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Genetic Engineering and Society Center, NC State

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The Genetic Engineering and Society (GES) Center at NC State University hosts a weekly speakers colloquium, plus periodic public lectures. Topics include agricultural biotechnology, synthetic biology (SynBio), DIYbio, gene editing, gene drives, governance & responsible innovation, public engagement, sci-art, and integrated pest management, to name a few. Learn more at go.ncsu.edu/ges and sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/c-PD_T.
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Final GES Colloquium podcast of Spring 2024 Investigating the societal and ethical implications of synthetic cells Barbara Herr Harthorn, PhD, Research Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara Profile | DOWNLOAD SEMINAR POSTER This talk introduces 3 ongoing NSF-funded collaborative interdisciplinary projects investigating …
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Gene technology in aquaculture: Potential, constraints, and first products to commercialization Eric Hallerman, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech University While aquaculture biotechnology has the potential to improve the sustainability of aquaculture, its realization will depend upon enab…
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How essences distort our understanding of genes: Implications for eugenics and GMO attitudes Steven Heine, PhD, Professor of Cultural & Social Psychology, University of British Columbia Profile | @StevenHeine4How psychological biases of essentialism distort the ways people understand genetics, eugenics, and GMO products. Download semin…
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Eugenics and the Welfare State in North Carolina + Anna Krome-Lukens, PhD, Teaching Associate Professor, Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill Profile | Download seminar poster In North Carolina, social reformers and welfare officials relied on eugenics ideology as they built the welfare state before the New Deal, with lasting effects for our contempora…
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Caring for the Enemy, Killing the Ally: The More-than-Human Politics of Transgenic Mosquitoes in Brazil Luisa Reis-Castro, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Southern California Profile | X | Bluesky | Download Seminar PosterThis talk, based on ethnographic research with scientists and technicians working with tr…
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Local seeds and global needs: Ethnobotany, agroecology, and the history of in situ conservation of agrobiodiversity Helen Anne Curry, PhD, Melvin Kranzberg Professor in the History of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology Website | @TechHSOCThis talk will explore how insights from Indigenous agricultural practices, both past and pres…
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Indigenous Perspectives on Synthetic Biology for Conservation Kirsty Wissing, PhD, Research Fellow, Australian National University | Profile A discussion of synthetic biology and Torres Strait Islanders, bringing their perspectives into conversation to explore cultural implications for future island-bound applications of genetic biocontrol…
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Ecological and evolutionary perspectives on genetic engineering David Andow, PhD, Professor and Department Head, Applied Ecology, NC State University | Profile | @NCStateAEC Ecological and evolutionary perspectives have greatly influenced the development of genetic engineering as exemplified by significant events from history. Download…
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From Plants to People: Mendelian Eugenics in NC in the 20th Century Grace Wiedrich, CRDM PhD Student, NC State UniversityThe Mendelian eugenics movement in NC provides a useful case study into the lasting impact of over-generalized genetic theory on governments, medical professionals, and activists. Download seminar poster Abstract The hi…
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Public Engagement: Missing the Mark? Katie Barnhill, PhD, Senior Research Scholar, GES Center, NC State | Profile | Google Scholar Scholars and funders alike have increasingly recognized engagement as an important dimension of innovation, but is engagement accomplishing what we think it is? Download seminar poster Abstract Emergi…
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Final seminar of the fall 2023 semester! Join us again in early January, 2024. From containment to connectivity: an oceanic approach to gene drive governance Riley Taitingfong, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona Profile | LinkedIn | @riley_ilyseAn exploration of the containment paradigm in gene drive…
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American farmers in the Brazilian Cerrado: A comparative ethnography of the soy boom Andrew Ofstehage, Program Coordinator of CALS International Programs at NC State University Profile | WebsiteA look at the farming strategies of two communities of North American farmers in Brazil and how they make sense of thorny subjects such as farmland financia…
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Exploring Synergies: Overlapping International Dialogue on Invasive Alien Species Removal on Islands with Synthetic Biology Carolina Torres Trueba, Lawyer at Island Conservation Profile | WebsiteSynthetic biology offers new hope for the eradication of invasive alien species from islands, a pressing need in the face of the climate crisis and biodive…
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PreMiEr ERC Societal, Ethical and Policy Implications of Microbiome Engineering Jennifer Kuzma, PhD, Co-Director of GES Center, & Associate Director of PreMiEr at NC State | Profile pageDownload seminar poster Abstract The engineering of microbiomes in the built environment is a new area of inquiry that comes with many uncertainties and under-explo…
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Labeling Food Risk and Lifestyle Politics: A Critical History Xaq Frohlich, PhD, Associate Professor of History at Auburn University A history of U.S. food labeling policies and “informational turn” in food politics, and a critical look at debates in recent decades over labeling GMOs, “organic”, and other food risks and alternative food movements. …
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CRISPR/Cas-9-Based Gene Drive To Suppress Agricultural Pests Amarish Yadav, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow (Max Scott Lab) at NC State | Profile | Google ScholarA discussion about the molecular genetics of homing gene drives disrupting doublesex gene, as well as its potential and challenges in the D. suzukii population control. Download seminar poste…
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Does High School Genetics Education Communicate an Essentialist Construal of Gender? Brian Donovan, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, BSCS Science Learning Profile | Website | Related GGA SeminarEvidence suggests that high school biology textbooks in the US may reinforce an essentialist construal of gender. Download seminar poster Special t…
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BioNFTs: Verifiable Biosamples & BioData for training Ethical AI Models in Life Sciences Daniel Uribe, MBA, Co-Founder & CEO at GenoBank.io | @duribebDiscover how BioNFTs are revolutionizing the Life Sciences by providing verifiable biosamples and biodata for training ethical AI models Download seminar poster Abstract In a rapidly evolvin…
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Exploring Policy and Regulation of Emerging Biotechnologies For Use In Controlling Pest Populations Amanda Pierce, Senior Advisor at US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Abstract The U.S. Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology describes the comprehensive federal regulatory policy for ensuring the safety of biotechnology produ…
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Should we expect Moore in Genetic Engineering? Moore’s Law, Genetic Engineering and Historical Analogies Ross Bassett, Professor of History at NC State Abstract In 1965 Gordon Moore published a paper with observations on progress in integrated circuits. In the nearly sixty years since, the continued applicability of those observations, now enshrine…
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Understanding the Dynamics of Post-Hurricane Shoreline Protection Decisions Dr. Kiera O'Donnell, Postdoctoral Associate, Biology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke University Googe Scholar | Twitter @ODonnellKiera93Insights into the complex factors that shape people's perceptions of their environment and their decisions around shoreline prot…
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Don’t Dumb it Down, and Other Science Writing Tips and Tricks Bethany Brookshire, PhD, Science Journalist Website | Twitter @Beebrookshire Abstract Bethany Brookshire, science journalist and author of Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains, made the transition from scientist to science writer. Along the way, she learned how many assumptions non-s…
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Benefit-cost analysis and alternatives for evaluating biotechnology policy Zachary S. Brown, Associate Professor of Agricultural & Resource Economics, NC State Website | Twitter @TheKazathA look at the limits of benefit-cost analysis (BCA) in biotechnology governance and discussion of its social utility compared to alternatives. Abstract Benefit-co…
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Genes & Society: Decolonizing Human Genetic Research Workshop Series The Genomic Fire Next Time: Reflections on charting your scientific path Dr. Latifa Jackson, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Howard University Website | Twitter @latifajackson Multi-omic data has been used to create narratives about who we are as humans—are they…
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Dominique Brossard, PhD, Professor and Chair in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Website | Twitter @brossardd In an age of rapid advancements in genetic research and technology, it’s more important than ever to understand the impact of communication on how we perceive, understand, and engage with …
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GE Foods Regulation - The U.S. Way Fernanda Santos, PhD, Teaching Assistant Professor, Food Science, NC State University Website | Twitter @fbnsncstate Abstract "The definition of food law used to be a simple one – it encompassed food regulatory law with two main audiences: lawyers and the regulated food industries. Today, however, food law is ofte…
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Panel: The Challenges, Successes, and Sustainability of NSF National Research Traineeships (NRTs) on Food, Energy, and Water Systems (FEWS) Panelists: Karletta Chief, PhD, Director, Indigenous Resilience Center; Professor & Extension Specialist, Department of Environmental Science, University of Arizona Amy R. Sapkota, PhD, Professor, School of Pub…
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Food sciences, technology, and globally sustainable food systems Dr. Jonathan Allen and Rebekah Brown, Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, NC State University Website | Twitter @fbnsncstateWhere the food science and nutrition communities have come and may be going in defining sustainable food systems with examples from research in the NC Sta…
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Nonhuman Animals Containing Human Cells: Ethics and Oversight Karen Maschke, PhD, Research Scholar at The Hastings Center Website | Twitter @hastingscenterThis presentation focuses on ethical and oversight issues as they relate to the insertion of human cells into nonhuman animals, e.g., “chimeric research.” Abstract Research involving the insertio…
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4S 2022 Cholula: Reunion, recuperation, reconfiguration. Knowledge and technosciences for living together Sebastián Zarate and Jill Furgurson, AgBioFEWS PhD Fellows, NC State University The 2022 Annual 4S conference brought together researchers and practitioners to explore science, technology and innovation across different cultural, economic and s…
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Has the UN Biodiversity Convention been a force for ‘good’ or ‘evil’ in how biotech crops are regulated globally? AgBioFEWS Panelists: Asa Budnick, Nick Loschin, Joseph Opoku and Modesta Abugu AgBioFEWS Fellows Asa Budnick, Nick Loschin, Joseph Opoku Gakpo and Modesta Abugu will share their observations on and interrogate practices at the UN Biodiv…
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This is a bonus episode featuring a special guest hosted by the NC State Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and GBIRd – Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents programs. Note, the audio is a little rough due to the way it was recorded. The video is also available here, as well as the PDF of the presentation slides. Dr. Tanja Strive, Senior Princ…
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Edible South -The Cultural Politics of Food and Cuisine AgBioFEWS Cohort 3 Organized Guest Panel with: › Marcie Cohen Ferris, PhD, Interim Director, Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill› Michaela DeSoucey, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology at NC State Abstracts Marcie Cohen Ferris’ work examines how evolving food cultur…
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Out of the lab and onto the screen: how cinematic narratives construct the public image of science & technology AgBioFEWS Cohort 3 Organized Guest Panel with: › Leah Ceccarelli, PhD, Professor at University of Washington› David Kirby, PhD, Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Cal Poly University - San Luis ObispoDrawing on perspectives fr…
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What is “Denialism”? Jean Goodwin, JD, PhD, SAS Institute Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric & Technical Communication, NC State Website | Twitter: @jeangoodwin and @PublicSci_NCSUWhat drives polarization on contested issues like GMOs? We’ll discuss one potentially surprising factor. Abstract Public debates have been trending increasingly bitter a…
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Discussion Session: The Biotechnology Executive Order Discussion facilitated by AgBioFEWS Fellows Jabeen Ahmad and Nick Loschin This Colloquium is dedicated to reviewing the recent Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation released on September 12, 2022. Abstract This Colloquium begins with a brief overview of the E…
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Diversification as Landscape Change: Understanding Cropping Trajectories in Eastern North Carolina Andrea Rissing, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University Website | Twitter @FoodSystemsASUPreliminary findings from mixed-methods research that investigated why one county in Eastern North Carolina is trending stron…
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Gene Editing for Agriculture in Latin America & the Caribbean Katie Barnhill-Dilling, PhD, Senior Research Scholar at the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, NC State Profile | Twitter @barnhilldillingA broad overview of the GES Center project (funded by the InterAmerican Development Bank) that has explored the relevant policy and capacity for …
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Dancing Cockatoos, Silent Sparks and the Future: Writing About Science for the Public Marlene Zuk, PhD, Regents Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota WebsiteWriting about science for the public is fun, and hard, and requires some skills you may not regularly use as a scientist. Abstract What’s good, bad and sometimes…
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Lessons from Engineering Ethics for Genetic Engineering and Society Joe Herkert, D.Sc., Associate Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Society, NC State AbstractThere is a long tradition of ethics in engineering practice with the first engineering codes of ethics appearing early in the 20th century, but as an academic sub-field engineering…
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Searching for Ancient DNA: The Use and Abuse of Celebrity Elizabeth Jones, PhD, Project Coordinator at NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and Postdoctoral Researcher in Biological Sciences at NC State Website | Twitter @DrDinoDNAAncient DNA research has a short but sensational history, especially as the birth of the field coincided with the Jurassic Pa…
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Innovation for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation Steven D. Prager, PhD., Senior Program Officer for Agricultural Transformation Strategy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation WebsiteUnderstanding inclusive agricultural transformation through the lenses of climate adaptation and labor productivity. Abstract In many lower- and middle-income co…
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Loss and Resiliency: Exploring Agricultural Complexity in Eastern North Carolina AgBioFEWS Cohort 3 Website | Twitter #AgBioFEWSFocusing on environmental pressures and changing social dynamics within agriculture, the 2022 AgBioFEWS Fellows reflect on their immersive summer field experience with farming communities in eastern North Carolina. Abstrac…
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Genetic Engineering and Society Center GES Colloquium - Tuesdays 12-1PM (via Zoom) NC State University | http://go.ncsu.edu/ges-colloquiumGES Mediasite - See videos, full abstracts, speaker bios, and slides https://go.ncsu.edu/ges-mediasiteTwitter - https://twitter.com/GESCenterNCSU Final colloquium of the semester! Developing a Research Agenda for…
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Genetic Engineering and Society Center GES Colloquium - Tuesdays 12-1PM (via Zoom) NC State University | http://go.ncsu.edu/ges-colloquium GES Mediasite - See videos, full abstracts, speaker bios, and slides https://go.ncsu.edu/ges-mediasite Twitter - https://twitter.com/GESCenterNCSU Pioneering Work in Genetic Engineering of Crops and It’s Adoptio…
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Genetic Engineering and Society Center GES Colloquium - Tuesdays 12-1PM (via Zoom) NC State University | http://go.ncsu.edu/ges-colloquiumGES Mediasite - See videos, full abstracts, speaker bios, and slides https://go.ncsu.edu/ges-mediasiteTwitter - https://twitter.com/GESCenterNCSU Getting to the Heart of Science Communication Faith Kearns, PhD, S…
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Genetic Engineering and Society Center GES Colloquium - Tuesdays 12-1PM (via Zoom) NC State University | http://go.ncsu.edu/ges-colloquiumGES Mediasite - See videos, full abstracts, speaker bios, and slides https://go.ncsu.edu/ges-mediasiteTwitter - https://twitter.com/GESCenterNCSU Biotechnologies for Conservation and Their Intended Consequences B…
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Genetic Engineering and Society Center GES Colloquium - Tuesdays 12-1PM (via Zoom) NC State University | http://go.ncsu.edu/ges-colloquiumGES Mediasite - See videos, full abstracts, speaker bios, and slides https://go.ncsu.edu/ges-mediasiteTwitter - https://twitter.com/GESCenterNCSU Supporting Actionable Research That Informs Conservation Becky Gol…
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Genetic Engineering and Society Center GES Colloquium - Tuesdays 12-1PM (via Zoom) NC State University | http://go.ncsu.edu/ges-colloquiumGES Mediasite - See videos, full abstracts, speaker bios, and slides https://go.ncsu.edu/ges-mediasiteTwitter - https://twitter.com/GESCenterNCSU Gene editing for agricultural diversification: Insights from a coo…
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Genetic Engineering and Society Center GES Colloquium - Tuesdays 12-1PM (via Zoom) NC State University | http://go.ncsu.edu/ges-colloquiumGES Mediasite - See videos, full abstracts, speaker bios, and slides https://go.ncsu.edu/ges-mediasiteTwitter - https://twitter.com/GESCenterNCSU Understanding Microbial Life on Leaves Steven Lindow, PhD, Disting…
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