taryn charles

681 Flips | 3 Magazines | 5 Likes | 3 Following | 530 Followers | @taryncharle2014 | Taryn Charles, BBioMed, MPH. I'm currently a learning designer & chief doing officer in genetics education and public health at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. I have a broad and varied past, having worked in science/academia, community health and government. I spend my days doing research, creating content, managing projects and designing learning experiences. My current motto: remember the human. Have empathy for your readers/users/students/fellow human.

How to make brain friendly learning that sticks (Expert interview)

What does it take to make brain-friendly learning? We interviewed Learning Psychologist, Stella Collins, to find out. Stella offers six key ways you …

Memory Loss

Dear student, I just don't have time to mark your essay properly

Dear student,<p>I have just read your essay, and I must apologise – I have absolutely no idea what it said.<p>When you hold this essay in your hands in a few weeks’ time, I know that you will look immediately at the mark I’ve written at the top of the first page. You will make assumptions about yourself, …

Higher Education

The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything

There are four simple steps to <b>the Feynman Technique</b>, which I'll explain below:<p>Choose a Concept<br>• Teach it to a Toddler<br>• Identify Gaps and Go Back to The …

Does Lifestyle Genetic Testing Diminish Medical Genetics?

The online market for consumer genetic testing is booming, and not for the first time. The completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the …

Consumer DNA tests can’t tell you much, but they sure can get your relatives arrested

It's time to think about who has your data.<p>The suspected Golden State Killer’s apprehension last week caught a lot of people off guard. Prior to the big reveal that detectives were able to trace the alleged serial rapist and killer through his DNA, many hadn’t seriously considered the ramifications …

Genetics

Genome Culture: A Personal Risk Score May Be the Next Big Thing in Genetic Medicine

Was the Human Genome Project a success? Yes! But also no. Genetics has become an effective tool to understand, diagnose, and treat disease, but it …

4 Great Apps to Turn Your ipad Into An Interactive Whiteboard

After we have reviewed iPad apps to help you create mind maps and brainsorm ideas, today’s post features a collection of some of the best apps to …

Education Technology

Woman Says Ancestry.com Test Revealed Her Parents' Fertility Doctor Was Actually Her Father

It’s become a familiar story in the age of consumer DNA testing: A person spits into a test tube to learn more about their genetic heritage, and ends …

Hunt to Stop a Killer

In the early stages, a person suffering from Huntington’s disease (HD) might not seem so different from anyone else having a pretty bad day. Early …

MTHFR: Hope or Hype?

Last spring, a woman in her early 30s came into the office of Jay Flanagan, a genetic counselor in a reproductive clinic at Sanford Health in Sioux …

Medicine

Redefining annotation: Ditch That PDF and hyper-annotate

Learning how to read and annotate text is an important skill all our students need to truly understand stories, articles, and *GULP* textbooks. This …

This At-Home Test Will Soon Let You Check for Breast Cancer Genetic Mutations

Using nothing more than a mail-in saliva sample, customers of the genetic testing service 23andMe can discover if they test positive for one of three breast cancer gene mutations.<p>The FDA announced on Tuesday that users of 23andMe’s at-home genetic test can now receive a personal report on three …

Cancer

This Woman Learned Her Birthmark Is A Sign She Fused With Her Twin In Utero

Chimerism is a rare genetic condition where an individual has two sets of DNA.<p>Twins often have an inseparable bond, but Muhl and her fraternal twin are actually the same person. In a rare genetic event, Muhl fused together with her fraternal twin in the womb. So Muhl has two sets of DNA: her own, …

Why We Screen for Down Syndrome Anyway

Prenatal screening for Down syndrome started about 40 years ago when amniocentesis was offered to pregnant women who were 35 and older. Back then, …

Autism

National Society of Genetic Counselors : Blogs : Am I at Risk for Heart Disease?

<b>NSGC Executive Office</b> | 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.321.6834 | nsgc@nsgc.org<br>© 2018 National Society of Genetic …

Heart Disease

In A Word

Finding just the right word is no mean feat. Even the greatest writers admit to struggling for days to come up with the magical noun, verb, adverb, …

Down's syndrome test could see condition disappear, C of E warns

A new advanced test for Down’s syndrome to be offered to pregnant women this year raises the prospect of people with the condition disappearing from UK society as terminations are expected to rise, the Church of England has warned.<p>Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), a safer form of screening, is …

Pregnancy

Modern Family Planning

Conditions like fragile X syndrome and hemophilia are caused by mutations on the X chromosome. Because females have two X chromosomes, they are more …

Want Good Grades? Ditch that Highlighter

<i>The following essay was written for the Assumption College student newspaper,</i> Le Provocateur, <i>and appeared in the January 31st, 2018 issue.</i><i></i><b><br>Spaced …

Vocabulary

‘We are all mutants now’: the trouble with genetic testing

AnneMarie Ciccarella, a fast-talking 57-year-old brunette with more than a hint of a New York accent, thought she knew a lot about breast cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with the disease in 1987, and several other female relatives also developed it. When doctors found a suspicious lump in one of …

Genetics

These Are The Five Soft Skills Recruiters Want Most

Things like time management and organization aren’t typically taught in school, but they are increasingly important in order to be competitive at work.<p>While education, degrees, and certification are important for scoring an interview, a new study by the HR software provider iCIMS finds that …

Employment

Family (Still) Matters

Every genetic counselor knows the struggle of trying to explain our profession succinctly at a cocktail party. “No, I don’t make designer babies, …

New Routine

At a routine eye appointment at a Geisinger ophthalmology clinic in Coal Township, Pennsylvania, Patrice Molesevich was invited to participate in a …

Genome Culture: Ohio Passes Law Banning Abortion Because of Down Syndrome

What DNA Testing Kits Can – and Can’t – Tell You About History, Health

The marketing campaigns for direct-to-consumer DNA testing kits make it seem simple: buy a kit, swab your cheek and ship it off to discover your …

How To Properly Search For and Attribute Creative Commons Photos

If your students are content creators (and honestly, most of them are), they already know that high-quality images make their work stand out. They …

Instructional Design 101: Six Rules for Writing - E-Learning Curve Blog

Following a pretty expansive series of posts on Knowledge Work and Knowledge Workers, I’m about to embark on a major series of articles on the topic …

Instructional Design

These three strategies can help you master any subject

I learned a lot in 2017. I learned about how the European Union works, because Britain decided to leave it. I learned what a social media-obsessed presidency looks like, and the distinctive outlines of a political party that picks power over principle. I learned that a Trump presidency can force a …

Is It Moral or Immoral to Have an Abortion?

Usually, debates about abortion focus on politics and the law: should abortion be outlawed and treated like the murder of a human person, or remain a …

Feminism