Nov 19
The Murphy Institute's Hot Topics Cool Talk Series

Scientist, theologian to discuss GMOs at next Hot Topics event

Published on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Experts in ecology and theology will discuss the environmental policies surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as part of the next Hot Topics: Cool Talk debate hosted by the University of St. Thomas Murphy Institute on Dec. 3 at the School of Law.

The event will be held at 12:30 p.m. in room 235 of the School of Law building on the university’s Minneapolis campus, 1000 LaSalle Ave. It is free and open to the public. Lunch is complimentary for those who register online

Tackling GMOs from the theological and scientific perspectives are David Andow, professor of insect ecology at the University of Minnesota, and Christopher Thompson, academic dean of Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity.

David AndowAndow teaches courses in insect ecology, population ecology and ecological risk assessment, as well as many guest lectures. His research interests include ecological risk assessment of biological stressors, science policy associated with GMOs, ecology of natural enemy food webs in agricultural crops, and the use of vegetational diversity in the conservation of natural enemies. He is the coordinator of the International Project on GMO Environmental Risk Assessment Methodologies (GMO ERA Project) and an International Delegate to the Brazilian Entomological Society FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization).

Chris Thompson

In addition to his role as academic dean, Thompson also teaches moral theology at St. Paul Seminary School of ‌Divinity. He has written on the subjects of moral theology, psychology, marriage and family, and the importance of the environment, and has a particular interest in the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Chapelstone Foundation, National Catholic Rural Life Association, and the International Catholic Rural Association, and oversees a native prairie restoration project in central western Wisconsin.

The Hot Topics: Cool Talk series explores Catholic positions and other perspectives on provocative issues of law and public policy. This year’s topics include abortion and sexual equality, the financial crisis, disability law and deinstitutionalization, and progressive politics and religious freedom. The schedule for the entire series can be found on the Murphy Institute’s website at

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