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The cost of genetic information has been dropping at a rate faster than Moore's law in microcomputing. As a result, the science of genetic prediction has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, and with it has emerged a novel field: sociogenomics.

Sociogenomics seeks to integrate genetic and environmental information to obtain a more robust, complete picture of the causes of human behavior. This talk will highlight some recent examples of sociogenomic research and discuss the social and policy implications of genetic prediction, as well as public opinion in this domain.

Biography:
Dalton Conley, PhD is a professor in sociology at Henry Putnam University, and a faculty affiliate at the Office of Population Research and the Center for Health and Wellbeing. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and in a pro bono capacity he serves as dean of Health Sciences for the University of the People, a tuition-free, accredited, online college committed to expanding access to higher education.

Conley’s scholarship has primarily dealt with the inter-generational transmission of socioeconomic and health status from parents to children. He earned an MPA in public policy (1992) and a PhD in sociology (1996) from Columbia University, and a PhD in biology from NYU in 2014. His books include Being Black, Living in the Red; The Starting Gate; Honky; The Pecking Order; You May Ask Yourself; Elsewhere, USA; Parentology; and The Genome Factor. He has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Russell Sage Foundation fellowships, as well as a CAREER Award and the Alan T. Waterman Award from the National Science Foundation. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.
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