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Take Initiative: DNA Day Engagement and You


National DNA Day, celebrated annually on April 25, commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953.

ASHG organizes the DNA Day Essay Contest - which invites high school students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics - in which members judge over 1,000 submissions each year and select winners.

But DNA Day offers many additional opportunities to get involved with ASHG and the wider community by sharing what you do and why it matters.

Moderated by Maurice Godfrey , PhD, of ASHG's Information & Education Committee, this webinar will explore local, regional, and national opportunities for ASHG members and the wider scientific community to get involved and celebrate the value and potential of genetics.

Maurice will discuss how the key to engagement is hands-on! He will also share his part in working with schools with Native communities and getting students interested and motivated through their DNA Day programs.

  • Carla Easter will discuss her part in The National Human Genome Research Institute's major role in developing National DNA Day programs. She'll touch on resources for planning and implementing DNA Day events (DNA Day Starter Kit); management of the National DNA Day network; creation of K-12 classroom resources; the Louise M. Slaughter National DNA Day Lecture; and an "Ask Me Anythingā€¯ series on the popular online discussion forum, Reddit.

  • Christina Vallianatos will share her perspective on DNA Day as a PhD student and trainee. She will also share some simple ways even the busiest researchers can connect with their communities and take action, as well as some of the feedback she received through her part in founding Michigan DNA Day - showing how even one person, or one outreach activity, can make a difference. 


  • Moderator: Maurice Godfrey, PhD

    • Professor, Molecular Genetics at University of Nebraska Medical Center
    • Incoming Chair (2021), ASHG's Information & Education Committee

  • Carla Easter, PhD

    • Chief of Education and Community Involvement at the National Human Genome Research Institute

  • Christina Vallianatos, PhD Candidate

    • University of Michigan, and Founder and co-Director of Michigan DNA Day

February 21, 2019
Thu 1:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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