Jared Crain

“Learning science and thinking about science or reading a paper is not about learning what a person did.  You have to do that, but to really absorb it, you have to turn it around and cast it in a form as if you invented it yourself.  You have to look and be able to see things that other people looked at and didn't see before.  How do you do that?  There's two ways.  Either you make a new instrument, and it gives you better eyes, like Galileo's telescope.  And that's a great way to do it, make such a nice instrument that you don't have to be so smart, you just look and there it is.  Or you try to internalize it in such a way that it really becomes intuitive.  Working on the right problem is only part of what it takes to succeed.  Perseverance is another essential ingredient." Steven Chu 1997 Nobel Prize, Physics

Objectives

Research:  Develop new and efficient methods for crop (wheat) breeding improvement.  In particular using remote sensing, high-throughput phenotyping and genomic selection to increase the speed and efficiency in cultivar development.  Research interests include: remote sensing, molecular methods, and statistical analysis.  Current research as a Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug Scholar involves developing a high-throughput platform to assist in cultivar selection.

Teaching:  Served as laboratory teaching assistant for two semesters at Oklahoma State University for the introductory to soils class.  Interest in teaching and helping others learn more about agronomy.

Background

Jared is from northwest Oklahoma, where he grew up on a wheat and cattle farm.  He completed a BS and MS in Plant and Soil Science at Oklahoma State University.  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Jesse Poland at Kansas State University.

Curriculum Vitae

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself,” Galileo.

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