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S20B03 This Is Us I: Gender and Sex

Dates: March 16, 2020

Meets: M from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Location: JMU Ice House Room 104

Registration Fee: $10.00

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Gender and Sex - It's Not as Simple as XX and XY

Gender self-perception, sexual orientation, anatomical sex, and physiological sex do not necessarily align in all individuals. In humans, genetic sex is conferred by the male, who provides either an X or a Y chromosome, resulting most of the time in either an XX or XY offspring. But which gender a person's brain feels it is, the sex with which they prefer to engage in mating-type activities, the appearance of their external sex organs, and the way that their body produces or uses sex hormones may not match the norms of their genetic sex. Sometimes these variations are due to genes or chromosomes gone wrong, but in other cases, they are simply the result of normal variations in human phenotypes. In this class, we will learn about the different layers of gender and sex, and about how they can vary among individuals. We will look at the latest research into gender perception and sexual orientation, and we will discuss mutations that can affect how the body responds to the sex hormones that determine its anatomical and physiological sex.

Anne Henriksen is Faculty Emerita at James Madison University, where she was a professor in the Integrated Science and Technology Department for 19 years. Dr. Henriksen came to JMU from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she was a staff scientist for ten years. She received a PhD in chemical physics from the University of Virginia and an MBA in management science from the University of New Mexico. She has spent the last nine years studying neuroscience, neuropharmacology, neuroendocrinology, genomics, and bioinformatics. Her personal interest is understanding the important role of sex steroid hormones in the brain during all stages of life.
Fee: $10.00
Hours:10.00

JMU Ice House Room 104

127 W Bruce St
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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