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Gregory Fowler, PhD (Brown University) is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Community Health at Portland State (Oregon) University, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, and co-founder and Executive Director of Geneforum, a Portland-based non-profit organization which promotes public education and civic discourse about ethical and social issues raised by the new genetic technologies (http://www.geneforum.org). Partnering with individuals and organizations at the local, state, and national level, Geneforum creates active learning environments that use dialogue as a primary tool for exploring citizen values about complex social issues in science and technology. Activities include high school classroom visits, teacher workshops, town hall meetings, public opinion research, publication, talk-radio, and an interactive blog. With a focus on bio-science education, the societal implications of science and technology, and participatory democracy, Greg has published numerous articles and essays including "The Human Genome Project: What's the public got to do with it?; "Translating the Human Genome Project Into Social Policy;" "Linking the Public Voice With the Genetic Policy Process: A case study" and "Technology and Citizenry: A Model for Public Consultation in Genomic Science Policy Formation." As a past AAAS Fellow in the Science and Engineering Diplomacy Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the recipient of an Ethics and Values in Science and Technology Individual Award of the National Science foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the social and ethical implications of genetic engineering, Greg is currently a standing member of the Oregon Legislature's Advisory Committee on Genetic Privacy and Research mandated to create opportunities for public education and input on issues of genetic privacy and research. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, an international forum which elects scientists, artists and scholars with interdisciplinary accomplishments, a record of public service and a global perspective to the Academy to discuss the vital problems of humankind and to "keep under continuous review the social consequences and policy implications of knowledge."