Skip to main content


Exploring the nuances and breadth of biomedical science

Health & Science Horizons at Santa Clara University is a series of events designed to enrich student, faculty, and community understanding of modern healthcare topics. Boasting dynamic and eminent speakers, the series features interdisciplinary programs aimed at inspiring an intellectual dialogue across campus and in our community. Health & Science Horizons brings out the best of a Jesuit education, reflecting Santa Clara’s institutional commitment to the pursuit of informed ethical discourse.

Health & Science Horizons is presented in partnership with the Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and the Center of Performing Arts.


Jan A. Nolta

Tuesday, March 4 

Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Ethics at Noon: “Stem Cells: Is the Ethical Controversy Justified by Promising Science?” Dr. Nolta is a professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine and director of the UC Davis Stem Cell Program. Sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the College of Arts and Sciences.


Paul Berg

Wednesday, March 12

The inaugural Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship is presented as part of the President’s Speaker Series: A conversation with Dr. Berg, Nobel Prize-winning biochemist, teacher, and research advocate, on the difficult questions facing stem-cell researchers and policy-makers today.

A Number
by Caryl Churchill

Thursday, April 3
12:00 noon


Directed by Elisa Valentine, Churchill’s provocative play examines the implications of human cloning, poignantly juxtaposing a father’s attempt to redeem himself through modern science against a son’s painful discovery that he is a clone, an exact replica, just one in a number. Talkback immediately following performance. Made possible by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Ignatian Center’s Bannan Institute, Gerald and Sally DeNardo, the Center of Performing Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society.


Edmund D. Pellegrino

Thursday, May 14


Regan Lecture: “The Catholic Conscience, Bioethics, and the Public Square.” Dr. Pellegrino is chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics and professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics at Georgetown University. Sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and made possible by a gift from New York Life Insurance Co. in honor of William Regan III. 



For more information call 408-554-2301 or visit

If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please call Marie Brancati at 408-554-2301 (voice) or 1-800-735-2929 (TTY-California Relay) at least 72 hours prior to the event you wish to attend.