Summer Interns Guest Curate BTI Twitter Account: Meet Hailey Edmondson

by | Jul 6, 2016

Hailey EdmondsonThis week on BTI’s Twitter account, we have a guest curator. Please welcome Hailey Edmondson! She is a member of the 2016 Plant Genome Research Program cohort. This summer we are giving these young scientists an opportunity to communicate their experience through social media. We are looking forward to hearing about their projects in the lab, and their impressions of the internship.

Follow along on @BTIscience and #BTIsummer.  Feel free to ask our scientists questions and help share their tweets.

Learn more about this week’s curator: 

What are you working on this summer?

I’m working with Phil Conklin in the Scanlon Lab on the genetic mechanisms of tomato leaf polarity development. So far, my experiences have been in applied research, and this project has introduced me to basic research topics, such as plant development, which have given me a broader understanding of plant research and how the whole puzzle fits together. 

What university are you studying at?

I am studying Plant Genetics & Breeding at Purdue University. Boiler up! 

What is your favorite plant?

I like tulips—when you see them, warm spring days are on the way!

What is the name of the last book you read?

For fun, I just finished reading “Born Standing Up” by Steve Martin, a memoir about his early career as a comedian.
For some educational reading, I just finished Howard Buffett’s “40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.” It gives a great overview of food security and agriculture in the context of international development.   

Do you have a website or Twitter handle you’d like to share?

Twitter handle: @heyedmo

If you could be any scientist, dead or alive, who would you be?

I’d have to say Norman Borlaug—the famed wheat breeder and sometimes called the “Father of the Green Revolution.” He had a very tangible impact on global agriculture and food security, which I admire. 

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