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October 2021

ONLINE – Conversation with Churches Caring for Creation on genome editing and the environment

October 24, 2021, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

pgEd will present a workshop on genome editing and the environment, in collaboration with professor Susan Schroeder, for the Churches Caring for Creation group in Norman Oklahoma.

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ONLINE – National Human Genome Research Institute webinar

October 28, 2021, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Marnie will be presenting a webinar to faculty and trainees in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The webinar will focus on pgEd's experiences and programs raising awareness and conversation about genetics and genomics. Thank you to Dr. Chris Gunter, who runs a research program on science communication and public engagement, for inviting pgEd to share our work!

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ONLINE – Invited talk on Ecology and Society at Bowdoin College

October 28, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dana Waring is joining Dr. Vlad Douhovnikoff's "Ecology and Society" class to talk about the intersections pgEd's sees between ecology, genetics and society.

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December 2021

ONLINE – Inclusive Public Engagement for Geneticists: Exploring Human Sex Variation through Athletics

December 15, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Athletics events (commonly referred to as track and field in the US) are often divided into men’s and women’s categories to provide fair competition, but efforts to define who qualifies to compete in the women’s events have been fraught with controversy. Since the 1940’s, athletics governing bodies have required competitors in women’s events to prove themselves female (first through anatomical exam, then through DNA-based tests, and now through testosterone levels), but differences in sex development mean that some individuals do…

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February 2022

ONLINE – Discussing Genetics: a mini-course on how to foster engaging, sensitive, and inclusive conversations – GSA

February 23 - March 9

Broad public engagement on genetics is urgently needed, as discovery in the field of genetics rapidly accelerates. Emerging technologies bring great promise to improve human health and well-being. Yet, research is outpacing the rate at which people can navigate new decisions they and their loved ones face. The frequency and complexity of these decision-making moments are increasing against a backdrop of social inequities and distrust of science. The aim of this mini-course is to expand scientists’ skills and confidence for…

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April 2022

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

April 7, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Nadine 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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Guest Lecture at Bowdoin College – Brunswick, ME

April 20, 1:15 pm - 2:40 pm

Dana will be teaching in Professor Alison Riley Miller's class, "Science Education", talking about designing curriculum that can address complex ethical issues in the science classroom.

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Lecture at University of Maryland – College Park, MD

April 26

Dr. Leslie Pick has invited Marnie to visit the University of Maryland to discuss pgEd's work and her career path with undergraduate students studying genetics. Students are part of an Honors program that fosters academic pursuits as well as a strong service component.

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pgEd meeting teachers through the Jackson Lab’s Teaching the Genome Generation project – New Haven, CT

April 30, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dana is leading a session for a cohort of New Haven, CT area science teachers and pre-service teaches through the Jackson Lab's Teaching the Genome Generation project, and will be highlighting pgEd's teaching materials on ancestry, sex, genetics and athletics, as well as the intersections of genetics and the environment.

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May 2022

ONLINE – Inclusive Public Engagement for Geneticists: Building meaningful community partnerships, Co-creating educational programs that engage deaf and ASL-signing students

May 10

Details about our upcoming program to be announced shortly.

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