Farm Expert Connected to Blockbuster Movie

Since Disney has opened this park this is an even better story.

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Avatar Update

Since I originally posted this an amazing recreation of the planet from the movie has opened at Walt Disney World.

Part of the floating islands at Pandora in Walt Disney World Pandora Floating Islands – Photo courtesy of Alissa Craig Firket

That world creation is even more important now it’s immersive. Holt’s research must have been incredibly useful as the world expanded.

A creek with exotic vegetation Pandora’s Creek – Courtesy Alissa Craig Firket

Plant Research

James Cameron’s new movie Avatar has made a big splash. Jodie Holt is a weed researcher at the University of California at Riverside. James Cameron called on her to help fill some blanks about alien plant life and to help fill out some ideas about the work Sigourney Weaver’s character would do. Holt showed Weaver how “someone in the profession would dress and behave and how to approach a plant to take samples. Holt wrote a chapter for the companion book, Avatar: An Activist Survival Guide about Survival…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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