Description

The Cellular Agriculture Society (CAS) chapter at ISU is part of the international Cellular Agriculture Society that aims to bring together individuals interested in the emerging field of cellular agriculture. Cellular agriculture is an interdisciplinary branch of science that utilizes tissue-engineering, bio engineering, and synthetic biology to produce agriculture products such as milk, meat, eggs and leather by growing the desired cells in a nutrient rich media and eventually bioreactors, instead of harvesting them from animals. In CAS we explore and discuss the current research, education, and internships ongoing in the field of cellular agriculture and companies that use cellular agriculture. We provide an opportunity for members to meet with the leading researchers and innovators in the field through our annual trip to the New Harvest Conference (conference location varies each year). Cellular agriculture encompasses a wide array of disciplinary topics including research, funding, regulation, ethics, environmental concerns, advocacy and health so we encourage students of all majors and backgrounds to join.

Affiliations

Constitution / Tier

File ConstitutionCAS1.pdf
Tier Student Organization - Registered

Membership Information

Student Members 12
ISU Members 1
Non-ISU Members 0
Allowed Members All
Allowed Officers ISU Students
Membership Qualifications Passion about the emerging field of cellular agriculture
Membership Restrictions No restrictions
Elections/Selection Elections take place annually at the end of the spring semester.
Meetings Meetings are held weekly or bimonthly.

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

Cellular Agriculture Society (CAS) meets either weekly or bimonthly. Regular meetings include educational and informational meetings. Topics covered in educational meetings include: research, funding, regulation, ethics, environmental concerns, advocacy, health and animal welfare. Informational meetings are for planning fundraising events and special events.

Description of Special Events

CAS attends the annual New Harvest Conference to provide an opportunity to the members of CAS to meet and learn from the leading scientists and entrepreneurs in the field from around the world. (Conference location varies each year).
Special fundraising and promotional events are held each semester. Fundraising events will vary, being decided by the club members and officers.
CAS attends events around campus if they are related to sciences that are a part of cellular agriculture, to spread the interest in cellular agriculture.
Speaker meetings include inviting a knowledgeable researcher, graduate student, or business owner, to share their expertise and experience in cellular agriculture with the club via Sype.