NEWSLETTER: September 2020

Parts of the Cell Animation Resource for the Virtual Classroom
Are you looking for images or animations to update your lesson plans this fall? The "Parts of the Cell" resource is a series of short 3-D videos that journeys into the human cell revealing cell parts such as the nucleus, Golgi body, mitochondria, the endoplasmic reticulum and other organelles. These digital media files are available for educational use by the general public, students, and teachers. "Parts of the Cell" videos and associated images are considered public domain images and may be freely used. Additional credit details can be found on our webpage.
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Virtual Program - Historically Speaking: Intersecting Race, DNA, And Demography

In partnership with the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture presents "Historically Speaking: Intersecting Race, DNA, and Demography," on Thursday, September 10 from 3pm-4pm ET. Register for this virtual event to listen in on an insightful conversation about advancements in genetic research and its implications for understanding race. NPR's Michel Martin will moderate a discussion with Alondra Nelson, Rick Kittles, and Vence Bonham on how new findings in genetics tear down old ideas about race, grapple with the unfinished business of slavery, inspire meaningful conversation of reparations, establish ties with ancestral homelands, and advance biomedical research.

APHA 2020 Virtual Meeting

The APHA Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest and most influential yearly gathering of public health professionals, bringing the public health community together to experience robust scientific programming, networking, social events, poster sessions and more. This year's theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence." While many of the scientific sessions focus on the theme, other sessions will cover all aspects of public health, including those outside the theme like methods to improve genomic literacy. Our team will be presenting a poster about National DNA Day! Register now and connect with us at the virtual meeting.

New National Human Genome Research Institute Spanish Resource on Polygenic Risk Scores

Polygenic risk scores are becoming more common in direct-to-consumer genetic tests and genomic medicine. The National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, has created a new resource in Spanish to better help the public understand this topic. The resource "Puntuaciones de Riesgo PoligĂ©nico" describes polygenic traits, introduces how polygenic risk scores can be calculated, and explains how such scores can be interpreted. An informative read for Spanish-speaking students, educators, and the general public.

New Articles on Genomics: Insights

Several STEM-enthusiasts authored new articles for this month's Genomics: Insights. These articles explore the gut microbiome and the career of genetic counseling. Read the write-ups to learn more about the role of genetics on the gut microbiome and become aware of the challenges genetic counselors face in delivering genetic screening results to patients. Take a moment to catch up on the latest research and careers in genomics, and share with your students! 

Quick links to popular teacher resources on Genome: Unlocking Life's Code.
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