Jesse A. Soodalter, MD, MA is a Palliative Care physician and a post-doctoral research fellow in the Section of Palliative Care & Medical Ethics, Division of General Internal Medicine, at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed clinical fellowships in Hospice & Palliative Medicine and Hematology/Oncology at the University of Chicago, where she also received a Masters degree in the Humanities. She attended both medical school and Internal Medicine residency at Brown University in Providence, RI, where she previously received her B.A. in Classics (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa).
Her research areas of interest include racial, ethnic and socioeconomic justice in intensive-care decision-making, particularly in the setting of advanced life support technologies; affective science and doctor-patient communication; and clinical and societal problems related to talking and thinking about death. Her educational interests focus on Medical Humanities and Bioethics, and she is a Faculty Fellow of the University of Pittsburgh Honors College. In 2017 she taught an Honors College/graduate seminar entitled “Biopower: Biopolitical Readings of the Body,” in collaboration with Paul Bové, Distinguished Professor of Literature at Pitt. She serves as an attending physician on the inpatient consultation service for UPMC Palliative Medicine, and also as the attending Palliative Care physician in the Sickle Cell Program in the Division of Hematology & Oncology.
Jack Forman is a Senior at Carnegie Mellon University studying materials science and biomedical engineering. Additionally, he is a researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science. In the Morphing Matter Lab, led by prof. Lining Yao, Forman has been investigating smart material-human interaction. Over the last year and with support from the lab, Forman has led a team of researchers to develop, design, and showcase a clothing line of transformative heat-responsive garments. Actuation behavior was made possible through the implementation of twisted-then-coiled polymer muscles, which are 100x stronger than human muscle of the same weight and size. Forman believes the arrival of smart clothing is rapidly approaching, and predicts materials design will play a key role in overcoming the final hurdles.
Ron Cole-Turner holds the H. Parker Sharp Chair in Theology and Ethics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion, an honorary society that he currently serves as vice president. His research focuses on human evolution and human enhancement–in other words, where have we come from and where are we going? His most recent book is The End of Adam and Eve: Theology and the Science of Human Origins (2016), and he is currently at work on Humanity Transcendent: Technology, Theology, and the Human Future. Previous books include Transhumanism and Transcendence: Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Enhancement (edited, 2011). He serves as co-chair of the AAR Unit on “Human Enhancement and Transhumanism.”