My job consists of 70% research on genetics of insect pests of corn and soybean and 30% on extension and outreach on agronomic pest management.
What is the benefit of collaboration between industry and education?
Collaboration facilitates a better understanding of the needs of both parties. The expertise by educators can help explain sometimes complicated technologies for industry and/or scientists that do not have experience or training.
What value/assistance can you and your company provide to teachers and classrooms as they connect with you?
I would be willing for in person or skype visits. I can (and have) provided insect and soybean samples to demonstrate concepts of pest movement and plant defense. I can host summer interns and even, depending on location, interns during the school year. I can also provide talks on biotechnology including GMOs.
Why should teachers connect with you through GrowNextGen?
One of the main insects I study is soybean aphid, which is easily reared and can be maintained in classrooms for a constant source of insects for experiments.