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Author Topic: Debate Judges Wanted: Austin, TX November 2013  (Read 950 times)
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« on: May 13, 2013, 02:11:45 PM »

Hello,

I am a member of the  Entomological Society of America Student Affairs Committee. We are hosting a debate competition for graduate student members on November 12th, in Austin, Texas during its annual meeting. I am part of the subcommittee responsible for organizing the event. If you will be in the area and are interested in judging the debates, please let me know. I would also appreciate if you passed this information on to any potentially interested and available colleagues.

See this link for more information about the competition rules/format: http://www.entsoc.org/student-debates

There will be three different debates. The topics are:

“A connected world poses several threats to biodiversity. What tool currently available is best suited to preserve our current biodiversity?”

“Modern technology has increased the connectivity between science and the general public. Often times, scientists will use citizen scientists to collect data and perform tasks for scientific research. The use of citizen scientists has both costs and benefits."

“Even in a connected world, modern technology is not always accepted universally. This is illustrated in the reluctance of African Markets to accept GMOs, despite the potential of GM technology to increase food security in developing regions. Do the benefits of GMO use (pro) outweigh the possible negative impacts (con).”

The teams will announce their positions on each topic closer to the event.

It would be fantastic to have judges with debate and public policy experience who are outside of the field of entomology.

Thank you!

Rebecca Schmidt
Washington State University
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