Asked&Answered: Tala Awada
Tala Awada is a plant ecophysiologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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- [00:00:08.600]I look at the response of plants to their environments,
- [00:00:12.120]and that's very important to understand the past, present,
- [00:00:15.250]and future performance of those plants
- [00:00:18.590]related to biotic or abiotic stresses and climate change.
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- [00:00:26.580]I do research in the Sand Hills,
- [00:00:28.310]specifically looking at invasive species.
- [00:00:31.860]It's very important given that beef
- [00:00:34.680]and agriculture are very important for the States,
- [00:00:37.840]so my research will have impacts
- [00:00:40.470]on how we manage grasslands,
- [00:00:42.140]how we manage the species in the grasslands
- [00:00:45.690]so they are resilient and sustainable
- [00:00:47.690]for current and future generations.
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- [00:00:53.740]I really, I look at them as individuals,
- [00:00:55.750]where they're coming from, the culture,
- [00:00:57.470]the ethnicity that they're coming from,
- [00:00:59.670]and I help them develop their own path.
- [00:01:02.330]I wanna understand what's their career goal
- [00:01:04.650]or help them find their career goal
- [00:01:07.950]and then formulate a mentor plan
- [00:01:10.200]that's really custom for their own objectives.
- [00:01:15.240]So I want them to become independent,
- [00:01:17.440]I want them to develop their critical thinking skills,
- [00:01:20.400]and I really want them to understand
- [00:01:21.900]where they wanna be five or 10 years from now.
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