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Events: Genomics Salons

I hope you can join us for this summer’s Genomics Salons! The next salon will be on Thursday, July 27th at 4:30 pm in Foege S-110, on the topic “Science Education.” As always, snacks and drinks are provided, and all faculty, students, and staff are welcome. Hope to see you there!

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Thursday July 27th, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XXII: Science Education
Cecilia Noecker (Genome Sciences) and Bryce Taylor (Genome Sciences)

Education is essential for the progress of science, yet considerations as to how we educate future scientists often go overlooked. In this salon, we’ll examine choices in science education policy, pedagogy, and curriculum. How do these decisions impact how science is carried out, who becomes a scientist, and the broader relationships between science and society?

Thursday August 31, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XXIII: Science and Art
Sam Entwisle (Genome Sciences) and Katherine Xue (Genome Sciences)

Science and art may seem like distinct pursuits, but they have always informed and inspired one another. Art can show us the beating heart of science–and pose difficult questions about science and society. In this salon, we will explore the various ways in which art and science interact and discuss different works of art. How does training in the arts enrich a career in science? What are some of the benefits of a strong relationship between science and art? When does it make sense to separate the two practices? We will be joined by guests with direct experience at the interface of science and art.

Thursday September 14th, 2017, 4:30pm (Simpson Center – CMU 202/204)

Salon XXIV: Metaphors in Science
Leah Ceccarelli (Communications) and Sarah Nelson (Public Health Genetics)
Metaphors shape the way we speak, think, and act. While some metaphors of the genome are well-known — e.g., blueprint, map, book of life — metaphorical language works in subtler ways to shape the communication and consumption of genomics and other sciences. Join us for a discussion of metaphors in scientific and public communication about genes, whole-genome sequencing, CRISPR, and the practice of science itself.

Lecture Series: Spring 2017 Genomics Salon

See below for a schedule of Spring Quarter Genomics Salon activities.

Thursday April 6, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XVI: Science communication in the age of social media
April Lo (Genome Sciences) and Orlando de Lange (Electrical Engineering)
Twitter, facebook, youtube and reddit – more ways than ever to communicate your science, and also more ways to get trolled, ignored and echo-chambered. How successfully are scientists navigating these new and potentially treacherous waters?

Thursday April 13, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege auditorium)
Salon XVII: Science communication: Life on the front lines 
Jen McCreight (Genome Sciences), Michelle Ma (UW Today), Sabrina Richards (FHCRC)

*Note that this session will be held in Foege auditorium.* This special session of the Genomics Salon invites speakers to address how science is and should be communicated to the public, with an emphasis on written media, and asks how scientists can get involved. Jennifer McCreight, a recent Genome Sciences graduate, has blogged as The Blag Hag and at The Jenome. Michelle Ma is the assistant director of UW Office of News and Information. Sabrina Richards is a science news writer at the Fred Hutch.

Wednesday April 19, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege N-130)
Salon XVIII: Translating infectious-disease research into public policy
Marc Lipsitch (Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

*Note that this session will be held in Foege N-130.* Influenza can cause global pandemics when strains from birds or pigs make the jump into humans. Although many scientists are working predict which strains might cause future pandemics, gaps in our knowledge of influenza biology substantially limit our predictive abilities. This session will explore the extent that we can rely on these predictions to guide public-health policy. What level of certainty, and about what, do decision makers need to enact costly preventative measures such as poultry culling or vaccine stockpiling? Some experiments on non-human influenza that aim to refine these predictions can also pose a threat to public health (e.g., if these strains are accidentally released from the lab). We will also discuss ethical considerations behind this kind of dual-use research on infectious diseases.

Thursday April 27, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XIX: Science advocacy
Cecilia Noecker (Genome Sciences) and Elyse Hope (Genome Sciences)
Scientists are in the news and taking to the streets. Should we lean into this politicization or resist it? Should we advocate for scientific results or the scientific process? And where does science communication end and advocacy begin?

Wednesday May 3, 2017, 5:30pm (Foege auditorium)
Salon XX: Movie night: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

*Note that this session will be held in Foege auditorium, on a Wednesday, at 5:30pm.* Join us for a screening of the new HBO movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This movie explores the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cancer cells were used by researchers, without her consent, to conduct life-saving research.

Thursday evenings May 4, 11, 18, and Saturday afternoon June 10
Workshops: Science communication streams
Bryce Taylor (TALK), Katherine Xue (WRITE), and Orlando de Lange (CONNECT)
This month-long workshop series will explore three modes of science communication: TALKWRITE, and CONNECT. In the TALK stream, participants will workshop presentations for a variety of informal settings. In the WRITE stream, participants will produce a piece of writing that creatively and critically approaches scientific concepts. In the CONNECT stream, participants will explore how new technologies and innovations are democratizing the process of science. The workshops will culminate in a half-day session on Saturday, June 10, which will also feature a special plenary session on science activism (Hannah Gelman, GS). Check out the full syllabus for each workshop here, and sign up here by April 4 to have the best chance of securing a spot.

Lecture Series: Genomics Salon

Happy new year! We’re excited to bring you another set of Genomics Salon discussions for winter quarter. The first one will be this Thursday, January 5, at 4:30pm in Foege S-110, on the topic “Whose genomes matter? Genomics-research diversity in context.” Take a look at our upcoming schedule of events below, check out our website and twitter, and like our Facebook page. As always, snacks and drinks will be provided, and all faculty, students, and staff are welcome. See you there!
Thursday January 5, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XI: Whose genomes matter? Genomics-research diversity in context
Alice Popejoy (Public Health Genetics) and Joanne Woiak (Disability Studies)
Even as genomics technologies become more powerful, their focus remains heavily on individuals of European descent – a disparity with deep historical and cultural roots.  This session will discuss scientific and philosophical issues that relate to the under-representation of minority populations in genomics research, with a particular focus on recruitment and population genetics in the context of historical and modern-day eugenics. What concepts of genetics, race, and identity contributed to the development of past eugenic ideologies? How do the shadow of eugenics and the historic underrepresentation of certain populations continue to affect the practice of genetics and biomedicine today?
Thursday January 19, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege N-130)
Salon XII: The next four years: science and environmental policy under the Trump administration
*Note that this session will be held in Foege N-130.* The inauguration of Donald Trump promises changes in US science and environmental policy. This special session of the Genomics Salon invites speakers to address how science and environmental policy priorities are set at the local and national level, and to ask how scientists can participate in policy-making and advocacy. Scott Spencer, a graduate student at the Evans School, studies science policy; Sarah Myhre, a postdoc in oceanology, writes about the role of climate scientists in reaching out to the public; Susanna Priest, editor of Science Communication, has recently finished a book on communicating climate change.
Thursday February 2, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XIII: Science and responsibility
Hannah Gelman (Genome Sciences) and Doug Fowler (Genome Sciences)
The pace of scientific and technological progress can be bewildering. Recent developments in diverse fields such as genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, and renewable energy highlight the possibility of conflict between scientific research and public opinion. In this session, we will discuss the role of scientists in advancing and/or regulating scientific research and innovation, especially when this research may “run ahead” of public understanding or comfort. What factors should influence the development of a field, and who should be involved in evaluating them? Furthermore, in a rapidly evolving field, is it possible to effectively evaluate, let alone regulate, future applications?
Thursday February 16, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XIV: CSI Genomics
Sarah Hilton (Genome Sciences) and Murial Moore (The Innocence Project Northwest Clinic at UW Law)
Genomic technologies have become powerful tools in criminal court, with DNA sequencing routinely used to identify or exonerate suspects, but the role of scientific evidence in court is not always straightforward. This session will explore how science and law intersect in the form of forensic genetic technologies. What is the role of scientists as expert witnesses, and how is scientific uncertainty interpreted in a legal context? How does the nature of evidence change when genetic methods move from a research to legal context?
Wednesday March 1, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XV: Genomics, representation, and equity
Aaron Wolf (Genome Sciences) and James Pfeiffer (Global Health)
*Note that this session will be held on a Wednesday.* Recent large-scale initiatives in genome sequencing have aimed to expand genomic analysis to diverse global populations. With more data, the thinking goes, the genomic medicine can cover and benefit historically underrepresented groups. This session will examine issues of representation and equity in genomic medicine. Who benefits from the “mining” of genomic data? Does this turn in genomic medicine mark a new age in global health, or a new wave of colonialism?

Events: Summer Genomics Salon

We invite all of you to participate in a summer genomics “salon” to discuss social issues in genomics. The goal is to provide an informal forum for discussing subjects of general intellectual interest related to genomics and, more broadly, modern biology. The general idea comes from the Stanford AI salon, which gets students and faculty together every other week to discuss high-level issues related to artificial intelligence.

We would love to see you there! So far, we’ve set the following schedule for the first part of the summer, and we’ll add sessions in August and September based on interest and feedback. The format of each session will be a short, framing statement by the organizer following by free-form discussion. We’ll provide some snacks and drinks, and feel free to bring some of your own. We hope this will be light, fun, and interesting for everyone involved!

Thursday, June 23, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Public understanding of science
Katherine Xue (Genome Sciences) and Molly Gasperini (Genome Sciences)

Everyone agrees that science communication is important, but no one seems to agree how it should be done. Science communication–particularly science writing–is subject to criticism from multiple directions: for hype, for oversimplification, for inaccuracy, for uncritically taking scientists at their word. This session will explore the complications and contradictions of communicating science to the public. What do these criticisms suggest about how science communication is and should be done? What is it, really, that the public should know about science?

Thursday, July 14, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Medicine and identity
Jolie Carlisle (Genome Sciences) and Hugh Haddox (MCB)

Growing interest in personalized medicine has generated initiatives that aim to develop medicines for demographic groups based on characteristics like race and gender. This session will examine the complex ways in which medical science shapes ideas about identity at the level of both social groups (for instance, race and gender) and individuals (for instance, personality characteristics and mental health). How does science draw on and reinforce social concepts of identity? What are the implications for policy design?

Thursday, August 4, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Bioscience as change agent: rhetorics of restraint and inevitability in response to advances in genetic technologies
Leah Ceccarelli (Professor of Communication)

Last year, a group of scientists and bioethicists published an editorial in Science calling for a moratorium on the use of CRISPR-Cas9 for germline genome modification, drawing comparisons to the 1975 Asilomar letter calling for voluntary deferral of certain kinds of recombinant DNA research. This session will compare the rhetoric of these two influential statements. How does the language and framing of these two letters portray bioscience and its capacity for change? What do they suggest about our collective ability to shape the course of technological change?

Job Opportunity: Communications Director – National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

National Human Genome Research Institute LogoEmployer NIH/NHGRI
Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Ref Chief, CPLB
Location Bethesda, MD
Discipline Life Sciences, Biology, Genetics, Genomics
Position Type Full Time
Job Type Other
Salary Salary is commensurate with experience. A full Federal benefit package is available.

Further information
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), seeks to identify an outstanding Chief of its Communications and Public Liaison Branch (CPLB) within the Division of Policy, Communications, and Education (DPCE).

The CPLB Chief serves as the overall ‘communications director’ for NHGRI, working closely with the DPCE Director and the NHGRI Director in dealing with all aspects of the Institute’s communications programs. Specifically, the individual is expected to manage and lead communications, public liaison, and media relations activities that are fundamental to communicating genomics research advances as well as Institute goals, policies, programs, and accomplishments. Responsibilities include: design, development, implementation, and evaluation of NHGRI communications programs for a variety of audiences; media communications and relations; implementation of state-of-the-art communications media and modalities, including websites, social media, video, graphics, and medical arts; development and support of programs for coordination and communication among Institute staff; facilitation of the historical archiving of Institute program materials; outreach and public liaison activities through support of Institute exhibitions at national meetings and events and response to general public inquiries; interaction with communications professionals from NIH, DHHS, grantee institutions, and other relevant organizations; and coordination of Institute publication, printing, and language access processes. Information about the broader set of DPCE activities is available at http://www.genome.gov/10001084.

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Residential Internship in Science and Society (RISS) (Applications Due: 03/03/14)

Duke University Science & Society invites applications for the 2014-2015 Residence Internship in Science & Society (RISS). This unpaid in-residence internship in Science & Society (RISS) is designed for post-baccalaureate or post-doctoral students seriously contemplating or furthering a career at the intersection of science and society. The internship provides a supportive environment to pursue scholarly interests related to the ethics of science, with a preference for those focused on neuroscience & society and genomics and society. The RISS works closely with mentors from Science & Society, who will help guide, train, and advise. The internship is located at Science & Society, Duke University, in Duke Science & Society is an interdisciplinary initiative that examines the wide-ranging and integral role of science in social institutions and culture. Science & Society integrates and fosters innovation in related research, education, and engagement at Duke by adopting a pluralistic approach to understanding how science and human endeavors intersect with a specific focus on ethical, legal, and social implications in the biosciences and engineering. For more information, visit our website at http://www.scienceandsociety.duke.edu.

The RISS is focused on experiential learning in an academic research setting; the RISS will integrate previously learned knowledge and theory with practical research application and skills development. The RISS will have no prescribed duties related to the daily work of the initiative. The nature and extent of the RISS involvement with Science & Society are to be determined more by the RISS’s own interests than by any demand on his or her time. The RISS will be invited to weekly bioethics seminars, journal clubs, conferences, and other educational opportunities related to the intersection of science and society.

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Duke Master of Arts in Bioethics & Science Policy (Applications Due: 03/01/14)

Advances in the sciences and technology shape our lives and our societies, raising a myriad of questions: Is it ethical to clone part of a human being? Should we use technologies that enhance or alter our brains? Will we permit the police to store DNA forever, even for those who have never committed a crime?

Duke’s MA in Bioethics & Science Policy invites students to address these questions and many more. The program:
· Provides a foundation in the history, philosophy, legal, social, and theoretical approaches to both bioethics and science policy.
· Enables students to identify, analyze, and propose solutions to complex problems at the intersection of science, technology, ethics, and policy.

Led by Nita Farahany, JD, Ph.D., whose scholarship focuses on the ethical, legal, and social implications of the biosciences, the MA program has a world-class core and affiliated interdisciplinary faculty from across the Duke community. Since 2010, Farahany has served on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

A distinctive feature of Duke’s MA in Bioethics & Science Policy is the opportunity for students to concentrate within a specific area of existing or emerging research that poses fundamental questions about the relationship between science, ethics, and society. Concentrations include: genomics, neuroscience, and public impact and engagement.

If you love science and are fascinated by how it changes—and is changed by—society, we invite you to explore the new Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2014. Applications are due March 1.