Bioethics Bowl Team Takes Second Place in First Outing
The Georgetown Bioethics Bowl Team took second place in its first outing at the 2011 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference, held this year at Duke University. Coached by Patricia McShane, Cassie Herbert, Laura Guidry-Grimes, and Anne Langhorne --- all four graduate students in the Department of Philosophy's Graduate Program --- the Team consisted of:
Elizabeth Bakacs (Team Captain, COL '12) Pre-med, Math major
Grace McElhenny (NHS '14) Healthcare Policy and Management major
Camila Idrovo (SFS '14) Science, Technology, and International Affairs major
Michael Vu (COL '14) Neurobiology major.
Will Hambley (COL '12) Pre-med, Philosophy major
The Bioethics Bowl is a debate-style competition which takes place at the National Undergrad Bioethics Conference, sponsored by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Teams of five students debate positions on bioethics case studies. The theme of this year's conference was "Bioethics: Personal and Global." The team addressed cases about fat taxes, government regulations on fetal testing, UN assistance in Afghan farmers' transition from opium production to marijuana production, brain enhancing drugs, a 14-year-old refusing life-saving blood transfusions, and medical treatment for illegal immigrants. The team competed against the National Hispanic University and St. Petersburg College in the early rounds; in the semifinals, they took on the University of Miami. In the finals, the team faced the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with whom they debated cases about monetary compensation for a global organ donation network and role of the WHO in preventing flu epidemics.
The Department applauds their success and looks forward to supporting their efforts next year in Denver.
To see the University's official announcement please click here.