selected invited papers (last ten years)
“Informed Consent in Newborn Screening: History and Policy,” Medical Forum lecture, University of Otago Medical School, Dunedin, NZ, March 18, 2015
“Truby King, Infant Welfare, and the History of Eugenics,” Conference on the History of Eugenics in the British Colonial Context, St Margaret’s College, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ, Feb. 7, 2015
Panel on Law & Ethics of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, Nov. 6, 2014
“Eugenics and Human Heredity in the History of the Life Sciences,” Symposium Celebration in honor of Garland Allen’s Retirement, Washington University, St. Louis, Oct. 17, 2014
"Eugenics without Eugenists," Fishbein Center, University of Chicago, Feb. 7, 2014.
“’The Government has your Baby’s DNA’: A Historical Perspective on the Controversy over Consent in Newborn Screening,” Bioethics Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ, 3/8/13; Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh, Sept. 23, 2013.
“Debating Newborn Screening: Past and Present,” University at Buffalo, Nov. 1, 2012
“A Historical Perspective on the Controversy over Consent in NBS,” Workshop on Governance of Dried Bloodspots, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, NL, April 10, 2012
“What (if Anything) Can We Learn from the History of Eugenics?” Ackerman Symposium, Harvard Medical School, 4/27/2011 and University of Nijmegen, NL, March 27, 2012
“The Real World of PKU,” Le Séminaire Cermes3. “Retour sur L'histoire du Dépistage et de la Gestion du Risque Génétique,” CERMES, Paris, FR, March 14, 2012
“The Paradox of PKU,” Community Genetics, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Feb. 15, 2012
“Darwin and Eugenics,” Forum on Chance, Purpose and Progress in Evolution and Religion, University of Arizona, Jan. 20, 2012
“What Was Wrong with Eugenics?” Genetics and Society Golden Helix Conference, Athens, Greece, Nov. 6, 2011
“How PKU Became a Genetic Disease,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Nov. 4, 2011
“Plus ça Change: Debating Newborn Screening for Inherited Metabolic Disorders,” University of Exeter, Sept. 3, 2010; Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Nov. 15, 2011
“Phenylketonuria and Public Health in the U.S., Britain, and Continental Europe, 1955-1975,” European Social Science History Conference, Ghent, Belgium, April 8, 2010
“Darwin and Eugenics,” Darwin Festival, University of Cambridge, England, July 9, 2009
“Patient Advocacy in Newborn Screening: Historical, Sociological, Political, and Bioethical Perspectives,” UCLA Center for Society and Genetics Colloquium Series, April 14, 2009
“Beyond Galton: JS Mill and the Nineteenth-Century British Debate over Inherited Differences,” University of Sydney, March 17, 2008; California Institute of Technology, May 1, 2009; UCLA, June 1, 2009
“Parent Power and Public Policy: The Case of PKU,” National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Meeting, Kansas City, Oct. 13, 2007
“Newborn Screening and the Rhetoric of Reproduction in the 1960s,” Workshop on Establishing Medical Genetics, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany, 6/28-30/2007.
“Eugenics: Then and Now,” Festival dei Saperi, Pavia, Italy, Sept. 9, 2006
“Charles Darwin, JS Mill, and the Origins of the Modern Nature-Nurture Debate,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, April 7, 2005; Boston Colloquium for the History and Philosophy of Science, April 3, 2006; Washington University, St. Louis, Dec. 6, 2006.
“Responsible Reproduction? Shifting Views about PKU,” University of Trondheim, Norway, Sept. 21, 2005.