Complementary & Alternative Medicines: Fact, Fallacy or Fiction? (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Presented by Gregory Forbes, PhD, Professor of Biological Sciences, GRCC


Join us for "Complementary & Alternative Medicines: Fact, Fallacy or Fiction?" with Dr. Greg Forbes.

An examination of whether complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) such as acupuncture, chiropractic and natural/herbal supplements have any scientific merit in the treatment of disease. The reasons for the apparent increase in the acceptance of such CAMs will also be examined. Strategies for determining the scientific validity of miracle cures and treatments will also be explored.

About the Speaker

Dr. Greg Forbes is the National Course Director for the National Science Foundation’s Chautauqua course on evolution and evolution education for college and university professors. He also serves as the Education Director for the Michigan Evolution Education Initiative, a statewide initiative designed to help teachers effectively teach evolution; as the Director of the Evolution Education Institute, an initiative that expands the Michigan project nationally; is the Evolution Education Specialist for the 4000 member Michigan Science Teachers Association; and is a founding member of Michigan Citizens for Science.

Dr. Forbes is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Grand Rapids Community College where he also serves as Director of the Science Education Center.

Boasting a broad education in biological sciences Dr. Forbes has earned a B.S. in Wildlife and Natural Resources Management from California Polytechnic University, a M.S. in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Zoology and also the Department of Tropical Environmental Studies at James Cook University in Australia. Dr. Forbes also holds professional certification as a Certified Wildlife Biologist.

With 25 years of university and college instructional experience, Dr. Forbes’ instructional and curricular development work has included the development of 22 college and university courses in both the biological and physical sciences at four institutions as well as instruction of a wide diversity of courses such as zoology, natural resources management, geology, tropical ecology, marine biology and human anatomy and physiology.

In 2004 Dr. Forbes was awarded the Michigan Science Teachers Association highest award, College & University Science Teacher of the Year. In 2005, the Michigan ACLU selected Greg as the Civil Libertarian of the Year for his work in defending the integrity of science education against attempts to introduce non-scientific ideologies into the public classroom. He was also selected by the Freethought Association as the 2006 Freethinker of the Year in recognition of his efforts to promote freethought and in consideration to his work in the legislative arena to safeguard the teaching of science in public classrooms.

Since 1993, Dr. Forbes has served as an Editorial Board member for Skeptic Magazine, an international publication promoting a scientific approach to addressing social, philosophical, and scientific issues with a significant emphasis upon evolutionary thought, education, and inquiry. He also authors a regular column in the Michigan Science Teachers Association’s Journal entitled “Natural Selections; Essays on Evolution and the Nature of Science”. Dr. Forbes has been a featured or keynote speaker at many dozens of scientific and educational conferences. He is also a founding member and current Board member of the Michigan Citizens for Science, a citizens group that works to ensure quality science education in the public classroom.

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