Science Cafe Raleigh: Biomedical Technology in Sports

Crossing the Line? Biomedical Technology in Sports
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
6:30-8:30 pm with discussion beginning at 7:00 followed by Q&A
Location: Tir Na Nog 218 South Blount Street, Raleigh, 833-7795
In the end, it was a split second rather than an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ruling that kept double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius from competing in the Beijing Summer Olympics. He didn’t hit the 400-meter qualifying time of 45.55 seconds, despite running a personal best 46.25 on his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs at a track meet in Lucerne, Switzerland. In this talk, National Humanities Center digital media specialist Phillip Barron explores ways that advances in biomedical science and technology are challenging our traditional notions of acceptable sports practices and offers some suggestions for how we can create rules of sport that sustain these technological innovations.
About the Speaker:
Phillip Barron works as a Digital Media Specialist at the National Humanities Center in Durham, where he is managing editor of the “On the Human” project. He is also the sole proprietor of the digital media design company, nicomedia, LLC. Trained in analytic philosophy, Barron is a scholar and award-winning digital media artist. His writings and photography have appeared in newspapers, magazines and academic journals.
RSVP to katey.ahmann@ncdenr.gov. For more information, contact Katey Ahmann at 919-733-7450, ext. 531.

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