February 2021
Tools for Teaching the Human Microbiome in the Classroom
This interactive highlights ten helpful online tools for understanding and teaching the human microbiome. The free tools are easily accessible with links provided. This is a resourceful way to define, explain, and display microbiome research to your students.

The American Society of Human Genetics Hosts a Virtual Career Fair
Join the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) for a Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. ASHG trainees, early career professionals, and those looking to transition into a new position in genetics and genomics will have the opportunity to network with mentors, peers, and potential employers in an informal setting based on career field and topics of interests. Career Coaches will be available to review resumes/CVs, provide interview tips, and career counseling in 15 min intervals. Registration is free!

Application Now Open for NHGRI's Virtual Short Course in Genomics
Middle school, high school, community college and tribal college educators teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses are encouraged to apply for NHGRI’s annual Short Course in Genomics. The course will be held from August 2-6, 2021. The course will be virtual and delivered via Zoom. Digital materials and mailed activity kits will be provided in advance. The course offers educators the opportunity to hear lectures and receive teaching resources from leading NHGRI and NIH researchers, clinicians, and staff, and to discuss ways to incorporate genomics content into their classrooms. Applications are due by March 8, 2021.

Rare Disease Day at the National Institutes of Health 2021
Rare Disease Day takes place worldwide, typically on or near the last day of February each year, to raise awareness among policymakers and the public about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. As part of this global observance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be taking part virtually on March 1, 2021 from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. The NIH’s participation aims to raise awareness about rare diseases, the people they affect, and NIH research collaborations underway to address scientific challenges and to advance new treatments. This year’s event will feature interactive panel discussions, rare stories told through TED-style talks and more. Participation is free and registration is required.

This month's featured article in
Genomics: Insights

Author: Brittany Baur, Ph.D.

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