Mary Ann Lila knew she loved plants when she worked in a greenhouse in her home state of Illinois. Starting at the University of Illinois with this passion, she took every plant science class she could find. When she found out that plants make chemicals that improve the health of plants and animals alike, she found her career path. She is now the director of an institute focused on the discovery and delivery of innovative plant-based solutions to advance human health.
UNC-TV Science Week In Review: September 19, 2013
Past, Present and Future
Decomposers like bacteria, fungi, and scavengers break down the nutrients, energy, and matter trapped in dead plants and animal bodies and make them available to the next generation of new life. Watch how two start-up industries collaborate with decomposers to build businesses, community gardens, and volunteer communities.
Kat Walston just started an internship at the Brookhaven National Laboratory to study what box turtles do in the winter. She didn’t know she wanted to be a turtle wrangler when she grew up. That discovery was made at a summer camp focused on reptiles and amphibians called Slip Sliding Away hosted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
UNC-TV Science Week In Review: September 12, 2013
More For Less
Albert Rubin is a retired biological and agricultural engineer working to restore the soil—the living skin of planet Earth. As a boy, Dr. Rubin discovered that dried sludge made the orange trees in his neighborhood bloom and bear fruit. That science experiment led to a lifetime career in soil science. Although Dr. Rubin retired from the department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at NCSU in 2004, that doesn’t mean he’s not working.
Though it seems as if a new microbrew opens in North Carolina almost every week (there are 79 licensed microbreweries in the state now), and craft beer brewing is all the rage (look at the seasonal beers the major brands are brewing), most of us know very little about beer.
So, grab a seat and cold one. Here’s to a little beer learning.