Keynote Speaker to Address DNA, Genome Research

Event Details

Date: April 24, 2009

Times: Students Presentations at 1:00 p.m. and Keynote Speaker at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Gilbert Science Center (corner of 33rd St and Summit Ave), room 100

Ticket Info: The event is free and open to the public.

SIOUX FALLS – Alan E. Guttmacher, MD, the acting director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, is the keynote speaker at the Augustana Symposium, April 25, which is National DNA Day.

Dr. Guttmacher’s talk is entitled “The Human Genome Project: Why All the Fuss.” The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in Gilbert Science Center, room 100. Gilbert Science Center is located at the corner of 33rd Street and Summit Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

The Augustana Symposium is a collegial gathering intended to foster the investigation and discussion of important matters. The structure of the Symposium emulates a traditional academic conference, and Augustana students are invited to present their original research on any topic in this forum.

Student research presentations – both oral and poster – will be given between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. in the Madsen Center. More than 70 Augustana atudents will be involved in these presentations.

As acting director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, Dr. Guttmacher will highlight some of his efforts in helping oversee the institute’s activities in advancing genome research, integrating the benefits of genome research into healthcare, and exploring the ethical, legal, and social implications of human genomics.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Guttmacher completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in medical genetics at Children’s Hospital of Boston and Harvard. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.

Dr. Steve Matzner
Associate Professor of Biology
Phone: 605.274.4821