The mission of the Personal Genetics Education Project is to increase awareness and conversation about the benefits and ethical, legal, and social implications of personal genetics. We aim to be inclusive of all voices in these discussions, regardless of socioeconomic or educational background, cultural or religious affiliation, and ethnic or personal identity. We strive to instill confidence in individuals to ask questions, make informed decisions, and respect the opinions of others. Our strategy is varied and includes:
pgEd creates lesson plans for high school and college educators. Our resources are accessible to general audiences without a scientific background and are designed for teachers from all disciplines, including biology, social studies, law, government, health, humanities, and bioethics. We also visit classrooms and offer professional development workshops that empower teachers to integrate these materials into their classrooms.
For information or support in using our materials, please contact Lauren Tomaselli at email@example.com.
pgEd is organizing a series of Congressional briefings, co-hosted by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Senator Elizabeth Warren, to engage our nation’s lawmakers on the importance of raising public awareness. Our first five briefings have filled the room for discussions of scientific advances in and ethical questions raised by precision medicine, gene editing, Ebola, microbial genomics, forensics, non-invasive prenatal testing, and DNA nanotechnology.
For more information about this series, please contact Marnie Gelbart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
pgEd organizes conferences to bring together experts from healthcare, research, education, business, government, television and film, and communities of faith to explore strategies for tackling the gap in trust, awareness, and conversation about personal genetics between well-served and underserved communities. These include the GETed conferences, and the 2016 Industry Forum for Forging Community Partnerships, which included leadership from top genetics, genomics, and gene editing companies.
For more information on the Industry Forum, please contact Johnny Kung at email@example.com.
pgEd is meeting with clergy and their congregations to broaden the dialogue on personal genetics. We are also organizing and speaking at meetings that bring together faith leaders, particularly from minority communities, along with leaders from research, business, and other fields. The goal is to facilitate two-way conversation between science and faith, and to establish trust with the often underrepresented communities that these faith leaders serve.
For more information, please contact Marnie Gelbart at firstname.lastname@example.org or Johnny Kung at email@example.com.
pgEd leads conversations in libraries, museums, and science cafés. As we expand these efforts, we are building new resources for disseminating information and fostering discussion in these forums. We are partnering with the Cornerstones of Science to engage librarians and library communities, and developing collaborations to scale our efforts in other venues.
For more information, please contact Dana Waring at firstname.lastname@example.org.
pgEd is expanding an online tool called Map-Ed that invites players to work through short quizzes on key concepts and topics in genetics and then pin themselves on a world map. To date, Map-Ed has over 18,000 pins, spread across all 7 continents, and includes pins from pioneers in Antarctica and the Curiosity rover on Mars. Map-Ed has been featured at the Smithsonian’s Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code exhibit and in a video by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
Interested in contributing to Map-Ed? Please contact Marnie Gelbart at email@example.com.