Genetics for Genealogy Workshops are designed to build knowledge of the genetic principles upon which commercial DNA testing platforms are established, while using the platform as a tool for learning and discovery. The goals of the courses are twofold: 1) encourage understanding of the biological basis of DNA test results, and 2) foster proficiency navigating the web interface and interpreting DNA test results. Classes will involve a mix of presentation, demonstration, and guided activities. Class size is limited. Each student will have access to a computer that can be used to work on activities using your own DNA test results.
Instructor: Bryant McAllister, PhD
Dr. McAllister is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at The University of Iowa. He teaches core undergraduate courses in genetics and evolution subject areas and has particular scientific expertise in the organization of genomes at a chromosomal level. He developed and teaches a seminar course for first-semester undergraduate students titled, Who are You: Revelations from The Personal Genome, which explores human genetics through the interpretation of 23andMe results. Dr. McAllister actively uses the tools available in the direct-to-consumer genetic testing marketplace (e.g., 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Family Tree DNA) to investigate the intersection between biological and historical inferences of family history - a pursuit commonly known as genetic genealogy. The design of these courses addresses common gaps in background knowledge of genetic and evolutionary principles needed to fully utilize results of commercial DNA tests and reflects a commitment to facilitated learning through guided engagement.
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Genetics for Genealogy: Hands-on Computer Classes
Kirkwood Regional Center at The University of Iowa, Room 60
2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville, IA 52241
Guide to SNP Matching
Getting to Know Your DNA Relatives
9:00am-noon, October 5 & 6, 2016
Slides - Oct. 5
Slides - Oct. 6
Shared Matches Worksheets
Building DNA Families
9:00am-noon, October 12 & 13, 2016
Slides - Oct. 12
Slides - Oct. 13
DNA Family Worksheet
Family DNA Summary Excel Spreadsheet
Fee: $180 per course, or $320 for both
Click to Register: http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/UIConferences/meetings.aspx?cnfcode=16-279-01
Phone registration is available by calling The UI Center for Conferences at 800-551-9029 or 319-335-4141.Information Flyer
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