"Food Fray" author will speak at Iowa State Feb. 24

AMES, Iowa -- Author and life scientist Lisa Weasel, who studies the social dimensions of science and technology, will discuss the politics of biotech food during a talk at Iowa State University on Thursday, Feb. 24.

"DNA at the Dinnertable: The Global Politics of Genetically Modified Food" will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Weasel's presentation is free and open to the public. It is part of the university's Sigma Xi Lecture Series and Women in STEM Series. STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Weasel is the author of "Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food," which received the 2009 Green Book Festival Prize for Best Scientific Book. She is an associate professor of biology at Portland State, where she focuses on how issues of ethics, equity and politics relate to the life sciences. Her work encompasses a broad range of interdisciplinary topics, including feminist science studies and gender equity, public engagement with science and the relationship between biotechnology and sustainable agriculture and food security in the developing world.

Weasel earned her doctoral degree in molecular biology from the University of Cambridge.

Weasel's presentation is cosponsored by Sigma Xi and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by the Government of the Student Body. More information on ISU lectures is available at http://www.lectures.iastate.edu, or by calling 515-294-9935.