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Teacher program: Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2020-2021 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: Genetic Variation and Disease

While over 99% of the DNA sequence among humans is identical, we are learning that the small variations that do exist can have important implications for health and disease. Since the completion of the human genome project more than twenty years ago, thousands of genomes have been sequenced providing scientists with a toolkit, helping scientists decipher how genetic diversity can impact human health.

Whitehead Institute’s 2020-2021 Virtual Seminar Series for High School Teachers, Genetic Variation and Disease, will examine the role genetic diversity plays in helping researchers understand the genetic basis of human disease.

The first seminar of the 2020-2021 season will be held virtually on Monday, November 2 via Zoom. Subsequent virtual sessions will be held the first Monday of every month through June 2021. Each session begins promptly at 4:15 p.m. and includes a lecture and online working dinner in the form of breakout rooms, ending by 6:15 pm.

As in previous years, we will match teachers with Whitehead Partners—Whitehead scientists who serve as a resource during the school year. Partners are eager to answer questions and discuss their fields of expertise. Teachers who have taken advantage of these partnerships in past years have found them to be invaluable relationships.

The partnership works best when teachers and partners have similar expectations. So that we can match you with someone who can meet your specific needs, please complete the brief questionnaire on the bottom of the online registration form. Due to the online format of this year’s series, the following rules will apply:

-Pairings will be pre-assigned to Zoom breakout rooms.

-Breakout rooms will take place immediately following each lecture and will last for approximately 45 minutes.

-Breakout rooms may contain more than one pairing if a request is made during registration.

-General discussion breakout rooms will be made available for those teachers who do not request a partner but would like to take part in the online working dinner. 

Registration is now closed. 

Participating teachers may be eligible to earn up to 21 Professional Development Points toward recertification.

For questions please contact Amy Tremblay at tremblay@wi.mit.edu.

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