The SING Workshop
is now accepting applications
from Native American, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, or Canadian First Nation applicants (all expenses paid for those who are accepted). See http://www.igb.illinois.edu/conference/sing
for complete instructions as well as information on the curriculum, advisory board members
[I am one], and sponsors. According to the website, the goals of the program are as follows:
- facilitate discussion on indigenous cultural values and whether scientific methods can be beneficially incorporated with these values,
- provide awareness of how genomics is currently used as a tool to assist in projects focused on natural resources, history and biomedicine and
- to increase the number of Native Americans in science research, leadership and teaching careers at all levels.
This promises to be an interesting and hand-on program in genomics education with involvement from critical scholars in both the genome and social sciences who understand the difficult histories surrounding Native American encounters with genomics, yet the need for Native American communities to tackle this area of science in ways that are in line with their biomedical, research, and governance interests.