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Human Biology and Society Majors Approved!

NEW!!!   Human Biology and Society, B.A. and B.S.  – effective Fall 2011. Our two new major degree programs seek exceptional students for a rigorous, interdisciplinary education in current issues at the intersections of human biology, genomics and society.   Coursework for the B.A. and B.S. differs somewhat. This major emphasizes critical thinking skills and excellence in written and spoken communication. Students learn…

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2010 | Stefan Timmermans – Patients-in-Waiting: Living between Sickness and Health in the Genomics Era

ISG Assistant Professor Dr. Stefan Timmermans has published a paper with Dr. Mara Buchbinder entitled “Patients-in-Waiting: Living between Sickness and Health in the Genomics Era” in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. Abstract: What are the social consequences of the recent expansion of newborn screening in the United States? The adoption of new screening technologies has generated diagnostic uncertainty about the…

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2010 | Tiago Saralva & Norton Wise – "Autarky/Autarchy: Genetics, Food Produc., and the Building of Fascism"

ISG Postdoctoral Fellow Tiago Saralva and ISG Faculty Norton Wise published “Autarky/Autarchy: Genetics, Food Production, and the Building of Fascism” in Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences. Excerpt: There is a large body of literature discussing fascism as a widespread phenomenon and as an historical concept in its own right.  As “the major political doctrine of the world-historical significance created…

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2010 | Soraya de Chadarevian – Genetic Evidence and Interpretation in History

September 2010 ISG faculty Dr. Soraya de Chadarevian was the guest editor and provided an introduction to a special issue of the journal BioSocieties entitled, “BioHistories”. Full article here. Genetic studies of human history often make headlines under such sensational titles as ‘Geneticists rewrite history’, ‘Pig DNA tells a different story of human migration’ or ‘The enigma of Italy’s ancient Etruscans is…

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2009 | Christopher Kelty – Beyond Implications and Applications

ISG faculty, Christopher Kelty has published an article entitled, “Beyond Implications and Applications: the Story of ‘Safety by Design’” in the November 2009 NanoEthics journal. Abstract: Using long-term anthropological observations at the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology in Houston, Texas, the article demonstrates in detail the creation of new objects, new venues and new modes of veridiction which have…

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Minor in SOCIETY AND GENETICS enrollment grows!

Enrollment in the SOCIETY AND GENETICS minor program now tops 75 undergraduates.  This interdisciplinary minor program brings together students from many different academic disciplines – in the life sciences, humanities and social sciences – to learn about the science of modern genetics and discuss the public policy, legal, and ethical controversies and possibilities resulting from genetics research, medicine and technologies.  You’re welcome…

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