SEED BIOLOGY
UNDERSTANDING HOW THESE COMPLEX ENTITIES FUNCTION
OUTREACH
  Often those things that are present in one’s everyday life pass unnoticed and unappreciated. To raise awareness of society’s pervasive dependence on seeds, we participate with others of the University of Kentucky’s Seed Biology Group to staff booths dedicated to seed biology at local Science Fairs, Family Science Nights, and a University of Kentucky open-house festival celebrating biological research called BioBonanza.
Explaining the importance of seeds at the Yates Elementary School Family Science Night, 2019. (left to right): Associate Prof. Bruce Downie, Department of Horticulture, Assistant Prof. Tomokazu (Tomo) Kawashima, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Prof. Sharyn Perry, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Also participating and taking photos was Dr. Lynnette Dirk, Research Analyst.
"I just wanted to say thank you to you and your organization for taking the time to enrich the Saturday morning of so many Fayette County students and families by participating in the DIscovery Zone Exhibits yesterday! As I walked through the exhibits I was so grateful for your enthusiasm and expertise, and the way you encouraged curiosity in learners of all ages.  
 
"I hope you'll be interested in joining us next year for the Science Fair Discovery Zone. It is such an integral part of the Science Fair experience for our students. Your efforts are much appreciated!"
 


Patti Works,
Kentucky American Water Discovery Zone Exhibit Coordinator
Assistant Prof. Tomokazu (Tomo) Kawashima, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (not shown), Assoc. Prof. Bruce Downie, Department of Horticulture, and Prof. Sharyn Perry, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, at the 2019 Discovery Zone Exhibit.
Assistant Prof. Tomokazu (Tomo) Kawashima, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (not shown), Assoc. Prof. Bruce Downie and, Prof. Sharyn Perry at the 2018 Kentucky American Water Science Fair Discovery Zone Exhibit.
Assistant Prof. Tomokazu (Tomo) Kawashima, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (not shown), Prof. Sharyn Perry, and Assoc. Prof. Bruce Downie at the Yates Elementary Science Lab; Yates Family Science Night, 2018.
Dr. Lynnette Dirk, Research Analyst, and Assoc. Prof. Bruce Downie interactively demonstrating at the 2016 BioBonanza.