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The table below includes all speakers who presented to the committee during the public information gathering sessions.

Presenter Title Affiliation Event Date
Carmen Bain
Associate Professor of Sociology
Iowa State University
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Ian Baldwin
Member of the National Academy of Sciences; Professor
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Committee Meeting I
September 15, 2014
Ben Beale
Extension Educator-Agricultural Sciences
University of Maryland Extension
US Agriculture Extension Webinar
October 1, 2014
Chuck Benbrook
Research Professor
Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University
Committee Meeting I
September 15, 2014
Alan Bennett
Executive Director, Distinguished Professor
Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture & University of California-Davis
Intellectual Property Webinar
May 6, 2015
May Berenbaum
Professor and Department Chair of Entomology
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Pest Management Workshop
March 4, 2015
Harold Browning
Chief Officer
Citrus Research and Development Foundation, Inc.
Pest Management Workshop
March 4, 2015
Neal Carter
President
Okanagan Specialty Fruits
GE Quality Traits Webinar
April 21, 2015
Stephen Chan
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
RNAi Technology Webinar
May 7, 2015
Lynn Clarkson
President
Clarkson Grain
International Trade Webinar
October 8, 2014
R. James Cook
Member of the National Academy of Sciences; Professor Emeritus
Washington State University
Committee Meeting I
September 15, 2014
Janet Cotter
Senior Scientist
Greenpeace International
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Jane Dever
Professor
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Plant Breeding Webinar
January 27, 2015
Jason Dietz
Policy Analyst
Office of Food Additive Safety, Food and Drug Administration–Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Committee Meeting III
March 5, 2015
Jason Dietz
Policy Analyst
Office of Food Additive Safety, Food and Drug Administration–Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Committee Meeting II
December 10, 2014
Galen Dively
Professor Emeritus; IPM Consultant
University of Maryland
Pest Management Workshop
March 4, 2015
Brian Dowd-Uribe
Assistant Professor
UN-Mandated University for Peace
Donor Organizations Webinar
April 30, 2015
Jonathan Eisen
Professor
University of California – Davis
Microbiome Webinar
April 6, 2015
Sandy Endicott
Senior Agronomy Manager
DuPont Pioneer
Committee Meeting II
December 10, 2014
Jon Entine
Executive Director
Genetic Literacy Project; World Food Center Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy, University of California-Davis
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Alessio Fasano
Vice Chair of Basic
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Committee Meeting III
March 5, 2015
Robb Fraley
xecutive Vice President; Chief Technology Officer
Monsanto
Committee Meeting II
December 10, 2014
Bill Freese
Science Policy Analyst
Center for Food Safety
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Marc Fuchs
Associate Professor
Cornell University
Pest Management Workshop
March 4, 2015
Keith Fuglie
Research Economist
USDA Economic Research Service
Socioeconomic Issues Webinar
March 19, 2015
Randal Giroux
Vice President – Food Safety
Quality and Regulatory, Cargill, Incorporated
International Trade Webinar
October 8, 2014
Irwin Goldman
Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Plant Breeding Webinar
January 27, 2015
Lynn Goldman
Professor
George Washington University
Safety of GE Foods, an NRC Report Webinar
February 26, 2015
Dennis Gonsalves
Director (retired)
USDA Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center
GE Disease Resistance Webinar
November 6, 2014
Richard Goodman
Research Professor
Food Allergy Research and Resource Program, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Committee Meeting III
March 5, 2015
Major Goodman
Member of the National Academy of Sciences; William Neal Reynolds Distinguished University Professor of Crop Science
North Carolina State University
Committee Meeting I
September 15, 2014
Lisa Griffith
Outreach Director
National Family Farm Coalition
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Doug Gurian-Sherman
Director of Sustainable Agriculture; Senior Scientist
Center for Food Safety
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Michael Hansen
Senior Staff Scientist
Consumers Union
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Tamar Haspel
Journalist
The Washington Post
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Anton Haverkort
Researcher
Wageningen University and Research Center
GE Disease Resistance Webinar
November 6, 2014
David Heckel
Professor
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
RNAi Technology Webinar
May 7, 2015
Mary Hendrickson
Assistant Professor
University of Missouri
Social Science Research Webinar
February 4, 2015
Russel Higgins
Extension Educator
Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, University of Illinois Extension
US Agriculture Extension Webinar
October 22, 2014
Jay Hill
New Mexico Farmer
Pest Management Workshop
March 4, 2015
Jim Holland
Professor
North Carolina State University
Plant Breeding Webinar
January 27, 2015
Rob Horsch
Deputy Director, Global Development
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Donor Organizations Webinar
April 30, 2015
Diana Horvath
President
Two Blades Foundation
Intellectual Property Webinar
May 6, 2015
Lee Ann Jackson
Counsellor
World Trade Organization
International Trade Webinar
October 8, 2014
Greg Jaffe
Director of the Project on Biotechnology
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Richard Jefferson
Founder and CEO, Professor of Science, Technology & Law
Cambia & Queensland University of Technology
Intellectual Property Webinar
May 6, 2015
William L. Jordan
Deputy Director for Programs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency– Office of Pesticide Programs
Committee Meeting III
March 5, 2015
William L. Jordan
Deputy Director for Programs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency– Office of Pesticide Programs
Committee Meeting II
December 10, 2014
Rick Kersbergen
Extension Professor
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
US Agriculture Extension Webinar
October 1, 2014
Mohamed Khan
Professor & Extension Sugarbeet Specialist
North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota
US Agriculture Extension Webinar
October 1, 2014
Abby Kinchy
Associate Professor
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Social Science Research Webinar
February 4, 2015
John Kough
Senior Scientist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency– Office of Pesticide Programs
Committee Meeting III
March 5, 2015
Jennifer Kuzma
Codirector; Goodnight-Glaxo Wellcome Distinguished Professor
Genetic Engineering and Society Center; North Carolina State University
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Jeff Lannom
Weakley County Extension Director
University of Tennessee Extension
US Agriculture Extension Webinar
October 22, 2014
Anna Lanzoni
Senior Scientific Officer
European Food Safety Authority, GMO Unit
Committee Meeting III
March 5, 2015
Jonathon Lundgren
Research Entomologist
U.S. Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service
Pest Management Workshop
March 4, 2015
Bettie Sue Masters
Distinguished Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Safety of GE Foods, an NRC Report Webinar
February 26, 2015
Mark McCaslin
Vice President-Research
Forage Genetics International
GE Quality Traits Webinar
April 21, 2015
John McMurdy
International Research Advisor & Scaling Team Leader
Bureau of Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development
Donor Organizations Webinar
April 30, 2015
Steven Mirsky
Research Ecologist
U.S. Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service
Pest Management Workshop
March 4, 2015
Lorraine Mitchell
Agricultural Economist
USDA Economic Research Service
Socioeconomic Issues Webinar
March 19, 2015
David Mortensen
Professor of Weed and Applied Plant Ecology
Pennsylvania State University
Pest Management Workshop
March 4, 2015
Les Pearson
Director of Regulatory Affairs
ArborGen
GE Trees Webinar
March 27, 2015
Dallas Peterson
Professor and Extension Weed Specialist
Kansas State University
US Agriculture Extension Webinar
October 22, 2014
Peter Phillips
Distinguished Professor
University of Saskatchewan
Socioeconomic Issues Webinar
March 19, 2015
Bill Powell
Professor
State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry
GE Trees Webinar
March 27, 2015
Matin Qaim
Professor of International Food Economics and Rural Development
University of Goettingen
Socioeconomic Issues in Developing Countries Webinar
May 13, 2015
Dominic Reisig
Associate Professor & Extension Specialist
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
US Agriculture Extension Webinar
October 1, 2014
Craig Richael
Director of Research and Development
Simplot Plant Sciences
GE Quality Traits Webinar
April 21, 2015
Diana Roberts
Regional Extension Specialist
Washington State University Extension
US Agriculture Extension Webinar
October 22, 2014
Richard Sayre
Senior Research Scientist
Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium
GE Disease Resistance Webinar
November 6, 2014
Michael Schechtman
Biotechnology Coordinator
Office of Pest Management Policy,  U.S. Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service
Committee Meeting II
December 10, 2014
Dietram Scheufele
Co-Chair of National Research Council Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Science; John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Jennifer Schmidt
Maryland Farmer; Registered Dietitian
Pest Management Workshop
March 4, 2015
Matthew Schnurr
Associate Professor
Dalhousie University
Social Science Research Webinar
February 4, 2015
Tim Schwab
Senior Researcher
Food & Water Watch
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Ralph Scorza
Research Horticulturist
USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station
GE Disease Resistance Webinar
November 6, 2014
Gilles-Éric Séralini
Professor of Molecular Biology
Network on Risks, Quality, and Sustainable Environment; University of Caen France
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Hope Shand
Independent Consultant and Senior Advisor
Erosion Technology and Concentration (ETC) Group
Committee Meeting I
September 15, 2014
Ray Shillito
Research and Development Fellow
Bayer CropScience
Committee Meeting II
December 10, 2014
Frank Shotkoski
Director of the Agriculture Biotechnology Support Project II
Cornell University
Pest Management Workshop
March 4, 2015
Jeffrey Smith
Founding Executive Director
Institute for Responsible Technology
Committee Meeting I
September 16, 2014
Glenn Stone
Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies
Washington University in St. Louis
Committee Meeting I
September 15, 2014
Steve Strauss
Professor
Oregon State University
GE Trees Webinar
March 27, 2015
Samuel Timpo
Associate Director
African Biosafety Network of Expertise, New Partnership for Africa’s Development
Socioeconomic Issues in Developing Countries Webinar
May 13, 2015
John Tooker
Associate Professor of Entomology; Extension Specialist
Pennsylvania State University
Pest Management Workshop
March 4, 2015
Timothy Tschaplinski
Distinguished Research Scientist and Group Leader
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Committee Meeting III
March 5, 2015
John Turner
Director
Environmental Risk Analysis Programs,  Biotechnology Regulatory Services,  U.S. Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service
Committee Meeting II
December 10, 2014
Dan Voytas
Professor of Genetics
University of Minnesota Center for Genome Engineering
Committee Meeting II
December 10, 2014
Steve Webb
External Technology and Intellectual Property Portfolio Development Leader
Dow AgroSciences
Committee Meeting II
December 10, 2014
Andreas Weber
Head of the Institute of Plant Biochemistry
University of Düsseldorf
Committee Meeting II
December 10, 2014
Seth Wechsler
Agricultural Economist
USDA Economic Research Service
Socioeconomic Issues Webinar
March 19, 2015
Justus Wesseler
Professor of Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy
Wageningen University
Socioeconomic Issues in Developing Countries Webinar
May 13, 2015
Chris A. Wozniak
Biotechnology Special Assistant
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency–Office of Pesticide Programs
Committee Meeting II
December 10, 2014

 

Robert Whitaker

Robert Whitaker received his PhD in biology from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1982. On graduating, he joined DNA Plant Technology Corporation as a postdoctoral research scientist and eventually served as both vice president for vegetable research and development and vice president for product development for the company. During his tenure there, Dr. Whitaker had responsibility for plant tissue culture, breeding, food science, chemistry, and genetic-engineering functions related to vegetable products. In 1998, he joined NewStar as vice president of product development and quality; there, he developed corporate food safety programs and spearheaded product-development activities. In April 2008, he became the chief science and technology officer of the Produce Marketing Association, overseeing food safety and technology efforts from field to fork. He has served as a volunteer leader for the United Fresh Produce Association and as chairman of the International Fresh-cut Produce Association (IFPA) board and has been directly involved on a number of industry and government food safety and technology initiatives. In 2006, Dr. Whitaker was awarded IFPA’s Technical Achievement Award for his work in food safety and product development. He also received NSF Food Safety Leadership award in 2015. Bob was named to the Executive Committee for the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) in 2007 and served as chairman of the CPS Technical Committee until 2013. He still serves as a member of the CPS Technical Committee, which oversees the solicitation and awarding of funds for produce food safety research and on the Executive Committee of the CPS Board of Directors.

C. Neal Stewart

C. Neal Stewart is a professor of plant sciences at the University of Tennessee and holds the Ivan Racheff Chair of Excellence in plant molecular genetics. He is also the co-director of the Tennessee Plant Research Center. After a postdoctoral position at the University of Georgia, Dr. Stewart joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as an assistant-, then associate professor in biology, prior to moving to the University of Tennessee and assuming the Racheff Chair. He teaches courses on plant biotechnology and research ethics. The laboratory’s research spans plant biotechnology, synthetic biology, genomics, and ecology with an interest in understanding and manipulating systems relative to agricultural production and environmental function. Dr. Stewart earned his BS in horticulture and agricultural education from North Carolina State University and an MA in education from Appalachian State University. He then received an MS in biology and ecology and a PhD in biology and plant physiology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Stewart is also a singer and songwriter.

David M. Stelly

David M. Stelly holds joint appointments with Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. He is a professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and has over 30 years of professional experience in breeding of diploid and polyploid crops, germplasm introgression, reproductive biology and cytology, cytogenetics, genetics, and genomics. The research, breeding, and graduate-education programs under Dr. Stelly’s guidance have emphasized use of naturally occurring germplasm for crop improvement. Common elements of the research are wild-species germplasm introgression, chromosome manipulations and substitution, ploidy manipulations, conventional and molecular cytogenetics, genetic analysis, marker development, marker-assisted selection, reproductive cytology and genetics, and various types of genome mapping (linkage, BAC physical, and radiation hybrid mapping), sequencing, and their integration. Most of his work has been devoted to genetic improvement of Upland cotton, but some of it is devoted to developing a platform for wide hybridization of sorghum and creation of new energy crops. Dr. Stelly has served Texas A&M through its Council for Principal Investigators (CPI), helping to spawn and now serving on the Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society (TIGSS) and codirecting his department’s faculty-driven core AgriGenomics Laboratory. He served a number of years ago as the first elected chair of the International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI) and also served as president of the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB). He was re-elected and now serving again as Chair of ICGI. Dr. Stelly received his MS in Plant Breeding and Cytogenetics from Iowa State University and his BS in Genetics and PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Michael Rodemeyer

Michael Rodemeyer completed his adjunct professorship in 2015 in the Department of Engineering and Society of the University of Virginia, where he taught and directed the Science and Technology Policy Internship Program. Mr. Rodemeyer founded the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology and served as its executive director from 2000 to 2005. Before that, he spent nearly 25 years in the federal government. In 1998 and 1999, he was the assistant director for environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. He served for 15 years on the staff of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, including 7 years as the Chief Democratic Counsel. From 1976 through 1984, Mr. Rodemeyer was a staff attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. He also taught congressional and environmental policy-making as an adjunct professor of the Johns Hopkins University School of Arts and Sciences from 2000 through 2004. Mr. Rodemeyer graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 1975 and received his undergraduate degree in sociology with honors from Princeton University in 1972.

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