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Learn about genetically modified crops at free lecture

“The Genetics Behind Genetically Modified Crops,” a free lecture for the community, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in Room STB 108. This talk is intended for nonscientists who would like to understand the basic concepts of GMO crops and the controversy surrounding their use.

Presenter Rick Kelley holds a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Stanford University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution Department of Embryology in Baltimore, Md. Prior to retiring to Hawaii in 2012, Kelley had been an associate professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where his research focused on the molecular mechanisms controlling how genes are activated or silenced. Currently, Kelley is the president-elect of the Hilo Orchid Society.

Rosemarie Muller, spokeswoman for the Hilo Branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women), said AAUW asked Kelley to speak on GMOs because “he is not involved in the local debate, and has no vested interest in any position on the Big Island.”

The Hilo AAUW is sponsoring this lecture. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Visit


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