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Plant Sciences Initiative: Accelerating Discovery and Innovation | Stephen Briggs, 11/6 Colloquium

This colloquium will feature an overview of the mission and vision of the NC Plant Sciences Initiative (PSI), with a focus on the education experiences available to students involved with PSI. #GEScolloquium


Biofuels Policy and Innovation Spillovers | Kelly Nelson, 10/30 Colloquium

What is the impact of blend mandates and other biofuels policies on innovation, or of R&D directed toward plant biotechnology? #GEScolloquium


Introducing AgBioFEWS | Fred Gould, 10/23 Colloquium

The GES Center has received a National Science Foundation funded research training grant to launch AgBioFEWS, or Agricultural Biotechnology in our Evolving Food, Energy, and Water Systems. Fred will be discussing the program activities, goals, and rollout plan. #AgBioFEWS


Africa's Fall Armyworm Crisis 🌱🐛 | Allan Hruska, 10/16 Colloquium

Dr. Allan Hruska, UN FAO, joins us on his USA Fall Armyworm speaking tour to discuss sustainable management of the pest by smallholders in Africa. #gescolloquium


FAKE NEWS! Zika and GMOs on Social Media | Shi Chen, 10/9 Colloquium

Social media has become an integral part of public health communication. More and more individuals first resort to social media for information during health crisis and disease outbreaks. While the low cost and easy access of social media make it more convenient for health communicators to disseminate useful information to the general public, they also have the side effect of enabling wide and fast spread of fake health news. #gescolloquium


Vaccine Attitudes and Misperceptions | Christopher Cummings, 10/2 Colloquium

While virtually all medical practitioners agree that vaccines are greatly beneficial, there are widespread reports of uncertainty and skepticism regarding vaccine efficacy, side effects, and information needs across traditional and new media. Immunization rates remain substandard for many diseases around the world and the literature investigating vaccine reluctance signals a pressing need to improve health literacies and health communication in order to dispel vaccine myths and promote immunization uptake around the world. #gescolloquium


From GMOs to Big Data: The curious disappearance of food politics | Kelly Bronson, 9/25 Colloquium

Dr. Kelly Bronson, Canada Research Chair in Science and Society at uOttawa, asks the question: If agribusinesses like Monsanto appear to be investing away from their chemical heritage and into the business of big data, why does activism not appear to follow? #gescolloquium


"Antiscience Zealotry?" - Justin Biddle, 9/18 Colloquium

The GMO debate is often framed as Science Advocates vs. Antiscience Zealots - but should we instead view it through a values perspective? Justin Biddle, of Georgia Tech, joins us 9/18 for #gescolloquium [no livestream this week]


Big Announcement! Plus, Engagement on GM Mosquitoes - David Resnik, 9/11 Colloquium

The GES Center will be launching a new PhD program in the fall of 2019 (details). Plus, David Resnik of NIEHS joins us on 9/11 to discuss community engagement and GM mosquitoes. #gescolloquium


Can CRISPR displace pesticides? Paul Vincelli, 9/4 Colloquium

Paul Vincelli joins us from the University of Kentucky to discuss present-day genetic technologies (most especially gene editing) as offering important opportunities to reduce pesticide use in our diverse farming systems. #gescolloquium


Welcome back! Fall '18 Colloquium + GES Updates

As always, we have an amazing lineup of speakers for fall 2019 that will bring diverse perspectives on the intersections of genetic engineering and society. Plus: GES Updates, Art's Work Open Call, and more. #gescolloquium


Open Call | Art's Work in the Age of Biotechnology

Call for art for 2019 “genetic futures” exhibit. Oct. 1 deadline for proposals from artists, scientists, designers, and makers.


Last colloquium! Updates + Andy Newhouse on the Transgenic American chestnut | 4/24

Note: Last colloquium of the semester! And we have a favor to ask: Please subscribe to the GES Center YouTube channel. It'll help us to access all of the tools available on the platform. Thank you! Add to calendar >>


Bruce Tabashnik: Being an Honest Broker on Insect Resistance to GE Crops | 4/17 Colloquium

Bruce Tabashnik is the world's leading researcher in resistance management for Bt-crops and conventional insecticides. He and his team have conducted pioneering work integrating evolutionary biology, ecology, modeling, and molecular genetics that has yielded innovative solutions for delaying insect resistance to transgenic crops and insecticides.


Jesse Tack: The Interconnected Impacts of GE & Weather on Corn Yields | 4/10 Colloquium

How does genetic engineering impact crop yields? According to some, GE crops are needed to "feed the world," whereas other insist they have "failed to yield." But what are the impacts of other factors, in particular that of weather, and of climate change more broadly?


Elliott Montgomery: Futures Research and Speculative Design | 4/3 Colloquium

How can futures studies and speculative design be used to engage public discourse on the implications and desired futures of emerging fields like genetic engineering and biotech? Add to calendar >>


Katie Barnhill: Collaborative research, indigenous communities, and the transgenic American chestnut | 3/27 Colloquium

Conventional wisdom generally suggests that (1) ecological restoration and indigenous participation in decisions about genetic engineering are both unquestioned goods, and (2) indigenous peoples broadly oppose genetic engineering on principle. As I have explored how indigenous communities in Central and Upstate New York may perceive the use of a transgenic chestnut for species restoration, I have encountered a number of surprises that may upend some of those assumptions. Add to calendar >>


David Hawthorne: Socio-Environmental Synthesis and Genetic Technologies | 3/20 Colloquium

SES is a research approach that accelerates the production of knowledge about the complex interactions between human and natural systems and involves distilling or integrating data, ideas, theories, or methods from the natural and social sciences. This approach may result in new data products, particularly ones that address questions in new spatial or temporal contexts or scales, but may also involve evaluating textual or oral arguments, interpreting evidence, developing new applications or models, or identifying novel areas of study Add to calendar >>


Nora Haenn>Science Advocacy: Roles to Affect Change | Colloquium and Updates, Week of 3/12

As an educational program, GES implicitly supports faculty and students as spokespersons for their research interests and matters of Genetic Engineering and Society more broadly. Spokespersons necessarily advocate a position, either directional change or maintenance of a status quo. This talk draws on social movement research to establish the broader terrain in which spokespeople act. The talk reviews multiple roles available to all spokespeople regardless of personal belief or position within or outside the academy. Add to calendar >>


Love & Other Experiments: When Lab and Wild Mice Meet 🐭 Megan Serr, 2.27.18 Colloquium, Updates

Building on our last discussion of the GBIRd program, PhD candidate Megan Serr will be discussing her research, which is focused on the the mating success of wild-derived mice and lab mice with natural occurring gene drives. Also inside, Center updates and upcoming events. Add to calendar >>


GES Updates + Colloquium: Royden Saah—Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents| 2.20.18

Come hear an update on the Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents program, from project manager Royden Saah. Also inside: Jennifer Kuzma's Fulbright at the University of Ottawa, an opportunity to meet with Jill Kuehnert of Seed Stories, ECAST workshop report on GE algae, and more upcoming events. Add to calendar >>


GES Colloquium: Dr. Caroline Ridley, EPA Ecologist | 02.13.18

Caroline Ridley discusses gene drive organisms, and the ecological risk problems they present. PLUS, information on 3 upcoming events. Add to calendar >>


Roadmap to Gene Drives

We are proud to share with you Roadmap to Gene Drives: Research and Governance Needs in Social, Political, and Ecological Context. The journal was guest edited by members of the GES Center at NC State University and Emma Frow from Arizona State University, and features 14 peer-reviewed, Open Access papers by many of the leading scholars in this field.


GES Colloquium: Dr. Adam Kokotovich - The Science of Responsible "Non-innovation" | 02.06.18

Adam Kokotovich discusses Wild Rice, Genetic Engineering, and the Ojibwe. Given the growing power of gene editing, the importance of responsible research and innovation (RRI) is more apparent than ever. Yet within this area of work there is a need for further attention to when and how RRI should - at times - lead to “non-innovation.” Add to calendar >>


GES Lecture - Tales from the Biotech Trenches, with Larisa Rudenko | 01.30.18

Dr. Larisa Rudenko has worked at the intersection of biotech innovation and regulation for over 25 years. Most recently, she served as the Director of Animal Biotechnology at the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, and is currently on sabbatical at MIT with the Program on Emerging Technologies. REGISTER


GES Colloquium: Magda Stakowski - "I am a mutant." | 01.23.18

The Soviet-era Semipalatinsk nuclear test site situated in contemporary Kazakhstan was an experimental landscape where science, technology, Cold War militarism, and human biology intersected to create lasting effects/legacies. From 1949 to 1989, more than 450 nuclear devices were detonated on the seemingly vast and desolate grasslands, where thousands of people continue to live in rural settlements today. This talk focuses on one such village, Koyan, located on the test site’s western border, where damaged genetics and mutant biologies have acquired both sensational and scientific currency.


GES Colloquium: Mike Jones - Food for Thought: Public Opinion on Gene Drives for Agricultural Pests | 01.16.18

A major proposed application for gene drives is to control agricultural insect pests which cause damage and spread crop disease. However, despite calls for upstream public engagement from scholars and funders of gene drive research, we still know little about how the public would react to such releases.


GES Colloquium & Discussion Section Info | 01.09.18

Welcome back! This week: free lunch from Neomonde! Plus, preview upcoming colloquia.


GES Updates | Week of 11/20/2017

Kudos to faculty and students in the news recently, a call for poster presentations, videos of talks you may have missed, recent publications, and upcoming events.


Sarah Evanega - Empowering Champions, Embracing Advocacy | Colloquium 11.14.17

- IN BRIEF - Don't miss the last Colloquium of the year! Dr. Sarah Evanega of the Cornell Alliance for Science, plus a Monday night Public Lecture
GES in the News: Articles in Scientific American, Science, CALS Magazine and a blog post from Jennifer Kuzma
Spring Colloquium: New Discussion Section + Speak at Colloquium


Join us! GES Lecture - Hunger & Hypocrisy: A Climate for GMO Change with Dr. Sarah Evanega | 11.13.17

The world currently faces the great challenge of feeding a growing population while simultaneously minimizing agriculture’s negative impact on global climate change. In this talk, Dr. Sarah Evanega will share examples of how the tools of agricultural biotechnology are being employed to help address these and associated urgent challenges.
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Important: Spring Colloquium AND Eli Hornstein: Engineering symbiosis to solve agriculture's environmental problems | Colloquium 11.7.17

IMPORTANT INFO about Spring Colloquium - including a NEW Discussion Section and the opportunity to speak at Colloquium.

Plus, next week, Eli Hornstein joins us to discuss research on genetically engineering crops to form new symbiotic relationships with fungi, which may solve issues around environmental conservation.


Tom Wedegaertner, Cotton Inc: Could cottonseed be the next quinoa? | Colloquium 10.31.2017

Silencing toxic gossypol in cottonseed could create enough food protein to feed 600M people per year.


GES Updates: Week of 10.23 | Colloquium, Fred Gould in Science Magazine, News, and more

De-extinction at Colloquium, Fred Gould in Science Magazine, Jason Delborne appointed to NAS Committee, Jessica Barnes wins poster contest, and more!


Rene Valdez - Perceptions of De-extinction: Experts vs Media| Colloquium 10.24.2017

The idea of de-extinction has captured the public's imagination with thoughts of woolly mammoths and Jurassic Park. How do these perceptions compare with those of synthetic biologists? PLUS - Greg Jaffe of the Center for Science in the Public Interest to discuss GE Food Regulation on 10/23


Keith Edmisten: The Adoption of Biotech in Cotton Production | Colloquium 10.17.2017

Info on Colloquium, plus recent videos and a call for abstracts for ASU's 2018 GETS Conference.


Tonight: Steven Druker - How the Health Risks of GMOs Have Been Systematically Misrepresented

Thank you for registering to attend our public lecture tonight, "How the Health Risks of GMOs Have Been Systematically Misrepresented: An Assessment from the Perspective of Both Biological Science and Computer Science," to be given by guest speaker Steven Druker.


Fred Gould to speak at NC premiere of Food Evolution, 10/5 at Carolina Theatre

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, in collaboration with GMO Answers, is excited to host the North Carolina film premiere of "Food Evolution." From Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy​ and narrated by renowned science communicator​ Neil deGrasse Tyson, "Food Evolution" is set a midst a brutally polarized debate marked by passion, suspicion and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food.


GES Updates: Week of 10.2 | Colloquium, Events, Videos, Publications & More

Zika at Colloquium | Steven Druker on Misrepresentation of GMO Health Risks | AGES video & photos | Jason Delborne in Scientific American (and more).


David Berube discussion on Zika + Biotechnology Communication Workshop | Colloquium 10.03.2017

Dr. David 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, and what the future may hold. Also, information about a GES Biotechnology Communication workshop, 10/2-10/4 at Hunt Library (RSVP).


GES Updates: Dan Charles at Colloquium and AGES Event Tonight

GES Info for the week of 9/25, including Dan Charles event & colloquium info, last week's colloquium video from Jayce Sudweeks, new article from Jennifer Kuzma, Todd Kuiken's DIYbio grant announcement and 9/28 Science Cafe info.


Event Info - AGES: The Untold Stories of GMO Pioneers, Tues 9/26

Thinking about coming to our Tuesday event - AGES: The Untold Stories of GMO Pioneers? Here's everything you need to know...


GES Updates: Week of 9.18 | Colloquium, Woolly Mammoths, News & More

From GM mosquitoes to woolly mammoths, we've got another big week ahead.


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Recent Posts

Issues: Regulating Gene-Edited Crops

This article reviews the current state of gene-editing regulation for crops, illuminating the ways in which technology developers are repeating practices that may lead to the public and ethical failures of the first generation genetically engineered crops, and argues that the contentious socio-political history of genetic engineering will repeat itself for gene editing if these continue.

Photo of Dr. Jennifer Kuzma, Co-Director of the GES Center

GES Center Co-director Jennifer Kuzma Named AAAS Fellow

Jennifer Kuzma, Goodnight-North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Distinguished Professor in Social Sciences and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at NC State, elected for distinguished translational work in bridging the bench and society, advancing anticipatory governance of new technologies, and contributions to methods for oversight policy analysis.

GES Center Co-director Dr. Jennifer Kuzma discussing gene edited foods.

AP: Kuzma discusses need for case-by-case scrutiny of gene-edited foods

Per Kuzma, companies will have to be up-front about how these new foods were made and the evidence that they’re healthy. She wants regulators to decide case-by-case which changes are no big deal and which might need more scrutiny.“Most gene-edited plants and animals are probably going to be just fine to eat. But you’re only going to do yourself a disservice in the long run if you hide behind the terminology,” Kuzma said.

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