June Pride STEM Stories- Michael

(From June 3rd, 2017)

“I am a biologist and ethicist retired (mostly) from the State University of New York. Currently, I teach “Ethics in Science and Pharmaceuticals” at Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, in China (as a “High End Foreign Expert” ( 高端外国专家) for about one month each summer. Have been a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the Czech Academy of Sciences (Institute of Physiology) and developed the biotechnology curriculum for my campus.

My husband (a retired Professor of Music) and I have been together for 42 years this October and LOVE our life together (we met through music and are actually a featured couple in the local PBS station – “Out in Albany”). My decision to go into science was actually made when I took an undergraduate biology course and had a terrific mentor (Dr. Patricia Brown of Siena College). The overwhelming majority of my experiences in the Academy have been very positive and I have been always supported by my academic family and friends. I suspect there are many of us under similar circumstances and an appreciation of diversity remains quite strong in the sciences, but especially in the life sciences and in moral philosophy and ethics. Best wishes for this project.”- Michael

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