UMR Weiner Professor to discuss ethics of health care system April 19

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Dr. Wade Robison, an expert on the ethics of the U.S. health care system, will give a lecture titled, Flipping for Health Care at noon Wednesday, April 19, in Room G-5 Humanities-Social Sciences Building on the University of Missouri-Rolla campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In the lecture, Robison will discuss his research in the field of health care. “In addition to some deeply troubling ethical problems, the design of the current health care system makes it difficult, if not impossible, for a consumer to make reasonable health care choices,” Robison says. “We might as well flip a coin – except that sometimes we cannot even know that we had a choice.”

Robison, the Ezra A. Hale Chair in Applied Ethics in the philosophy department at the Rochester Institute of Technology, has authored or co-authored six books and more than 50 journal articles and reviews. He is currently serving as the sixth Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Professor of Humanities at UMR, where he teaches Ethics of Engineering Practice in the UMR arts, languages and philosophy department.

UMR’s Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Professorship in Humanities, established by an estate gift to the university in 1999, is to be rotated annually or biennially among the departments of arts, languages and philosophy; English and technical communication; and history and political science in the UMR College of Arts and Sciences.

Weiner was a graduate of UMR. He also studied at the University of Hawaii and at Washington University in St. Louis. He was retired from Westinghouse Electric Corp.

For more information about the April 19 lecture, call (573) 341-4869 or email or

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