October 31, 2011

Emory ethicist wins world technology award

Paul Root Wolpe

Paul Root Wolpe, director of Emory University’s Center for Ethics, has won the prestigious World Technology Award in Ethics presented by the World Technology Network (WTN). Wolpe joins a roster of organizations and individuals from more than 60 countries around the world deemed to be doing the most innovative and impactful work in the ethics of technology as well as other technology categories.

Wolpe called the award "a tribute to the Center for Ethics and for Emory, and for the reputation we have built nationwide."

The winners of the World Technology Awards were announced earlier this week during a ceremony at the United Nations at the close of the World Technology Summit, a two-day thought leadership conference held in New York City. WTN presents the awards in association with TIME magazine, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, Technology Review and others.

The WTN is a curated membership community comprised of the world’s most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology and related fields. The WTN and its members are focused on exploring what is imminent, possible and important in and around emerging technologies.

The World Technology Awards have been presented by the WTN since 2000 as a way to honor those in 20 different categories of science and technology and related fields doing “the innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance.”

Wolpe, in addition to leading Emory’s Center for Ethics, is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics, and a professor in the departments of medicine, pediatrics psychiatry and sociology.

He serves as the first bioethicist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he is responsible for formulating policy on bioethical issues and safeguarding research subjects. He is co-editor of the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), the premier scholarly journal in bioethics, and editor of AJOB Neuroscience, and sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals in medicine and ethics. Wolpe is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities; a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; and is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the oldest bioethics institute in America.

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