Vol. 11 No. 3
December 2008/January 2009

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Ethically Engaged
Unraveling healthcare's knottiest problems

Researcher’s alleged transgressions lead to more ethics oversight

“Is it reasonable for [a patient] to be able to demand everything be done regardless of what that does to the healthcare system financially, or to its ability to serve a wider population?”

I don’t think the main role of the ethicist is to tell people what’s right and wrong. One who does that in my opinion abdicates one’s responsibility.”

Medicine and Compassion
Reaching across the silos to teach the "art" of healing

Calming Calamity
Things I've learned while I couldn't do my research

Egypt and Emory
Small collection, large footprint



The Dominant Insect
[Ants] are the dominant insects. There are only fourteen thousand species known, and there are a million species of insects known. Ants all around the world make up about 15 to 20 percent of the biomass. They really dominate the world; they have for a hundred million years. They are the principal turners of the soil, they are earth movers, they are the principal predators of little creatures. If there were no ants you really would see bugs. They are our principal scavengers, they are the cemetery suppliers of the world of little creatures, and they are among the main balancers, thereby, of the land ecosystems. There’s something else about ants: that is they are the other pinnacle of socio-evolution on this planet. Their societies are extremely highly developed and sophisticated. They represent a form of social life so different from our own, so advanced, that it might be the kind we might expect to find if we did encounter advanced social systems on another planet.

—E.O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, in conversation with Rosemary Magee, Vice President and Secretary of the University, October 23, 2008