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An employee of the ISU Seed Lab of yesteryear uses a vacuum planter to plant seeds for a germination test. The face of the planter features tiny, evenly spaced holes where seeds are drawn by the force of air being sucked into the vacuum. The staff at the lab today often use the same method.
 

George Washington Carver tended to make a lasting impression.

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An unidentified man pauses outside Agricultural Hall at Iowa State University, then known as the Iowa Agricultural College, where George Washington Carver studied and taught. The building was later dubbed Old Botany and, currently, Carrie Chapman Catt Hall after the famed suffragist.
 
Michael Stahr, Nairobi

Michael Stahr, manager of the ISU Seed Lab, teaches fellow seed scientists in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of an ISU outreach program. Stahr recently described his work, including George Washington Carver's influence on it, during a webinar for the State Historical Society of Iowa.

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George Washington Carver is known for developing hundreds of uses for soil-enhancing crops like peanuts, sweet potatoes and soybeans, but a new webinar points out that bettering the lives of everyday people was his main goal.
 

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