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.
|8/22/2017||Student Updates||Welcome back lunch with Neomonde!||Colloquium Video|
|8/29/2017||Todd Kuiken, Sr. Research Scholar, GES Center||Synthetic Biology and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity||Colloquium Video
Abstract: The Long and Windy Road - Inside the U.N. Processes as they relate to synthetic biology
|9/5/2017||Sumit Dhole, Postdoc, Biomath;|
Michael Vella, PhD student, Biomath
|Population Genetics of Gene Drives||Colloquium Video
Michael Vella will discuss theoretical analysis of gene drive countermeasures that could be used to reverse a CRISPR-based homing drive.
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
|9/12/2017||Dr. Makiko Matsuo, University of Tokyo, Japan|
Dr. Masashi Tachikawa, Nagoya University, Japan
|Gene Editing & Agriculture in Japan||Download 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.
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.
|9/19/2017||Jayce Sudweeks, PhD student, SPIA||GM Mosquito Research||About 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.
|9/26/2017||Daniel Charles, NPR Food & Agriculture Correspondent||Colloquium:|
Genetic Engineering and Journalism: A Discussion
Event Keynote: Myths, Memories, and History of Agricultural Biotechnology
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
|10/3/2017||David Berube, NC State Professor & Director of Public Communication of Science & Technology Project||Zika||Colloquium Video
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.
|10/10/2017||Steven Druker, Alliance for Bio-Integrity||Genetic 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)
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)
|10/17/2017||Keith Edmisten, NC State Professor of Crop Science, Cotton Extension Specialist||The Adoption of Biotech in Cotton Production||Colloquium Video (coming soon)
Download slides on SlideShare
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.
|10/24/2017||Rene Valdez, |
PhD Candidate, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program
|Perceptions of De-extinction Among Experts and in the News Media||De-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.
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
|10/31/2017||Tom Wedegaertner, Cotton Inc.||Ultra Low Gossypol Cottonseed||Tom on ResearchGate|
|11/7/2017||Joel Ducoste, Professor of Environmental Engineering; |
Cranos Williams, Assist Prof, EnBiSys Lab
|11/14/2017||Sarah Evanega, Cornell Alliance for Science||About Sarah|