Paul Vincelli, Ph.D.
Paul Vincelli, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

You may have heard about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) along with predictions of dire consequences for the planet or claims the technology is necessary to feed the Earth’s growing population. At the April edition of Beer with a Scientist, Paul Vincelli, PhD, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, will set the record straight with peer-reviewed science.

Vincelli will make the trip across I-64 to share his expertise on the scientific understanding of GMOs based on the substantial body of scientific literature. He will explain exactly what constitutes a genetically engineered crop, whether eating recombinant DNA is safe, and why scientists would want to change a plant’s genes in the first place.

At UK, Vincelli serves as coordinator for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. He provides science-based outreach on risks and benefits of genetically engineered crops in Kentucky, the nation and internationally.

The program begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A session.

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Betty Coffman
Betty Coffman is a Health Communications Specialist, working on the Health Sciences Campus with departments in the School of Medicine. A UofL alumna and Louisville native, she served as a writer and editor for local and national publications and as an account services coordinator and copywriter for marketing and design firms prior to joining UofL’s Office of Marketing and Communications.