Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Meet the 2013 Italy Study Abroad Trip Leaders: Dr. Millie Burrell & Mr. Paul Greer

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A brief introduction to Millie and Paul:  For those of you who do not already know us, the photo below is of Millie Burrell and Paul Greer at the Vatican Gardens during a previous trip to Italy.  Millie and I are married, and live in south College Station.  Hopefully many of you will know us already, as we both have been in the Horticulture Department for many years.  Millie completed her masters here, and a PhD in Botany in the Biology Department. At one time or another, Millie has taught most of the classes in the department, so she is well versed on the subject.
Millie studied Ancient Greek and Latin as an undergraduate, lived in Italy for a year, has travelled through out most of the country and speaks Italian.  I have been at Texas A&M since 1994, and in the Horticulture Department since 1997. My background is as varied as horticulture itself, including computer and networking, to research on cotton and guayule (Parthenium argentatum), a drought resistant rubber producing plant commonly found in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas. 
We are sorry that Dr. Lombardini & Dr. Starman cannot go on this trip, but we are excited and looking forward to interacting with the students, and sharing our experiences and knowledge of Italy. Please feel free to contact me by email at pgreer@tamu.edu

Boboli Gardens in Firenze. The gardens in Italy are so incredible, rivaled only by the architecture and culture. And the food is not bad either.

Paul at the Vatican Gardens

Paul at Siena, Italy during Serpentine Meeting

Paul appreciating classic cars during the Rally 1000 Miglia in Siena

Millie in Pisa