Museum Hosting Building with Biology Program

Posted September 23, 2016 at 11:00 am     Category: Cape Fear Museum

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Can engineered mosquitoes reduce the spread of malaria, dengue fever and Zika virus? Should we mess with biology? Join a lively discussion with local scientists and the community about the consequences of biology technology. Can it be applied? Should it?

“Should We Engineer the Mosquito?” on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Waterline Brewing Co. (721 Surry Street, Wilmington) provides a special opportunity for scientists and the public to interact directly and learn from each other. Discuss related ethical and societal issues, consider the viewpoints of others, and form a plan about whether and how to release the mosquitoes using the information you learn, your background knowledge, and your values. Be part of a nationwide conversation and share your thoughts and ideas on this most important issue.

Scientists and experts include:

  • Dr. Stuart Borrett, systems ecologist and UNC Wilmington associate professor
  • Dr. Francie Coblentz, Cape Fear Community College biology instructor
  • Bill Culpepper, retired microbiologist
  • Dr. Arthur Frampton, associate professor UNC Wilmington
  • Marie Hemmen, New Hanover County Vector Control
  • Dr. Darin Penneys, assistant professor UNC Wilmington
  • Dr. Ryan Rhodes, assistant professor, UNC Wilmington department of biology and marine biology

This free Building with Biology event is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs designed to encourage conversations between the public and scientists. Building with Biology is funded by the National Science Foundation and led by the Museum of Science, Boston. Events are taking place at over 150 museums and institutions throughout the country from June to September, 2016.

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