Associate Director, Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung

Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung

My goal as a science educator is to help diverse audiences evaluate emerging technologies in medicine, agriculture, and natural resource management.  Providing non-specialists with a science-based frame of reference is key to rational assessment of the relative risks and societal benefits of new technologies.”

Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung earned her PhD in Genetics with a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology from UC Davis in 2003.  As Director of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy (IFAL) at the UC Davis World Food Center, she is leading efforts to build a nexus of accessible, fact-based information for policy makers, educators, students and consumers to frame rational conversations about the use of new technologies in food and agriculture.  As Associate Director of the UC Davis Biotechnology Program, she is involved in academic program administration for the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology (DEB) doctoral degree program and serves as the program coordinator for the UC Davis ADVANCE program for the promotion of diversity in STEM faculty.

As an educator, Dr. Jamison-McClung focuses on interdisciplinary training in the life sciences and engineering, with emphasis on biotech-related regulatory, policy, ethics, entrepreneurship and IP paradigms. The DEB graduate program aims to develop a broad set of professional skills in doctoral students, enhancing their ability to work across disciplines, communicate effectively and move research discoveries from the laboratory into the marketplace.  In addition to graduate education, Dr. Jamison-McClung is an instructor for the UC Davis undergraduate University Honors Program (UHP) and serves as the Director of the BioTech SYSTEM, a regional consortium promoting K-14 biotech education. Through BioTech SYSTEM, she develops and instructs “train-the-trainer” workshops for secondary and post-secondary life science teachers, keeping regional high school and community college classrooms up-to-speed with the latest research advances. As a lecturer at Sacramento State University (2002-2006) and UC Davis (2002-present), she has taught majors and non-majors courses in biology, plant physiology, genetics, molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics. 

In the broader context of fostering science literacy across diverse segments of society, with focus on agriculture and global food security, Dr. Jamison-McClung interacts with international scientists, policy makers, media outlets, corporate and community groups.  Currently, she is serving as President-elect of Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture International.  In all professional arenas, Dr. Jamison-McClung aims to facilitate civic discussions and rational evaluation of emerging technologies, actively communicating about science, STEM education and agriculture via social media outlets, including Twitter (@yggdrasil13751) and LinkedIn.

Program Websites:
UC Davis World Food Center
UC Davis Biotechnology Program
UC Davis University Honors Program
Teen Biotech Challenge

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