Jennifer Blake-Mahmud

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Eastern

  • Organization
    Rutgers University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I study sex and gender in plants. I currently work with a sex-changing maple tree that grows in the eastern United States. Although I love trees I am also curious about mosses, weeds, lichens, and mushrooms.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I love being able to run around in the woods and investigate questions I think are interesting.

  • Profile Question 2
    What lessons have you learned in your career about how science works?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I've learned that scientists gradually back towards an answer by ruling out other options. This is very different from how the world talks about science - saying that "scientists have PROVED..." As a scientist I never get to truly prove anything and sometimes it is frustrating. Nevertheless, it is exciting to be part of the process - of having there be "less stuff that we don't understand by a tiny amount." (G. Efstathiou)

  • Profile Question 3
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  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
    German

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

Skills & Endorsements

  • Encouraging
    Katie Lodes
  • Challenges Student Thinking
    Teacher 1 1 Teacher Teacher 1
  • Responsive
    Katie Lodes
  • Knowledgeable
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