The Catholic University of America

July 13, 2006

CUA Theology Professor Appointed to Stem Cell Commission

Joseph E. Capizzi, associate professor of theology and religious studies at The Catholic University of America, has been appointed to the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission by that state's Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Capizzi, who teaches and does research in the area of moral theology and ethics, is one of four people appointed to the 15-member commission by Governor Ehrlich.

The commission "will establish criteria, standards and requirements to ensure that stem cell research financed by the newly established Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund complies with state law," according to a news release sent out by The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). The commission was created as an independent unit within TEDCO.

Of the 15 Commission members, four are appointed by the governor, two each are appointed by the president of the State Senate and the speaker of the House of Delegates, and the University System of Maryland and The Johns Hopkins University also have appointed three members each. The Maryland attorney general or a designee also holds an ex-officio position.

Capizzi serves on the Executive Council of the Law, Philosophy, and Culture Initiative at The Catholic University of America, and also is a fellow in religion for the Culture of Life Foundation. He recently served as the first chair of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center's Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Culture.

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