Audrey R. Chapman

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Audrey R. Chapman "has served as the Director of the Science and Human Rights Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for seven years. She also directs the AAAS Program of Dialogue Between Science and Religion.

"She received a Ph.D. in public law and government from Columbia University and graduate degrees in theology and ethics from New York Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. She is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ.

"She has been on the faculties of Barnard College, the University of Ghana, and the University of Nairobi. She has also taught courses at New York Theological Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, Andover Newton Seminary, and Georgetown University. She served as a consultant for The Ford Foundation in Lebanon and Kenya and as an advisor in Social Statistics for the Kenya Central Bureau of Statistics. Formerly the World Issues Secretary of the United Church Board for World Ministries, she coordinated justice, peace and human rights programs for the international agency of the United Church of Christ. She was a member and then chair of the National Council of Churches Human Rights Committee.

"Issues relating to science and human rights are a personal research interest and a major focus of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program. She has also published a wide range of books and articles dealing with health and human rights, human rights methodology, and bioethical issues. She has served as the project director for several AAAS projects on health and human rights issues and others on human genetics. These include a recently completed science and religion dialogue on human genetic patenting and a multidisciplinary exploration of scientific, ethical, and religious issues related to human germ line intervention.

"She is the author, co-author, or editor of ten books and numerous articles and monographs related to human rights and religious ethics. Her most recently published book is Health Care and Information Ethics: Protecting Fundamental Human Rights (Sheed and Ward, 1997). Two forthcoming books are Perspectives on Gene Patenting: Science, Religion, Industry, and Law in Dialogue (AAAS, 1998) and Religious Ethics at the Frontiers of Science (Fortress Press, 1998). She is currently working on a book on violations of economic, social and cultural rights and coediting a book on scientific contributions to truth commissions." [1]

"She has been the director or codirector of grants and projects from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Institutes of Health, the John Templeton Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"She currently serves on the boards of the Children's Environmental Health Fund, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Metagora initiative, which is an international research network seeking to improve methodologies and research related to human rights. " [2]

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  1. Audrey R. Chapman, WIPO, accessed April 8, 2010.
  2. Audrey R. Chapman, accessed April 8, 2010.