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OSU Professor of Ecology Allison Snow Discusses 'Engineered Crops' for SNC


December 1, 2003

[ Allison Snow Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Dr. Allison Snow, professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University, will lecture as part of the Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series at Ohio Wesleyan University on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room. Dr. Snow will discuss "An Ecologist's View of Genetically Engineered Crops," which relates to this year's Colloquium theme on "Food: A Harvest of History, Culture, Politics, and Science."

In her lecture, Dr. Snow will focus on ecological risks and benefits of genetically engineered crops. She will also include some thoughts about public perceptions of risks and implications for trade and regulatory issues dealing with genetically engineered crops.

Dr. Snow's research interests include evolutionary ecology, crop-wild hybridization and transgenic weeds, and conservation biology. She received Scientific American's first Research Leader in Agriculture Award in 2002. As part of the Scientific American 50, the magazine's first list recognizing contributions to science and technology, Dr. Snow received the award for her work on genetically modified crops, especially on how genetic traits in crops could be unintentionally transferred to related weedy species.

The associate editor for Environmental Biosafety Research, Dr. Snow is the president-elect of the Botanical Society of America and the secretary/treasurer of the International Society for Biosafety Research. She also serves on several advisory panels such as the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences Authoring Committee on Bioconfinement of Genetically Modified Organisms and the International Organization for Biological Control GMO Guidelines Project. Dr. Snow coauthored the National Research Council's "Genetically modified pest-protected plants: science and regulation" (2000). Her work has been reported recently in such publications as Time Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Times, and Science.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 18th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free and open to the public. More information is available at snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.