Yes, plants can hear: A peek into the life of Dr. Heidi Appel

By Marlee Ellison Nestled in a dim office in the Bond Life Sciences Center is a small tank of carnivorous plants–plants that consume insects. Heidi Appel tends to pitcher plants, “sticky traps” and Venus flytraps, their colors vibrant against damp soil. The fluorescent-green Venus flytraps lie in wait for an insect meal, stems extended and jaws…

Traveling the gender spectrum: Making healthcare accessible to the transgender community

By Marlee Ellison Healthcare providers need to know that gender isn’t a male-female binary . However, many providers aren’t aware of the unique needs of transgender patients. According to Lambda Legal’s Health Care Fairness Survey, 65.2 percent of transgender or gender nonconforming people felt that a medical care provider was unaware of their health needs. 26.7…

Wes Jackson talks agriculture for the future: Perennial polycultures

By Marlee Ellison Farmers tend to plant annual “monocultures,” or large areas that grow only one crop. That’s why there are so many expansive soybean fields in Missouri and corn fields in Colorado. Wes Jackson, president of the Kansas-based Land Institute, might have a better idea: “perennial polycultures.” Perennial polycultures involve the cultivation of more than one perennial species…

Marlee Ellison

Marlee Ellison is a junior at the University of Missouri in Columbia studying arts and culture magazine journalism. She is a current music blogger at Vox Magazine and a former reporter for the Columbia Missourian.  She’s specifically interested in nutrition and food science in relation to income inequality and America’s obesity crisis. She wonders what…