To increase public awareness about personal genetics, particularly the benefits as well as the ethical, legal and social implications (often referred to as “ELSI”) around personal genome sequencing.
Core values: personal choice & respect for others
pgEd promotes respectful dialog, informed decision-making, and scientific accuracy. We encourage people to explore the benefits and implications of knowing more about their genetic make-up.
What we do:
Education through schools
We develop and share – free of charge – high quality and scientifically precise lesson plans related to personal genetics. We also offer professional development workshops that train teachers to integrate these materials into their classrooms. For teachers seeking information or support in using our materials, please contact Lauren Tomaselli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The curricular materials and additional resources on our website provide educational information for people interested in learning about personal genetics. Our outreach efforts include speaking at conferences, giving lectures and workshops, and visiting high school and college classrooms in person, as well as via videoconferencing. For more information on requesting a visit, please email Dana Waring at email@example.com.
Accelerating public awareness
pgEd is engaged in the following initiatives for accelerating public awareness about personal genetics. If you are interested to participate in the next GETed conference or collaborate with pgEd, please contact Marnie Gelbart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Hollywood, Health and Society
pgEd is working with Hollywood, Health & Society at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center to advance awareness of personal genetics through television. HHS connects writers and producers with scientists and public health professionals to increase the accuracy of health storylines in television and film, raise public awareness, and encourage healthier behaviors. Over the past three years, HHS’s work has resulted in 565 aired storylines across 91 shows, which can bring in as many as 20 million viewers in a single hour.
» Map-Ed Genetics
In March, 2013, pgEd launched the Map-Ed game to infuse a viral energy into personal genetics education. Available at Map-Ed.org, Map-Ed invites players to work through a short quiz on key concepts in genetics and pin themselves on our map of the world. Map-Ed is designed to be accessible to a general audience and, in its first three months, has spread across all 7 continents, 55 countries, and the 50 U.S. states. Currently, we are expanding Map-Ed to include new questions and translations. Click here to see the interactive map and a timeline of Map-Ed milestones.
» Smithsonian’s Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code
pgEd serves on the education advisory board for the newly opened exhibition entitled Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code at the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History. This exhibit, developed in partnership with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), celebrates the discovery of DNA and the completion of the Human Genome Project and illustrates the “increasing relevance of genomics in people’s lives.” pgEd’s Map-Ed genetics game is currently on display in the exhibit, which will be in Washington D.C. until September, 2014 and then travel around the U.S. for the following four years.
» GETed Conference
pgEd organizes the annual GETed conference, which brings together experts in education, genetics research, health, entertainment, and policy to brainstorm strategies for raising awareness about personal genetics. For the past two years, we have held GETed in conjunction with the Personal Genome Project’s Genomes Environments Traits (GET) Conference in order to inspire an atmosphere for tackling current educational challenges with an eye to future demands as genomics expands into new domains. GETed embraces a ‘let’s-get-it-done’ attitude towards developing new educational tools, networks, and collaborations that will advance the mission of accelerating awareness.