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Distinguished Seminar Series Journal Club Kadesch Prize Cohen Lecture Symposium
Friday Research Talks Gender Equality Kaushal Award Gasser Lecture FI Symposium

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Distinguished Seminar Series

Our series is cosponsored with the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, the Epigenetics program, and the Institute for Regenerative Medicine. One department hosts a different speaker every Monday of the academic year, with invitees ranging from postdoctoral researchers to prominent scientists presenting a broad array of current, genetics-related research. We encourage all interested faculty, students and staff to attend.

Frontiers in Genetics lectures are part of the Genetics Seminar Series and are organized by graduate students in the Genetics and Gene Regulation programs. These seminars provide students with the opportunity to invite scientists working on relevant research that interests them such as: development, gene regulation, cell cycle and genomics. A lecturer's visit consists of a formal seminar and meetings with faculty and senior graduate students to discuss their research projects.

Genetics Journal Club

Faculty, postdocs, and grad students present and discuss current papers.

Genetics Postdoctoral & Graduate Student Research Talks

In 1999, the Department of Genetics established the Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate Student Research Talks in hopes of encouraging the exchange of scientific information between laboratories within the department. The series features weekly research presentations from two individual lab members, typically working in different labs. Each talk runs about 30 minutes and includes: general background, research data and conclusions, followed by a brief question and open discussion period. While the talks were originally designed for lab interaction within Genetics, we encourage anyone interested from Penn's scientific community to attend.

The Bernard Cohen Memorial Lecture in Genetics

This lectureship was established in 1985 and brings a distinguished geneticist to the School of Medicine each Spring. Dr. Stanley N. Cohen, a 1960 School of Medicine graduate and current Professor of Genetics at Stanford University, endowed the Lectureship. Dr. Cohen established the annual event as a memorial to his father, Bernard Cohen (1905-1974), to honor his lifelong interest in science. The Lectureship is designed to further the interaction of students and faculty and to promote interest in genetics at Penn.

The Gail Gasser Lecture

The Gail Gasser Lectureship was established to bring a distinguished scientist working on the genetic aspects of Parkinson's Disease, other neurodegenerative diseases, or neuroscience to the Perelman School of Medicine each fall. Dr. David Gasser, an Emeritus Professor of Genetics at Penn, endowed the lectureship. Dr. Gasser established the annual event in honor of his wife, Gail Gasser. The Lectureship is designed to further the interaction of students and faculty and to promote interest in neurogenetics at Penn.

Penn Genetics Symposium

The goals of the symposium are to expose the Penn scientific community to the outstanding work going on in Penn laboratories and to facilitate a sense of community among investigators who share an interest in the field of genetics.

Franklin Institute Award Symposium

Along with the Franklin Institute and the Mahoney Institute for Neuroscience, the Department of Genetics will co-host the 2015 Franklin Institute Award Symposium, "genes, brains, behavior" in honor of Cori Bargmann, Ph.D., recipient of the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science.

Kadesch Prize in Genetic Research

In 2011, the Department of Genetics established the "Tom Kadesch Prize in Genetics" to honor the legacy of our friend and colleague Dr. Tom Kadesch. Dr. Kadesch was a member of the Genetics department from 1984 until his death in 2011, and served as Interim Chairman for his final 4 years. He was not only an excellent scientist, but also a tremendously dedicated mentor, teacher and University citizen whose contributions inspired those around him. In his memory, with the help of many generous donors, we were able to set up an endowed fund that will support in perpetuity an annual award to "a graduate student demonstrating excellence in research achievement and citizenship".

Kaushal Family Award in Genetics

The Kaushal Family Awards recognize predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars for excellence in genetic research as evidenced by publication.

Gender Equality Events

The Department of Genetics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is committed to improving gender equity. As overt gender discrimination recedes, it becomes necessary to confront and educate both men and women on the unconscious gender biases and norms that arise from living in a society that has long favored men. To this end, the department has organized programming for the entire department as well as several small group mentoring circles open to affiliated female trainees.