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DEC. 5, 2005--Leah Viesselmann, a McNair Scholar and 2005 fall graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls from Grafton, Wis., will present her award-winning research on "Making Sweet Corn Sweeter" on Dec. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 328 of the Agricultural Sciences building.

Viesselmann, a crop and soils major and a Spanish minor, conducted research this summer at UW-Madison. As Wisconsin is one of the nation's top producers of sweet corn, Viesselmann investigated the effects of brittle-1 and sugary Allele combinations on the eating and seed quality of sweet corn.

Her research was recently presented the Sweet Corn Breeders Convention in Chicago; the National Conference of Students in Agronomy; Soils and Environmental Sciences in Utah. Her research offers insights on what combinations yield the best taste and best germination rates.

Viesselmann is the president of the UW-RF Crops and Soils Club.  

Funding for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Currently there are 24 McNair Scholars at UW-River Falls.

For more information, contact Njia Lawrence-Porter, McNair Scholars program coordinator, 715-425-3531.


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