genetics


Scientific Racism: Is This an Oxymoron? (Fairfax County Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Despite efforts by anthropologists and biologists to temper the application of race labeling, it continues to thrive. What’s wrong and what’s right with the concept of race? Why does our society crave race categories? How do people confuse the recent use of DNA-based labeling systems with the scientific reality of […]


How Dogs Became Our Best Friends: The Genetics of Dog Domestication (Smithsonian Natural History Museum) – VIRTUAL

The bond between you and your pandemic puppy might be new, but the bond between humans and dogs goes way back! Dogs were the first animals to be domesticated – yet the where, when, how, and why are hotly debated. Dr. Audrey Lin, a paleogeneticist and Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow at […]


First Editions with Lizzy Copeland, Author of ‘The Lost Family’ (Baltimore County Public Library) – VIRTUAL

​In The ‘Lost Family’, journalist Libby Copeland investigates what happens when we embark on a vast social experiment with little understanding of the ramifications when we engage in home genetic testing by mail. Copeland explores the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA and the business of companies like […]


Conversation With Robert Voker, Author of ‘Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of An American Family’ (Enoch Pratt Library) – VIRTUAL

The program is presented in partnership with NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore. Robert Kolker (Author of ‘Hidden Valley Road’) will be in conversation with Dr. Karen L. Swartz ABOUT ‘HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD’: Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the Air Force brought […]