101 E. Green
|Jumping Genes & Frankenfoods|
January 22, 2003
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Are future foods Frankenfoods?
The Cornell Theory Center (CTC) is developing an online 3D virtual science museum exhibit that features Jumping Genes, one kind of genetic mutation that is found in crop plants.
On December 11th, you will have a chance to visit the Jumping Genes Archipelago, a virtual world where avatars explore the very nature of these mutations through interactive 3D exhibits.
Chat with Barbara McClintock about her experience unraveling the mystery of this genetic phenomenon and have a hand at causing your own mutations by making genes jump.
Learn how changes in the natural environment can increase the mutation
rate. Take a trivia challenge on what you have seen. And then chat with
other avatars, sharing your ideas about how we can and/or should be using
our knowledge to improve modern crops.
Today researchers are discovering that she barely uncovered the tip of the iceberg, one that they hope holds promise for improving our foods today and understanding the nature of genetic diversity.
Genetically modified crops have been labeled "Frankenfoods". What are your thoughts on this? Join us and let's talk.
And we provide leading-edge resources and expertise to help scientists, artists, engineer, and designers working in almost every department on campus. For example, some use our parallel computing resources to explore molecules, while others delve into the mysteries of stock market dynamics. Our online outreach efforts are centered at www.scicentr.org.
Development of Jumping Genes is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibit, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature, on display at Tompkins County Public Library. The exhibit was developed by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office and made possible by major grants from The National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Library of Medicine.
Who: Teens of all ages. Teachers and tech coordinators. Click here to sign up!
What: You will need a PC that is logged into the Internet and running the Active World Browser, which you can downloaded from our Web site, curiosity, an open mind, and a commitment to appropriate behavior.
(This is a fun space, but we will know what everyone is doing and will work to keep you on task.) And please read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein!
When: The event is on October 23 from 4-6 PM.
Where: You can log in to our virtual space, Jumping Genes Archipelago, via the Tompkins County Library or a school computer with supervision of an adult.
Locations other than the
library: please arrange for tech coordinators to install and test
the software at least a week in advance - we will help, just contact us
How: Using online virtual world technology, you will be able to tour a unique information space developed as a prototype for one trajectory of the future of interactive learning.
All attendees will interact with Web and World content and simulations, and then discuss their ideas about mutations, the idea of humans controlling mutations for our own purposes, and the whole realm of Frankenfoods. Are we creating Nature?
It has been made possible by major grants from The
National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C., and the
National Library of Medicine,
Bethesda, Md. The traveling
exhibition is based upon a major exhibition produced by the National Library
of Medicine in 1997-1998.
We have also benefited from many local partnerships with community groups including the members of the Discovery Trail.
Frankenstein image from: http://www.creativescreenwriting.com/articles/essman12_99.html
Last Revised December 12, 2002