Stories and Statistics: Unpacking the Narratives We Tell Ourselves about “Native Americans” Using DNA

Stories and Statistics: Unpacking the Narratives We Tell Ourselves about “Native Americans” Using DNA
Nov 30, 2022
– 1:00PM

The Indigenous Faculty and Staff Association (IFSA) and Student Association (IPSA), the Rocks Ethics Institute (REI), and the Department of Anthropology in Liberal Arts cordially invite you to a special virtual talk with Dr. Krystal Tsosie as part of the 2022 Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month.

Photograph of Krystal Tsosie
Dr. Krystal Tsosie, co-founder Native BioData Consortium

Dr. Tsosie, (Diné/Navajo Nation), Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., is an Indigenous geneticist-bioethicist and Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellow transitioning to assistant professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. As an advocate for Indigenous genomic data sovereignty, she co-founded the first U.S. Indigenous-led biobank, a 501c3 nonprofit research institution called the Native BioData Consortium.

Her research is on two main topics: Indigenous population genetics and bioethics. In particular, she focuses on the bioethical engagement of Indigenous communities in genomics and data science to build trust. In addition, her interest is in integrating genomic and data approaches to assess Indigenous variation contributing to health inequities.

Her research and educational endeavors have received increasing national and international media attention as scientists worldwide are understanding the importance of equitable, community-based engagement models and the importance of Indigenous genomic data sovereignty. Her work has been covered by popular media outlets, including PBS NOVA, the Washington Post, NPR, the New York Times, the Atlantic, Forbes, and the Boston Globe. She currently serves on the Government Policy and Advocacy Committee for the American Society of Human Genetics and the National Academy of Medicine Announces Committee on Emerging Science, Technology, and Innovation. She is a current Global Chair in ENRICH (Equity for Indigenous Research and Innovation Coordinating Hub), which focuses on enhancing Indigenous rights to develop, control, and govern Indigenous data and supports participation in STEM and in digitally‐enabled futures.

This virtual talk will be followed by a virtual lunch at noon. Registration is required for both events. We hope to see you there!

The Pennsylvania State University is a land grant university with campuses located on the original homelands of the Erie, Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora), Lenni Lenape: Unalachtigo, Unami, and Munsee (Delaware), Shawnee (Absentee, Eastern, and Oklahoma), Susquehannock, and Wahzhazhe (Osage) Nations.

Topic(s): Global Issues, Public Life, Race