Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects

LSC Contributes to Comprehensive Genetically Engineered Crops Study

LSC chair and professor Dominique Brossard served as a committee member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s latest study on the impacts of genetically engineered crops.  The 20 expert committee investigated the potential economic, agronomic, health, safety, and other impacts of genetically engineered crops and food. The committee’s report, ‘Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects' was released in mid-May of 2016, and provides an independent, objective examination of a range of issues related to GE crops based on scientific evidence. The committee members, which also included Biochemistry professor Richard Amasino, made sure to listen to and incorporate a large range of voices and points of view within the report. They examined over 1,000 research and other publications related to the topic; held information-gathering meetings via three in-person meetings and 15 webinars (for a total of 80 presentations); and read more than 700 comments submitted by members of the public. Brossard points out that the committee took an ...
June 10, 2016
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LSC courses offer exciting opportunities for learning this summer

LSC is continuing its commitment to student learning through four stimulating summer classes.  Courses vary in topic from social media to visual communication, and this year three of the four classes are offered online to allow students across the globe to experience the LSC curriculum. [caption id="attachment_11369" align="alignleft" width="318"] Online classes provide UW students around the globe the opportunity to participate in LSC coursework.[/caption] "We are proud of our portfolio of three online courses this summer, from ethnic studies to social media and visualizing science. UW students living anywhere in the country or around the globe can earn UW credit with Internet access. For instance, my online students include some currently based in Europe, South America and the Middle East,” notes Shiela Reaves, LSC Director of Undergraduate Studies.
July 29, 2016
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LSC highly involved at the 2016 North American Congress for Conservation Biology

The Department of Life Sciences Communication was happy to contribute to the 2016 North American Congress for Conversation Biology.  The 3rd biennial congress’s theme was “Communicating Science for Conservation Action” and highlighted the importance of successful communication strategies in conversation science.  More and more scientific organizations are realizing the importance of communication in turning research into action and LSC is continuing its strong involvement in conversations across disciplines. Jamie Hogberg, the organizing committee chair for the conference, noted “We are excited to collaborate with Life Sciences Communication faculty, staff, and students, and greatly value their contributions to the conference. Integrating perspectives from the LSC Department will surely enrich our dialogue during the conference, and provide meaningful impacts to conservation scientists’ work in the future."
July 17, 2016
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Recent Publications

  • Stenhouse, N., Harper, A., Cai, X., Cobb, S., Nicotera, A., & Maibach, E. (2016). Conflict about Climate Change at the American Meteorological Society: Meteorologists’ Views on a Scientific and Organizational Controversy. (more…)

  • Kim, J., Brossard, D., Scheufele, D. A., & Xenos, M. (2016). “Shared” information in the age of big data: Exploring sentiment expression related to nuclear energy on Twitter. (more…)

  • Myers, T., Kotcher, J., Stenhouse, N., Anderson, A.A., Maibach, E., Beall, L., & Leiserowitz, A. (2016). Predictors of trust in the general science & climate science research of US federal agencies. (more…)

  • Koh, E. J., Dunwoody, S., Brossard, D., & Allgaier, J. (2016). Mapping neuroscientists’ perceptions of the nature and effects of public visibility.  (more…)

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