Pro­fes­sor: Amer­i­can killed in Ethiopia had bright fu­ture

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

An Amer­i­can re­searcher killed in a rock at­tack by pro­test­ers in Ethiopia this week was a ta­lented sci­en­tist with a bright fu­ture, the chair­man of her depart­ment at the Univer­sity of California, Davis said Thurs­day.

Sharon Gray, 30, was a leader in the study of how cli­mate change affects plants, said Savithramma Di­nesh-Ku­mar, chair of the plant bi­ol­ogy depart­ment at UC Davis.

“She’s really an al­ways-smil­ing slip of sun­shine. She’s a smart, en­er­getic sci­en­tist,” Di­nesh-Ku­mar said. “She had a very bright fu­ture ahead of her. And ev­ery­one knew she was go­ing to be the star in the plant bi­ol­ogy depart­ment re­search area.”

Gray, a post-doc­toral re­searcher, was in the coun­try for a meet­ing to kick off a re­search project when she was killed Tues­day. She was trav­el­ing in a car in the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal, Ad­dis Ababa, an area that has seen months of deadly protests.

Gray is the first for­eigner killed in the mas­sive protests.

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