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This week's "From the Editor" comes from guest blogger Jim Peck, my colleague, Big Ten Network executive producer and director of University Photography and Videography at MSU. He's currently on location in Uganda filming an upcoming feature on MSU soil research.
Francis, our translator and driver, is doing both his jobs right now. "They are yelling 'mzungu' at you because you are not from here and you are a white person." He laughs as he steers the van through the jammed streets of Fort Portal, Uganda.
"Is it a bad term? Is it like an insult?" I have just gotten to Uganda after flying more than 22 hours over the course of 48 hours. I'm feeling pretty bleary and worn down and I was hoping for a friendly greeting.
Francis laughs hard, "No, no, no! It's not bad! It just is what it is. You are a stranger and a white person and they don't see many white people here."
Chris Buller, our videographer, and I flew from Detroit to Atlanta to Dubai to Entebbe and now we're wrapping up the five-plus hour drive from the airport to our hotel. We're here following the story of Lisa Tiemann, an MSU soil biologist. She's here studying the soil.
Lisa Tiemann is an assistant professor of soil biology in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She is an expert in soil ecology and biogeochemistry and is currently doing research on the soil in Uganda. Watch the video above to learn a bit about her work there.
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Ever have one of those days? Today has certainly been one for me. It started out with my dog waking me up just early enough to be too early, and just late enough to go back to sleep. To top it off, my arm was completely asleep - I might as well been trying to open the door with a wet noodle. Though it was too late to go back to sleep, that didn't stop me from turning off my alarm and dozing back off, only to wake with a start realizing that now I was actually late.
I jumped into the shower to find only a trace amount of shampoo left. How does that happen? I swear there was more in the bottle yesterday. Are bandits sneaking into my house while I'm gone to shower and use my shampoo? Is it evaporating? While I was rinsing out the minuscule amount, an alarm on my phone went off, causing me to drip all over the floor in a mad scramble to shut it off.
As I pulled on my skirt, I put my toe into the hem, ripping a good section so I chose something else to wear - and promptly tore the strap on the shirt. I moved onto outfit number three very carefully and eventually got dressed. I jammed my toothbrush into my gum, poked myself in the eye with my eyeliner and turned on my blow dryer to find it groaning like it's on its last leg.
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