Cooperative Extension Specialist Peggy Lemaux has dedicated her career to creating innovative science communication tools and using those to educate the public about the genetic approaches being used to modify plants and the foods made from them. In the 1980s, before joining the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB), Lemaux was a researcher at DeKalb Plant Genetics, where her research team was the first to successfully engineer corn, using the then revolutionary “gene gun,” which allowed scientists to insert DNA into a corn cell to modify its traits. At PMB, Lemaux’s lab performs both basic and applied research focused on improving the quality and performance of cereal crops such as sorghum, wheat, rice, and barley. She also works with colleagues at PMB and two federal labs to study and improve bioenergy feedstocks—especially drought-tolerant sorghum. As a Cooperative Extension Specialist, Lemaux is also responsible for developing educational resources on food and agriculture that are communicated to the media, educators, and consumers. These resources include an award-winning website that features after-school curricula for middle school students, educational displays and games, videos, PowerPoint presentations, and factsheets. In 2015 Lemaux co-founded the science communications and outreach program, CLEAR (Communication, Literacy, and Education for Agricultural Research), which focuses on mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on how to engage in science-based communication with the media, legislators, and the general public. As a science educator, Lemaux continues to be an advocate for understanding the role of science in employing genetics to modify crops to help meet the needs of future global food challenges.