Panel discussion on 9/26 at 3:00 p.m. in the Tampa Library’s Grace Allen Room (4th floor), will include USF faculty discussing these controversial issues and answering important questions raised in this story.
In 1952 doctors took cells from Henrietta Lacks without asking. These cells launched a medical revolution and are still alive today. Her experience and that of her family tell a story about medical ethics, cell biology, race and poverty in the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Dr. Richard Pollenz, Professor, Associate Dean, & Cell Biologist
Richard S. Pollenz earned a BS degree in Toxicology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1983 and a PhD in Cellular, Molecular and Structural Biology from Northwestern University in 1991. He has been a tenured faculty member at USF since 2000. Dr. Pollenz’s research focuses on aspects of molecular toxicology and includes studies of gene regulation and protein degradation that is mediated by environmental contaminants. His lab has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has been continually funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) since 1997. The majority of his research been conducted using cell culture lines instead of live animals. Dr. Pollenz has served as Associate Dean in the USF Graduate School between 2008-2011 and is currently serving USF as an Associate Dean within Undergraduate Studies in the role of Director of the Office for Undergraduate Research. In his current duties Dr. Pollenz continues to investigate innovations in teaching and learning that engage undergraduates in research to enhance their academic performance and professional career. He has received several teaching awards and grant funding to support education research activities such as the use of karaoke and music as a teaching tool.
William Mark Goodwin, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
William Goodwin is an assistant professor in the philosophy department at USF. He was born in Baltimore, MD, raised (mostly) in Miami, FL and received his undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University. Graduate work was completed at the University of California at Berkeley. His academic work is focused on the philosophy of science, but also includes the philosophy of medicine. He will be teaching Bioethics in Spring 2014.
Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez, Cultural Anthropologist
Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez is a cultural anthropologist and an Associate Professor of Africana Studies. Her research interests include: feminism in Africa and the African Diaspora, community ethnography, the critical intersection of gender, race and class, and community-base programs for urban youth. Dr. Rodriguez has conducted a range of anthropological projects and has published articles on issues related to women and poverty, including women’s anti-poverty activism. Her research on women and microenterprise development was partially supported by the Women’s Research and Education Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2000, Dr. Rodriguez co-directed a project on the impact of the Federal HOPE VI program on women and children in the U. S. public housing system. This project was funded by the National Science Foundation and the USF Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities. Dr. Rodriguez has also conducted extensive research on programs for youth in low-income communities, including research on the Youth Opportunities Movement in Louisiana and Florida. She was also the PI of a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a project on after-school programming in local communities. Dr. Rodriguez was also a co-PI on the “Central Avenue Legacies” project, an ethnohistorical exploration of Tampa’s African-American history.
Lois LaCivita Nixon, Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Dr. Nixon teaches required courses for year 1-4 medical students at the Morsani College of Medicine focusing primarily on visual, verbal, and performing arts. Her emphasis is on contexts of the human condition that may not be presented, portrayed, or discussed in the traditional medical text or in clinical situations. Story is central to her work.
Christina Partin, Sociologist
Christina Partin, PhDc, has been an Instructor in the Sociology Department since 2006. As a sociologist, her interest in society includes understanding and making visible existing manifest and latent social inequalities. Acknowledging social inequalities is a theme in her teaching philosophy, and in her time at USF, she has taught nearly 10,000 undergraduate students in her Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, and Social Psychology courses. Her research interests include the Sociology of Education and Pedagogy, Social Psychology, and Curriculum Development including teaching with technology as a way to empower marginalized voices in the classroom.