Ethics of Boosting Athletic Performance to be Examined at Saint Mary's College Colloquium

MORAGA, Calif. (May 24, 2004) - Ethics professors, sport psychologists and others will explore athletic performance issues, including the recent sports-doping scandals, during a colloquium at Saint Mary's College of California on June 14-17.

The 2004 Summer Colloquium, titled "Improving Human Performance: Physiological, Psychological and Ethical Issues," is particularly timely in light of the ongoing investigation into the use of illegal and banned performance-enhancing drugs by top athletes. It is sponsored by the Saint Mary's College Graduate Program in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

All events take place in Hagerty Lounge in De La Salle Hall between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The schedule is:

* Monday, June 14: The Psychology of Excellence in Human Performance - Miami University Professor and sport psychologist Bob Weinberg will talk about his experience with Olympic athletes.

* Tuesday, June 15: Optimizing Athletic Performance: Are Ergogenic Aids the Only Way? - Mandi Dupain, an exercise physiologist at Millersville University, will discuss whether natural alternatives can compete with illegal performance enhancers.

* Wednesday, June 16: Bioethics - Andy Miah, a professor in the Department of Media, Bioethics and Cyberculture at the University of Paisley in Scotland, will tackle the ethics of improving human performance. Miah is the author of "Genetically Modified Athletes: The Ethical Implications of Genetic Technologies in Sport."

* Thursday, June 17: Performance Enhancement and the Modern Athlete - Professor Andy Miah, West Coast Conference Commissioner Mike Gilleran, and San Francisco Chronicle sports writer Ron Kroichick will compare and contrast high school, college and professional athletics.

For more information, please call (925) 631-4377.


Saint Mary's College of California, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. An outstanding faculty brings these traditions to life. The College enrolls 2,494 traditional undergraduates and more than 2,000 students in adult education and graduate programs. The Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school. Saint Mary's is located in Moraga, 20 miles east of San Francisco.