We are proud to announce that our very own Anthropology faculty, Darcy L. Wiewall, Ph.D. will participate in the National Human Genome Research Institute’s (NHGRI) 2021 Short Course in Genomics.
Genomics can best be defined as "the study of all of a person's genes (the genome), including interactions of those genes with each other and with the person's environment." The biological anthropology courses that Dr. Wiewall teaches focus on the study of human origins centered on biocultural evolution -- studying humans in terms of the interactions between environment, biology, and culture in evolutionary adaptation -- of the genus Homo.
Dr. Wiewall applied and was selected to participate in the NHGRI 2021 Genomics course. Her purpose for attending the NHGRI course was to gain access to content that is informative, cutting edge, and personally-relevant genomic research to the classroom that will inspire and prepare students to gain a better appreciation for genetics, embrace science and potentially pursue it in their college and career choices. Creating opportunities for students to see themselves as scientists, will build self-confidence and enhance their critical thinking skills.