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  • Intent to Present deadline
  • June 25, 2018
  • Abstract Submission deadline
  • July 17, 2018
  • Registration deadline
  • July 23, 2018
  • Symposium
  • August 3, 2018


Rick A. KittlesRick Kittles, Ph.D.
1989 RIT Graduate (BS, Biology)
Professor, Division of Urology
Department of Surgery, College of Medicine
University of Arizona
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Rick A. Kittles '89 (biology) received his Ph.D. in biological sciences from George Washington University in 1998, and his first faculty appointment was at Howard University where he helped establish the National Human Genome Center.

Currently, he is associate professor in the Department of Medicine and the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is at the forefront of developing ancestry-informative genetic markers and how this information can be used to map genes for common traits and disease, especially among African-American populations.

From 1997 to 2004, Kittles helped establish and coordinate a national cooperative network to study the genetics of hereditary prostate cancer in the African-American community. This project, called the AAHPC Study Network, serves as a model for recruitment of African Americans in genetic studies of complex diseases.

Kittles is one of the creators and featured experts in the "Race: Are We So Different?" traveling museum exhibit. He is currently scientific director of the Washington, D.C.- based African-Ancestry Inc., a genetic testing service for determining individuals' African ancestry.

Erhardt GraeffErhardt Graeff
06' 07' RIT Graduate (BS, Information Technology, International Studies)
Ph.D. Student & Researcher, Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab
Founding Trustee, The Awesome Foundation
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Erhardt Graeff is a civic media researcher, technologist, and entrepreneur. He currently works and studies at the MIT Center for Civic Media and MIT Media Lab. His latest projects involve building civic technologies that empower people to be greater agents of change, performing quantified analysis of media ecosystems, and documenting new forms of civic participation enabled by digital media. Outside of research, Graeff is a founding trustee of The Awesome Foundation, which gives small grants to awesome projects. He was also the Co-Founder of BetterGrads, an online college mentoring program for high school students, and a founding member of the Web Ecology Project, a network of social media and Internet culture researchers. Graeff holds an MPhil in Modern Society and Global Transformations from the University of Cambridge and B.S. degrees in Information Technology and International Studies from RIT.

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