A Topic in Bioethics: Bioweapons Event Summary

BMES Board

On Tuesday, 3/24/15, Dr. Matthew Hersch and Dr. Jonathan Moreno led a group of student in a discussion on the ethics of bioweapons. This is an issue that has become increasingly crucial as new technologies are developed, and the accessibility and lethality of bioweapons increases. Dr. Hersch and Dr. Moreno talked about topics that ranged from the various types of bioweapons to the United States’ preparedness for a bioweapons attack against the USA. They also briefly discussed their similarities with chemical and nuclear weapons.

Dr. Matthew Hersch, professor of Engineering Ethics, received his B.S. from MIT in Political Science and his Ph.D. from Penn. A Penn professor since 2009, Hersch has taught 8 courses at Penn, published over 30 conference papers, and won a multitude of prizes. Dr. Hersch is joining the faculty at Harvard University beginning July 2015.

Dr. Jonathan Moreno is a professor of medical ethics and health policy at Penn Medicine. He received his B.A. from Hofstra University, and later his Ph.D. from Washington University. Dr. Moreno has published 21 books and more than 500 papers, book chapters, reviews and op eds. Moreno is an elected member of several national and international bioethics committees. He was also a senior staff member multiple presidential advisory commissions.