Boulevard Brewery, 2501 Southwest Blvd, 3rd floor, Muehlebach Suite, Kansas City
Reception 6:00 p.m., presentation 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Admission is free. Enjoy Boulevard beverages and snacks will be provided by Joe Joe’s Catering and Westport Flea Market. Each attendee will receive acommemorative glass.
Nat Graham, graduate student in biological sciences
"The Golden Banana: How an Orange Banana in Uganda Inspires Corn Research in Missouri"
Most people have heard of genetic engineering and GMOs but only associate them with big companies. Furthermore, they only think about GMOs as adding traits like pesticides and herbicides to crops like corn and soy. In Graham’s talk, he will show that not only is genetic engineering research being done by academic labs, but also that this research has the potential to save lives. Using the example of a banana that has been engineered by researchers in Australia to produce vitamin A, he will explain what genetic engineering is and what research is being done to improve the technology at MU. You will learn not only what genetic engineering is but also why it is an important tool for plant research.
Ben Julius, graduate student in biological sciences
"From the Leaf to Your Glass"
Do you enjoy an adult beverage every once in while? Maybe a glass of wine or a beer? Maybe you enjoy a nice glass of whiskey on the rocks? If so have you ever taken the time to think how this alcohol is made or where it comes from? Julius will discuss how a plant’s ability to make and move its food source impacts this exact process. Come and learn how the journey of your drink starts in a plant’s leaf and ends up in your glass!
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