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March 2023

Teaching a class for “Social Issues in Biology” course at Harvard – Boston, MA

March 22, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

pgEd will be leading a session at the “Social Issues in Biology” course at Harvard University titled “Engaging Diverse Publics on Issues in Genetics.” This is a discussion-based course focusing on controversial issues in biology and the social responsibility of scientists. Students in this class are drawn from PhD programs across biology-related disciplines as well as from other programs such as law, bioethics and education.

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Classroom Presentations at Norwell High School – Norwell, MA

March 27

Marnie will be talking with students studying biotechnology at Norwell High School.

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ONLINE – Leading a Workshop at Science Talk ’23 Conference

March 29 - April 4

Marnie and Nadine are excited to have been invited to lead a workshop at the 2023 conference from the Association of Science Communicators. Our workshop "Finding our Common Thread through Conversation" aims to equip and mobilize participants to engage in two-way conversations with the public on the scientific, personal, and social dimensions of genetics. We will introduce pgEd’s resources, model our conversation starters, and share approaches for fostering engagement on any aspect of genetics people find riveting. We will draw…

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Classroom presentations at Foster High School – Seattle, WA

March 29, 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Robin and Helen will be spending a full day presenting pgEd lessons to students at Foster High School. Presentations will include Introduction to Personal Genetics; Sex, Genetics & Athletics; and Engineering the World Around Us: Genome Editing & the Environment.

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SHAPE America Conference – Seattle, WA

March 31, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Robin will be attending the SHAPE America conference to connect with health and physical education teachers, and make the case for including conversations about personal genetics in the high school health class room during her presentation entitled, "Understanding Personal Genetics: Key to Health in the 21st Century".

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April 2023

ONLINE – Exploring Difference in the Biology Classroom

April 11, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us on Tuesday, April 11 (6-7:30pm ET) for a virtual program on What Genetic Ancestry Tests Mean (and What They Don’t). The first hour will include short presentations from two experts in genetics and anthropology, Janina Jeff, PhD, MS and Jada Ben Torres, PhD, with ample time for Q&A. The final half-hour will be a discussion about classroom integration strategies. Captions will be provided for both live and recorded events. Register today! About the series: This program is the…

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American Association of Biological Anthropologists (AABA) Annual Meeting – Reno, NV

April 19 - April 22

Rob will be attending the 92nd annual meeting of the American Association of Biological Anthropologists (AABA), which will be held along with meetings of its sister organizations, the Human Biology Association and the American Association of Anthropological Genetics. As AABA Education Committee co-chair, Rob will organize and participate in a public engagement event on April 19th at “The Discovery” (Reno’s science museum) and host an in-person Education Committee meeting. Furthermore, he will network with anthropologists, geneticists, and others about pgEd’s…

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Science on State Street at Framingham State University – Framingham, MA

April 22, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Our presentation "Engineering the World Around Us: Genome Editing and the Environment" will include discussion and activities about the application of genome editing technology to revive extinct species, such as the woolly mammoth, in an effort to combat climate change.

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May 2023

Southern CA Genetic Counselors (SCGC) Annual Conference – Costa Mesa, CA

May 19

Helen will be attending the annual education conference for genetics professionals in Southern CA. She will be presenting “Equity-oriented Engagement with Genetics: Introducing pgEd.” If you're also attending the meeting, make sure to find time to meet up with Helen!

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June 2023

Seminar on Faith and Genetics – Omaha, NE

June 7

Marnie will be co-hosting a seminar on faith and genetics with organizer Rev. Richard Randolph, which will be held in conjunction with the Great Plains Annual Conference for clergy and lay representatives from all 800+ United Methodist churches across Kansas and Nebraska.

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