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April 2021

ONLINE – Talking Personal Genetics with students at Roxbury Prep

April 9, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

pgEd has been invited by the HMS MEDScience program to talk with students at Roxbury Prep about personal genetics.    

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ONLINE – Inclusive Public Engagement for Geneticists: Discussing Reproductive Genetics

April 14, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Reproductive genetic technologies, including preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), can allow people to learn more about the DNA of an embryo or fetus than ever before. For some people, genetic testing in reproductive healthcare provides an important decision-making tool; for some, these tests raise a suite of practical, ethical, moral, and religious questions. And the advent of CRISPR is bringing hopes for a new generation of genetic therapies as well as concerns that germline editing could…

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May 2021

ONLINE – Inclusive Public Engagement for Geneticists: Discussing Genome Editing and the Environment

May 12, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The emergence of genome editing technologies, such as CRISPR, have opened new possibilities for engineering the world around us. Scientists are considering ways to apply these tools to address agricultural and environmental issues – modifying crops (for herbicide tolerance, drought resistance, and so on), gene drives to counter vector-borne diseases (e.g., malaria), and even reviving extinct species. Some hail the use of these approaches, while others worry about unintended consequences of these ecosystem-changing actions. Join pgEd to learn about their…

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ONLINE – NIH SciEd Virtual Conference 2021

May 24 - May 27

On Monday Dana will present a poster summarizing pgEd's 5-year ARC project funded through SEPA. Then on Thursday, Marnie will be participating in a breakout session titled "Partnership Stories: Diverse Perspectives on Participatory Research and Design with Underrepresented Communities".

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June 2021

ONLINE – New York State Master Teacher Program: Teacher Professional Development

June 21, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

pgEd will be presenting our Introduction to Personal Genetics lesson to members of the New York State Master Teacher Program - a vibrant network of more than 800 outstanding public school teachers throughout the state who share a passion for their own STEM learning and for collaborating with colleagues to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

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Teaching the Genome Generation: Teacher Professional Development – Portland, ME

June 28 - July 2

Teaching the Genome Generation (TtGG) is designed to provide high school teachers the content knowledge, teaching strategies, and resources needed to enhance student learning in genetics, genomics, and personalized medicine. In TtGG™, students conduct classroom experiments, collect and analyze real data, and discuss of the ethical complexities at the intersection of human genomics, research and medicine.

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ONLINE – New York State Master Teacher Program: Teacher Professional Development

June 28, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

pgEd will be presenting our DNA, Crime and Law Enforcement lesson to members of the New York State Master Teacher Program - a vibrant network of more than 800 outstanding public school teachers throughout the state who share a passion for their own STEM learning and for collaborating with colleagues to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

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July 2021

Online Workshop: Genome Editing and Eugenics

July 12 - July 19

Genome editing is accelerating the pace of biological research and offers the potential to prevent and cure disease; create crops that are drought-tolerant, disease-resistant and more nutritious; and help us adapt to life on a warming planet. But it also raises concerns - especially in light of the history of eugenics. Eugenicists in the early 20th century sought to "improve" the human race through sterilization, immigration restriction and anti-miscegenation laws. Now that we are able to edit the human genome,…

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ONLINE – K-12 Summer Institute

July 20

Professional development conference (July 19-23) serving teaching from all over Texas who come together to learn about translating recent developments in environmental science, health, and technology into classroom learning. pgEd will host a one-day workshop on July 20th.

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Online Workshop: Personal Genetics and Society

July 21 - July 28

Personal genetics can impact our lives in many ways. This workshop will explore societal implications of personal genetics from reproduction and human sexual development to ancestry testing and law enforcement. Lessons covered will include: Introduction to Personal Genetics How Does Ancestry Testing Work? Exploring Admixture Testing Sex, Genetics and Athletics DNA, Crime and Law Enforcement Reproductive Genetic Testing: Technology, Access and Decision Making Please register here.

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