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Explorit Lecture Series Returns with Food for Thought

This article appeared in the August 28, 2015 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Explorit Lecture Series Returns with Food for Thought

Dr. Van Eenennaam


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Explorit Science Center's lecture series begins with a presentation on agriculture and biotechnology on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 with “Food for Thought: Innovations and Opportunities for Animal Breeding” by Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam. Join us at 7:00 p.m. at the Activity Room at Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. in Davis.


Don’t miss this interesting and thought-provoking talk on how advances in biotechnology and genomics offer approaches to improve the sustainability of food animal production.  Discussion around agricultural biotechnology in food crops often gets steeped with issues related to pesticide use and multinational seed companies.


The discussion around the use of animal biotechnology brings up a different set of opportunities and challenges. This presentation focuses the contribution of breeding to animal agriculture and touches on the potential uses of new biotechnologies in animal breeding.


Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a genomics and biotechnology researcher and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science and a Ph.D. in Genetics from UC Davis.


The mission of her extension program is “to provide research and education on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems.” Her extension program focuses on the development of science-based educational materials including the controversial biotechnologies of genetic engineering (GE) and cloning.


She has served on several national committees including the USDA National Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, (2005-2009), and as a temporary voting member of the 2010 FDA Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee meeting on the AquAdvantage salmon, the first GE animal to be evaluated for entry into the food supply.


Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the 2010 National Award for Excellence in Extension from the American Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award.


Explorit’s coming events:


  • Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new “Our World in Water” activities!
  • Summer’s Final Blast is coming to Explorit on Sunday, August 30, 11:00-3:30. Don’t miss the Explosive Chemistry Show, robotics demonstration by Citrus Circuits, Peter Wagner’s Whymcycles and much more! Tickets available at
  • Interested in helping out the community through board membership? Explorit is currently seeking individuals in the community to serve as members of our volunteer board. Please call or email for additional information on how to apply.
  • Interested in membership?  Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up!
  • Birthdays are back at Explorit!  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.



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