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
    (not set)

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  • Availability
    I am NOT available, please temporarily remove me from the available mentor list

  • 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

Recent Posts

Say aloe to my little friend Jennifer Blake-Mahmud
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Dear Aloes,

   It was my pleasure to work with you all! I was impressed with how you set up your experiment and hypotheses and your positive attitudes when things turned out unexpectedly.

I like the following quotation about…

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Say aloe to my little friend Jennifer Blake-Mahmud
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Dear Aloes,

      It's okay that your experiment didn't turn out as expected.  This happens all the time in science.  If everything had occurred as you predicted, then you wouldn't have learned anything new.…

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Say aloe to my little friend Jennifer Blake-Mahmud
said

Dear Aloes,

   I see you have updated your project information.  I'd like to congratulate you on being the first group I've worked with to correctly word your conclusions by saying what idea your findings support (an…

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Skills & Endorsements

  • Challenges Student Thinking
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  • Encouraging
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  • Knowledgeable
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  • Responsive
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