Mad Cows and Frankenfoods: WPI Speaker Looks at Social Issues in Science, Technology and Society Dec. 7

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Like many countries, Switzerland has been racked in recent years by a series of public controversies at the intersection of science, technology and society.

From a federal initiative intending to ban gene technology, to the widespread regulation of animal research, to public anxiety about mad cow disease to widespread fears about genetically modified organisms, Switzerland has been at the forefront of nations struggling to mediate these intense debates.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to noon, Caspar Wenk, a professor at the Institute for Animal Nutrition at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, will speak in Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Gordon Library Seminar Room on Swiss attitudes and efforts to confront the social dilemmas posed by modern science and technology.

Wenk, who received his training at the University of Basel and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, has worked for several years in the areas of nutrition and energy metabolism

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