Bioethics expert to speak at Union Graduate College commencement

Thursday, April 18, 2013
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Arthur Caplan
Arthur Caplan

— Arthur Caplan, professor and head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center, will be the keynote speaker at Union Graduate College’s 2013 commencement.

The event will be held on June 15 at 3 p.m. at Proctors.

Caplan is an expert on bioethics and is seen in the news discussing issues such as human cloning and drug testing. He has written or edited 30 books and more than 550 papers in reference journals.

Before joining NYU, Caplan was the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

Caplan has served on a number of national and international committees including: the Joint Council of Europe/United Nations Study on Trafficking in Organs and Body Parts; National Cancer Institute Biobanking Ethics Working Group; Advisory Committee to the United Nations on Human Cloning and the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses

Caplan was named USA Today’s person of the year in 2001 and one of the 10 most influential people in science by Discover magazine in 2008. He writes a regular column on bioethics for, is a monthly commentator on bioethics and health care issues for WebMD/Medscape and frequently appears in national and international media to discuss bioethics issues.

About 200 students are expected to receive their master’s degrees in management, including health care management, education, engineering and bioethics.

“Dr. Caplan is repeatedly named one of the country’s most influential people in medicine, science and biotechnology,” said Dr. Laura Schweitzer, President, Union Graduate College, in a news release. “We look forward to his thoughts on how advancement in health care and medical technology will shape the lives and careers of our graduates — no matter what field they choose to work in.”

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