Gotta love it here

The weather is warming up, the birds are chirping, and when I’m nailing and painting bee boxes out behind my apartment it feels like I’m on a camping trip. With my bike thawed out from the tundra, I can get my half-hour of exercise structured into my daily life more consistently again, and I’m looking forward to gardening, going to the Farmer’s Market, and working on more plant breeding film shoots for my media side-project.

Today, we in the Moore Hall/Agronomy/Horticulture/Plant Science //Donut building were treated to an enlightening colloquium put on by the Dean, Dr. Molly Jahn. Through talking about the challenges, strengths, and future prospects of the Agronomy department, amongst others involved, it seemed to me that the future is well in hand. But what stuck out as well, with the drop in public funding, attached to the notion that few in the general public even know what Agronomy is, there seems to be a big gap that needs to be filled; Plant scientists need to show in simple terms just how important this field is. Maybe that’s where my media interests come in…?

Also, I’m nursing the tail end of a viral disease, and I had hoped to post my latest show earlier this week, but I doubt anyone wants to hear me sniveling. At the earliest, I may be able to post the next episode of the Mindcast Thursday, or Friday, or Saturday at the latest. Some exciting stuff has happened in the last weeks, and I’ve got some sounds of science to play!

Also, after I got some rest yesterday, and woke up refreshed this morning, I realized that I really do like it here. Grad student life, research, classes with dynamic professors, mixing a video project into it, working on my show, planning for the future, there’s a lot to like about my life in Madison, Wisconsin, and I really can’t think of any drawbacks!

(Except that I don’t live in a place that will allow Simba to come stay in, yet. But this is a temporary limitation.)

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Karl Haro von Mogel

Karl Haro von Mogel serves as BFI’s Director of Science and Media and as Co-Executive Editor of the Biofortified Blog. He has a PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from UW-Madison with a minor in Life Sciences Communication. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar researching citrus genetics at UC Riverside.