Biotechnology in Food & Agriculture
For science-based answers to general questions about GMO's in food and agriculture, these sites provide the most accurate information for teachers, students and curious consumers:
And...for a healthy dose of rational discussion, myth-busting and countering-the-quackery, check out these insightful journalists and academic bloggers:
Particularly useful for educating general audiences, BestFoodFacts.org has created a series of fact-based videos addressing frequently asked consumer questions regarding food safety, agricultural production systems, GM crops, labelling GMOs and related topics.
Global Science & Engineering News via Twitter
Following science journals and news media outlets on Twitter is a fantastic way to keep up with the latest biotech research efforts and discoveries. Check out the recent articles that have caught my eye .
Favorite Tweeps Include:
- @AgBioWorld - CS Prakash, Professor, Science Communicator
- @Calestous - Calestous Juma, Professor, Author
- @carlzimmer - Carl Zimmer, Author, Writer, Blogger @NatGeo "The Loom"
- @David_Dobbs - David Dobbs, Author, Writer, Blogger
- @DocCamiRyan - Cami Ryan, Academic, Writer, Author, Blogger
- @edyong209 - Ed Yong, Writer, Freelance Journalist, Blogger @NatGeo "Not Exactly Rocket Science"
- @gmopundit - David Tribe, Professor, Blogger
- @grapedoc - Steve Savage, Scientist, Blogger
- @kmkubo - Ken Kubo, Professor, Science Communicator
- @marynmck - Maryn McKenna, Writer, Author, Blogger @Wired "Superbug"
- @mdichristina - Mariette DiChristina, Editor in Chief and Senior VP, Scientific American
- @neiltyson - Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, Author, Media Host
- @pcronald - Pam Ronald, Professor, Author, Blogger
- @phylogenomics - Jonathan Eisen, Professor, Blogger
- @plosblogs - Public Library of Science Bloggers!
- @prometheusgreen - L. Val Giddings, ITIF Think-tanker, Biotech Expert
- @Revkin - Andy Revkin, NYTimes Blogger, Author
- @SavorTooth - Nathanael Johnson, Grist Writer, Author, Blogger
- @ScienceMagazineNews - media outlet for Science
- @TheScienceGuy - Bill Nye, Science Educator
There are many, many more interesting scientists and science writers to follow on Twitter. Take a look!
Regional News for Biotech Educators & Students
2014 Personal Genomics Workshop for Life Science Educators
The UC Davis Biotechnology Program will hold a 3-day Personal Genomics course for high school and community college life science educators on July 22nd - July 24th. We will explore public databases and online resources for teaching genomics, with focus on resources accessible at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The course is made possible through generous support of Expression Systems. For more details, see the 2014 Personal Genomics Workshop announcement.
Teen Biotech Challenge 2014 Winners!
The TBC2014 winners have been announced. The competition was tough this year, with 361 teens from 13 high schools building websites. First place winners in the seven focus areas were:
Contests for High School Students
Public Biotech Seminars at UC Davis & Sacramento State University
The Current Progess in Biotechnology seminar (MCB294) is open to the UC Davis campus community and to the public. Seminars are held each Friday throughout the academic year from 11am-noon in Rm 1022 Life Sciences at UC Davis. Though talks are geared for an interdisciplinary audience of graduate students (biologists, chemists, engineers, biostatisticians, etc…), local K-14 educators are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Sacramento State Center for STEM Excellence offers a public lecture series during the academic year. The STEM Scholars Lecture series is also available for viewing online!