The Science of GMOs and Vaccines
February 11, 2017 · 6:30 pm · 8:30 pm
Join us for a fascinating look at the science of GMOs and vaccines with Dr. Kevin Folta and Dr. Cheryl Miller. Presentations will be followed by Q&A.
Dr. Kevin M. Folta
“Skepticism, Evidence, and Crop Biotechnology”
Human history has been a perennial battle against food scarcity and under-nutrition. Today’s modern technologies, led by plant genetic improvement, have provided sustained food security. Some of these technologies implement recombinant DNA technology, commonly known as genetic engineering. These new genetic technologies allow farmers to produce record yields with fewer impacts on the environment. However, these same technologies are often maligned and misrepresented by a well-funded and deceptive movement that uses soft scientific claims, misrepresentation of the literature, manufactured risk, fear, and blatant misinformation to promote their cause.
Dr. Folta will explain the contemporary food war, an unfortunate fight playing out at the intersection of science and food, with impacts on farmers, the environment, consumers and the poverty stricken.
Dr. Folta is the Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, overseeing teaching, research and extension efforts of more than 50 leading faculty.
Dr. Cheryl Miller
“The Evolution of Vaccination, and Where We Are Today”
With vaccines, humans have created an effective tool in the evolutionary struggle to survive.
Dr. Miller will present the history of vaccinations, how they improve human and animal health, as well as risks and common misconceptions.
Dr. Miller is a postdoctoral scholar working at Washington State University researching the infectious bacteria, Brucella abortus, which causes abortion and infertility in livestock and can infect humans. Her work has been published in numerous scientific journals and the USDA currently funds her research. Her work can be used to create new drugs to prevent and fight bacterial infections.
She holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has over a decade of experience researching infectious diseases.
This event is sponsored by the Humanists of the Palouse and the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Idaho.