Join us for a series of educator workshops based on Ken Burns’ documentary The Gene: An Intimate History bringing together science, history and personal stories. Register for one or all of the workshops featuring turn key activities for your classroom and guest speakers whose research is cutting edge in the field.
Screening: The Gene: An Intimate History
January 11th 7-9pm
January 13th 7-9pm
The Gene: An Intimate History weaves together science, history, and personal stories to create a historical biography of the human genome. It tells the story of the rapid evolution of genetic science from Gregor Mendel’s groundbreaking experiment in the 19th century to CRISPR, and the hope that newfound powers to alter DNA with pinpoint precision will transform the treatment of some of the world’s most complex and challenging diseases. The series also tackles the daunting ethical challenges that these technologies pose for humankind. View this documentary in its entirety, four hours, in preparation for Gene Testing and Genome Editing & CRISPR workshops.
(Screening attendance not required to attend following workshops)
Hosted by Nancy Coddington, WSKG Public Media
Dominick Fantacone, New York State Master Teacher Program
Gene Testing Workshop
January 26th 4:30-6:30pm
In this workshop, attendees will learn more about the resources available to them from PBS LearningMedia that cover topics such as gene testing and direct to consumer testing. Participants will be given time to collaborate with colleagues to determine which resources will be the most effective to utilize in their classrooms. We will be joined by guest speaker Dr. Heather Fiumera, Associate Professor Biological Sciences from Binghamton University who will share the latest in gene testing and the work that her lab is doing in this field.
CTLE credit: 2 hrs
Workshop presented by: Maureen Smith, Broome Tioga BOCES
Jessica Schindler, Biology SAR Southern Section STANYS
Erin Degan, Biology Teacher
Nancy Coddington, WSKG Public Media
Registration for Broome-Tioga BOCES My Learning Plan Here.
Registration for NY Master Teachers Here.
Genome Editing & CRISPR Workshop
January 28th 4:30pm- 6:30pm
In this workshop, attendees will learn more about genome editing technology through the lens of CRISPR Cas-9 and use assets from The Gene: An Intimate History on PBS LearningMedia. Participants will be given time to collaborate with colleagues to explore how they may integrate genome editing content into their course curriculum. Attendees will hear from guest speakers Dr. Chennan Li and Jenna Clingerman, researchers from the Kasinski Cancer Genomics lab at Purdue University.
CTLE credit: 2hrs
Workshop presented by
Dr. Jeff Radloff, SUNY Cortland, Colleges SAR Southern STANYS
Dominick Fantacone, NYS Master Teacher
Nancy Coddington, WSKG Public Media, Elementary SAR Southern Section STANYS
Partners: Professional Learning and Innovation Center at Broome-Tioga BOCES, SUNY Cortland, Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS), New York State Master Teacher Program, WSKG Public Media