Dr. Foster provides clinical services for in-patient hospitals, outpatient private and public child and family mental health clinics, and in college and university clinics. He has been the external consultant to the Bellingham Vet Center for the past twelve years and volunteers as a mental health provider for the American Red Cross. He holds specialty certifications in chemical dependency assessment and treatment, assessment and treatment of psychological trauma, and employee assistance.

Steve Howie, Journalism, WWU

Mr. Howie teaches courses in news writing, feature writing, digital storytelling and editing and serves as the faculty adviser for Klipsun magazine. His research and writing focus on Civil Rights, justice and equality, and masculinity and gender identity. In 2000, Mammoth Books published his nonfiction book, "The Bluffton Charge: One Preacher's Struggle for Civil Rights," documenting his parents involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in the low country of South Carolina in the mid-50s.


Moderator:  Dawn Dietrich, English Faculty, Director of Western Reads

Dr. Dietrich received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and taught at the Johannes Gutenberg Univeristät in Mainz, Germany. Dawn specializes in cinema, media studies, and literature and technology. Dietrich is in her inaugural year as Director for the Western Reads program.


4-5:30pm Academic Instruction West 204
7-8:30pm
Village Books, Fairhaven


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