2004 Inaugural


Saturday, May 1, 2004

Engineers Club - 110 E. Monument Avenue - Dayton, OH 45402

All biographies current at time of conference.

Jeff Koloze, PhD

Logical Fallacies in the Literature on Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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Dr. Koloze is a full-time instructor in English at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio. Previously, he had been adjunct faculty for thirteen years at several colleges and universities in metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Koloze received his BA from John Carroll, MA from Cleveland State, and Ph.D. from Kent State University. Dr. Koloze has presented numerous papers on his primary research interest: how the right-to-life issues of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia are treated in American fiction. Many of these papers have been published in conference proceedings and on the web. Dr. Koloze has expanded his research interests to include right-to-life issues in international fiction as well. He, his wife Joan, and their four children are active in pro-life movement.

Denise Mackura, JD

Using Demographics as a Strategic Tool to Save Babies

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Denise Mackura has been an activist in the pro-life movement for more than 30 years. She has served on the Boards of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, the National Lawyers Association, St. Joseph School (Chicago) and as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association's Individual Rights & Civil Liberties Section Counsel. In addition to legal counsel to the Ohio House Reference Committee, her professional experience includes teaching government, political science as well as other courses at several colleges, a private law practice, directing government relations programs for non-profit associations, & establishing a free legal clinic. Denise served for three years as senior legislative counsel for Americans United for Life and is currently the Chair of the Life Issues Section of the National Lawyers Association. Ms. Mackura received her juris doctor degree in 1977 from Cleveland State-Cleveland Marshall College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Illinois.

Steve Koob, PhD

Application of Mathematics and Aerodynamics to Pro-Life Issues

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Stephen J Koob, PhD, has a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Parks College of St Louis U, an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and PhD from Purdue in Fluid Mechanics. During his 20 years active duty with the USAF, he was engaged in research and development at the Flight Dynamics Laboratory, and teaching/research at the Air Force Institute of Technology. His pro-life work began with Clark County RTL in the late 70s and continued with Dayton RTL, Ohio RTL, Elizabeth's New Life Center, numerous "Life Academies", American Family Assn, and for the past 10 years as the Director and Co-Founder (with Mary Ann Walsh) of One More Soul, an apostolate commited to helping people understand the blessings of children, the harm of contraception/sterilization, and the benefits of natural family planning.

Dave Banaszak

Multivariate Analysis of Vital Statistics from 88 Ohio Counties

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David Banaszak received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science (MS) in Applied Statistics from Wright State University. Dave works for the Air Force Research Laboratory. In addition to being a board member of the Tri County Right to Life Education Foundation, Dave is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Statistical Association (ASA). Dave is current President of the Greater Ohio Chapter of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST).

Fr Frank Pavone

Keynote address

Fr. Frank Pavone was born in Port Chester, New York and has been active in the pro-life movement since 1976. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York by Cardinal John O’Connor in 1988. In 1993, with the permission of Cardinal O’Connor, he became National Director of Priests for Life. In this full time position, he has traveled to all of the 50 states and to five continents, preaching and teaching against abortion and helping other priests to do the same. Under his guidance, the Priests for Life staff has grown to 45 full-time paid employees. He conducts seminars on pro-life strategy and is regularly invited to speak at national and international pro-life gatherings. He has produced television and radio programs for EWTN, The Odyssey Network, Catholic Family Radio, Vatican Radio, and other outlets. His articles on pro-life issues are regularly published around the world. Fr. Pavone was asked by Mother Teresa to address the clergy of India on the life issues and in 1997 he was asked by the Vatican to help co-ordinate pro-life activities throughout the world as an official of the Pontifical Council for the Family. In 2003, Fr. Pavone was elected to be the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, a coalition of groups from many different denominations working to end abortion.

Paul Byrne, MD

Neonatologist, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center

"Brain Death" and Organ Transplantation (Awarded best presentation)

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Dr. Byrne is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Ohio located in Toledo, Ohio. He is also Director of Neonatology at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. Dr. Byrne is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. He graduated in 1957 from St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Byrne previously served as Chairman of Ethics Committee for Oral Roberts University School of Medicine and for City of Faith Medical and Research Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Beginning in 1967, Dr. Byrne has testified before eight state legislatures concerning life issues. Dr. Byrne is an author of articles on brain death, anti-euthanasia, and anti-abortion in medical journals, law literature, and in the lay press. He is the author and producer of the film entitled Continuum of Life. He is also the co-editor of the book Beyond Brain Death: The Case Against Brain Based Criteria for Human Death. Dr. Byrne and his wife Shirley are the parents of twelve children and the grandparents of twenty-two children.

Joe Martino, PhD

Technology Forecasting Consultant; Professor, Yorktown University

Cloning of animals and human beings

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Dr. Martino is a faculty member at Yorktown University, where he teaches a course on Just War Doctrine. He was a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Dayton Research Institute from 1975 to 1993. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1975, retiring in the grade of Colonel. He received the A.B. from Miami University, the M.S.E.E. from Purdue University, and the PhD from Ohio State University. He was a visiting professor at Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, in from 1997 to 1999. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics. He has written five books and is the author of two dozen articles in technical journals. He is a recipient of the Centennial Award of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers.

Michael J. New, PhD

Analyzing the Effects of State Legislation on the Incidence of Abortion During the 1990s

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Michael J. New, is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-MIT Data Center. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College and received both a Masters Degree in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. Dr. New has conducted extensive research on the impact of state level pro-life legislation. His study, "Analyzing the Effects of State Legislation on the Incidence of Abortion During the 1990s" was released by the Heritage Foundation in January, 2004. Dr. New's other research interests include campaign finance reform, state fiscal limits, and direct democracy. His articles have appeared in such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Investor's Business Daily, The Weekly Standard, National Right to Life News, and National Review Online.

Raymond Adamek, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Kent State Univ

What America Really Thinks About Abortion

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Raymond J. Adamek is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Kent State University, where he has taught courses in the family, statistics, research methods, and other subjects for the past 36 years. Dr. Adamek earned his bachelor’s degree at Canisius College (Buffalo, NY), his master’s degree at Fordham University, and his Ph.D. at Purdue University. Dr. Adamek has some 20 publications dealing with the abortion issue in academic journals, the National Right to Life News, and other outlets. His interest in public opinion on the abortion issie goes back to 1977. In December of 1981, he testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution concerning public opinion on abortion. Dr. Adamek recently completed an analysis of over 30 years of abortion polls in the U.S., which is available from the Ad Hoc Committee in Defense of Life in New York City. Dr. Adamek and his wife Judy have been active in the pro-life movement since 1972.

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