La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher will discuss his pioneering research that explores the integration of sociology and genetics – sometimes called socio-genomics – in Green Bay on October 24 and in Madison on November 5.
Socio-genomics seeks to understand how to use genetic data responsibly and how biological factors make a difference in human behavior and in the efficacy of policies directed to shape that behavior. Fletcher and Dalton Conley of Princeton University outline this ground-breaking research in their book, The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History and Our Future.
Trained as a health economist, Fletcher has made substantial research contributions in various areas, most notably examining policy impacts on obesity in the United States. He also has contributed to a growing body of work at the intersection of health policy and education policy, where health policy is shown to be relevant to education outcomes, and vice versa.
The Wisconsin Alumni Association and its Brown County Chapter are hosting Fletcher’s October 24 presentation at the Neville Public Museum, 210 Museum Place, from 6 to 8 p.m. As part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, Fletcher’s hour-long presentation November 5 begins at 10 a.m. at the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard Street.