The 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2012)

Facilitating discussion and awareness with the Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING)


Anthropology and Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Thursday 9:45-10:00, Galleria North Add to calendar

Genomics can be a tool of interest for Native American communities. However, Native Americans are underrepresented in occupations and careers incorporating genomics and the sciences in general. Native Americans hold at least 5 times fewer occupations involving science and engineering relative to their total population in the United States. Furthermore, there is a lack of Native Americans in advisory roles to the scientific community, which prevents proper relay of cultural values and concerns that developed as a result of difficult histories of Native American encounters with science. This lack of leadership also leaves few individuals who can explain the uses and limitations of scientific research to Native American communities who are considering participating in a scientific project. To address this problem, leading Native American academics and advocates organized the Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) at the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Here I discuss the inaugural SING workshop and its potential to democratize science.

Funded by NSF BCS 10-25139

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