I am a recent graduate of Cornell University (May, 2014), with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and concentrations in Science & Technology Studies, English, and International Agriculture. I am particularly interested in how consumers, producers, scientists, and policymakers communicate knowledge about and respond to biotechnology use in agriculture.
My (1) exposure to biotechnological development as an Animal Science student at Cornell, (2) involvement with science and technology policy as an intern with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, (3) engagement with the agricultural biotechnology community on the Web (independently through my own social media, as well as formerly with The Genetic Literacy Project), and (4) my on-farm agricultural experiences (from Upstate New York to India), have given me the perspective necessary to appreciate not only the need for this technology, but also the need for re-envisioning how its use is communicated and regulated.
This fall, I will be joining the Science and Technology Studies department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in pursuit of a PhD, extending my interests in biotechnology in agriculture and human health. For now, however, I can be found on Twitter @_beccaharrison. Additionally, I write guest blog posts for a variety of agriculture-related media, I have written for several news outlets at Cornell University, and love to travel.