Wed, July 7 at 7pm MT
- Rage Philanthropy & Apples
- Featuring: Melanie Sidwell & Gayle Volk, with poet Suzi Q. Smith
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Melanie Sidwell (she/her/hers) is a PhD student who is curious about the intersection of media, activism and philanthropy. At the University of Colorado Boulder, she is a member of the Philanthropic Informatics Lab with Dr. Amy Voida, where she is researching the phenomenon known as “rage philanthropy.” Melanie served as a newspaper reporter in Colorado, Florida and Nebraska before working in higher education. A first-generation college student, Melanie has a bachelor’s of journalism degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and master’s in media studies from CU Boulder. She’s happy to answer any questions about growing up near Scranton, PA (yes, like “The Office”).
Dr. Gayle Volk has been a Plant Physiologist with the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation (Fort Collins, CO) for 21 years. Her interdisciplinary research program focuses on improving genebank management for USDA’s fruit collections, everything from molecular genetic approaches to cryopreservation. She coauthored “The Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Apple Genetic Resources” and has worked with national parks and conservation groups to identify and conserve a wide range of heritage apple cultivars.