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In addition, Andrew is a PhD student in Public Administration, a Research Assistant at the Genetic Engineering and Society (GES) Center at NC State and a Fellow in Cohort 2 of the AgBioFEWS graduate training program.
Zoom link: See the PreMiEr weekly newsletter or contact Sharon Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org
NASEM Report: Using Population Descriptors in Genetics and Genomics Research: A New Framework for an Evolving Field. (PDF)
*Note: You will not be expected to read the entire report, but please review the executive summary.
Supplements to NASEM Report:
March Journal Club recap: In our previous SEI Journal Club in March, we discussed the existence of race as a “ghost” variable in microbiome research. “Ghost” variables are instances where variables like socially defined race are assumed to be biological and act as a proxy for a number of variables that affect microbiome research like red-lining or environmental racism. We continue this discussion by examining the executive summary of the NASEM Report “Using Population Descriptors in Genetics and Genomics Research: A New Framework for an Evolving Field“. This report provides multiple recommendations to replace the use of ghost variables with more appropriate descriptors. In this upcoming Journal Club, we will review the report’s recommendations and how we can apply them in our own work.
The purpose of the PreMiEr SEI Journal Club is to build a community that is exposed to and thinking about the societal implications of microbiome engineering, so that we can begin to think about ways to integrate these aspects into the technology development. Another purpose—to get to know each other better as colleagues in PreMiEr!
All PreMiEr affiliated faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend. We will start with introductions and an informal 5-10 minute presentation of the article. We will then have an open discussion about how the societal and ethical aspects in the article may relate to PreMiEr’s natural science or engineering research, work, or scholarship.
Minimal to no preparation needed.
If you’d like a Google calendar invitation, please contact Sharon Stauffer, GES and PreMiEr SEI project manager at email@example.com. However, if you prefer to mark your own calendar, or show up spur of the moment, no RSVP is needed.