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Kira Sampson

Kira wears a black shirt with her hair downKira graduated in spring 2020 from CBS with her BS in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant in the Mcloon lab, investigating potential biomarkers for Schizophrenia and Hurler disease. She is interested in the intersection of science, writing, and policy and plans to study global health policy in graduate school.

The light at the end of the tunnel: bioluminescence’s fight against the climate crisis

UMN scientists use fungi to create a fluorescent glow in plants – a discovery that researchers hope to use to guide insects to pollinate flowers.

A small bumblebee travels swiftly through the air, searching for a flower to pollinate. It scans the field for vibrant colors and aromatic smells but finds that its timing is off. Flowers typically blossoming at this time of year don’t look quite ready, and the flowers it usually pollinates next month are already in full bloom.