Dr. Erin Zimmer, professor of biology, was awarded a two-year grant entitled, “Living in a Genomic World: Tools to Evaluate Students’ Understanding of Genetic Data and Complex Trains” for the Genetics Education Research Project from the American Society of Human Genetics.
Working with Dr. Rivka Glaser from Stevenson University in Maryland, Dr. Zimmer was awarded the grant to explore genetic variation in complex traits in genetic curriculum, to identify gaps in current genetics concept inventories apropos complex traits, and to develop pedagogical resources and assessment tools to repair those gaps.
“We saw the need to expose students to genomic technologies, allow them to explore ‘big data,’ and help them make the connection between genetic variation and disease risk,” said Zimmer. “This project will develop the tools so that genetic educators nation-wide can incorporate these concepts into the undergraduate classroom.”
Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. The society’s nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses and others who have a special interest in the field of human genetics.
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