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April 30, 2007

UNC sponsors science boot camp for court judges

Some 60 judges from nine southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will participate in the first Southeast Regional Science and Technology Boot Camp from May 3 to May 5. The program is aimed at helping the judges become better judicial gatekeepers and adjudicators in biomedical science-related cases brought before the courts.

Participants will include municipal, state and state supreme court judges. Several Federal Appellate Court judges will also be in attendance. The boot camp is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s department of genetics and the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center (ASTAR) in Washington, D.C.

Through lectures, discussions, hands-on laboratory demonstrations, and small group adjudication clinics, the program will offer a crash course in basic genetics and will consider issues such as medical genetics and dilemmas in counseling, principles of gene therapy, principles and controversies in human subjects research, principles of DNA forensics and a session on stem cell genetics.

“With regard to stem cells, myriad laws are under consideration and some have been already passed at the state level. So it’s almost inevitable that stem cell controversies will end up as courtroom cases,” said chief science adviser Dr. James P. Evans, professor of genetics and medicine at UNC’s School of Medicine, director of clinical cancer genetics at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and director of the school’s Bryson Program in Human Genetics.

In March 2006, UNC and ASTAR sponsored the first National Judges’ Medical School, which focused on the biogenetic and environmental triggers and treatment of cancer.


‘Doubt’ completes PlayMakers’ 2007-2008 season lineup

The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play “Doubt” will fill the final slot in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2007-2008 main-stage season.

PlayMakers, the professional theater company in residence at UNC, will perform the play from Jan. 26 through Feb. 29, 2008, in rotating repertory with “Topdog/Underdog.”

The addition completes the lineup for the season, announced in February. The other plays will be “Romeo and Juliet,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “The Little Prince,” “Topdog/Underdog” and “Amadeus.” For dates, details and the second-stage series, visit

“Doubt” is set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964. At the center of the thriller is a resolute nun facing a difficult decision. Should she raise thorny concerns about a young male priest, even if she’s not certain of the truth?

 “Few plays make it to Broadway,” a Chicago Tribune reporter wrote of the play. “Even fewer are of a standard comparable to John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Doubt,’ a brilliantly brave, lean and incisive piece of writing that deserved every last dollar of its 2005 Pulitzer Prize.”

Based in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, PlayMakers is the Carolinas’ oldest resident professional theatre company. Subscriptions are now available for the new season, with discounts for students, seniors and youth. Call (919) 962-PLAY (7529) or visit

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