So the commercial says, but today’s news says that Happy Scientist don’t come from California but Wisconsin.
Alta Charo, professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who spent last year as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!) stated, “Sometimes it’s good to be small, small enough to facilitate real collaboration. Great research comes from happy scientists.”
Charo was encouraging her colleagues in Wisconsin not to covet the $3 billion dollars of state funding in California, and not to drool over the big institutions in biotechnology out west, but to remind them that Wisconsin has done much better than it should have and hasn’t been embroiled in legal challenges over doing human cloning research.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.