Catherine Vrentas

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Eastern

  • Organization
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  • Employment Status
    Industry / Private Company

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My scientific research interests vary--I like studying different types of things! I have studied microbes that cause disease, as well as microbes that live in the soil around plants. In the past, my students took sediments from a swamp and explored the microbes that lived in the different layers. I recently worked with university students to research, design, and plant a garden with plants that have traditionally been used as medicines in the Appalachian Mountains of the Eastern United States. For teams interested in the new module on plant diseases--I have a lot of experience with microbiology that would be relevant

  • Profile Question 1
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    My favorite plant is the Southern Magnolia tree. I love the shininess of the leaves, the shape of the flowers, and most importantly, the lemony scent of the blooms. When I was in high school, I had to prepare a project in English class about a flower, and I chose the magnolia. I discovered a famous painter who captured its beauty (Martin Johnson Heade) and have enjoyed these images ever since.

  • Profile Question 2
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    When I was younger, I loved to explore outside. I had a small book with ideas for experiments. I still remember trying one out where I put water and soil in a 2 L soda bottle, shook it up, and let the different layers settle. I could see all the different types of things inside. When I was in high school, my advanced biology teacher always went above and beyond to find cool new things to show us. She even brought in a flower that smelled like rotting meat to attract flies that would pollinate it. She is the reason I selected Biology in particular for my career.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    The best thing about being a scientist is to discover new things that no one in the whole world ever knew before. You are an explorer!

  • Help represent the outreach efforts of your societies. Please click all those organizations you are a member of:
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  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?
    2

Recent Posts

zmhsheitmannfall2017 project 7 Catherine Vrentas
said

Hi team,

Thank you for sharing your findings--it is great that you were able to try out two experiments!

In the first experiment, you mentioned that baking soda worked the best.  One question I had for you to think about is: what is the…

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zmhsheitmannfall2017 project 7 Catherine Vrentas
said

Hi group,

I just wanted to respond to your question about the leaf disk experiment: "What would happen if we stirred the leaf circles every few minutes? Would the agitation and extra air make a difference?"

I think this is a…

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zmhsheitmannfall2017 project 7 Catherine Vrentas
commented on a blog post

Hi Belle,

The coolest trip I think I will have had is actually coming up for me later this fall!  I will be going to Delhi, India for two weeks.  I'll be teaching to college students there and also meeting with other…

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