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

Wolfgang Hoffmann, long-time filmmaker and photographer for CALS, dies at 69

The following is a press release published by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences which has been republished here. Wolfgang Hoffmann, who chronicled CALS on film for 45 years, passed away in his home on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. He was 69 years old. Hoffmann was born and raised in Germany, where he completed studies at the Bavarian State Academy for Photography in 1970. The following year, he moved to the United States to take a position at UW-Madison as a filmmaker and photographer in the Department of Agricultural Journalism, now the Department of Life Sciences Communication (LSC). In this primarily outreach role, Hoffmann produced educational films and took photos illustrating a wide range of agricultural and natural resources subjects. “Wolfgang was an outstanding photographer and filmmaker. His work was exacting and he produced wonderful films and photos that told the story he wanted to convey in beautiful ways,” says LSC emeritus professor ...
July 15, 2016

LSC highly involved at the 2016 North American Congress for Conservation Biology

The Department of Life Sciences Communication is happy to contribute to the 2016 North American Congress for Conversation Biology.  The 3rd biennial congress’s theme is “Communicating Science for Conservation Action” and highlights 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, notes “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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