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Bones, Genomics, and the Ethics of (In)visibility

October 21, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:20pm
ONLINE-ONLY EVENT LIMITED TO STANFORD STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED WITH A STANFORD EMAIL ADDRESS.
Speaker(s): 
Rachel Watkins and
Daphne Martschenko

Professor Watkin's research at American University focuses on the biological and social history of African Americans living in the 19th and 20th century urban US. She  began this journey studying the health consequences of poverty and inequality through skeletal and documentary data analysis, with a focus on the W. Montague Cobb skeletal collection. This unique anatomical collection is made up of DC residents who died in the city between 1930 and 1969. There is extensive cultural information associated with the collection that makes it ideal for examining various biocultural interrelationships.

Daphne Martschenko - postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics

Dr. Martschenko received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Cambridge in 2019. Daphne’s research identifies ethical, legal, and social considerations arising from genetics research and clinical practice and related policy recommendations to address these issues. Her work advocates for and facilitates cross-disciplinary research efforts that promote socially responsible communication of social science genomics research findings. Prior projects include an ‘adversarial collaborative’ effort with social science genomics researchers to explore recent developments in Genetics and Education (AERA Open, 2019) and guest editing a Special Issue devoted to the introduction of the biosocial sciences into Education (Research in Education, 2020).

Event Sponsor: 
Department of Communication, Program in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences Program, Center for African Studies, Center for Innovation in Global Health, McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Center for South Asia, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Bioengineering, African & African American Studies, Program in Human Biology, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of, Science, Technology and Society, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), Department of Anthropology
Contact Email: 
jwreid@stanford.edu