Episode 9 – Beth Stone-Smith

Beth is an entomologist that works in the federal government. She has a master’s degree in entomology and focuses her work on keeping America’s food supply safe from pests. She discusses the importance of relationships in her job and shares her experiences traveling overseas for work.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms and Definitions

Exercise Physiology – Exercise physiologists analyze their patients’ fitness in order to help them improve their health or maintain good health. They help patients with heart disease and other chronic conditions, like diabetes or pulmonary (lung) disease, to regain their health. They also work with both amateur and professional athletes who are hoping to boost their performance. (https://explorehealthcareers.org/career/sports-medicine/exercise-physiologist/)

Pest Control Advisor – responsible for scouting crops and identifying pests that can affect a farmer’s harvest. Based on their observations they then make recommendations on treatment and suggest products or other methods to control or prevent problems. (https://www.agcareers.com/career-profiles/pest-control-adviser.cfm)

Land Grant Institution – an institution of higher education in the United States designated by a state to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. Signed by Abraham Lincoln, the first Morrill Act began to fund educational institutions by granting federally controlled land to the states for them to sell, to raise funds, to establish and endow “land-grant” colleges. The mission of these institutions as set forth in the 1862 Act is to focus on the teaching of practical agriculturesciencemilitary science, and engineering (though “without excluding… classical studies“) as a response to the industrial revolution and changing social class.

USDA – United States Department of Agriculture – Provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management. (https://www.usda.gov/our-agency/about-usda)

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