Dr. Marnie Gelbart is Director of Programs at the Personal Genetics Education Project (PGEd). With advances in personal genome sequencing and gene editing technologies like CRISPR, PGEd seeks to “increase awareness and conversation about the benefits and ethical, legal, and social implications of personal genetics.” The Science Soapbox team sat down with Dr. Gelbart to chat about some of the programs she is leading, which include designing activities to be taught in schools and advising filmmakers on how they portray science and scientists. Trained as a biologist herself, Dr. Gelbart shares compelling insights into working to build two-way bridges between science and the public and why she is an optimist — a favorite subject of ours.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during the show:
- You can learn more about the Personal Genetics Education Project and their programs on their official site.
- We talked a bit about some dark chapters in the history of science, including eugenics. PGEd, has compiled some great resources around the history of this subject.
- For any of you educators out there, do check out PGEd’s great lesson plans, available on their website.
- This interview was recorded at the Advocating for Science Symposium, so do be sure to check out our hosts, the Future of Research (FoR) and Academics for the Future of Science (AFS) to learn more about what they’re doing to change the future of science
This episode was recorded on September 16, 2016 at MIT during the Advocating for Science Symposium. Special thanks to Visager for music and to the Future of Research and the Academics for the Future of Science for making this interview possible.