Monthly Archives: April 2013

UCSF/UC Hastings Affiliation Celebration

UC Hastings College of the Law and UCSF celebrate their affiliation and the first three years of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. Please join us for a poster session and reception commemorating the beginning of our partnership and toasting our future collaborations. Pleaseregister for this event.


5 - 5:30          Open House and Refreshments

5:30 - 6:15     Welcome Remarks:

  • David Faigman, John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law and Associate Dean, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy
  • Shauna Marshall, Professor of Law and Academic Dean, UC Hastings College of the Law
  • Frank Wu (via video), Chancellor and Dean, William B. Lockhart Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law
  • Claire Brindis, Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Services 
    Director, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Medicine
  • Jeff BluestoneUCSF Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost; AW and Mary Clausen Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
  • Jaime King, Associate Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law and Associate Director (UC Hastings), UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy
  • Dan Dohan, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine, UCSF and Associate Director (UCSF), UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy

6:15 - 7          Reception

The Usual Suspects Magnetized: When Neuroscience and Law Collide!

Dr. Kent Kiehl’s laboratory has worked diligently along with correctional facilities in New Mexico and beyond to establish the world’s largest database of brain data from incarcerated populations.  Utilizing a state of the art mobile scanning unit which can be deployed to remote locations, his lab reaches populations for which functional brain imaging might otherwise be impossible or severely impractical.  These resources and relationships have been instrumental in the investigation of mental health issues that are particularly prevalent in those who are incarcerated, including psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, substance abuse, and externalizing disorders.  Join us for lunch at 12:00 pm on April 16, 2013 as he discusses this work and its implications for the criminal justice system.  

About the Speaker:
Dr.Kiehl is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of New Mexico and Executive Science Officer of the non-profit Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, NM.  Dr. Kiehl conducts clinical neuroscience research of major mental illnesses, with special focus on criminal psychopathy, sex offenders, substance abuse, and psychotic disorders.   Dr. Kiehl lectures extensively to state and federal judges, lawyers, probation officers, correctional officials, and lay audiences about the intersection of neuroscience and law.  In the last several years he has worked with the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) to develop the educational curriculum for federal judges on neuroscience in the courtroom.  He also serves as a legal consultant on criminal and civil cases involving psychopathy and/or brain imaging.

People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier

This SBS/IHA Colloquium talk examines the tension between scientific innovation and social equality, taking the reader inside California's 2004 stem cell initiative, the first of many state referenda on scientific research, to consider the lives it's affected. Speaker Ruha Benjamin reveals the promise and peril of public participation in science, illuminating issues of race, disability, gender, and socio-economic class that serve to define certain groups as more or less deserving in their political aims and biomedical hopes. Under the shadow of the free market and in a nation still at odds with universal healthcare, the socially marginalized are often eagerly embraced as test-subjects or tissue donors, yet still struggle to access new medicines and treatment regimes as patients.

Refreshments will be served so please RSVP to Megan Dowdell (

About the Speaker: 
Ruha Benjamin, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Boston University and an American Council of Learned Societies fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Science, Technology, and Society Program


  • UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy
  • UC Medical Humanities Curriculum
  • UCSF Department of Anthropology, History & Social Medicine
  • UCSF Institute on Health & Aging
  • Center for Genetics & Society
  • UCSF Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • UC Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society