Attorney general to speak on case

Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore, who filed the first state lawsuit calling on tobacco companies to reimburse the costs of treating smoking-related illnesses, plans to speak at the University on Wednesday.

Moore will discuss “The Tobacco Settlement: What the Fight Was About” 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the School of Public Health. The presentation is sponsored by the University”s Tobacco Research Network and the Health Care Policy Task Force of the American Medical Association Medical Student Section.

Mississippi”s lawsuit resulted in a $4.1 billion settlement, which the state plans to place in a Health Care Trust Fund to improve the health of the citizens of Mississippi.

Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm will introduce Moore. Her office is coordinating a Michigan tour by Moore, including talking to medical students at Wayne State University and Michigan State University, a legislative breakfast in Lansing and a joint press conference including Granholm and Moore.

Gates recognizes SSW program

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, recently recognized the University”s School of Social Work”s Global Program on Youth: Transforming Social Work and Advancing the Well-being of Youth. He nominated the program for inclusion in the Computerworld honors “A Search for New Heroes” Archives Online and the Permanent Research Collection of the Affiliated Academic Council.

Each year, the Computerworld Honors Program identifies and honors men and women from around the world whose visionary use of information technology produces and promotes positive social, economic and educational change. Chairmen of the world”s leading information technology companies nominate these innovators. Upon successful completion of their case studies, these visionaries are accorded a permanent place in global history at one of the Academic Council”s member institutions. Additionally, their case studies will become a part of the Computerworld Honors Archives Online, which can be viewed and studied around the world for generations to come.

Life sciences series to begin

A new University lecture series aims to explore the profound social and values implications of developments in the life sciences.

Beginning in October, the Community Lecture Series will share the expertise of the University through Sunday evening discussions of scientific developments and related social implications. The series is hosted by the Life Sciences, Values and Society Program (LSVSP). Rebecca Eisenberg, University professor of law and a nationally known expert on intellectual property and biotechnology, will moderate the discussions.

“The LSVSP Outreach Lecture Series will focus on sharing new knowledge and explaining the science behind the headlines,” said Richard Lempert, director of the Values and Society Program. “The series will also provide the speakers and audience with opportunities to discuss the social impact of life science developments and the value issues these developments raise.”

The first lecture, on Oct. 7, will be led by David Burke and is titled “The Human Genome Project, Evolution, and Health.” Burke is an associate professor of human genetics and an associate research scientist with the Institute of Gerontology. Burke has been involved with technology development in the Human Genome Project and is collaborating with faculty members in the College of Engineering to develop microfabricated devices for simple, portable genome analysis.

All lectures are scheduled for 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Room 100 of Hutchins Hall, in the Law Quad, at the corner of State and Monroe streets in Ann Arbor. Informal discussion and refreshments will follow 8:30-9 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

Compiled from Daily staff reports.

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