GES Colloquium | Jason Delborne: The Potential for Biotechnology to Address Forest Health

February 19, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

GES Colloquium, 2/19/18 - Jason Delborne | In 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine formed a committee of experts to explore the potential for biotechnology to address forest health. The committee focused on threats to forest health from pests and pathogens and considered challenges and opportunities of biotech trees (genetically engineered or gene-edited) as solutions. NASEM released this report in January 2019, and Jason participated in the public release of this report in Washington, DC and a session at the AAAS annual meeting to summarize findings of the report....

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GES Colloquium | Natalie Kofler – Editing Nature: Governance hurdles and ethical holes

February 12, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

GES Colloquium, 2/12/18 | Editing nature: Governance hurdles and ethical holes - Dr. Natalie Kofler will describe her and co-authors' vision for a coordinated global governance model that integrates local community decision-making in ways that are both context-dependent and global in scope....

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GES Colloquium | Jennifer Kuzma – Regulating Gene-Edited Crops

February 5, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

GES Colloquium, 2/5/18 - Jennifer Kuzma | Crop gene editing emerged just over a decade ago as a promising set of biotechnology techniques designed to more quickly and precisely introduce new or altered genes to change plant characteristics for better growth, product quality, processing, nutrition, or sustainability. Scientists in academia and the ag-biotech industry alike are promoting gene editing, through techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9, as the start of a second biotechnology revolution in agriculture. ...

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GES Colloquium | Fred Gould: AgBioFEWS Potential Paths Forward – Crowdsourcing Input from the GES Community

January 29, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

GES Colloquium, 1/29/19 - Fred Gould | The GES Center is launching our new NSF-funded Research Traineeship, Agricultural Biotechnology and Our Evolving Food, Energy, and Water Systems, or AgBioFEWS. We are in the process of recruiting our first cohort of students and designing details of our courses. We would like to use this colloquium to get feedback from students on faculty on a choices that we will be making. ...

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GES Colloquium | Ramon Leon – Weeds and Herbicide Resistant Crops: When Optimism Backfires

January 22, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

GES Colloquium, 1/22/19 - Ramon Leon | The rapid evolution of herbicide resistant weeds and the lack of new herbicides has prompted a reevaluation of how HR crops should be considered just a component within a more complex integrated management system and not as the sole tool for ensuring weed control. The excessive optimism that the agricultural and scientific community exhibited during the first years of use of glyphosate resistant crops reduced our ability to identify the limitations of the technology and the negative consequences of not taking corrective actions on time.This is a cautionary tale that should inform the introduction and use of new HR traits....

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GES Colloquium | Qian Xu – User Engagement in Public Discourse on GMOs

January 15, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

GES Colloquium, 1/15/18 - Qian Xu | This study adopted a quantitative content analysis to examine how source attributes of opinion leaders and their message framing influenced user engagement in the public discourse of genetically modified organisms on Chinese social media. ...

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Spring Colloquium Intro (lunch from Neomonde)

January 8, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

Our Spring series will kick off with a catered lunch from Neomonde on Tuesday, January 08. Come prepared to give a short update about your recent GES activities and upcoming plans. ...

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News

January 8, 2019 | Patti Mulligan

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Frankenstein at 200: Science and the novel

December 4, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

12/4/2018 Final Colloquium of Fall 2018! Feder and Booker will discuss the history of the novella, its popular uses, and ask the group to discuss the question: Why is this story so well known and so popular among scientists? What about the monster and the doctor makes Frankenstein such a powerful and accessible metaphor when scientists and the public talk about genetic modification?...

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Michael Lanier – ‘Impact of GM Crops on Small-Scale Farmers’

November 27, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

GES Colloquium 11/27/18 - Impact of GM Crops on Small-Scale Farmers. Speaker: Michael Lanier, Agribusiness Agent, Orange County, NC Cooperative Extension...

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Katie Barnhill-Dilling & Dalton George – Responsible Research & Innovation in Action: Tales from the Front Lines

November 20, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

11/20 Colloquium - Dr. Katie Barnhill-Dilling and Dalton George | Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is an increasingly applied normative framework for the governance of emerging technologies. However, meaningful implementation of RRI principles can be challenging, particularly with respect to upstream stakeholder and community engagement. The Safe Genes NCSU project, "Restoring Ecosystems and Biodiversity through Development of Safe and Effective Gene Drive Technologies," has been designed with RRI in mind. ...

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Darby Orcutt – Scholarly Identity for an Interdisciplinary and Engaged Career

November 13, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

GES Colloquium, 11/13/18 - Darby Orcutt | Managing one’s scholarly identity has never been perfectly straightforward and easy to do, but it can be especially challenging for researchers and scholars who cross disciplinary boundaries and whose research outputs may include work outside the traditional peer-reviewed article. Indeed, we are preaching to the choir when speaking to those active in the Genetic Engineering & Society Center about the vital importance of engaging with diverse academic, professional, and public audiences and producing research outputs that can have tremendous impact on policy and public perception....

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Plant Sciences Initiative: Accelerating Discovery and Innovation

November 6, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

Steve Briggs joined NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in August 2017 as the NC Plant Sciences Initiative (NC PSI) Launch Director. As Launch Director, Briggs has oversight of the 184,000 square foot PSI Building, is assembling the inaugural research project teams, and developing partnerships that will establish North Carolina as a world leader in plant sciences. Prior to joining NC State, he was the Senior Vice President of Agronomy and Corporate Marketing for South Dakota Wheat Growers (SDWG), the largest farmer owned cooperative in the United States....

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Kelly Nelson – Biofuels Policy and Innovation Spillovers: Evidence from Patent Indicators

October 30, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

Kelly Nelson’s research focuses on the determinants of innovation in the biotechnology and energy sectors. He has studied the impact of biofuels policies on patenting in the biofuels and plant biotechnology fields. Another project focuses on the impact of nuclear power accidents on nuclear energy research and development. He is also investigating the impact of grain market concentration on the variety of research done by agricultural biotechnology firms....

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Fred Gould – Introducing AgBioFEWS

October 23, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

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. Note: This colloquium will not be live-streamed, although we will be filming to include footage in the program's recruitment video. We kindly ask that attendees this week avoid wearing clothing with large logos or potentially distracting graphics. Thank you!...

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