Sam Rhine Genetics Update Conference

Genetics Update Conference – November 17, 2011 at 9:00am to 1:00pm

Putnam City High School – Auditorium

5300 N. W. 50th Street

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73122

Host: Steve Stark & Bob Melton – Putnam City Science Department


Genetic Update Conference – November 18, 2011 at 9:00am to 1:00pm

Tulsa Community College – Southeast Campus – Performing Arts Center for Education
10300 East 81st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133  United States

Host: Diana Spencer, Ph.D. – Biotechnology Coordinator at TCC-SEC

9:00 –   9:30 – Genes and Development of the Human Embryo

9:30 – 10:00 – Genetics, Epigenetics and Hox in Human Differentiation

10:00 – 10:30 – Genes and Development of Human Cancer

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

10:40 – 11:30 – Oncogenes, Tumor Suppressors and Oncomirs in Human Tuymor Development

11:30 – 12:30 – Genes and Development of new Stem Cell Technologies

12:30 –   1:00 – Mammalian Organogenesis from ESCs and iPSCs Stem Cells


Students, Teachers, Parents & Community

Many schools bring their AP biology students and  also younger  students from honors classes. Often those who attend are on a professional track in Medicine or Life Sciences and have completed their high school Biology classes.  Many times Middle School students who are part of a Gifted & Talented Program also attend.

Cost: $20 (USD) per person (includes notes outlining the topics of the day).

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

Sam has devoted himself to genetics education. He is a gifted speaker with a passion to teach the “world” the applicability of genetics to daily living. He began while he was a graduate student by speaking to high school biology classes, first in Indianapolis and then in Boston. Soon he was presenting whole-school convocations to hundreds of students on two main topics: prevention of birth defects, “The Most Important Nine Month of Your Life,” and prevention of AIDS, “Say ‘Know’ to AIDS.”

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.”

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