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Genomics at SXSW 2020

Voting closes Aug. 23!​

NHGRI has organized four sessions intended to help increase
genomic literacy for the South By Southwest (SXSW) 2020
Conference in Austin.

How to Vote

To vote, login or create an account at panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote. Each voter can vote once per proposal – select “arrow up” for yes or “arrow down” for no.

Public voting accounts for 30% of the decision-making process for SXSW programming. Place your votes by Friday, Aug. 23, at 11:59 p.m. PST.


National DNA Day: A Science Education Movement

National DNA Day is a movement to inspire students at all levels to learn about genomics and pursue genomic careers. To do this, we focus our efforts on increasing genomic literacy, providing educators with resources, and engaging with diverse communities. Join us to learn more about how our movement empowers educators in particular, as they lead student learning and engagement in the classroom. Learn how this model can work in any space to make a difference.

Science and Engineering Festival

Creating a Space for Genomics in All Classrooms

Learning about the science and ethics of genomics (just a fancy word for all your DNA) in the classroom has taken off.  Working with science, history, and social studies educators from middle school, high school, community colleges, and Tribal Colleges, we creatively bring cutting-edge genomic science to students across the nation and create spaces for difficult classroom conversations about privacy, racism, ethics, and identity. 

Student with Teacher

Genomics in a Sea of Societal Issues

How do you increase the genomic literacy of a nation against the background of busy lives and complicated societal issues like poverty, health disparities, discrimination, and historical trauma?  We will discuss the complexity of genomics in the LGBTQ+ community; creating an informed public in Flint, Michigan amidst a public health water crisis; how adoptees are leveraging direct-to-consumer genetic tests; and how gene/environment interactions and historical trauma have affected Native Youth.  

Circle of Diversity

Why am I Irish Yesterday and Italian Today?

Humans are drawn to learn about where we come from. From stories passed down through generations to taking genetic ancestry tests, we are compelled to know more about our ancestors. To that end, millions of curious people have taken a “direct-to-consumer” genetic test to learn about their genetic ancestry. Customers have been surprised, vindicated, delighted, enraged, and everything in between by their results. Interestingly, many are beginning to realize that the results change over time as they go back to look at them. What is the reason for this phenomenon and what does it mean for our identities? What does a genetic ancestry test tell us about ourselves and how does it shape our identity?

Diversity in Science

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Last updated: August 6, 2019