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No. 52 • January - June 2011 • Page 135
 •  Initiatives

Piura, Peru -- Specialized seminar for journalists

The School of Communication and the Biomedical Research Group at the University of Piura held a specialized seminar for journalists during October and November, 2010. Its aim was to offer up-to-date information on science and bioethics to journalists from the city of Piura and the surrounding region. At the same time, it offered reflections on the anthropological foundations of modern-day life. Twenty-seven communicators from the press, radio and television media took part.

The seminar included a talk by Doctor Genara Castillo on “Anthropology as a basis for a correct understanding of today’s world.” Dr. Victor Morales spoke on the origins of scientific knowledge, while Dr. Gerardo Castillo discussed the cultural implications of recent advances in gynecology. Finally, an address by Dr. Jaime Millas dealt with the question of stem cells.

The speakers sought to confront the multiple concerns of journalists on a broad range of current topics, including abortion, contraception, homosexuality, and the origin of life. In the closing session, the journalists asked the University of Piura to continue offering these informative and formative initiatives.

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