Interim Director of UC Davis Biotechnology Program, Director of BioTech SYSTEM
Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung directs the UC Davis Biotechnology Program, housed within the campus Office of Research, and leads educational programs for doctoral students and early stage scientists and engineers interested in translational research (IP, regulatory paradigms, public-private partnerships and the “business of biotech”). Doctoral programs housed within the Biotechnology Program include the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology (DEB), training over 200 PhD students across 29 STEM disciplines, and the Advanced Degree Program (ADP) for Corporate Employees.
In addition to administering and teaching biotech graduate courses and workshops in science communication, science policy and social entrepreneurship, Dr. Jamison-McClung is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM. She serves as an ex officio member of the UC Davis ADVANCE management team, as an editorial board member for the Our Voices blog and as the founder of Biotech Leaders Advancing STEM Technologies (BLAST), a professional development organization for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and early career scientists.
Through the BioTech SYSTEM, a regional consortium promoting K-14 STEM education, 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 in genomics and data analysis. As a course instructor at Sacramento State University (2002-2006) and UC Davis (2002-present), she taught majors and non-majors courses in biology, plant physiology, genetics, molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics at undergraduate and graduate levels.
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. As a public intellectual, she 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.
UC Davis Biotechnology Program http://biotech.ucdavis.edu/
BioTech SYSTEM http://biotechsystem.ucdavis.edu/
Teen Biotech Challenge http://teenbiotechchallenge.ucdavis.edu/index.html
Social Media and Blogs:
Our Voices Blog https://womeninstem.ucdavis.edu/
“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.”