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University of Florida’s Brittany Campbell fights against bed bugs

While Daenerys Targaryen may have three dragons, even she would likely have nightmares after seeing Campbell’s brood of 1,000 bed bugs. Because although we’ve all heard the children’s rhyme that goes,”Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite,” most of us have never seen one of these six-legged nuisances up close — and we all fear tiny bugs ...

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Chris Lile, former student of Gardner-Webb University, opens doors to big opportunities

The summer before Christopher Lile graduated from Gardner-Webb University, he spent five weeks studying small mammals on the Broad River Greenway and the surrounding area. The research experience helped him secure internships in Indiana and Madagascar. Recently, the Waynesville, N.C., native received another honor for his work. The paper from his project has been published in “Alethia,” the Alpha Chi ...

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Baylor doctoral student Zack Valdez exhibits passion for science as 2018’s Congressional Science Fellow

Zack Valdez, a doctoral candidate in the Institute of Ecological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (TIEEES) at Baylor University, has been selected as a 2018 Congressional Science Fellow as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. Valdez’s fellowship is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America ...

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Biology student Victoria Luizzi of Amherst College uses plants to research disease

When it comes to disease, plants are the perfect research subjects. They can be crowded into close quarters. They can be grown quickly and in large numbers. Associate Professor of Biology Michael E. Hood admires them, but he doesn’t feel badly when he destroys a diseased specimen. All in all, plants are perfect if, like Hood and his students, you ...

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University of Houston Geology student Vanessa Alejandro incorporates biodiversity in ‘Warriors of the Wild’ classroom program

A few days before the winter holiday, University of Houston Honors College student Vanessa Alejandro saw a New York area code on her ringing cell phone. She knew that the caller would either deliver great news or somewhat disappointing information. Nervously, Alejandro took the call and received an unexpected holiday surprise — Glamour magazine named her as one of the country’s ...

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