Grow Magazine is published by the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences and reports on the most significant aspects of CALS research, teaching and outreach in the areas of food systems, bioenergy and bioproducts, healthy ecosystems, health and wellness, changing climate, and economic and community development. The magazine also periodically reports back on the post-college life of CALS alumni!
Check out this recent article, “The ‘Icing’ on the DNA,” by CALS science writer Caroline Schneider about Asst. Professor Xuehua Zhong. Schneider writes, “As evidence for a link between environmental factors and epigenetics grows, so does public interest in the topic as people consider the impact of their lifestyles and diets not only on themselves but also on the next generation. Zhong and her team hold talks for the public about their work and conduct a number of hands-on programs about epigenetics for undergraduate and K-12 students, including a summer science camp for local high school students, a field trip for middle-schoolers, a youth apprenticeship program in her lab and a “tabletop exploration station” about how lifestyle choices can affect gene expression. Zhong hopes opportunities such as these will raise interest in and encourage the next generation to study this rapidly growing field.”