Wow fatherjoe, you brought back some old memories for me.
On my first Pchem test I got about a 33 or 36 out of 200 points and it was a middle C! It was a tough course. It ended up moving me towards Organic Chemistry, where I eventually got my BS and MA. The calculus was much too intense for my tastes at the time and computer time(back then in the dark ages of the early 1970’s) was brutal. You had to wait to the next day to see if your program and/or data came out right. If not, you had to go through he whole process again and again until it did. Ugh, what a drag. At least Frankie Valli was still singing then, so I had some comfort while writing endless programs for Pchem.
Bravo, for your Godchild. May Christ be her light. Her Catholicism will surely be tested in science, where truth has become more of a sideline to the pursuit of agendas than a goal.
CUA Senior Interns with President’s Council on Bioethics
Experience Convinces Student to Pursue Medical Ethics Career
When CUA senior Genevieve White applied for an internship with the President’s Council on Bioethics this past summer, she thought it would be a great opportunity to fuse her dual degrees — chemistry and philosophy — into a practical career opportunity.
The internship turned out to be a mutually beneficial one: White confirmed that bioethics was the field she wanted to pursue after graduation, and the council valued her scientific training so much they asked her to continue on through Jan. 1, 2008.
“It’s been an incredible experience,” says White, of Lothian, Md. “I was able to attend council meetings and meet scientists from all over the world.”
White also received some valuable advice from the council’s chairman, former CUA president Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, about her career path. “It definitely includes more school,” White says, including a possible doctorate in philosophy after pursuing a post-graduate medical degree.
The council was created at the behest of President George W. Bush in 2001 for the purpose of advising the president on bioethical issues that might arise from advances in biomedical science and technology. Interns assist all members of the staff with research on particular projects. Each intern is assigned to a project manager, who monitors and oversees research assignments.
White concentrated on the ethical questions surrounding the American College of Medical Genetics recommendation that every newborn in the United States be screened for 29 genetic conditions. White says many ethical questions arose out of her research, including whether doctors should screen for conditions they cannot treat, whether verifying a genetic condition could lead to discrimination, and whether there are implications for family planning in the case of hereditary conditions.
White will balance her time with the council — about five to 10 hours a week — with a heavy course load that includes physical chemistry, medieval theology and bioinorganic chemistry.
"Father Joe's Blog is great fun to read, too bad I will have to strike him dead with lightning some day!"
"Right after evening prayer, I regularly read his Blog and note corrections for my upcoming encyclicals."
"Before I have my security council meeting each morning, I check to see what's new at Fr. Joe's Blog."
"This infidel priest is not funny and is ill-informed!"
PRIESTESS (SR.) M T KANE
"He is a right-wing bigot who is anti-choice and anti-woman. The goddess is not happy with his Blog!"
"He is the poorest priest I know, always pontificating about things he knows nothing about; he is a disgrace!"
"The invasion is going as planned and soon all the clergy will be pod-people from outer space, starting with Father Joe."
"Never have I met someone who was so opposed to true ecumenism and religious freedom. I would like to sacrifice him in my dinner pot and wear his head as an ornament. Voices like his need to be silenced! We should all pray and sup together."
ADOLF HITLER CLONE
"This priest is wrong in his opposition to giving holy communion to anti-life politicians and other proponents of choice. He is not in sync with the majority of American bishops! How is that orthodox? Does he want an altercation at the altar? Now, where are my gas chambers and firing squads?"