EAST LANSING, Mich. — You’re invited to a virtual Our Table conversation on climate change and its impact on the global food system, at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 on Zoom.
Our Table is a series of science-based community conversations designed to give consumers tools to make more informed food choices. It is an initiative led by MSU AgBioResearch, a group of 340 researchers from eight colleges across campus. In response to COVID-19, the upcoming Our Table will be held in a virtual format.
The Our Table discussions encourage meaningful dialogue to bridge the gap between the public, and agricultural and food scientists.
Panelists for the conversation are:
- Nick Haddad, senior terrestrial ecologist with W.K. Kellogg Biological Station and professor of integrative biology with Michigan State University, studies the application of ecological principles to the conservation of biodiversity, from individual rare animals to all species living within a community. His lab is also focused on strategies such as the use of habitat corridors intended to overcome the loss of habitat and fragmentation. He has more than 25 years of experience conducting long-term, large-scale experiments on the relationship between ecology, natural resources and agriculture.
- Rebecca Jordan, chair of the Michigan State University Department of Community Sustainability, focuses on understanding how people reason with scientific data. In particular, she seeks to understand how individuals generate and test explanations for complex phenomena. She has worked with several audiences (e.g., grade 6-12 students, undergraduate and graduate students, and the public involved in citizen science) to test general research questions about causal reasoning with regard to individual decision-making in environmental contexts.
- Pamela Ronald, distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at UC Davis and the director of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy, uses genetic techniques to understand the plant response to infection and tolerance to environmental stress. With her collaborators, she received the 2008 USDA National Research Initiative Discovery Award and the 2012 Tech Award for the innovative use of technology to benefit humanity. In 2015 Scientific American named her one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology.
- Michael Webber serves as the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy and infrastructure services company. He is also a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he trains the next generation of energy leaders through research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy and commercialization. He has authored more than 400 scientific articles, columns, books and book chapters.
Science communicator Sheril Kirshenbaum will host the virtual Our Table conversation.
To register, click here.
We look forward to seeing you on November 6.
— Michigan State University College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
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