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Women We Admire Nov. 5: UC Berkeley’s Peggy Lemaux

Join plant biologist Peggy Lemaux for a trip through what she calls her “meandering career path,” on Monday, Nov. 5, 12 to 1 p.m. in Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room, part of the Women We Admire series of talks.

She will also discuss her research in engineering cereal crops and outreach efforts in genetically engineered foods, including labeling and Proposition 37, California’s ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Lemaux is Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, which is affiliated with UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources. She focuses her research on engineering cereal crops, including improving the nutritional quality of sorghum for Africa, and engineering tobacco to make advanced biofuels.

As chair of UC’s Statewide Biotechnology Workgroup, she developed the award-winning informational website, which includes K–12 educational curricula, videos and other materials to educate audiences about plants, agriculture, food production methods and genetic technologies, including genetic engineering and genomics.

The talk is cosponsored by the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW) and the Family Resource Network. PACSW initiated the Women We Admire speaker series in 2009 to bring women to UCOP from around the UC system to share insights about their careers, workplace challenges and work–life balance.

Events are open to all members of the UCOP community, and both men and women are invited to learn more about how to make the most of working at UC. Find other speakers in the series and archived audio of past talks on the Women We Admire website.

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