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'Genetic Engineering and the Seed Science'

Genetic modification goes by many names: Genetic Engineering, GMOs, Biotechnology, and Recombinant DNA. Though similar techniques have been used to save lives in the pharmaceutical industry (insulin) and to produce delicious cheeses (rennin), when it comes to crops, the technology comes with great controversy. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) - What they are, what they aren’t, the benefits, the challenges, and the future of genetic engineering science. During the session educators will be provided with tools for classroom discussions, debates, and hands-on lesson plans.

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Valerie Bayes
Email: valerie.n.bayes@monsanto.com
Speaker Order: 1
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Primary Presenter
State: Missouri
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Main Phone: 314-478-8359
Biosketch: 'I don’t know all the answers- that’s why I keep asking questions.' Tangible learner. Dangerously curious. Valerie Bayes holds a degree in Biological Sciences from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master's Degree from Lindenwood University in Teaching with certification in secondary biology. She serves as Monsanto’s STEM Engagement Lead in St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up Valerie often found her curiosity getting her into trouble. From building treehouses out of recycled materials to jumping off the roof with an umbrella – asking “why” and “how” she has always been the curious type asking about phenomena and testing hypothesis. She is a strong advocate for the scientific method. Her work focuses on creating authentic agricultural experiences demonstrating the sophistication and integral nature of STEM through agriculture.
Organization/Affiliation: Monsanto Company
Debra Spielmaker
Email: debra.spielmaker@usu.edu
Speaker Order: 2
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Point of Contact,Presenter 2
State: Utah
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Main Phone: 435-213-5562
Biosketch: Debra Spielmaker is a Professor at Utah State University in the School of Applied Sciences, Education, and Technology. In addition to her faculty role at Utah State University, Debra serves as the Team Leader for the National Center for Agricultural Literacy. Debra taught agricultural science for seven years in Utah and Montana, and directed the Utah Agriculture in the Classroom program for 20 years. She conducts works on program evaluation, student assessment, and has developed numerous K-12 classroom resources for science, social studies, nutrition, and Career and Technical Education.
Organization/Affiliation: National Center for Agricultural Literacy @ Utah State University