PULLMAN  – “Just Because We Can…Should We?” is the topic to be presented by a faculty/staff panel Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Abelson 201 at WSU.
 
Discussing medical research and bioethics will be:  David Clark, director of WSU’s Office of Research Assurances; Dave Conley, director of the Human Anatomy Lab and Body Donation Program; Dan Holbrook and Bill Kabasenche, from the Dept. of Philosophy; and Bruce Wright, director of Health and Wellness Services. They will each speak to the question of, “What is the value of a human body?”
 
The panel is the fifth evening event of Common Reading Tuesdays.  The common reading is a program that gives freshmen the same book to read and discuss in many classes across many disciplines.  This year’s book, “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,” by best-selling author Mary Roach, is in the hands of about 3,500 students and dozens of faculty and staff at the university.
 
Roach visited students at WSU on Tuesday, Sept. 16, and gave a presentation on her passion for research to an audience of more than 2,300 that evening at Beasley Coliseum.
 
“This week’s panel discussion by experts gets to the heart of the reason for a common reading,” says Susan Poch, co-director of the project and associate vice president of the Office of Student Achievement.  “Ms. Roach’s book was chosen because it touches on many interesting topics about humans, and many of those topics are the subjects of research by WSU’s world-class professors.  It is quite logical, therefore, to invite some of those experts to discuss—from their learned viewpoints—the subjects of medical research and bioethics.  It should be an interesting discussion.”
 
For more information, visit the Web site at commonreading.wsu.edu.