SPI Spot Synthetic Biology Policy Forum

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:30 am

The fall adult program season will begin with something unusual at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street. We are partnering with SPI Spot (Science Play-Space Initiative) who received a grant to offer two interactive science programs beginning on Tuesday, September 13 (adults only) and ending with a special afternoon Brown Bag Chat on Wednesday, September 14 open to all ages.  Here are the details:


Policy Forum: Should We Engineer the Mosquito?


Tuesday, September 13, 2016


11:30 am-1:30 pm at the Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County


Adults Only. Lunch Provided.


This forum is an opportunity for adults to learn about synthetic biology. Over the course of 90 minutes, participants will learn how mosquitoes could be engineered to reduce malaria  transmission. They will discuss risks and benefits and consider differing perspectives, ethical and societal issues. Using the information provided, individual experience and values, participants will form a plan regarding whether (and how) to release the altered mosquitoes.  Attendees are expected to participate and fill out a survey at the end. To register- email Rachel at [email protected] or call 740-398-8643 or 740-501-7616 or visit the web page: www.spispot.org and fill out registration form. Free and designed for adults.



Special Afternoon Brown Bag Chat on Wednesday, September 14, 4:30 pm


What is Synthetic Biology and How Should We Use It?


For adults and older children (6+)


At the Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County


This exciting event is part of a nationwide festival that provides an opportunity to learn about the emerging field of synthetic biology. Participants can expect a short presentation and fun hands-on activities facilitated by scientists in biology and related fields. Visitors will design a "super organism" to solve a problem, extract DNA from wheat germ, and discuss which future technologies they would support. These activities are designed to introduce participants to synthetic biology content and promote informal conversations about how synthetic biology is interconnected with our society. The event is free and is suitable for adults and older children (6+) . Refreshments will be provided. No registration required.


For more information, contact the main library at 740-392-BOOK (2665), visit www.knox.net or email [email protected].



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