Sam Rhine Genetics Education Conferences Coming to Oklahoma

Noted genetics educator Sam Rhine will be presenting his Genetic Update Conference img_sam_portraitin Tulsa on November 30th at Tulsa Community College – Southeast Campus – Performing Arts Center for Education, 10300 East 81st Street and in  Oklahoma City on December 1st in the Putnam City High School Auditorium, 5300 NW 50th Street.

Sam Rhine has crossed the country for 30+ years presenting the latest genetic information for high school students and their teachers.  He has also spoken to audiences in Toronto, Montreal, Tokyo, Vienna, Prague, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Nairobi, Kenya.

For the past several years, Sam has concentrated on presenting Genetic Update Conferences (GUC’s). These one-day conferences for biology teachers and students are designed to teach the latest in genetic advances, hot research areas, and career opportunities. Sam takes biology from the textbook to the heart by posing ethical dilemmas each will face as technological advances continue.

In 1997, the National Association of Biology Teachers presented Sam with the NABT Honorary Membership Award. This award is given to one teacher in the U.S. annually and is the highest honor that the association can bestow upon members of the profession. Sam’s award states as follows: “You have inspired so many teachers and students with your enthusiasm for knowledge and life – everyone walks away from your workshops with a new sense of value and excitement for science…. Thank you for contributing so much to many students and teachers who have come in contact with you and your work.”

The student participants at these conferences generally come from Biology and A.P. Biology classes, but many students who have completed their Life Science classes also attend.  Students who are college bound, who are in pre-professional tracts or who are Science Olympiads will find the conference to be especially significant.  Many teachers bring Honors and Gifted and Talented junior high school students.  Every presentation begins with a review of the ‘basics’ so younger students need not worry about being lost all day.

Cost: $15 (USD) per person (includes notes outlining the topics of the day).

Payment: Due on the day of the program. Payment may be made by cash or check. All checks should be made payable to Sam Rhine, NOT your school or the host school. The teacher-in-charge should collect the appropriate amount and present it at registration on the date of the conference.

You may register between 8:30 and 9:00 on the day of the conference.


You may pre-register for the Tulsa conference Here

You may pre-register for the Oklahoma City conference Here

Conference Agenda:

8:30 –   9:00 – Registration at Auditorium

9:00 –   9:30 – Coding v. Non-Coding Genes / miRNA / siRNA / lncRNA

9:30 – 10:00 – Comparative Genomics: Human v. Neanderthal v. Chimp

10:00 – 10:30 – Gene Therapy:  Gene Replacement / Exon Skipping / ‘Turn Off’ Harmful genes

10:30 – 10:40 – Break – might bring a simple snack

10:40 – 11:30 – Multifactorial Update: SNPs & CNVs to find human polygenes

11:30 – 12:30 – Human Stem Cells:  Embryonic  /  Adult  /  iPS

12:30 –   1:00 – Stem Cell Therapy – Medical Applications

Site Host for the Tulsa Conference is Diana Spencer, Ph.D.
Site Host  for the Oklahoma City conference is Zonda Martin
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