GDCB Seminar - Dr. Nina Fedoroff

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 4:10pm
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Distinguished Loomis Lecture:

Dr. Nina Fedoroff

Feeding 10 billion people: what will it take?

The 20th century saw a dramatic expansion of agricultural production through the pervasive spread of agricultural science and technology, principally fertilizers, mechanization, and improved seeds.  While the current problem for global food security is one of inequitable distribution, biophysical factors will increasingly constrain our ability to provide food for the 9-10 billion people expected by century’s end.  These will arise as a result of climate change, loss of arable land and limitations on the availability of water.  I will discuss the potential of science and technology to overcome such constraints and the cultural factors that are likely to impede success.

Nina V. Fedoroff received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Rockefeller University and has served on the faculties of the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Johns Hopkins University, the Pennsylvania State University, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Fedoroff has published three books and more than 160 scientific papers. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a 2006 National Medal of Science laureate. Fedoroff served as the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State and to the Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2007 to 2010. She is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Santa Fe Institute and serves as Senior Science Advisor to OFW Law, Washington, DC.

Join us for refreshments in 142 Curtiss Hall at 3:30 PM prior to the seminar

Host: Marna Yandeau-Nelson (

Sponsored by:  Department of Genetics, Development & Cell Biology