Whistleblowers in Russian doping scandal to speak at CMU

The athlete and an official formerly with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency will present at Colorado Mesa University as part of the Spring 2018 Ethics Lecture Series. 

Yuliya Stepanova, the middle-distance runner who helped expose state-sponsored doping in Russia and set off a global scandal ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, and her husband Vitaly Stepanov will talk about their efforts and experiences in exposing what is considered to be the largest institutional doping scandal in the history of sports.

Their presentation is on Wednesday, March 21, at 6pm in the University Center’s Meyer Ballroom. It is the third of three presentations in the lecture series sponsored by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at both CMU and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the CMU athletic department and the CMU Student Center for the Public Trust.

The series kicks off on Monday, March 19, a 6pm in the Meyer Ballroom with a screening of the documentary All the Queen’s Horses, which tell the story of an Illinois woman who embezzled $53 million from a small town and built a quarter horse breeding empire without anyone noticing.

On Tuesday, March 20, at 6pm in the Meyer Ballroom, former CFO of the HealthSouth Corporation Weston Smith will share his insider story of how compromises and competition led to a $2.9 billion fraud by HealthSouth executives.

All three presentations are free and open to the public.

Colorado Mesa University joined ten other universities in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative in 2014. The partnership between the Daniels Fund, Colorado Mesa University and the ten other universities focuses on strengthening principle-based ethics education and fostering a higher standard of ethics.

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