I request support from the GLCA New Directions Initiative to develop scholarly expertise in a new field and a new undergraduate course in Behavioral Genetics with innovative teaching strategies. A grant would support travel to one international genetics conference and one national conference. In addition, I will attend university seminars, lectures, and workshops, and consult with professional colleagues at Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, and Louisville. I will study molecular genetics related to evolutionary processes, epigenetic effects on behavioral development, genetic research in medicine and psychological disorders, and ethical issues arising from the decoding of the human genome and interpretations of genetic contributions to behavior. The grant would support a new professional trajectory involving research and teaching in the molecular mechanisms of genetic-environmental interactions, as well as scholarship in inquiry-based pedagogy.