Personal Genetics Education Project

Student spotlight: Mike Gloudemans and Nachi Shamaprasad

Education is at the heart of our mission –  so pgEd was thrilled that students from Duke University’s Genome Sciences and Policy Certificate Program were interested in conducting research about the state of DNA and the criminal justice system.  We were thrilled to have them present their work to us ahead of our Congressional briefing that took place on March 19th, 2015.

Kudos to Duke University undergraduate students Mike Gloudemans and Nachi Shamaprasad for preparing a detailed survey of the state and federal laws related to DNA and the criminal justice system. The pgEd team found it extremely helpful in advance of the briefing, and appreciate the effort and attention to detail that went into the paper and presentation.  The research was done under the guidance of Professor Misha Angrist, who is part of the faculty in the Bioethics and Science Policy program at Duke.

The students prepared both a one-page summary and a longer white paper, both available here:  “Current-Issues-in-Forensic-DNA-Applications.” Their paper includes a discussion of the recent Supreme Court ruling in King vs. Maryland, a look at the issues in backlogged DNA samples, the Innocence Project, and a state-by-state analysis of laws regarding DNA collection and use. Please have a look, and thank you again to Nachi, Mike and Misha.

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Personal Genetics Education Project - Personal Genetics Education Project - shared National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s Becoming a Scientist with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins.
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An event that our teacher friends may find useful: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Monday, Dec 10th from 3:15-45 pm ET, where he will take questions from middle school students from across the US. You are invited to livestream this event to your classroom and submit your students' questions in the event feed's comments section!

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
How can you start a career in STEM? Join NIH Director & geneticist Dr. Francis Collins on December 10, 2018 at 3:15 pm ET for a conversation featuring Johnson Creek Middle School on becoming a scientist. Dr. Collins will be taking questions from middle school students from across the U.S.!
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