Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food
Author: Lisa H. Weasel
Pub Date: December 2008
Print Edition: $17.95
Print ISBN: 9780814436400
Page Count: 256
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About Lisa H. Weasel, Ph.D.
Funded by a prestigious grant from the National Science Foundation, author Lisa H. Weasel, Ph.D. set aside three months every year for five years to live and work with the key players in the GM food debates and construct the storyline that makes up her new book, Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food (AMACOM 2008).
Dr. Weasel has credentials as a scientist and scholar, and has been honored for her creative approaches to writing and teaching about science in its broader social and political context. She holds an AB magna cum laude in Biology from Harvard University, received her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Cambridge University in England, and was a postdoctoral fellow in molecular biology at the University of California at Berkeley. She has held faculty positions at Emory University and at the University of California at Irvine and is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Biology at Portland State University in Oregon.
Dr. Weasel has received numerous grants and fellowships for her innovative work writing and teaching about the intersection between science and society. Such honors include the prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation which recognizes “faculty members, new in their careers, as most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century” and membership in Project Kaleidescope’s Faculty for the 21st Century, made up of “faculty identified by senior administrators as having demonstrated promise as leaders within their local community and with the potential for national leadership into the next century.” Weasel was also a member of Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski’s task force charged with developing public policy for biopharmaceutical crops in the state of Oregon.
In the creative realm, Weasel has been a recipient of the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for creative nonfiction, and was honored as Teaching Innovator of the Year while on the faculty at UC Irvine. She is a sought-after and engaging public speaker who frequently lectures and offers seminars on the topic of global ethical issues pertaining to biotechnology to both academic and general audiences. In addition to the recently released Food Fray, she is the co-editor of the book Feminist Science Studies: A New Generation (Routledge 2001).
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