Baylor College of Medicine geneticists and biology students at Bellaire High School in Houston will host the third annual "Genetics Night" educational conference Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 6–8 p.m.

"Our goal is to spark and cultivate the kids' interests in science at a young age," said the program's leader Dr. Fernando Scaglia, associate professor of molecular and human genetics at BCM. "Last year, our event was a great success and we are happy to partner again with the Bellaire students."

Scaglia will serve as a mentor to almost 70 students in Bellaire's advanced placement biology class.

As part of the event, the students will select a rare genetic disease to research. In a conference-like setting, the students will educate their peers and audience on the disease.

The program was started by the American Society of Human Genetics, the Genetics Society of America, the National Sciences Resources Center and the National Association of Biology Teachers as part of The Geneticist-Educator Network of Alliances (GENA) Project, a science project designed to build a framework of long-term collaboration between educators and geneticists and a sustainable infrastructure to facilitate the meaningful outreach efforts by genetics faculty members in secondary education.

This year, the event will be sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the library at Bellaire High School, 5100 Maple St., Bellaire, Texas, 77401-4999. Parking is available in the school's faculty lot.

For more information, please contact Bellaire's advanced placement biology teacher Anna Loonam at