Part 1: Genetically Modified Foods: Miracles or Monsters?
Nina V. Fedoroff
Thursday September 17, 2009
Genetically Modified Foods
is an American professor at Penn State university known for her research in life sciences and biotechnology. She received in 2006 the National Medal of Science in the field of Biological Sciences, the highest award for lifetime achievement in scientific research in the United States.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated summa cum laude in 1966 from Syracuse University with a dual major in biology and chemistry. She received her PhD in 1972 from The Rockefeller University. Fedoroff has been honored with the Howard Taylor Ricketts Award from University of Chicago in 1990. In 1997 Fedoroff received the John P. McGovern Science and Society Medal from Sigma Xi. Fedoroff arrived at Penn State in 1995 and founded and directed the organization now known as the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. In 2002, she was appointed an Evan Pugh professor, the university's highest academic honor. She currently holds the Verne M. Willaman chair of Life Sciences.
President Bill Clinton appointed Fedoroff to the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation, in 2001. The foundation administers the science awards, established by Congress in 1959. She was awarded in 2003 Syracuse University's George Arents Pioneer medal. Dr. Fedoroff was recently named Science and Technology Adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Fedoroff will continue her role as Science and Technology Adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.