Thursday, January 06, 2011

The San Diego Bar Association cares about ethics!

The San Diego Bar Association is involved in The Center for Ethics in Science & Technology. That's a good thing, right?
The Center for Ethics in Science & Technology was founded in 2003 by Michael Kalichman, UC San Diego, with initial support from Peter Ellsworth of the Legler Benbough Foundation.

Dr. Kalichman initially formed an informal executive committee, consisting of himself, Larry Hinman (USD), and Sara Burke (SDSTC), with Andrea Paik as the senior coordinator. Shortly thereafter an initial Steering Committee was formed, which included the members of the executive committee plus Peter Ellsworth (Legler Benbough Foundation), Christian Crews (Waite Foundation), Chris Todd (President, San Diego Bar Association), and Mark Trotter (Parker Foundation)...

Christopher W. Todd
Center for Ethics founder and former Bar Association president
Chris emphasizes business, real estate, insurance/bad faith, professional malpractice, and injury disputes in his trial practice. He has tried and arbitrated over 80 lawsuits to verdict or judgment. He is a recognized leader, and served as president of the 7,500-member San Diego County Bar Association in 2003. He is closely connected to the local business community and is an active member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

David Higgins, Ph.D.
Executive Committee
Logistics and Education

Higgins has a professional background in biotechnology research, project management, and business development. He has held positions at Invitrogen, Chiron, Idun Pharmaceuticals and most recently he was Executive VP for Business Development and Head of US Operations for BioMedica, Inc., a UK-based gene therapy company. Higgins has served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology at SDSU and as an Instructor in the biotech technician training program at SD City College. Higgins has volunteered for various community-oriented organizations including Positive Prevention, Rolling Readers, SD Museum of Natural History, the North Park Community Association, and Water Station. He served as foreman of the 2006/2007 San Diego County Grand Jury. Currently he is a Scientific Advisor for iDiverse, a SD biotech company, serves on the steering committee of the MLK All People's Breakfast, and is the President of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Higgins earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Rochester followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

Gloria Penner
* Board of Advisors

...Gloria Penner is the host of KPBS Radio’s weekly "Editors Roundtable" and "San Diego Week." She was the host of the first hour of KPBS Radio's "These Days" from 1995 to 1999, and the host of KPBS TV's "Full Focus" from 2003 to 2007. Gloria started her radio career in San Francisco in the 1950s as an associate producer on a program called Housewives Protective League. Her first job in television came after a move to Washington, D.C. where she was associate producer of the Washington segment of the "Today Show." After a stint in Hawaii and a return to Washington, D.C., she relocated to San Diego and took a few years off for family life. She joined KPBS Television in 1969 as director of community relations...

Her awards include 7 Emmys, 5 Golden Mikes, 2 Gracies from the American Federation of Women in Radio and Television, The San Diego Press Club’s Harold Keen Award for excellence in journalism, the John Swett Award from the California Teachers Association, and many honors from the Society for Professional Journalists and the San Diego Bar Association. ...Gloria earned her bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College. She did graduate work in English at New York University and earned her Master’s Degree in English from Syracuse University. She is married to Bill Snyder, a retired manufacturer, with whom she lives in La Jolla. She has two grown sons and two grandchildren.

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