Speaker: Jason Fletcher MS’03, MA’05‚ PhD’06, Romnes Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology
Join Professor Fletcher in exploring how sociology and genetics have come together to teach us more about ourselves, our history, and the future. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how genetics is affecting — and will continue to affect — our everyday lives.
About Jason Fletcher
As a professor in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Department of Sociology at UW–Madison, Fletcher is researching questions about how public policy intersects with genetic data, what our genes can predict about how society functions, and how we should use these data responsibly. He specializes in health economics, the economics of education, and child and adolescent health policy, and his research includes examining social-network effects on adolescent education and health outcomes.
About the Topic
Beginning with the sequencing of the human genome in 2003, the possibilities of a new integration between genetics and social-science inquiry have increased substantially. Rapid reductions in the costs of sequencing human DNA have allowed tens of millions of people to receive their own genomic information. Advances in genetic discovery force us to grapple with a variety of new questions for social policy as well as revisit what we “know” about important social processes. More than ever, all citizens will be required to consider genetics in their everyday lives — from gathering information about ancestry and family history; to deciding whom to date, marry, and have children with; to reacting to genetic tests that show both genetic risk and genetic advantages.
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Light refreshments will be served.
This free event is open to all, but registration is strongly recommended!
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