The Hastings Center received the first ever Cornerstone Award from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities on October 17, at the Society’s annual meeting. The award “recognizes outstanding contributions by an institution that has helped shape the direction of the fields of bioethics and/or the medical humanities.” The Cornerstone Award, which is given at the discretion of the ASBH Board of Directors, is only given to institutions more than 30 years old.
In presenting the award, ASBH president Hilde Lindemann, a Hastings Center Fellow and former research scholar there, said, “As a Hastings Center alumna, I am doubly delighted to see the Center receive this well-deserved and groundbreaking tribute.”
The Center, the nation’s first bioethics research institution, celebrated its 40th anniversary last June. It was founded in 1969, at a time when revolutionary developments such as organ transplantation and genetic testing were posting new ethical dilemmas for individuals and society. The May-June issue of the Hastings Center Report features essays on foundational issues in bioethics and how they have evolved, including population control, behavior control, death and dying, and genetics.
“Forty years after the Center’s founding, it’s wonderful to see how the field of bioethics has grown, and to witness the Center honored by our colleagues for its foundational role,” said Tom Murray, president of The Hastings Center.
Daniel Callahan, president emeritus and cofounder of the Center, praised ASBH. “We are exceedingly proud to receive an award from an organization, younger than ours, that has grown and matured in a most striking way,” he said. “To be honored by such an organization is especially gratifying.”