October 3, 2014
pgEd is organizing a Congressional briefing on genetic privacy and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). This is the first in a series of briefing that the Office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has invited pgEd to organize, as a result of the audience’s tremendous interest in personal genetics at our May briefing. GINA, originally introduced by Congresswoman Slaughter into the United States House of Representatives, was ultimately signed into law in 2008. Stay tuned for program details.
October 10, 2014
pgEd’s Dana Waring is thrilled to be co-presenting with MSTA Board member and Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School teacher Maria Palopoli at the MSTA’s annual meeting on Friday October 10th in Gardiner, Maine. Topics will include a lesson plan about bioethics that can be adapted for elementary or middle school studies as well as an update and teaching materials tackling some of the emerging topics in genetic technology.
October 17, 2014
pgEd is pleased to be part of the American Society of Human Genetics’s annual conference taking place October 18-22 in San Diego, California. The day before the conference formally begins, ASHG hosts a day long institute for San Diego area students and teachers on the new and fascinating topics in genetics and genetics education. pgEd is thrilled to be offering a workshop at this event. We will be talking about the intersection of sports and genetics as a tool to teach genetic concepts like variation, complexity, and gene-environment interaction. More details soon.
October 29, 2014
Dana Waring will be speaking as part of a wonderful series of talks being organized by the Curtis Memorial Library and Cornerstones of Science, a fantastic organization that “works with libraries to create experiences of science that spark curiosity and foster a deeper connection to the world around us.”.
Dana will be speaking at Curtis library on Wednesday October 29th at 12pm. Her talk will highlight new genetic discoveries and emerging social, legal and ethics issues in personal genetics, with an eye to topics specifically discussed in the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Join us!
November 13, 2014
pgEd’s Lauren Tomaselli is excited to be presenting at the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers/Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association (MAST/MSELA) conference in Boxborough, MA. Lauren has presented at a previous MAST/MSELA conference and looks forward to discussing with teachers from around the state how to bring personal genetics and ethics into their classrooms and get students excited about genetics.