Friday October 18th, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in MRH (SOLES 135)
USD is committed to community outreach, but how do we translate our classroom learning to the general public? This presentation will outline how a senior-level Biology course created a website as a class project using the content management system WordPress. The website (www.knowgenetics.org) was designed to educate the public on basic genetics, new technologies, and the ethical issues they raise.
Dr. Laura Rivard, Adjunct Professor, Biology Biography
Laura Rivard, Ph.D., has been teaching in the Biology Department for the past ten years. She has taught a number of different lecture and laboratory classes from introductory freshmen courses to senior seminars. Her emphasis is on genetics, and this interest has led to an exploration of ethical issues surrounding the rapidly advancing field of human genetics. Laura has developed several courses related to ethics and genetics, and she was a guest speaker for the Henrietta Lacks series sponsored by the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology. Dr. Rivard earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her doctoral research at the University of California, San Diego focused on genes that specify neuronal identity in the developing spinal cord. Her postdoctoral research at USD addressed the evolutionary conservation of neuronal networks controlling a specific locomotory behavior in C. elegans.