|How do people react when they have a child born with multiple handicapping conditions? Damon and Suzette Sims and their families and friends created a lecture fund to honor Matthew Vandivier Sims and to explore the issues that confront the family and the medical community when similar circumstances occur.
Thomas Murray, president of the Hastings Center in Garrison, N.Y., will present the second Matthew Vandivier Sims Memorial Lecture Thursday, Feb.13, at 4 p.m. in Ballantine Hall 310 on the IU Bloomington campus. His topic will be "Parents, Children, and Cloning." The public is invited. Parking is available in the Indiana Memorial University pay parking lot south of Ballantine Hall.
Before becoming president of the Hastings Center, Murray was the director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, where he was also the Susan E. Watson Professor of bioethics. His research interests cover a wide range of ethical issues, including genetics, children, organ donation and health policy.
His most recent books are The Worth of a Child, published by the University of California Press, and Healthcare Ethics and Human Values: An Introductory Text with Readying and Case Studies, published by Blackwell Publishers, and edited with Bill Fulford and Donna Dickenson.