“Genetics, Genomics and Changing Understandings of Nature/Nurture:An Interdisciplinary Workshop”
University of Leeds, Tuesday 21 May 2013, 12:30-17:00
We would like to invite you to participate in this upcoming workshop which forms part of our Genetics Pedagogies Project, at the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds. The workshop will take place in the Centre for Medical Humanities Seminar Room, University of Leeds and will be generously co-hosted by the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities
The Genetics Pedagogies Project is exploring alternative methodologies for teaching genetics, with the aim of devising an experimental curriculum for an introductory genetics module for first year students that would employ a historically-informed, interactionist emphasis (based partly on the unpublished work of the biometrician, W. F. R. Weldon). We will test the effects of this new curriculum on students’ views about genetic determinism and compare them with the views of students following the existing curriculum.
The workshop programme is as follows:
12:30-13:30      Arrivals and lunch (provided)
13:30-15:00     Guest speakers
  • Jim Tabery (University of Utah) on the history of the nature/nurture debate
  • Janice McLaughlin (University of Newcastle) on social/cultural aspects of genetic testing and diagnosis
  • Nessa Carey (epigenetic lead for the External Research & Development Innovation Unit at Pfizer and author of The Epigenetics Revolution) on recent developments in genetics and genomics that undermine the idea of genetic determinism
15:00-15:30     Coffee
15:30-15:50      Presentations on the Genetics Pedagogies Project
  • Jenny Lewis on pedagogic issues underlying the project
  • Greg Radick on background to and development of the project
  • Annie Jamieson on progress with the new curriculum
15:50-16:50     Collective discussion of project plans and proposed materials
16:50-17:00     Feedback from discussion and concluding remarks from Stuart Murray, Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities
17:00-18:00     Drinks reception (in English foyer)
A limited number of places are still available. If you are interested in attending, or would like any further information, please contact Annie Jamieson ([email protected])