Year In Review
113 Unique Media Stories
15 Community Events
35 Communities Visited by Geneskool Program
84 Scools Visited by the Geneskool Program
275 Teachers Trained by Geneskool Program
17,327 People Reached
8,327 Students Visited
Around the Dome in 30 Days
13,904 Visitors to Genome BC booth at Community Science Celebration
6th Annual Don Rix Distinguished Keynote Address – Bruce Budowle
Standing room only, over 350 attendees Further public engagement through social media & YouTube videos
8 “Bringing Genomics Home” Public Dialogue
c) Prince George
d) West Vancouver
e) Victoria x 2
Dr. Bruce Budowle, renowned forensics expert, has been a leader in the field for four decades, applying his DNA expertise to the most compelling cases at the FBI. As Genome BC’s 6th Annual Dr. Don Rix Distinguished Keynote Speaker, Dr. Budowle addressed a sold-out crowd on the efficacy of genomic technologies in crime solving and the identification of human remains. He spoke about future improvements in technology that may advance current forensic practices and discussed privacy issues which are an ongoing area of discussion for forensic experts.
“Genomics is key to the work I have accomplished in the forensics field,” says Dr. Budowle.
It was Genome BC’s Geneskool (Geneskool) and it was unequivocally life changing. Now 25 years old, Evelyn Sun is a PhD candidate in the UBC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the laboratory of Genome BC funded researcher, Dr. Bob Hancock. Her thesis researches the infections implicated with the genetic disease Cystic Fibrosis (CF), and it was her foundation in genomics, through Geneskool, that brought her here.
Not only is Evelyn researching genetics, she is teaching it. In addition to being a Teaching Assistant (TA) for a first year biology course at UBC, she is returning to Genome BC this summer for her second stint as an instructor for Geneskool summer camps at Thompson Rivers and Capilano Universities. Since last year, Evelyn has kept in touch with campers acting as a sounding board and mentor for students as well as linking them with relevant faculty members for research opportunities during high school and beyond. And, in addition to her scientific pursuits, Evelyn recently wrote a fiction novel that is being published in the summer of 2016.
Not shy about her ambitions, Evelyn’s greatest desire is to teach at a post-secondary level for her professional career. Her joy is the interaction with students, the enrichment of education and the illumination of young minds. Evelyn can’t say enough about how her experience at Geneskool camp forged her future path – she knew that first day what she was meant to do. And she is well on her way.