Entries by ASPB Conviron Scholar

From “Orphan Crops” to “Crops For The Future”

By Conviron Scholar Sessen Daniel Increasing world population, climate change, natural resources degradation and loss of biodiversity are critical challenges that are undermining food security and raising serious concerns over the resilience of our agricultural system. Will current agriculture, relying on just four crops to provide two-thirds of the global food supply, be able to […]

Mindful Landscaping

By Jennifer Ruston, ASPB Conviron Scholar Why do we have lawns? The American dream in the 1950’s—a suburban home, 2 children, a white picket fence and a lawn. A lawn with crisp lines indicating the latest mowing pattern. A lawn the perfect shade of green. A lawn that has been catered to and cared for. […]

Informational Interview with Dr. Margaret Woodhouse: Computational biologist and sequence curator at MaizeGDB

Informational Interview by Samantha Snodgrass, ASPB Conviron Scholar 2020 Margaret Woodhouse is a computational biologist and sequence curator at the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database, MaizeGDB, which is a part of the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA. We talked about her journey to her current position, what work as a MaizeGDB curator is like in […]

Plant Domestication: A class for upper-level high school students

By Xiang Li, Conviron Scholar. The assignment was to develop a lesson for school students. Our team (Xiang Li, Haley Carter, Nikolaos Ntelkis and Samantha Snodgrass) prepared the materials for a class of plant domestication designed for upper high school students. We aim to help students understand the process of evolutionary selection through plant domestication. […]

Informational interview with Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Global Coordinator of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)

Informational Interview by Godwin James, ASPB Conviron Scholar I had a great opportunity to interview Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan and listen to her passion for science communication. Dr. Maha Arujanan  is the global coordinator of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and also the executive director of the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC). Dr. Arujanan holds […]

Informational Interview with Dr. LaKisha Odom, Scientific Program Director at the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Informational Interview by Marlo Hall, ASPB Conviron Scholar Please Introduce yourself and give us a sense of your career path. I’m LaKisha Odom, scientific program director for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). We are a nonprofit organization, created in 2014, and our overall purpose is to increase the amount of funding for […]

Informational Interview with Wannes Voorend (R & D Coordinator at Colruyt Group)

Informational Interview by Presca Meyer, ASPB Conviron Scholar Wannes Voorend works as a R & D Coordinator in Energy, Environment and Biotech at Colruyt Group. Colruyt Group was founded 1928 by Franz Colruyt and lists more than 30,000 employees by today. The company is managing supermarket retail stores and further subsidiaries. They are operating mainly in Belgium, […]

Informational Interview with Dr. A Peyton Smith, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University

Informational Interview by Aya Bridgeland, ASPB Conviron Scholar Dr. A. Peyton Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Smith studies soil organic matter and microbiome characterization and how they interact with soil physical properties to impact the flux of soil carbon. She is originally from […]