Tales from the Other Biotech Frontier

UW-Madison Law School medical ethicist Alta Charo recently spent a year
at the University of California at Berkeley in the epicenter of a
booming biotech industry. What are the lessons for Wisconsin? How can
our state keep its edge in an increasingly competitive research climate?

Charo will talk about her experiences at UC-Berkeley in a free
presentation, “Tales from the Other Biotech Frontier,” on Tuesday,
October 23 at 7 p.m. at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lecture
hall, 227 State St. in Madison.

The event is a presentation of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts
and Letters as part of its Academy Evening series. No tickets are
required. Admission is free ($3 suggested donation). Seating is first
come, first served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Charo is the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at the
UW-Madison, where she is on the faculty of the Law School and the
Medical School’s Department of Medical History and Bioethics.

She is the author of nearly 100 articles, book chapters and government
reports on topics including voting rights, environmental law, family
planning and abortion law, medical genetics law, reproductive technology
policy, science policy, and research ethics. A fellow of the Wisconsin
Academy and a member of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine,
she is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Life
Sciences and serves on its committee to develop national voluntary
guidelines for stem cell research.

Academy Evenings take place regularly in the Overture Center in Madison
and at other venues around Wisconsin. The public forums are engaging
presentations, free of charge, about a wide variety of topics of public
interest featuring Wisconsin’s leading thinkers, scholars and artists.
They are intended to encourage public interaction with these leaders in
an intimate atmosphere designed to build community.

The nonprofit Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, founded
in 1870, connects people and ideas from all areas of knowledge and all
walks of life to advance thought and culture in our state. The Wisconsin
Academy’s many programs include an art gallery for Wisconsin artists; a
quarterly magazine about Wisconsin thought and culture (Wisconsin People
& Ideas); public forums such as the Academy Evenings series; and the
“Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin,” a public policy program
that brings citizens together with farmers, universities, state and
federal agencies, conservation organizations, agribusiness leaders, and
other stakeholders to shed light on a sector that is at the heart of
Wisconsin’s identity and economy. For more information please visit
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