The Science of Modern Agriculture: The evolution of crop protection - a historical perspective
Valerie Bayes holds a degree in Biological Sciences from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master's Degree from Lindenwood University in Teaching with certification in secondary biology. She serves as Monsanto’s STEM Engagement Lead in Saint Louis, Missouri. Growing up Valerie often found her curiosity getting her into trouble. From building treehouses out of recycled materials to jumping off the roof with an umbrella – asking “why” and “how” she has always been the curious type asking about phenomena and testing hypothesis. She is a strong advocated for the scientific method. Her work is focuses on creating authentic agricultural experiences demonstrating the sophistication and integral nature of STEM through agriculture.
Michael Crawford has been at Monsanto for six years and heads the Emerging Technologies Platform, leading a team that works discover new, safe and effective molecules and methods to control agricultural pests and pathogens. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in biochemistry, he received his PhD in Molecular Genetics from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his career, his primary interest has been to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis caused by infectious diseases that affect human, veterinary, and agricultural health.
Liza Dunn (Halcomb)
Liza Dunn (Halcomb) is a practicing Emergency Medicine physician and Medical Toxicologist with a long-standing interest in Global Health. In 2016, Dr. Dunn started working as the Medical Outreach Lead for Monsanto, a global seed company with innovative technology that has great potential to remediate malnutrition. She remains on the faculty of Washington University and is still an active member of the Toxicology team. She has lectured nationally and internationally on a diverse range of topics in medical toxicology and global health.
Dr. Sammons has been with Monsanto 33 years as a biochemist investigating glyphosate and Roundup Ready®. He participated in the elucidation of the molecular mechanism of glyphosate, worked on Bollgard™ cotton EPA registration, insecticidal protein discovery, as well as second generation Roundup Ready crops. His research focus for the last 15 years has been on glyphosate resistant weeds and their underlying biochemical mechanisms. He is an avid grandfather living in the St. Louis area.
Cole Waggoner has held several roles in Monsanto’s Corporate Affairs division since he joined the company in 2008. In his current role, Cole leads communication efforts related to Monsanto’s crop protection products. Cole has an M.B.A. from St. Louis University and a B.S.B.A from the University of Missouri.
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