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Gregory Jaffe, the director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, dispelled several myths about genetically engineered foods yesterday during a lecture at the Marine and Coastal Sciences Building on Cook campus. Genetically engineered crops, or biotech crops, are not nutritionally better or worse than organic crops, Jaffe said. “… The industry has been arguing for a decade now that they will have more nutritious crops coming out,” he said.
Anthony Colon, the president of Techno-Logic Solutions Inc., a
company that helps people find jobs in technology, spoke at the
Livingston Student Center last night about the power of networking
and his business experience. The businessman established
Techno-Logic Solutions with his brother in 1999 after a 25-year
career in the corporate sector.
There are many successful women in the fields of science and
technology — but they are rarely seen or heard. This was one theme
of last night’s “Gender and Social Media Panel: Being Female in a
Virtual World” discussion, which looked at the stereotypes many
women face when working in technology fields. The talk, sponsored
by Douglass Residential College and the Department of Library and
Information Sciences, featured three women panelists with research
interests in gender constructs in technology and science.
Inspired by the ethical concerns surrounding the field of
biotechnology —which includes stem cell research, a Harvard
University professor explored what it means to be a human, animal
or embryo. Sheila Jasanoff, professor at Harvard University’s John
F. Kennedy School of Government, explored biotechnology and Tuesday
during the Center for Cultural Analysis’s open discussion in
Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus.
The first player to commit to new head coach Kyle Flood is the
Rutgers football recruiting class’s best. Consensus five-star
recruit Darius Hamilton donned a Scarlet Knights hat last night on
MSG Varsity’s “A Quick :60,” committing to Rutgers. His verbal
commitment becomes binding today, when he can sign his National
Letter of Intent on National Signing Day.
On the 22nd anniversary of the massacre of 14 young women at the
École Polytechnique in Montreal, about 60 people screamed in unison
last night against gender violence. The Students Challenging
Reality and Educating Against Myths (SCREAM) program organized the
event, which took place in front of Brower Commons on the College
Avenue campus and included a reading of a poem by Abena Busia,
chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.
A new student group oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) held its first meeting Thursday night
in an effort to attract members of the LGBTQ community in the
science field who may be looking for support.
Near the end of former President George W. Bush’s time in
office, high-level members of his administration decided to
discontinue the torture practice of waterboarding on the grounds
that the practice was illegal. Just ask Stephen Bradbury, head of
the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice under
Bush, who in early 2008 stated “there has been no determination by
the Justice Department that the use of waterboarding, under any
circumstances, would be lawful under current law.”
As technology matures — which it seems to be doing constantly
these days — our way of life changes. Sometimes, these changes are
radical, or at least potentially so. For example, meet Siri, the
artificial intelligence (AI) program built into Apple’s new iPhone
4S. Siri is essentially a personal assistant. Users speak to it, it
interprets their words using speech recognition technology, and
then it attends to their requests.
Elizabeth Snyder, a history professor at the County College of
Morris in Randolph, N.J., is under fire for the way she treated a
student with a speech impediment. Once the public found out that
Snyder told student Philip Garber Jr., who suffers from a stutter,
to save his questions for after class, Snyder began to receive what
she calls “the most hateful, vile, vicious emails,” according to