Ernst van den Ende, managing director of WUR’s Plant Sciences Group, embodies Food Valley’s blended approach. A renowned scholar with the casual manner of a barista at a hip café, van den Ende is a world authority on plant pathology. But, he says, “I’m not simply a college dean. Half of me runs Plant Sciences, but the other half oversees nine separate business units involved in commercial contract research.” Only that mix, “the science-driven in tandem with the market-driven,” he maintains, “can meet the challenge that lies ahead.”
The city's 18th-century streets are home to superb coffee, pulled by baristas who are tremendously skilled and disarmingly sweet-natured.
helot (HEL-uht, HEE-luht)
noun: A serf or slave.
After Helos, a town in Laconia in ancient Greece, whose inhabitants were enslaved. First recorded use: 1579.
Another word derived from the name of a town in Laconia is spartan, which is coined after Sparta, the capital of Laconia. And Laconia has a word coined after it too: laconic.
"Many wind up in jobs irrelevant to their training. That helot frothing your coffee expected to become a barrister, not a barista." — Jonathan Guthrie; Russell Groupies to Target Newbie Unis; Financial Times (London, UK); Sep 23, 2010.
- A mass of bubbles in or on a liquid; foam.
- Salivary foam released as a result of disease or exhaustion.
- Something unsubstantial or trivial.
- A fit of resentment or vexation: was in a froth over the long delay.
v., frothed, froth·ing, froths. (also frôTH, frŏTH) v.tr.
- To cover with foam.
- To cause to foam.
To exude or expel foam.
[Middle English, from Old Norse frodha.]