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Nita Farahany to Direct Expanded IGSP Initiative in Science and Society

Nita Farahany, J.D., Ph.D., a professor at the Duke Law School, the Philosophy Department, and the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy (IGSP), will become the director of a new initiative in science and society in the IGSP, effective July 1, 2013. This initiative will include all activities in the IGSP pertaining to genome ethics, law and policy, which were previously led by Bob Cook-Deegan, M.D., who completed his successful 10-year term as director earlier this year.

"I am pleased that Nita has accepted this position, and I look forward to working with her in her new role as this exciting initiative takes form," said IGSP Director Hunt Willard.

The goal of the initiative is to develop programs and offerings that significantly expand the efforts and focus in the IGSP and across the Duke campus on research in science law and policy, education, science communication, bioethics, and engagement with society. The initiative will seek to engage all interested members of the IGSP and to advance both existing and new interactions and partnerships with other units and individuals across campus.

Farahany is a leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience and behavioral genetics. She also serves as a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She joined the faculty at Duke and the IGSP last fall.