Concurrent Session 1
Sunday, February 1
4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Augusta Room 1 (7th floor)
EXPLAINING SCIENCES: Telling People What They Need to Know
Presenting scientific information to nonscientists can be a challenge,
especially on issues that are controversial. In this session, Dr.
Adrianne Massey, Managing Director of Science and Regulatory Affairs for
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and Dr. Franklin West, an
assistant professor in the
Edgar L. Rhodes Center for Animal and Dairy Science
at the University of Georgia, will discuss issues related to genetically
modified organisms (GMOs) and reproductive challenges in livestock and
how to convey key messages that will help people understand the science
related to these subjects.
Suggestions and strategies for dealing with activists and the role
activists play in shaping regulatory procedures will be discussed along
with the advancements science has made in improving the lives of people
particularly in food and animal production.
Concurrent Session 2
Sunday, February 1
(Sponsored by the Southern Rural Sociology Association)
4:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Augusta Room 2 (7th floor)
125th Anniversary of the Second Morrill Act
Carolyn Brooks is the former dean and research director at the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore and is currently the executive
director of the Association of Research Directors.
Dr. Brooks will speak about the importance of the 125th Anniversary of
the Second Morrill Act.
will revisit establishing the land-grant universities because of
societal need and Justin Morrill’s vision and mission of providing
opportunity to an entire segment of society otherwise unable to attend
college. The 1890 Morrill Act extended that promise to the freedmen and
women in the American South. Over the years, however, one could argue
that the mission of land-grant universities to educate the ‘common man,’
especially ‘the sons of toil’ has been forgotten or at least abandoned.
Garnering national rankings, rather than taking pride in opening doors
of opportunity to the diverse make-up of citizenry that comprises
America, has made most land-grant institutions eerily similar to those
that are elitist. In the process, their historic role of providing
entrance into the middle class for the disenfranchised has gone wanting.
Brooks calls for a revitalized Morrill mandate to take advantage of the
vast human capital that would otherwise be wasted.