Alondra Nelson: Even a Moon Shot Needs a Flight Plan: Genetics and Ethics in the Obama Administration


Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 4:15pm to 5:15pm


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study - Annual Dean’s Lecture in the Social Sciences


Lecture by Alondra Nelson, president, Social Science Research Council, and professor of sociology, Columbia University


In this talk, Nelson will discuss the Obama administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and, in particular, the evolution of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) in the United States.


If “health is politics by other means,” as Nelson has argued, how does the good biocitizen understand the PMI and endeavors like it, especially given the explicit efforts of its organizers and emissaries to better address racial and ethnic differences in the gathering of data and distribution of research benefits?


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The event is free and open to the public.