Blog: Saving Our Seeds, Changing Our Perspective

April 2, 2024 | Guest Author

Asa Budnick | The act of saving a seed holds varied meanings, from my perspective as a molecular biologist, refrigerating seeds for experiments, to the broader perspectives of farmers, breeders, and nations, reflecting the diverse value and conservation methods of seeds, as explored in Dr. Helen Anne Curry’s discussion on seed conservation history and its intersections with scientific, imperialistic, and agricultural narratives....

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Blog: Bringing in Indigenous Perspectives on Synthetic Biology for Conservation

February 27, 2024 | Guest Author

Jill Furgurson | Dr. Kirsty Wissing's colloquium presentation highlighted the essential role of Indigenous participation in shaping conservation agendas, advocating for approaches that honor traditional ecological knowledge....

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Nick Loschin with David Andow at the GES colloquium on February 6, 2024

Blog: Key Ecological Perspectives: Tracing the Evolution of GMO Oversight with Dr. David Andow

February 21, 2024 | Guest Author

Nick Loschin | Dr. David Andow provided his insights and expertise on ecological and evolutionary perspectives related to genetic engineering through key events from the 1980s to the early 2000s...

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Jean Ristaino stands next to potato plots in the backyard of Down House, Charles Darwin's home.

Preventing the Next Plant Plague

February 19, 2024 | Guest Author

NC State's Jean Ristaino will write a book on her Irish Potato Famine research and work to prevent future plant disease outbreaks while in Dublin as a Fulbright scholar....

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NC State Named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution

February 16, 2024 | Guest Author

NC State has been recognized as one of the universities with the highest number of students, faculty and administrators selected for both the U.S. Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs, including three GES faculty members and an AgBioFEWS Fellow in 2023–24....

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This photograph is dated 1926 in the American Eugenics Society Records. The sign at the top reads, “This light flashes every 15 seconds. Every 15 seconds, $1.00 of your money goes for the care of persons with bad heredity such as the insane feebleminded criminals & other defectives”. Below center, promotional material for a “Fitter Families Contest” to be held at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Mass.

Blog: Remembering 20th Century Eugenics in North Carolina

February 14, 2024 | Guest Author

Nolan Speicher | In a recent GES colloquium, PhD student Grace Wiedrich shared archival research that invites audiences to reflect on the eugenics movement and its intersections with our local history....

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Christopher Gilleslie at the Farmer's Market

Envisioning a More Equitable Food System

February 13, 2024 | Guest Author

Doctoral candidate and AgBioFEWS Fellow Christopher Gillespie seeks a stronger, more racially equitable food system, and at NC State, he’s taking steps to achieve that....

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Starting Strong

February 7, 2024 | Guest Author

The first small companies to join the startup program are pursuing diverse products aimed at solving different agricultural problems. For example, Eli Hornstein, who holds a Ph.D. from NC State in plant metabolic engineering, has started Elysia Creative Biology to help slow climate change by producing bioengineered crops that can be turned into feed that reduces the emission of methane, a greenhouse gas, from cows....

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Blog: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the U.S. Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy

January 24, 2024 | Khara Grieger

In December, GES-affiliated faculty and students participated in a roundtable discussion on the EO at the recent Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, held in Washington, DC. The roundtable aimed to discuss the strengths and limitations of the recent EO on bio-innovation from interdisciplinary perspectives, highlighting aspects of biotechnology regulation and risk in particular....

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AgBioFEWS Cohort 3 – Omics for AgBiotech Regulation: Choices and Consequences | Final Spring GES Colloquium!

January 3, 2024 | Patti Mulligan

AgBioFEWS Cohort 3 discusses an ongoing interdisciplinary effort that seeks to better understand the implications of -omics technologies for regulatory oversight of agricultural products. IN-PERSON ONLY, NO ZOOM...

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Barbara Herr Harthorn – Investigating the societal and ethical implications of synthetic cells [Zoom Only] | GES Colloquium

January 3, 2024 | Patti Mulligan

ZOOM ONLY. This talk introduces 3 ongoing NSF-funded collaborative interdisciplinary projects investigating US public and expert views on bottom-up synthetic cells using a responsible research and innovation framework....

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Eric Hallerman – Gene Technology in Aquaculture | GES Colloquium

January 3, 2024 | Patti Mulligan

While aquaculture biotechnology has the potential to improve the sustainability of aquaculture, its realization will depend upon enabling public policy....

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Steve Heine – Essentialism and Distortion in Eugenics and GMO Attitudes [Zoom Only] | GES Colloquium

January 3, 2024 | Patti Mulligan

How psychological biases of essentialism distort the ways people understand genetics, eugenics, and GMO products....

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Anna Krome-Lukens – Eugenics and the Welfare State in North Carolina | GES Colloquium

January 3, 2024 | Patti Mulligan

Anna Krome-Lukens, PhD, Teaching Associate Professor and Director of Experiential Education, Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill...

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Jen Rowland – Agricultural Biotechnology at USDA and Beyond [Zoom Only] | GES Colloquium

January 3, 2024 | Patti Mulligan

[ZOOM ONLY] USDA supports the development, use, regulation, and trade of agricultural biotechnologies through multiple agencies and programs....

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