Presentations

Please contact me for speaking engagements in person or via webinar with fellow scientists, parents, consumers, policy makers, and more. If I am not able to speak at your event, I will do my best to recommend unbiased scientists or science communicators with relevant expertise.

I have presented about the science and regulation of biotechnology, and science and risk communication at the invitation of diverse organizations, including the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Food Additive Safety, the National Association of Wheat Growers, the Malaysian Parliament, multiple state Farm Bureaus, and the March for Science.

My speaking rates are based on the event and the sponsoring organization. Generally, each talk is $1,500 plus travel expenses when travel is required. Reduced rates are available for student groups and small non-profit organizations. Events local to the Des Moines metro are less due to reduced travel time.

Past Presentations

  • Ethics, Conflict of Interest, and Science. Ikonokast Podcast Episode 22. October 2018.
  • Science communication the SciMoms way. 2018 North American Leaders Session on Agricultural Technology and Innovation. Center for Food Integrity. Orlando, FL. April 2018.
  • Food Evolution documentary viewing and panel discussion. Meredith College. Raleigh, NC. Mar 2018.
  • Science Moms documentary viewing and panel discussion. University of Michigan. Lansing, MI. Mar 2018.
  • Biotechnology background and regulation. DIYBio Meetup, Capital Area Biospace. Reston, VA. Aug 2017.
  • Member of the Pro Team for the George Washington Carver Summer Internship Program. Moving Agriculture Forward. Iowa State University. Ames, IA. July 2017.
  • Plants with Superpowers Teach-In. March for Science. Washington, DC. Apr 2017.
  • Specializations and career opportunities discussion with students. Orientation to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Iowa State University. Oct 2016.
  • Moderator for Futuristic Food Panel. Escape Velocity Conference.  Museum of Science Fiction. Washington, DC. Jul 2016.
  • Communication strategies for biotechnology. Field to the Hill. Florida Farm Bureau. Washington, DC. Apr 2016.
  • Agricultural biotechnology. Delaware Cooperative Extension Annual Conference. Oct 2015.
  • GMOs – People Are Asking, What Do You Tell Them? Webinar Series. American Society of Agronomy. Webinar. Aug 2015.
  • Regulation of genetically engineered plants in the US: What developers and academics need to know. Plant Biology Conference. Minneapolis, MN. July 2015.
  • Rethinking biotech literacy and communication. Plant Biology Conference. Minneapolis, MN. July 2015.
  • Biotechnology risk communication. Biotechnology Literacy Project Boot Camp and Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy Symposium. World Food Center, University of California, Davis. Jun 2015.
  • Communication strategies for biotechnology. Field to the Hill Legislative Relations Fly-In. Florida Farm Bureau. Washington, DC. May 2015.
  • GMOs: Now we’re talking! Hosted by Kansas Farm Bureau. Kansas City, MO. Apr 2015. (video)
  • Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe to Eat? National Capital Area Skeptics Public Lecture Series. Washington, DC. Feb 2015. (video)
  • Agricultural genomics at the crossroads (presentation with Greg Jaffe of Center for Science in the Public Interest). Image of Agriculture: Ag Evolution, Food Revolution. LEAD Maryland. Ellicot City, MD. Dec 2014.
  • Regulation of genetically engineered crops. McKinley High School. Washington, DC. Nov 2014.
  • Benefits of dialogue between scientists and lawmakers. The Impact of GM Crops on Sustainable Development and Self Sufficiency in Malaysia. Malaysian Parliament and the US State Department. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nov 2013.
  • Social media for biotechnology. Workshop for scientists: Handling the media and engaging the public. Malaysian Agrobiotechnology Institute and Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nov 2013.
  • GMO Discussion with Michael Hansen. New Hampshire Farm Bureau. Oct 2013. (video)
  • Communicating biotechnology. FDA Office of Food Additive Safety. Riverdale, MD. Jun 2013.
  • Weed risk assessment workshop. USDA-APHIS-Biotechnology Regulatory Service. Riverdale, MD. Apr 2013.
  • Biotechnology Panel Discussion with Michael Neff, Don Huber, and Ken Cook. Tri-State Grain Growers Convention. Idaho Grain Producers Association, Oregon Wheat Growers League and Washington Association of Wheat Growers. Coeur d’Alene. Nov 2012.
  • Defending biotechnology via social media. Wheat Innovation Alliance Meeting. National Association of Wheat Growers. Washington, DC. Oct 2012.
  • New media for science. Division of Intramural Research of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. Oct 2012.
  • New media for science. Graduate Partnerships Program. Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Bethesda, MD. Sept 2012.
  • Maize Research: Engaging an audience beyond the journals. Maize Genetics Conference. Mar 2011.
  • Response of transgene and native gene expression to selection for transgene levels. Iowa State University Interdepartmental Genetics Student Seminar. Sept 2010.
  • Examining the potential of maize hemoglobin as a bioforticant. Iowa State University Interdepartmental Genetics Student Seminar. Dec 2009.
  • Characterizing seed storage proteins in teosinte and tripsacum. Iowa State University Sustainable Agriculture Colloquium. Dec 2008.
  • Characterizing seed storage proteins in teosinte and tripsacum. Iowa State University Interdepartmental Genetics Student Seminar. Dec 2008.