Feb. 20, 1:00 pm, Weinmann Hall, Room 251
On November 20, 2015, the FDA approved GM Salmon as fit for human consumption after a lengthy approval process. Advocates of the “frankensalmon” say it will help reduce overfishing, but critics fear GM salmon will enter natural habitats and disrupt native species. The FDA approval may open the doors for a host of other land and sea GM species—currently in development—to enter the consumer marketplace. Panelists will discuss the salmon issue and the potential for GM species to affect the Louisiana fishing economy.
Ricardo Carvajal, J.D., M.S., Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.
Ricardo Carvajal is a director at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C., a law firm based in Washington DC that specializes in FDA and related regulatory matters. From 2002 to 2007, he served as an Associate Chief Counsel at FDA, where he counseled the agency on a variety of food-related enforcement and rulemaking activities. Drawing on that expertise, he now counsels clients on managing inspections, responding to warning letters and other enforcement actions, resolving import detentions, and conducting product recalls. He advises clients on the regulatory status of ingredients and finished products, and provides guidance on compliance with labeling and advertising requirements, as well as representation in advertising-related disputes. He also helps clients interpret and comment on the implementation of new requirements, such as those arising under the Food Safety Modernization Act. He applies his subject matter expertise to corporate transactions, issuing opinions and conducting due diligence for acquisitions and initial public offerings. He is a member of the Food and Drug Law Institute, and currently serves on the Food and Dietary Supplements Committee.
Dr. Michael J. Blum, PhD, Director of the Tulane-Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, Tulane University
Michael Blum is the Eugenie Schwartz Professor of River & Coastal Studies and Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University. Mike earned a B.A. in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Duke University. He then completed a 4-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Office of Research and Development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before joining the Tulane faculty in 2007. Mike’s expertise is in molecular ecology, the biology of diadromous and freshwater fishes, and the ecology of river and coastal ecosystems. He is well known for his work on the development of genetic methods for assessing the condition of aquatic environments, conservation of at-risk fishes, aquatic biological invasions, and responses of coastal marsh ecosystems to global environmental change. While serving as the Arnold Early Career Professor in Earth and Ecological Science, Mike worked closely with academic, government and industry partners to advance coastal remediation and recovery following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Mike also has led National Science Foundation-funded projects to develop New Orleans as an urban long-term research area to understand socioeconomic and human health drivers of biological diversity. As Director of the Tulane-Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, Mike is leading an initiative to establish a new riverfront campus and center of excellence for cross-cutting scholarship on energy, environment and sustainability to enrich university commitments to public service. His work has been featured by media outlets including National Geographic, The Atlantic, The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, NPR, BBC, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
Tim Schwab, Senior Researcher, Food & Water Watch
Tim Schwab is a senior researcher at Food & Water Watch, a non-profit advocacy group based in Washington D.C. With a background in journalism, Schwab’s research and writing continues the watchdog role he learned and practiced as a reporter. In recent years, his work has focused on the GMO salmon issue, as well as investigating conflicts of interest in agricultural research. Schwab’s research and writing has been published or profiled in the Boston Globe, Le Monde, Food and Drug Law Journal, and Mother Jones. He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Jae Sung Schrader (moderator), J.D. Candidate 2016, Tulane University Law School
Jae Sung Shrader is a 3L at Tulane Law School where she is earning her JD and the Energy and Environmental Law Certificate. Additionally, she plans to specialize in Patent Law and hopes to have her USPTO Registration in April 2016. Jae is the Legal Intern at the Tulane Office of Technology Transfer, a Patent Law Extern at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and a Managing Editor on the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. Prior to law school, she received her Bachelor of Science at the University of Miami with a double major in Biological and Environmental Sciences and worked with the Economic Growth team at USAID in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Jae was the Summit Speaker Chair at the Tulane Energy and Environmental Law Summit last year. In her free time she likes to travel, play the piano, and practice French and Korean.