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UAB Ethics Bowl Team ready for a fight – ethically speaking, that is

Posted Mar 18 2011 11:21am
The UAB Ethics Bowl team is in North Carolina today competing in the 2011 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference at Duke University. And they aren’t leaving without a fight – ethically speaking, that is.

The team is led by Gregory Pence, Ph.D., a philosophy professor in the College of Arts and Sciences . Before leaving for North Carolina, he was fired up and expecting the team to do well in the competition.

Last year, Pence’s team surprised everyone, even him, when in only their second year competing and dubbed as the underdogs, they won the ethics bowl national championship. It was a Cinderella tale, he said. (The ethics bowl is a matchup between students who debate some of today’s most difficult ethical issues.)

Unfortunately, the team didn’t come home with the glass slipper two years in a row, losing at the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl earlier this month. But Pence felt as if there was still some fight in them – so he signed them up to battle it out in the bioethics bowl.

The students are all a part of the Early Medical Professional Schools Acceptance Program (EMPSAP) , which Pence directs. They are a natural fit for this competition because it focuses on the ethics of medical cases, he says. “It was a no-brainer.”

Over the next three days, the group will take on Georgetown and Miami Universities, as well as teams with strong connections to graduate programs in bioethics, such as SUNY-Albany and Loyola-Chicago. The trip is co-sponsored by UAB’s Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences .

The team has been practicing non-stop, Pence says, and all involved feel confident they should do well.

The team members are Ethan Mallick Hossain, Rachael Rosales, Majaliwa Mzombwe, Aditi Jani and Kevin Quichen Jiang.

Not on the competing team but still carrying the Blazer flag is Alice Zhang, one of 16 students nationally chosen to present her research at the conference. Also there are Nick Beum and Raam Venkatesh as at-large representatives from UAB.
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