Genetically Modified – Food For Thought – May 15, 2018

Humans have been cultivating food for over 10,000 years. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are our latest tool to manipulate our food. Join Dr. Angie Hilliker for a conversation over a beer — one of civilization’s oldest forms of food engineering — to learn about the current wave of plant modification. She’ll discuss different forms of genetic engineering of plants and contextualize the pros and cons of the newest GMO technology. Are there concerns about GMO foods? Some answers might surprise you.

Tuesday, May 15
6:30 to 7:30 Program (20” talk & 40” Q&A Discussion)

Angie Hilliker, PhD

University of Richmond Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Hilliker has played pool with a Nobel Prize Winner, favors sour beers, plays the flute and piccolo in the UR Wind Ensemble, and teaches about yeast fermentation in the UR’s Beer Brewer Professional Certificate Program. Hilliker’s professional playground is the world of genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry. Dr. Hilliker is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond. Her lab studies how cells control the genetic recipes used to cook up all the things the cell needs. Hilliker earned her B.A. in biology at Oberlin College and her doctorate in molecular genetics and cell biology at the University of Chicago.

Required registration will open on May 9th. Mark your calendars, create a notification, watch for announcements on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, or be an email subscriber HERE and we’ll send you a note the morning that registration goes live. (You may need to check your junk folder.)

2410 Ownby Lane Richmond, VA 23220


Are these events for scientists?
It’s the opposite!
All Science Pubs are specifically created for non-scientists.

Who can come?
Any curious citizens 21 and over are welcome to register for this month’s pub.

What time should I arrive?
Definitely by 6:30 pm — that’s when the program will start.
Anytime after 5:15 — that’s when we’ll welcome folks into the venue’s space. Room for 100 curious minds. Seating on a first-come basis.

Will there be food?
Yes. A food truck will be serving up their eats beginning at 5:15 pm.

I can’t make it. Will this pub be live-streamed or filmed?
Not this time — This is a live event only.

I don’t drink alcohol. Do you ever have any non-pub events?
You won’t be the only one not drinking a pint. Pub is in our name, but sipping on a glass of water, soda or some such is completely copacetic. Our focus is more about enjoying the night’s topic and each other and less about whatever liquids are in hand.

How much is it?
Attend for free or donate what you can — $5 suggested per person.
Look for the beaker on the welcome table or pay with plastic when you register.

How do I get there and where do I park?
Public transit and carpooling are always good ideas. Plan your GRTC and/or click here for a map. You’ll find street parking throughout the neighborhood and a small number of spots in the venue’s lot on the corner of Ownby and Overbrook. Please refrain from parking in the lots of nearby businesses, lest your fun evening out conclude at the impound lot.

We hope to see you May 15th. In the meantime, use #SciPubRVA to get social with us on Twitter and Instagram.

This Science Pub RVA program is made possible with
generous support from Mr. and Mrs. Joel Dugan.

To discuss sponsoring a future Science Pub program, email

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