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Genomics and the Media Seminar Series

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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will host a virtual lecture series throughout 2021 and 2022 that features trailblazers in science communication. Each distinguished speaker is an expert in communicating about genomics across media, including radio, podcasting, writing, speaking, publishing and everything in-between. The series aims to demonstrate the various approaches for communicating about genomics as well as the unique challenges and opportunities each medium can bring.

These lectures will provide communicators with the opportunity to talk about what it’s like to cover genomics today, such as the special challenges in reporting on the quickly growing scientific field, and how it’s changed since the Human Genome Project.

Zoom Registration (Dorothy Roberts)

Recorded Seminars


How media and language can fight scientific racism

Dorothy Roberts

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET

Speaker: Dorothy Roberts, J.D.
Professor of Law and Sociology, Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania; Author, Fatal Invention

Moderator: Sarah Bates, M.S.


Elizabeth Wayne

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET

Speaker: Elizabeth Wayne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University; Co-host, PhDivas Podcast

Moderator: Alyssa Jones


Joe Palca

March 2022 TBD

Speaker: Joe Palca, Ph.D.
Science Correspondent, NPR

Moderator: Sarah Bates, M.S.


Magdalena Skipper

May 25, 2022, 12:30 p.m. EDT / 6:30 p.m. BST

Speaker: Magdalena Skipper, Ph.D.
Editor in Chief, Nature; Chief Editorial Advisor, Nature Research

Moderator: Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.


Frontline Scientific Reporting in the Age of COVID-19

Apoorva Mandivilli

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET

Speaker: Apoorva Mandavilli, M.A., M.S.
Reporter (Science and Global Health), The New York Times

Moderator: Chris Gunter, Ph.D.



Preprints and the Scientific Media Landscape

John Inglis

Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET

Speaker: John Inglis, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Co-founder, bioRxiv, medRxiv

Moderator: Chris Gunter, Ph.D.


Using the Media to Connect Science and Humanity

Amy Harmon

Monday, September 20, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET

Speaker: Amy Harmon
National Correspondent (Science and Society), The New York Times

Moderator: Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.



Last updated: October 25, 2021