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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

Dr. 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.  Her talk
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.


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