Upcoming Speakers

Fall 2017

Colloquia are held at 12 PM in the 1911 Building, Room 129. If you would like to attend lunch with speakers, contact Jason Delborne. Speaker nominations should also be sent to Jason.

All Students: Please register for the Colloquium (GES 591, Section 002; Class #8721) for 1 unit if you are able to do so (note that the official course lists the incorrect time and location). Showing formal participation in our GES Colloquium – even after the IGERT students have completed their requirements. This helps our Center over the long-term. GES 591/002 can be taken multiple times for credit.

DateSpeakerTitleRelated Link(s)
8/22/2017Student UpdatesWelcome back lunch with Neomonde!Colloquium Video
8/29/2017Todd Kuiken, Sr. Research Scholar, GES CenterSynthetic Biology and the UN Convention on Biological DiversityColloquium Video
About Todd
Abstract: The Long and Windy Road - Inside the U.N. Processes as they relate to synthetic biology
9/5/2017Sumit Dhole, Postdoc, Biomath;
Michael Vella, PhD student, Biomath
Population Genetics of Gene DrivesColloquium Video
Michael Vella will discuss theoretical analysis of gene drive countermeasures that could be used to reverse a CRISPR-based homing drive.
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Countermeasures include synthetic resistance alleles, reversal drives, and immunizing reversal drives. Unexpected dynamics arise in some cases, and each countermeasure has advantages and disadvantages that would need to be considered before use.

Sumit Dhole will then discuss a comparative analysis of three gene drives that have been proposed for localized population alteration – the one- and two-locus underdominance drives, and the recently proposed daisy-chain drive.
Related Publications:Evaluating Strategies For Reversing CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Drives; Invasion and migration of self-limiting gene drives: a comparative analysis
9/12/2017Dr. Makiko Matsuo, University of Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Masashi Tachikawa, Nagoya University, Japan
Gene Editing & Agriculture in JapanDownload slides on SlideShare
Dr. Makiko Matsuo is a Project Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo. She is currently engaged in Science, Technology and Innovation Governance (STIG) Education Program.
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She received a Ph.D. in International Studies from the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo in 2016. Her areas of concern are interdisciplinary in nature and covers such issues as, Risk Governance, Risk Regulation, Global Health Issues, and Food Safety.

Dr. Masashi Tachikawa is a professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Japan. Prior to joining Nagoya University, he has spent more than twenty years working for various research institutes of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
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He has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Tokyo. He is engaged in research activities related to regulatory framework and risk governance issues related to transgenic crops, new breeding techniques, food nanotechnology, and synthetic biology.
9/19/2017Jayce Sudweeks, PhD student, SPIAGM Mosquito ResearchAbout Jayce
Abstract: In an effort to combat diseases such as dengue fever and Zika, genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes have been released in Brazil to control mosquito populations. A similar release effort was attempted in the Florida Keys, but has been delayed.
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Using the Narrative Policy Framework, this research examines the policy narratives of the various actors and coalitions involved in both the US and Brazil policy debates regarding release of GM mosquitoes and attempts to identify coalition and narrative factors that might influence the difference in release decisions.
9/26/2017Daniel Charles, NPR Food & Agriculture CorrespondentColloquium:
Genetic Engineering and Journalism: A Discussion

Event Keynote: Myths, Memories, and History of Agricultural Biotechnology
Colloquium Video
Discussion: We'll talk about some of the different ways that journalists have covered genetic engineering over the past several decades, and the journalistic conventions and impulses that shape this coverage.
Untold Stories of GMO Pioneers
10/3/2017David Berube, NC State Professor & Director of Public Communication of Science & Technology ProjectZikaColloquium Video
About David
Abstract: Dr. Berube, who is working on a book entitled Communicating Zika, will give a student-directed conversation on the subject. Potential topics include how Zika got into Brazil, why it's so dangerous (the microcephaly connection), what the future may hold, how it is being mitigated and the roles of government and media.
10/10/2017Steven Druker, Alliance for Bio-IntegrityGenetic Engineering and the Chronic Misrepresentation of Facts: The Biggest but Most Overlooked Issue in Bioethics

10/9 Public Lecture (Register): How the Health Risks of GMOs Have Been Systematically Misrepresented: An Assessment from the Perspectives of Both Biological Science and Computer Science (7-8:30 PM, Daniels 327)
Colloquium Video
Abstract: Although bioethicists have addressed a wide range of issues posed by recombinant DNA technology and its unprecedented power to alter genomes, they have overlooked the most crucial one: that the venture to employ this genetic engineering technology in food production has been chronically dependent on misrepresentation. Basic facts of biology (and about the technology
itself) have been untruthfully portrayed; false claims have been issued by scientists, scientific institutions, and government agencies; unsettling evidence has been suppressed or significantly distorted; and scientists who performed the research that produced the evidence have been unjustly attacked, defamed, and demoted. (read full abstract)
10/17/2017Keith Edmisten, NC State Professor of Crop Science, Cotton Extension SpecialistThe Adoption of Biotech in Cotton ProductionColloquium Video (coming soon)
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Abstract: Cotton producers - both in North Carolina and across the U.S. - were early adopters of biotech. The cotton industry has widely employed the use of insect resistant and herbicide tolerant varieties, evolving the variety of traits and management strategies along the way. Producers have experienced both pros and cons in this evolution.
Dr. Edmisten presents some of the issues producers have faced, and some of the solutions industry and growers have adopted. He will also discuss why growers embraced the technologies in such a wholesale manner, and why they continue to use them.
About Keith
10/24/2017Rene Valdez,
PhD Candidate, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program
Perceptions of De-extinction Among Experts and in the News MediaDe-extinction is the re-creation of extinct species using methods from synthetic biology, cloning, genetic engineering, reproduction technologies, and stem cell research. Researchers around the world are investigating the possibility of reviving species, including the woolly mammoth, passenger pigeon, and gastric-brooding frog. These efforts have drawn considerable attention from scholars and the media.
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Advocates argue that returning extinct species will restore ecological functions and increase interest in conservation efforts. Others question whether de-extinct species can survive in contemporary ecosystems, if there are appropriate policies to govern de-extinction, and how broader publics will receive de-extinction.
In this presentation I will examine perceptions of de-extinction, drawing on results from two studies. First, I'll present results from a study of synthetic biology experts, focusing on their perceptions of potential hazards, benefits, research and governance needs, and public reactions. I will then present results of a content analysis of news articles covering de-extinction. I will discuss how the news media compares de-extinction to science fiction, and their interpretations of technological inevitability and biotechnology policy. I will conclude by comparing results from both studies to highlight differences and similarities regarding potential policy and public reactions.

Further Reading:
The NGO Revive and Restore is on the forefront of de-extinction research
IUCN's Guiding Principles on Creating Proxies of Extinct Species for Conservation Benefit
10/31/2017Tom Wedegaertner, Cotton Inc.Ultra Low Gossypol CottonseedTom on ResearchGate
11/7/2017Joel Ducoste, Professor of Environmental Engineering;
Cranos Williams, Assist Prof, EnBiSys Lab
About Joel
About Cranos
11/14/2017Sarah Evanega, Cornell Alliance for ScienceAbout Sarah
11/21/2017No meeting
11/28/2017No meeting

Past Colloquia

DateColloquium Title & Link to Video
2017.10.17Keith Edmisten - The Adoption of Biotech in Cotton Production - 10.17.17 Coming Soon!
2017.10.10Steven Druker - Genetic Engineering and the Chronic Misrepresentation of Facts - 10.10.17
2017.10.03 David Berube - ZIKA - 10.3.17
2017.09.26 Dan Charles - Genetic Engineering & Journalism - 9.26.17
2017.09.19 Jayce Sudweeks - Examining the Policy Narratives Surrounding the Release of GM Mosquitos - 9.19.17
2017.09.05Michael Vella & Sumit Dhole - Population Genetics of Gene Drives - 9.5.17
2017.08.29Todd Kuiken - The Long & Winding Road: Synthetic Biology and the U.N Convention on Biological Diversity - 8.29.17
2017.08.22Fall 2017 GES Colloquium Intros - 8.22.17
2017.04.18Caroline Leitschuh & Momoko Suda - Does a Mouse's House Matter & Risk-Management of Scientific Fraud: Lessons from the STAP Cells Scandal - 4.18.17
2017.04.11Jessica Barnes & Katie Barnhill-Dilling - Engineering Futures in Biodiversity Conservation & Responsible Innovation & Risk Perception in GM Trees - 4.11.17
2017.04.04Martha Crouch - Genetic Engineering & Constraint: Lessons from Herbicide Resistant Crops for Coexistence with Wild Nature - 4.4.17
2017.03.28Jayce Sudweeks - What Role Should Genetically Modified Organisms Have?: Understanding GMO Policy Debates from the Policy Process Viewpoint - 3.28.17
2017.03.21Lisa House - Consumer Knowledge about, Preferences for, & Willingness to Accept Genetically Modified Foods - 3.21.17
2017.03.14Zack Brown - Price & Surplus Effects of GE Crops? - 3.14.17
2017.02.28Elizabeth Pitts - Productive Conflict in the Governance of Genetic Pest Management - 2.28.17
2017.02.21Scott Shore - Biotechnology Capacity Building: Context, Choices, Challenges, Checks & Champions - 2.21.17
2017.02.14Hannah Star Rogers - Art's Work in the Age of Biotechnology - 2.14.17
2017.02.07Dominic Glover - Agro-Ecology, Transgenic Crops & Farming Skill - 2.7.17
2017.01.31Rodolphe Barrangou - The CRISPR Craze: Opportunities & Concerns - 1.31.17
2017.01.24Glenn Stone - The Wisdom of the Farmer: Insights from a 16-year study of GM Cotton in India - 1.24.17
2017.01.17Spring 2017 GES Colloquium Intros - 1.17.17
2016.11.15Tim Schwab - Conflicts of Interest in GMO Research - 11.15.16
2016.11.08Michael Doyle - Public Engagement about Potential US Release of GE Mosquitoes: Lessons Learned - 11.8.16
2016.11.01Katie Davis & Nicole Juba - Approaches to Risk Assessment of New GE Technologies - 11.1.16
2016.10.25Megan Serr & Elizabeth Pitts - Ethics of Biotechnical Communication - 10.25.16
2016.10.18Kent Redford - Synthetic Nature & Future of Conservation - 10.18.16
2016.10.11Zack Brown - OECD Workshop Discussion - 10.11.16
2016.10.04Doug Gurian-Sherman - Genetic Engineering in the Broader Social Context - 10.4.16
2016.09.20Terry Medley - Regulation of the Products of Genetic Engineering - 9.20.16
2016.09.13Nick Storer - Industry, Academia, and Engineered Crops - 9.13.16
2016.09.06Jason Delborne & Fred Gould - NRC Reports - 9.6.16
2016.08.30Scott Johnson - A California Convert in King Fraley's Court - 8.30.16
2016.08.23GES Colloquium Attendees - Fall 2016 Colloquium Intros - 8.23.16
2016.04.26Jen Baltzegar, Jessica Barnes, Johanna Elsensohn, Nicole Gutzmann, Sheron King, Mike Jones & Jayce Sudweeks - IGERT Student Cohort III Projects Overview - 4.26.16
2016.04.19Megan Serr, Greg Backus & Rene Valdez - IGERT Student Cohort II Projects Overview - 4.19.16
2016.04.12George Hess - Killing for Conservation - 4.12.16
2016.04.05Sophia Webster & Gabe Zilnik - IGERT Student Cohort I Project Overviews - 4.5.16
2016.03.29Heike Sederoff - Redesigning CO2 Assimilation in Plants - 3.29.16
2016.03.22Nick Haddad - Advocacy & Lobbying - 3.22.16
2016.03.15Laura Privalle - Ag Biotech Crops Retrospective - 3.15.16
2016.03.01Karl Campbell - Genetically Engineered Mice in Island Restoration - 3.1.16
2016.02.23Todd Kuiken - Collective Biology: Enabling Public Science - 2.23.16
2016.02.16Gregor Wolbring - Genetic Advancements Impacts on Disabled People - 2.16.16
2016.02.09JenniferBaltzegar and Nicole Gutmann - What’s a GMO Discussion - 2.9.16
2016.02.02Javier Lezaun and Christiaan de Koning - European Politics of Transgenic Insects Colloquium - 2.2.16
2016.01.26Craig Yencho - Sweet Potato Improvement Project - 1.26.16
2016.01.19Joe Herkert - Ethics Education in Science and Engineering - 1.19.16
2015.11.10Caroline Leitschuh and Johanna Elsensohn - Gene Drives, Society, and Governance Discussion - 11.10.15
2015.11.03Caroline Leitschuh and Johanna Elsensohn - Gene Editing and Gene Drive: Biological & Social Considerations - 11.3.15
2015.10.27Pam Marrone - Biological versus Genetic Engineering Approaches to Pest Management - 10.27.15
2015.10.20Andrew Binder - Reading Seralini : Part Two - 10.20.16.
2015.10.13Paul Thompson - Reading Seralini - 10.13.15
2015.09.29Michael Waitzkin - Informed Consent in Gene Therapy and Medical Genetics - 9.29.15
2015.09.22Carla Barbieri - Agritourism & Genetic Engineering: Conversing about Collaboration Opportunities - 9.22.15
2015.09.15Zack Brown - "Science Can’t Solve It” Continued Discussion - 9.15.15
2015.09.08Jason Delborne - "Science Can’t Solve It” Article Discussion - 9.8.15
2015.09.01Eric Sachs - Communicating Science and Engaging Society: Monsanto Discussion - 9.1.15
2015.08.31Eric Sachs - Moving Beyond The GMO Controversy: Monsanto Lecture - 8.31.16
2015.04.14Amanda Clayton - Economic Considerations in Vector-Borne Disease Management - 4.14.15
2015.04.07Sophia Webster and Molly Hartzog - Thesis Research Updates - 4.7.15
2015.03.31Andrew Binder - Public Perceptions of GT - 3.31.15
2015.03.17Zack Brown - New Research Questions - 3.17.15
2015.03.03Michelle Schroeder-Moreno - Agroecology - 3.3.15
2015.02.10Bob Kelly and Sabrina Robertson - NCSU Biotechnology Program - 2.10.15
2015.02.03Tim Antonelli - Population Biology of Gene Drive - 2.3.15
2015.01.21Marcé Lorenzen - Molecular Genetics of Gene Drive - 1.21.15
2015.01.14Jennifer Kuzma and Sheron King - Delphi Study - 1.14.15
2014.11.25David Berube, Sheron King, Jen Baltzegar, Johanna Elsensohn, Rene Valdez, and Elizabeth Pitts - Synthetic Biology and the Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competitions - 11.25.14
2014.11.18Andy Binder - Defining GE - 11.18.14
2014.11.04Jean Ristaino - Emerging Plant Diseases in the Context of Food Security - 11.4.14
2014.10.28Jane Hoppin - Health Risks and GE Crops - 10.28.14
2014.10.21Jade Berry-James - African American Attitudes Toward GE Foods - 10.21.14
2014.09.23Sheron King, Jessica Barnes, Jen Baltzegar, Nicole Gutzmann, Jayce Sudweeks, Johanna Elsensohn (2014 Student Cohort) - Mexico Summer Course Presentation - 9.23.14
2014.09.16Greg Backus, Rene Valdez, Elizabeth Pitts, Caroline Leitschuh, and Megan Serr (2013 Student Cohort) - Cohort Project Presentation - 9.16.14
2014.09.09Tim Antonelli, Amanda Clayton, Molly Hartzog, Sophia Webster, and Gabe Zilnik (2012 Student Cohort) - Cohort Project Presentation - 9.9.14
2014.09.02Jason Delborne - Tomorrow's Table Book Discussion - 9.2.14
2014.02.25Russell Powell - Artificial Life Ethics - 2.25.14
2014.02.11Laura Severin, Jennifer Kuzman, and MaryWyer - Diversity and Gender Issues - 2.11.14
2014.01.28Mark Robinson, Nora Haenn, and Jason Delborne - Presenting Polarized Views on GM in the Media: Balanced, Fair, Neutral, Effective? (NPR Colloquium) - 1.28.14
2014.01.14Fred Gould - History and Initial Goals of the NSF-IGERT - 1.14.14
2013.11.26Elizabeth Hennessy - Conserving Evolution in the Galapagos Islands - 11.26.13
2013.11.05Amy Circosta - Discrimination and Harassment Prevention - 11.5.13
2013.10.22Jennifer Kuzma, Mark Robinson, and Jason Delborne - GES Center Update - 10.22.13
2013.10.08Jason Delborne, Jennifer Kuzma, and Mark Robinson - GES Cluster Hire Faculty Intros - 10.8.13
2013.09.24Eric Aschehoug, Kevin Gross, Lisa McGraw, and John Godwin - Faculty Career Stories - 9.24.13
2013.09.10 Rene Valdez, Greg Backus, Andrew Ludvik, Megan Serr, Elizabeth Pitts, and Caroline Leitshuh (2013 Student Cohort) - Channel Islands Summer Course Presentation - 9.10.13
2013.04.30Mark Robinson - Funding and Commercialization - 4.30.13
2013.04.24Jonathan Wiener -Reality of Precaution - 4.24.13
2013.04.10Tim Antonelli, Will Klobasa, Amanda Clayton, Molly Hartzog, Sophia Webster, and Gabe Zilnik - IGERT Cohort: Dengue White Paper Process - 4.10.13
2013.03.20Zachary Brown - Economics and Sustainability - 3.20.13
2013.03.13Victoria Baranov - AIDS Treatment - 3.13.13
2013.02.27Hanfu Xu - Genetic Modification of the Silk Worm - 2.27.13
2013.02.13Bill Kinsella - Drafting of GES Guidelines - 2.13.13
2013.01.30Randy Kramer - Malaria in East Africa - 1.30.13
2013.01.16Bill Kinsella - Articulating Conflict - 1.16.13
2012.11.20Heike Sederoff and Kultaran Chohan - Biofuels - 11.20.12
2012.11.06Susan McCord - Forest Biotechnology - 11.6.12
2012.10.30Molly Hartzog, Amanda Clayton, and Tim Antonelli - Peru Summer Course Student Presentations Part 2 - 10.30.12
2012.10.23Fred Gould, Sophia Webster, Gabe Zilnik, and Will Klobasa - Peru Summer Course Student Presentations Part 1 - 10.23.12
2012.10.16Nick Haddad, John Godwin, and Lisa McGraw - Y2: Mice and Island Biodiversity - 10.16.12
2012.10.09Carolyn Miller - Interdisciplinary Miscommunication - 10.9.12

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