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UT Austin Hosts Workshop on Native American Genomics Research

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posted: Friday May 2, 2014

The Department of Anthropology and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin will host the 2014 Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) Workshop June 1-7. The event is co-hosted by the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The goals of the workshop are to facilitate discussions of how genomics research is conducted and to create a support network for Native American students in the sciences. Additional instruction in fundamental concepts and methods in genomics and bioinformatics, including both theoretical aspects and practical laboratory- and computer-based training, will take place.

 By combining ethical, legal, and social discussions surrounding historical Native American encounters with science and hands-on training in the latest genomics techniques and analytical programs, the workshop will help prepare participants for future leadership positions in science research and careers, including as science advisors for tribal communities.

 “SING appeals to Native American students and community members who often become interested in genomic research because they see that it presents both risks and opportunities for their tribal communities,” says Kim TallBear, SING faculty and associate professor of anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin. 

 The workshop is open to tribal college students, community college students, university undergraduate students and graduate students, as well as Native American community members who would like to continue their education in the sciences. Go to this website for more details.  

For more information, contact: Jessica Sinn, Office of Public Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, 512-471-2404, sinnjessica@austin.utexas.edu; Deborah Bolnick, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, 512-471-7532, Deborah.bolnick@austin.utexas.edu; Kim TallBear, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, 512-232-3832, kim.tallbear@austin.utexas.edu.

 

 

 

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