Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WAA hosting Fletcher for talk on social genomics June 5

WAA hosting Fletcher for talk on social genomics June 5

La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher will present Molecular Me: Exploring the Social Implications of the Genomics Revolution on June 5 at the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA). He will talk about how public policy intersects with genetic data and how to use this data responsibly.

The free public event begins at 6 p.m., with the hour-long program at 6:30 followed by a question-and-answer session. Registration is requested by May 25, and participants are asked to enter WAA through Alumni Park – between the Memorial Union and Red Gym.

Fletcher is the Romnes Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology with additional appointments in Agricultural and Applied Economics and Population Health Sciences. He specializes in health economics, the economics of education, and child and adolescent health policy, and he recently was named director of UW–Madison’s Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA).

A highly published researcher, Fletcher has received numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants. His most recent book is The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future.

In 2017, Fletcher launched the course Molecular Me: Social Implications of the Genomics Revolution (Sociology 496), which explores the integration between genetics and social science inquiry.