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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
BEST travel award allows postdoc to immerse in a new culture

"The meeting was fabulous. Never had I encountered such a diverse group of highly knowledgeable people who specialized in agricultural biotechnology. Not only were there people from academia, but many came from industry, government and non-for-profit groups. We had environmental people, entomologists, sociologists, and business folks. I left the meeting with a far more sophisticated view of what the challenges are and what roads are to be taken forward."

Kathleen Hefferon, a postdoc in Food Sciences, was awarded a travel scholarship to attend the 27th annual NABC conference on Stewardship for the Sustainability of Genetically Engineered Crops. It was held in the year of the 20th anniversary of commercialization of the first genetically modified crops.

Kathleen's summary of the meeting can be viewed here. Her research interests include agricultural biotechnology, food science and global health.

About NABC
The North American Agricultural Biotechnology Council has been hosting annual public meetings about the safe, ethical, and efficacious development of agricultural biotechnology products since its formation in 1988 by the Boyce Thompson Institute in collaboration with Cornell University, Iowa State University, and the University of California-Davis.

Today the organization, a not-for-profit consortium of twenty two leading agricultural research and teaching universities / governmental agencies / institutions in the U.S. and Canada, continues to provide all stakeholders the opportunity to speak, to listen, and to learn about the issues surrounding agricultural biotechnology.