MU research team using robotics to study corn plants

By Catherine Wheeler With climate change looming, researchers are studying how factors like heat and drought affect corn plants so that farmers can weather changes better. In 2014, MU won a $20 million grant to study stress on corn plants, identifying how plants react to different kinds of stressors in the environment Gui DeSouza, a professor of…

William Souder talks Rachel Carson biography and tips for writers

By Catherine Wheeler On Jan. 24, PBS aired the documentary “Rachel Carson.” The film explored the life and career of the noted writer and scientist who helped to launch the environmental movement in the United States. It was familiar territory for author William Souder. In 2012, he published a biography of Carson on the 50th anniversary of her…

Aging Baby Boomers will need “age-friendly” cities

By Catherine Wheeler ORLANDO — Public transportation, access to health care, and walkability. Those are just a few things older Americans should consider when looking for a place to live. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, more people are thinking about how cities can meet the needs of older Americans. “Age-friendly cities” are cities that offer accommodations and…