A BRIDGE BETWEEN CULTURES

A BRIDGE BETWEEN CULTURES


Kitrina Carlson, an assistant professor of biology, has received a research grant from the UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity to evaluate medicinal plant use by the Hmong population in Wisconsin.

The project is a collaborative effort between at least four faculty members and four students at UW-Stout and UW-Manitowoc.

Team members will survey local elders, and UW-Stout student La Vang-Lor will serve as translator. The results will be used to develop a database of plants, including how and why the plants are used by the Hmong people. Team members will then detect, extract and evaluate the plant’s molecules for their medicinal properties.

“All information we collect will be shared with the Hmong community,” Carlson said. “We are hoping our work creates a bridge between cultures and serves to preserve this information for future generations.”

  

Summer Outlook 2012