Food Science and Systems

New Technologies in the Food System: How Do They Fit and Who Decides? (Food Evolution Movie Screening and Discussion)

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Ballroom AB


Tamar Haspel

The Washington Post


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Allison L. Van Eeneennaam, PhD

Cooperative Extension Specialist
University of California, DavisOne Shields Avenue
Davis, California

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis. She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Her current research projects include the development of genomic approaches to select for cattle that are less susceptible to disease and the development of genome editing approaches for livestock. She serves as the USDA NRSP-8 Cattle Genome Coordinator, and is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Study Committee for “Science Breakthroughs 2030: A Strategy for Food and Agricultural Research”. She has given over 525 invited presentations to audiences globally, and uses a variety of media to inform general public audiences about science and technology. She frequently provides a credentialed voice on controversial scientific topics and has appeared on national media including The Dr Oz Show, NPR, Science Friday, and the Intelligence Squared debate series. Recently she appeared in the IFT-funded documentary Food Evolution. A passionate advocate of science, Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the 2014 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Borlaug Communication Award, and in 2017 was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


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Gerald F. Combs, PhD

Professor of Nutrition Emeritus
Cornell University


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Nancy Kavazanjian

WI Crop Farmer
Hammer & Kavazanjian
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin


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Sylvia Rowe, MA

SR Strategy
Washington, District of Columbia

Sylvia Rowe is president of SR Strategy which addresses the science to communications to policy continuum on a broad range of global health, nutrition, food safety and risk issues. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Rowe is currently Chair of the Health and Medicine Division (IOM) Food Forum, a member of the Health and Medicine Division (IOM) Obesity Roundtable, and served on the National Academies Science of Science Communications: A Research Agenda Committee. She is a Contributing Editor and columnist of Nutrition Today, serves on the Tuft’s Nutrition Advisory Council and has been recognized as an Honorary Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Previously Sylvia served as president and chief executive officer of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and IFIC Foundation, in Washington, DC, nonprofit organizations that communicate science-based information on food safety and nutrition issues to health professionals, journalists, government officials, educators and consumers.

Rowe received a Bachelor's Degree from Wellesley College and was awarded a Masters’ Degree from Harvard University, both with honors.


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