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New Meetup: Center for Inquiry Speaker Series: Dr. Kevin Folta

From: Jeanette
Sent on: Monday, October 11, 2010 8:20 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Center For Inquiry Community of Fort Lauderdale!

What: Center for Inquiry Speaker Series: Dr. Kevin Folta

When: Wednesday, October 20,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Broward College
North Campus Bldg. 46, Room[masked] Coconut Creek Blvd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33432

"Frankenfoods: Cornerstones of the Next Green Revolution"
Dr. Folta is an Associate Professor of Horticultural Sciences and the Graduate Program in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Florida. His presentation will focus on the developments in genetically-modified foods and crops and some of the ethical issues relating to this area of research. From his picture, you can just tell he has fun talking about this stuff!
The presentations are free and open to the general public.

The activities in Kevin Folta?s laboratory extend from two broad research interests. The first is how light interacts with plants to tailor development and physiology to best match environmental conditions. The second laboratory focus derives from the newly emerging analysis of the strawberry (Fragaria sp.) genome. Not only is strawberry a major crop in Florida, it also represents an outstanding system to study fundamental biology. Kevin is the contributing author of the strawberry genome sequence to Nature Genetics and spearheads several international projects in strawberry functional genomics, genetic fingerprinting and marker-assisted breeding.

Projects have been supported by the National Science Foundation, the USDA, NASA and the Florida Strawberry Growers? Association. Kevin has brought in over $3 million in extracurricular funding over the past five years.

Special Recognition Includes:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Distinguished Mentor of Undergraduate Research (2007)
National Science Foundation Early Faculty CAREER Award (2008)
Northern Illinois University LA&S Top 50 Distinguished Alumni (2009)
University of Florida Research Foundation Professor (2010)
His laboratory has supported many visiting international scientists and postdocs, graduate students and a special emphasis on undergraduate research efforts. His program extends to the public-science interface where he frequently discusses and debates the merits of transgenic (GMO) technology, evolutionary theory and vaccination.

Kevin received his B.S. and M.S. from Northern Illinois University, his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and performed postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin.

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