Genetic Educator and Speaker Presenting at Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast on March 14

NORTHEAST – On Monday, March 14, 2011, Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast’s Student Government Association will host Sam Rhine, genetic educator and speaker, on campus who will provide free lecture to students, faculty, staff, and the public titled Current Advances in Cloning, Stem Cells, and Regenerative Medicine The lecture will take place on the Coliseum Campus, Auditorium, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Rhine will educate the audience on cloning, stem cells, and regenerative medicine and the recent cutting-edge advances that have taken place in these fields. He synthesizes information gained from reading dozens of journals and from attending numerous conferences and presents it in a fast-paced, exciting format that will expand the knowledge, awareness, and curiosity of everyone that attends.

“We have a booming Nursing program and a thriving Science program in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences,” said Christine Barlow, assistant professor of Life Sciences. “This presentation should have a wide appeal on our campus and within the community.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the upcoming lecture, contact Christine Barlow, assistant professor of Life Sciences in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at 260-481-2225 or

About Sam Rhine
Rhine has traveled the country for more than 30 years presenting the latest genetic information to high school students and their teachers. He has also spoken to audiences in Toronto, Montreal, Tokyo, Vienna, Prague, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Nairobi, Kenya. Rhine has devoted himself to genetics education and is a gifted speaker with a passion to teach the applicability of genetics to daily living. He began while he was a graduate student by speaking to high school biology classes, first in Indianapolis and then in Boston. Soon he was presenting whole-school convocations to hundreds of students on two main topics: prevention of birth defects, The Most Important Nine Month of Your Life, and prevention of AIDS, Say ‘Know’ to AIDS.

For the past several years, Rhine has concentrated on presenting Genetic Update Conferences (GUC’s), and these one-day conferences for biology teachers and students are designed to teach the latest in genetic advances, hot research areas, and career opportunities. He takes biology from the textbook to the heart by posing ethical dilemmas each will face as technological advances continue.

In 1997, the National Association of Biology Teachers presented Rhine with the NABT Honorary Membership Award. This award is given to one teacher in the U.S. annually and is the highest honor that the association can bestow upon members of the profession.


  • Lalor Foundation Fellow, Medical Genetics, Harvard Medical School,1976-1978
  • Doctoral Candidate, Medical Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine, 1972-1976
  • M.A. Genetics, Indiana University, 1972
  • B.A. Genetics, Indiana University, 1968

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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