Planners have come up with some new wrinkles for this year's Biotech University for journalism students, including a debate between prominent scientific experts on the merits of biotechnology and a reporting contest in which student journalists from across the Midwest will have the opportunity to compete against students from the Missouri School of Journalism for a trip abroad and scholarships.
"World Class Perspectives - A Biotech Dialog" has been added as one of the opening sessions in the upcoming Biotech University seminar on Friday and Oct. 1 on Mizzou's campus. The session features a point/counterpoint dialog between professor Martina Newell-McGloughlin, director of the International Biotech Program at the University of California/Davis, and Dr. Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumers Union, based in New York.
Biotech University is a seminar and reporting contest designed to introduce journalism and mass communications students to the emerging science of biotechnology. Experts on biotechnology explain what it is, give hands-on demonstrations of how it is done and focus on scientific, business and political issues.