March 23, 2019

Featured Speaker

Jason Fletcher

"Molecular Me:  Exploring the Social Implications of the Genomics Revolution"

Jason Fletcher is a Romnes Professor of Public Affairs with appointments in Sociology,
Agricultural and Applied Economics and Population Health Sciences as well as the
Director of the Center for Demography on Health and Aging at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to UW in 2013, he held appointments at Yale
University and Columbia University. Fletcher has published over 100 academic articles
and has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, William T.
Grant Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Russell Sage Foundation,
among others. A health economist by training, he has worked to integrate genetics and
social science over the past decade, culminating in his book The Genome Factor.

Youth Grants

 Applications for Youth Grant awards are accepted throughout the season. Please see our Youth Grants page for application and deadline information.

Public Affairs Speaker

Jennifer Laffin

Jennifer Laffin is currently the Medical Director at Exact Sciences Laboratories. She is a Clinical Laboratory Geneticist with over 15 years of experience in laboratory medicine focusing on diagnostics of genomic conditions and the development of professional educational programs. Dr. Laffin also holds an appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics-Genetics and Metabolism.


Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic.  

Dalton, Conley and Jason Fletcher.  The Genome Factor:  What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals About Ourselves, Our History, and the Future.  Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2017.

Kean, Sam.  The Violinist’s Thumb:  And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, As Written by Our Genetic Code.  New York:  Little, Brown and Co., 2012.

Linder, Joselin.  The Family Gene:  A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future.  New York:  Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.

Reich, David.  Who We Are and How We Got Here:  Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past.  New York:  Pantheon Books, 2018.

Rutherford, Adam and Siddhartha Mukherjee.  A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived:  The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes.  New York, The Experiment, 2017.

Zimmer, Carl.  She Has Her Mother’s Laugh:  The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.  New York:  Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2018.

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