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Drowning in Data

Drowning in Data

New web-based framework helps scientists analyze and integrate data By Emily Kummerfeld | Bond LSC Large-scale data analysis on computers is not exactly what comes to mind when thinking about biological research. But these days, the potential benefit of work done in the lab or the field depends on them. That’s because often research doesn’t…

Striking Oil

Striking Oil

Jay Thelen, a Bond LSC researcher, next to the GC-MS machine in his lab, which tracks seed oil measurements. | photo by Mary Jane Rogers, Bond LSC How to get crops to produce seeds with more oil By: MJ Rogers, Bond LSC You can’t get blood out of a stone, but Jay Thelen wants to…

Katelynn Koskie #IAmScience

Katelynn Koskie #IAmScience

Katelynn Koskie, a Ph.D candidate, works in Mannie Liscum’s lab. | Photo by Samantha Kummerer, Bond LSC By Samantha Kummerer | Bond LSC “#IAmScience because I want to help unravel the mysteries of nature that will improve our futures and positively impact our planet.” Katelynn Koskie didn’t always know she loved plants. As an undergraduate,…

Beverly Agtuca #IAmScience

Beverly Agtuca #IAmScience

Beverly Agtuca was born in New York, but has family in the Philippines, a country that struggles with malnutrition and undernourishment. Her overall goal for her research is to help countries that struggle with undernourishment by increasing the agricultural productivity in those countries. “When I was little, I went on summer vacation to visit my…

Weighty science

Weighty science

Metabolomics center delves into the unknown Emily Kummerfeld | Bond LSC What do you do when you have an unknown substance and need to know what it’s made of? Or what if you know what’s in it, just not how much? Scientists turn to metabolomics to figure out what these pieces are. Lloyd W. Sumner,…

Samuel McInturf #IAmScience

Samuel McInturf #IAmScience

Samuel McInturf, Ph.D. candidate “#IAmScience because it’s fun. You’re paid to work with exotic materials and instruments to solve problems that drive at how life manifests.” Samuel McInturf’s father is an accountant and his mother is an HR director, but somehow he ended up falling in love with science. By the 4th grade he had…

How one bad seed could take on climate change

How one bad seed could take on climate change

By: Samantha Kummerer | Bond LSC It’s no secret that the 21st century continues to set records with the warmest years in earth’s history and rising carbon dioxide and sea levels. These significant changes threaten the planet’s future and already challenge farmers. Mannie Liscum, a Bond LSC investigator, said research in his lab may help…

Megan Sheridan #IAmScience

Megan Sheridan #IAmScience

Megan Sheridan, a Ph.D candidate in biochemistry, works in Dr. Michael Robert’s lab. | Photo by Mary Jane Rogers, Bond LSC By Mary Jane Rogers | Bond LSC “#IAmScience because it’s extraordinary knowing that a small step towards a treatment could positively impact someone’s life down the road.” Megan Sheridan doesn’t let anything slow her down.…

Kevin Kaifer #IAmScience

Kevin Kaifer #IAmScience

Kevin Kaifer, a Ph.D candidate who works in Dr. Christian Lorson’s lab. | Photo by Mary Jane Rogers, Bond LSC By Mary Jane Rogers | Bond LSC “#IAmScience because there are people suffering all over the world and this is where I’m most likely to make any kind of an impact.” When he came to MU…

A photo worth a field of change

A photo worth a field of change

By: Samantha Kummerer | Bond LSC  When you bite into corn-on-the-cob or a burger you probably aren’t thinking about what tiny compounds are entering your body or about how they can be improved. But scientists are. Those tiny compounds are amino acids and serve as the building blocks of protein. They also play a major…