Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
Director, Center of Bioethics

Professor of Bioethics
University of Pennsylvania

Leila Heckman, Ph.D.
Senior Managing Director of Mesirow Financial

Trustee, Polytechnic Institute of NYU

Janice Koch, Ph.D.
Hofstra University, Director of the IDEAS Institute

Past President of the Association for Science Teacher Education

Jo Ann Caplin
President and Executive Producer

Jo Ann Caplin, President of the Science Television Workshop, has had a distinguished career in television. As a producer for ABC News and CBS News she won two Emmys and two Peabody Awards for her work. In the 90s she went to Philadelphia to be Executive Producer of a primetime newsmagazine for Westinghouse. The show, called "The Bulletin," won two Emmys for best newsmagazine, and many more for the segments.

She also produced, directed and wrote "Warning, May be Hazardous to your Health: A Consumer Reports Special," for HBO and was a producer for PBS' "Adam Smith's Money World."

Caplin has represented and advised many corporate clients as well.

From 2000 to 2004 Caplin was Professor and Park Distinguished Chair at the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, where she developed a science journalism curriculum as an undergraduate major.

Caplin's areas of research are science education, and the relationships between science and art. She has lectured on "Science and Art" all over the country and in England, including Oxford University and the Institute of Neuroesthetics. The summer of 2003, Caplin was a visiting scholar at the University College London, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology studying and lecturing on Science and Art. Prof. Semir Zeki, with whom she studied, was doing fMRI�s on people while they were looking at art, and charted the visual brain.

Caplin graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English, and minors in chemistry and art history. She has a master's degree in English from Yale, and another master's degree from New York University in Cinema Studies.

Caplin is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

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