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Spring 2019 Petri Dish Series

Spring 2019 Petri Dish

March 6

Gene Editing: Where Do We Go From Here?

Reports of gene editing in humans are making news headlines and raising red flags. We will explore what is possible now, what will be possible soon and what it all means for treating diseases and more. Join us for science-themed trivia and a discussion with experts from across disciplines.

Panelists include:

Perry Hackett
Perry Hackett is a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development in the College of Biological Sciences. His research focuses on gene therapy and genome editing in animals. His work on the Sleeping Beauty Transposon was recently highlighted in a University campaign.

June Carbone 
June Carbone is the Robina Chair of Law, Science and Technology and Associate Dean for Research and Planning at the University of Minnesota.

Brian Van Ness
Brian Van Ness is a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development whose research is directed at defining genetic deregulation that contributes to lymphoid malignancies, particularly multiple myeloma.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m. 


April 3

Extinction: When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?

As the threat of extinction accelerate under changing conditions, the conversation about which species to save and why takes on greater urgency. Is there a right way to decide what to fight for and what to let go? Are some extinctions true “game-changers” and can human innovation fill the gaps fast enough. Should we be worried about sharp declines in insects? Join us for a lively discussion!

Panelists include:

Forest Isbell is an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and associate director of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. He served as lead author of the Americas assessment and a lead author of the Land Degradation and Restoration assessment for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Dan Philippon is an associate professor of English who studies American environmental literature and its relationship to the ideas of nature, culture, and place. Dr. Philippon served as a senior fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Germany and was past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment.

Rebecca Montgomery is a professor in the Department of Forest Resources studies the role of plant functional traits in plant ecology, evolution and response to global change. Her lab seeks to understand the response of natural systems to changes to the environment caused by human activity.


February, 2019