PLNU alum and chief life sciences officer of San Diego Zoo Global Dr. Robert Wiese speaks tonight at the Silent Spring Series put on by the Center for Ethics in Science & Technology. PLNU is also co-sponsoring the event. The forum, held at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park, will focus on the ethical dilemma of those seeking to preserve endangered species.
According to the program, “In some cases where native species are at the risk of endangerment due to the introduction of new species, the only solution is to completely eradicate the invading species. Is this ethical? Dr. Wiese will discuss how to address these difficult circumstances.”
This year, PLNU’s Wesleyan Center, along with Cal State San Marcos and Grossmont College, have supported the events financially, covering Wiese’s talk.
For the past two years, PLNU has been an official co-sponsor for the series. Last year, PLNU contributed three speakers for talks as part of the Ethics Center series, which focused on discussions around Rebecca Skloot’s acclaimed book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” PLNU professors Drs. Jamie Gates, Michael Lodahl, and Mark Mann led discussions. Mann moderated a panel discussion featuring three distinguished religious scholars (including Lodahl) “discussing how the various views of life, death, and the afterlife intersect with theological and ethical issues that lie at the heart of the Henrietta Lacks story.”
Participation in events like these fit within PLNU’s mission as well as the mission of the Wesleyan Center: “… to cultivate thinking and practices steeped in the depth of Christian tradition and attentive to the latest developments in the arts and sciences, thus enriching the Church for generations to come.”
The Silent Spring Series commemorated the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s seminal book, “Silent Spring,” which helped increase awareness and launch the environmental movement.