Dr. Fred Gould, University Distinguished Professor and Reynolds Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University will present the 29th Staniforth Memorial Lecture on April 3rd at 4PM in the Curtiss Hall Auditorium on the Iowa State University Campus. Dr. Gould was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011 and won the Alexander von Humboldt Award for the most significant agricultural research over a 5-year period in 2004. He has served the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences on several occasions most recently as the Chair of the committee that developed the report “Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experiences and Future Prospects”. In 2000, he served as the NRC committee chair that submitted the report “Environmental Effects of Commercialization of Transgenic Plants” and Dr. Gould has served on four Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Panels on transgenic crops. Iowa State University is fortunate to have a scholar like Dr. Gould present the 2018 Staniforth Lecture. The lecture will be titled “Will Genetically Engineered Pests Protect Health, Biodiversity, and Crop Production?” and Dr. Gould will provide a summary of theoretical, experimental, and practical issues being addressed by researchers attempting to genetically suppress or alter characteristics of insect pest populations.
The Staniforth Memorial Lecture honors Dr. David W. Staniforth who was a weed scientist at Iowa State University from 1947 to 1984. Dr. Staniforth was a pioneer in the field of weed science and his research helped to shape the effective weed control systems used by farmers today. His experience spanned the development of modern herbicide technology, beginning with work on the mode of action of 2,4-D and continuing through refinements in weed control systems including the development of weed control systems for conservation tillage. This will be the 29th Staniforth Memorial Lecture.