Medical Ethics Lecture

Medical ethicist Virginia Ashby Sharpe will deliver a lecture titled "Politicizing Science" on Tuesday to start off St. Mary's College of Maryland's Lecture and Fine Arts Series. The presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 106 of Schaefer Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Sharpe will focus on the intersection of science, politics and the corporate world in federal policymaking. Because stem cell research, global warming, cloning and other ethically charged scientific developments have become the subject of national debate, Sharpe will attempt to provide context for understanding the role science plays in Bush administration policies.

"There is a growing concern that the science used . . . for policymaking is being manipulated to produce ideological results," Sharpe said. "Cherry-picking scientific findings potentially undermines research."

Sharpe is a medical ethicist with the National Center for Ethics in Health Care at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses on bioethics, clinical ethics and environmental justice.

Tactical Response Squad

Members of the Charles County Sheriff's Office's new Tactical Response Squad officially began their duties this month.

The squad, which was set up to deal with a variety of public safety problems, is composed of four officers and a sergeant and is part of the Special Operations Section. The squad's assignments will vary depending on which issues are an immediate concern, the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Sheriff Frederick E. Davis (R) said the unit will support regular patrol officers.

"Whenever we have a public safety concern, our patrol officers are proactive and address it aggressively, but they have countless other unrelated calls for service they must respond to," Davis said in the statement. "We have specialized units that address specific issues, but what we needed was a group of officers who could focus all their attention on any issue at any given time."

Charles County has seen increases in fatal crashes and armed robberies this year, so the squad's first assignments have involved traffic safety and assisting in robbery investigations. During the winter holiday season, the squad will try to help prevent robberies and thefts, which tend to increase at that time of the year.

Davis said the squad's members are veteran officers who have experience and expertise in a variety of fields. Some of the officers are certified radar operators. One officer is a certified firearms instructor, two are certified counter-snipers and another is equipped with a stun gun.

Notre Dame Program

The College of Notre Dame will hold an information session on its master of arts in management program, with concentrations in marketing and public relations-communication management, from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Rd. in California.

Students can complete the program in two years, and all courses are available at the Southern Maryland center.

Other concentrations available in the master of arts in management program at the center are financial management, information systems and human resource management.

To make an appointment to attend the information session or for an individual appointment, call Carolyn Ebel at 301-737-2500, Ext. 306, or e-mail

Education and Career Days

The Southern Maryland Higher Education Forum will present education and career days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three locations at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station:

* Oct. 25, North Engineering (Building 2185).

* Oct. 26, Moffett Building (Building 2272).

* Oct. 27 South Engineering (Building 2187).

The Higher Education Forum consists of the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, St. Mary's College of Maryland, the College of Southern Maryland, the Navy Air Systems Command Career Development Office and Wyle Laboratories.

Participating institutions, most of which maintain programs at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, include George Washington University, George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, Catholic University, the College of Notre Dame and the College of Southern Maryland.