RAC on the Road

RAC ON THE ROAD | ROCHESTERFEST | FAMILY FUN NIGHT
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Join us at Rochesterfest for an evening of family fun!  Over 20 booths featuring family activities, games, challenges, live animals, crafts, demonstrations plus giveaways!  Stage entertainment includes a performance by the popular Teddy Bear Band and more!

More information on the Rochesterfest website.

Opening Reception: Genome

Please join us for the opening reception of Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code along with related art exhibits Friday, June 22nd at 6:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

Do you have your mother’s dimples? Or your father’s hairline? What is it about us that makes us, us? And how much of it actually sets us apart from not only other human beings but from every other living thing on Earth?

Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code begins to unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on Earth to grow and function: the genome.

It took nearly a decade, three billion dollars, and thousands of scientists to sequence the human genome in 2003. And thanks to the pioneering work of the Human Genome Project, we are starting to know so much more about ourselves, and our world.

Your genome is a roadmap that can help you trace your ancestral past, and take charge of your future health. Discover how our newfound ability to identify thousands of genes that contribute to disease has helped open the way to more personalized healthcare. Weigh in on the legal and ethical issues surrounding cutting-edge genomic research and its implications on society.

See yourself in a new way: as an individual, as a member of a family, and as part of the diversity of life on Earth.

Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code was developed and produced by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Institutes for Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute in association with Science North. The Mayo Clinic is the presenting sponsor of the Smithsonian Museum exhibition. And was made possible in part by financial support from Life Technologies and other sponsors.

Find more information about the exhibition here: https://unlockinglifescode.org/

RELATED ART EXHIBITIONS:

Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference is a series of photographs by artist Rick Guidotti that seek to show the beauty of all people by photographing those living with genetic conditions. Each artwork has a different subject, giving each person’s story a chance to be told. These photographs depict joy and remind viewers we all have something in common. For more information visit: https://positiveexposure.org/

Beyond the Diagnosis displays commissioned paintings from artists around the world, each focusing on someone living with a rare genetic disease. As we find inherent human integrity, joy and wonder in each work we look “beyond the diagnosis” and see the person. Beyond the Diagnosis asks for us to connect, to remember, and to cherish life. https://www.beyondthediagnosis.org

First Person Plural is a video artwork that overlays participants’ portraits and intermix animations of data visualization tools commonly used in genomic and individualized medicine research. As viewers approach the installation, their likenesses are captured and included in the evolving imagery, inviting them to consider, challenge and share their own perspectives on identity and wellbeing.

Myriphon is an interactive genetic soundscape that chimes and responds when visitors answer questions about their genetic traits and environmental factors. Myriphon takes its name from a 1901 wall size instrument of moving discs. This 21st Century Myriphon has 23 discs, for the 23 genetic markers that move and shift as new genetic info is received. Both of these works are created by Rochester based artist Eric Anderson.

G-enga is an interactive sculpture by Zoe Cinel inspired by the game Jenga and by the Rosetta Stone that uses interactivity and play to familiarize the audience with the genome. As the Rosetta Stone has done for language, genomic research has done for deciphering DNA code and as a result human connections. Visitors are invited to arrange any number of the 550 large wooden pegs that either contain phrases, questions, concerns, and facts about the genome or is left blank for the visitor contribute their thoughts and responses to what they learned about the genome.

Shah Noor Shafqat’s installation, Intimate Gravity, incorporates abstract paintings with paintings of her child to be in utero that explores the feelings of a mother, the artist, coping with the passing on of a genetic condition. When her daughter was born with a severe genetic eczema, Shafqat turned to her art practice to cope with the challenges this disease caused her family. Each abstract disc uses paint and embroidery to recreate the sensation of human skin.

Book Club: The Story Within

Kick off night for The Story Within

The Story Within by Amy Boesky is comprised of essay stories created by various people. These stories explore what is involved in making decisions about genetic diseases and how genetic information shapes the ways we see ourselves, the world, and our actions within it. This book was created in hopes to expand conversations about genetics and identity. It has also increased debate and generated questions. All of their stories remind us that genetic health is very complicated and deeply personal.

Join us for all or just a night or two! Books can be reserved at the Rochester Public Library or you can purchase your own copy! To be part of the club you can read the whole book or just parts you are interested in. After the book club join us for RAC Chats located on the main level in the Grand Lobby.

Wednesday, June 27  | 6:00 – 6:30 PM  | Free | Register HERE and stay connected on the Facebook Event Page.

RAC Chat

GENOME UNLOCKED: WELCOME TO LIFE IN THE POST-GENOMIC ERA

JUNE 27 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM

This initial RAC Chat session will provide an overview of historical milestones in genomics research, consider contemporary genomics research initiatives, and invite discussion about life in the current post-genomic era. Featuring Kelsey Metzger, D.A.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rac-chats-tickets-47084773826

Stay connected by joining the Facebook Event Page!

About RAC Chats

This series exposes individuals to a wide range of experiences through artistic, creative and scientific expression of the genomic sciences. Come chat with scientific experts, as well as, local and nationally renowned artists. Registration is not required but encouraged.

 

Book Club: The Story Within

Part I Finding Out: Genetics and Ideas of Self

Part I Finding Out: Genetics and Ideas of Self: brings awareness to the challenges of genetic decisions such as: whether to be tested, who to tell, whether to have children, and whether and how to treat children medically, if treatment is available.

The Story Within by Amy Boesky is comprised of essay stories created by various people. These stories explore what is involved in making decisions about genetic diseases and how genetic information shapes the ways we see ourselves, the world, and our actions within it. This book was created in hopes to expand conversations about genetics and identity. It has also increased debate and generated questions. All of their stories remind us that genetic health is very complicated and deeply personal.

Join us for all or just a night or two! Books can be reserved at the Rochester Public Library or you can purchase your own copy! To be part of the club you can read the whole book or just parts you are interested in. After the book club join us for RAC Chats located on the main level in the Grand Lobby.

Wednesday, July 11  | 6:00 – 6:30 PM  | Free | Register HERE and stay connected on the Facebook Event Page.

RAC Chat

GENES, HORMONES AND YOU…INDIVIDUALIZING CARE FOR WOMEN

JULY 11 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Join leaders from Mayo Clinic’s women’s health programs to discuss those health issues that are important to you and how they are impacted by the latest genomics research. Learn how “women’s health” is defined, the new advances to improve care throughout a woman’s life, and how you can advocate to receive individualized care. Featuring Stephanie S. Faubion, M.D. and Virginia M. Miller, Ph.D.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rac-chats-tickets-47084773826

Stay connected by joining the Facebook Event Page!

About RAC Chats

This series exposes individuals to a wide range of experiences through artistic, creative and scientific expression of the genomic sciences. Come chat with scientific experts, as well as, local and nationally renowned artists. Registration is not required but encouraged.

Free Family Day

Free Family Day: DNA from Strawberries! | Saturday, July 14 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM | FREE

Special Presentation | 2:00 PM | Marina Walther-Antonio, Ph.D. | The Human Microbiome: You are Never Alone

This is a short interactive event depicting the evolution of our life long relationship with our microbes from the moment we are born and into adulthood. Visitors will experience a new look into microbes and how important some of them are in protecting us from sickness and unfriendly microbe encounters.

Register: Skip the check-in line by registering in advance on the Eventbrite Page.

Connect: Stay connected with updates by joining the Facebook Event Page.

Book Club: The Story Within

Part II Intervening: Living with Genetic Differences

Part II Intervening: Living with Genetic Differences: These differences vary from major medial issues such as cystic fibrosis to something very benign such as the color of our hair or eyes. As we read, people affected by genetic disease respond to such choices in varied and personal ways.

The Story Within by Amy Boesky is comprised of essay stories created by various people. These stories explore what is involved in making decisions about genetic diseases and how genetic information shapes the ways we see ourselves, the world, and our actions within it. This book was created in hopes to expand conversations about genetics and identity. It has also increased debate and generated questions. All of their stories remind us that genetic health is very complicated and deeply personal.

Join us for all or just a night or two! Books can be reserved at the Rochester Public Library or you can purchase your own copy! To be part of the club you can read the whole book or just parts you are interested in. After the book club join us for RAC Chats located on the main level in the Grand Lobby.

Wednesday, July 18  | 6:00 – 6:30 PM  | Free | Register HERE and stay connected on the Facebook Event Page.

RAC Chat

GUT HEALTH AND PROBIOTICS

JULY 18 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Featuring Nicholas Chia, Ph.D.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rac-chats-tickets-47084773826

Stay connected by joining the Facebook Event Page!

About RAC Chats

This series exposes individuals to a wide range of experiences through artistic, creative and scientific expression of the genomic sciences. Come chat with scientific experts, as well as, local and nationally renowned artists. Registration is not required but encouraged.

Book Club: The Story Within

Part III Passing Down Genetics and Family

Part III Passing Down Genetics and Family: A child is a combination of genes of which they get half from mom and half from dad. Usually these genes are happy together, but what if there are differences? This part reflects again on the challenges of genomic decision and challenges us to expand our sense of what “health” is or whose life has value.

The Story Within by Amy Boesky is comprised of essay stories created by various people. These stories explore what is involved in making decisions about genetic diseases and how genetic information shapes the ways we see ourselves, the world, and our actions within it. This book was created in hopes to expand conversations about genetics and identity. It has also increased debate and generated questions. All of their stories remind us that genetic health is very complicated and deeply personal.

Join us for all or just a night or two! Books can be reserved at the Rochester Public Library or you can purchase your own copy! To be part of the club you can read the whole book or just parts you are interested in. After the book club join us for RAC Chats located on the main level in the Grand Lobby.

Wednesday, July 25  | 6:00 – 6:30 PM  | Free | Register HERE and stay connected on the Facebook Event Page.