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Contact: Marilynn Fryer
(517) 796-8466
February 22, 2010
For immediate release

Noted educator Sam Rhine to present Genetics Update Conference

Jackson Community College will host a Genetics Update Conference with noted educator and speaker Sam Rhine on Wednesday, March 24 in the Harold Sheffer Music Hall, Potter Center, on the Jackson campus.

Rhine has visited JCC for 15 years to share the latest info with high school and college students regarding developments in the field of genetics research. These one-day conferences for biology teachers, students, medical professionals and the community are designed to teach the latest in genetic advances, hot research areas and career opportunities.

Topics to be covered include coding and non-coding DNA genes/ miRNA in gene control/gene therapy with RNAi; comparative genomics – human vs. chimp vs. Neanderthal/Russian Csar skeletal identification; reproductive and therapeutic cloning/ stem cells: embryonic, adult, cancer, and man-made iPS.

Rhine takes biology from the textbook to the heart by posing ethical dilemmas each will face as technological advances continue. He is an adjunct instructor with Indiana University, and lectures to teachers, nurses and students across the U.S. annually. He has taught classes at several colleges and universities, and he has made more than 8,500 presentations for over 3,750,000 teenagers in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has been Indiana Academy of Science “Speaker of the Year” and Indiana Academy of Pediatrics National “Speaker of the Year” Nominee.

This conference will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. This conference is free to JCC students and staff with identification. For all others, cost is $15 per person; participants may register in advance by visiting and downloading the registration form. Or, contact Victor Marshall at 517.914.1903, or e-mail for more information.