2020 SC Teacher of the Year, Chanda Jefferson, participated in the NHGRI 2019 Short Course in Genomics this summer. The course is designed to update educators on genome science, the ongoing efforts to elucidate the genomic bases of health and disease, and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic advances. Applying to participate in the Short Course in Genomics is extremely competitive. Only 30 faculty members were accepted from across the country for this year’s course.
Dr. Eric Green, Director of the National Human Genome Research (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health, stated, "We are thankful to Ms. Jefferson for her recommendations on how to meet the current genomic literacy challenges, and how to better integrate genomics curriculum into classrooms. NHGRI intends to continue this new relationship with Ms. Jefferson to assist in the further development and utilization of educational resources. We applaud the efforts of both Ms. Jefferson and Fairfield Central High School to develop increased expertise in this key area. Working in partnership, I am hopeful that we can support and retain students with an interest in STEM careers and help achieve their dreams of being part of the scientific workforce of tomorrow."
Ms. Jefferson is currently serving a one-year residency at CERRA.