News Briefs

Dr. Howard Jacob, HudsonAlpha Executive Vice President for Genomic Medicine and Chief Genomics Officer, and Roy Nichols, Double Helix Society Member

Leaving a lasting legacy – HudsonAlpha Double Helix Society

This month, we had the honor of hosting members of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Double Helix Society to thank them for their commitments to the HudsonAlpha Foundation. The Double Helix Society recognizes people who have committed to remember the HudsonAlpha Foundation in their legacy.

Their gifts will help and support the mission of HudsonAlpha long beyond their time here on earth.

Besides enjoying substantial tax benefits through their planned gifts, Double Helix Society members (who use planned giving to support HudsonAlpha) have their names added to our Double Helix wall, receive an invitation to the annual Double Helix Society luncheon and potential naming opportunities.

Before you move forward with planned giving gifts, be sure to consult your legal and tax advisors to learn more about the planned giving option that will work best for you and your family.

If you have already included HudsonAlpha in your estate plans or would like more information about the Double Helix Society, please contact Karen Petersen, Director of Annual and Planned Giving at [email protected] or 256-327-9434.

Connections members get crash course in “cyber-genomics” studies

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology scientist, Jeremy Prokop, PhD, presented “Engaging students, researchers, clinicians and patients: using computers to understand your genome” at the July Connections luncheon.

Dr. Jeremy Prokop, HudsonAlpha senior scientist

Dr. Prokop is engaging students at colleges and universities to work on complex problems with scientists all from their computers. As a means to engage students, he is mentoring students in campus genetics research clubs.

HudsonAlpha Connections is an advocacy group of young professionals and civic leaders in the community. Members meet quarterly for highlights on HudsonAlpha research and programs so they can share news about HudsonAlpha and promote its nonprofit efforts with their circles of influence.

Interested in learning more about HudsonAlpha’s Connections group? Contact Karen Petersen at [email protected]. A special thank you to The Marketplace Cafe for sponsoring July’s luncheon.

Recent Awards

Thank you to Vulcan Materials Company Foundation for the recent $10,000 grant funding Bicentennial Barcoding, a program of HudsonAlpha’s Educational Outreach department. In commemoration of Alabama’s bicentennial year, Bicentennial Barcoding engages Alabama high school students as plant detectives working to genetically catalog Alabama’s native plant diversity. For more information about this exciting program, please click here.