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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Paul Fanlund: For embattled UW, is blasting back smart?

The following column was written by Paul Funland, editor and executive publisher of The Capital Times. It’s been published by The Capital Times and republished here.  [caption id="attachment_11323" align="alignleft" width="300"] UW-Madison science communication professor Dietram Scheufele says a more effective response to GOP attacks on higher education in Wisconsin would be to win the hearts and minds of political noncombatants across the state.[/caption] In March 2013, Rebecca Blank had to know the touchy political terrain onto which she was stepping. The last hurdle to her getting the job offer as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison was her then-current role as acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce for President Obama. Legislative Republicans were wary of her, but were eventually reassured that she was an apolitical, economics policy wonk and that her husband worked for a conservative think tank, according to my sources privy to the process at the time. These days, Blank is warning campus faculty ...
May 28, 2016
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Announcing the winners of the first “My LSC” contest

The Department of Life Sciences Communication (LSC) is happy to announce the winners of its first “My LSC” contest. Molly Sequin earned first place, Travis Senn second place, and Olivia Riedel third. The My LSC contest started this semester as a way for students to tell their story about the people, places, experiences, and memories that have shaped their time in the department. Students could submit entries in the form of a blog, photographs, or video. Submissions needed to speak to their time here and beyond, such as what LSC means to them, why they chose it as their major, what they want to do with their LSC degree, and more. To reward their hard work, the top three winners will receive multiple prizes. The top three students will receive $500, $300, and $200, respectively. Their work will also be showcased on the LSC website and social media channels, as well as ...
May 6, 2016
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Recent Publications

  • 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…)

  • Simis, M.J., Yeo, S.K., Rose, K.M., Brossard, D., Scheufele, D.A., & Pope, B.K. (2016). New media audiences’ perceptions of male and female scientists in two sci-fi movies.  (more…)

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