Personal Genetics Education Project

Libraries, Museums, & Community Forums

pgEd is leading conversations in libraries, museums, science cafés, and other community forums. Past and present activities include:

  • Serving on the education advisory board for the Smithsonian’s Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code exhibit.
  • Displaying Map-Ed at the Smithsonian and the Museum of Science, Boston.
  • Speaking at a community read on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot at the Curtis Library (Brunswick, Maine).
  • Giving the keynote address at the Library Partner Summit (Auburn, Maine), organized by the Cornerstones of Science, an organization dedicated to working with libraries to spark curiosity about science.
  • Partnering with libraries to raise awareness through a collaboration with the Cornerstones of Science (Brunswick, Maine) and made possible by a National Leadership Grant to Cornerstones from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support the development of this emerging vision of public libraries as community science centers.
  • Leading a science café in October 2016, organized by Café Scientifique Vancouver and the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), in conjunction with the ASHG’s annual meeting (Vancouver, Canada).

Dana-JAX-ScienceCafe-IMG_4397-e1386867173721We encourage individuals and groups to use our materials, which are freely available on-line. Our lesson plans, particularly “Introduction to Personal Genetics,” are easily adapted for general audiences, and our blog often highlights news and articles that serve as great conversation starters or tools around which to build a discussion. As we expand these efforts, we are building new resources for disseminating information and fostering discussion in these forums.

Please contact Dana Waring at to discuss an event or project where we may be able to share some of our materials or perspectives.