Daniel K. Gladish


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  • Time Zone
    Eastern Standard or Daylight Savings Time (North America)

  • Gender

  • Organization
    Miami University

  • Employment Status
    University / College Faculty

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research focuses on the effects of environmental factors on the development of root systems and stress-induced programed cell death in plants.
    I am also the Director of Miami University's botanical Conservatory.

  • Do you have previous experience in mentorship or educational outreach? Please list here (200 words)
    I have been an advisor of college botany majors at the undergraduate and graduate level for 28 yr. I have participated in Planting Science since 2008. I created a children's anti-plant blindness outreach program for the entire Hamilton City School district involving in classroom activities and field trips to the Miami University Conservatory that ran for a decade and served ca. 8000 children.

  • Which of the following best describes your career stage?
    Late Career

  • Profile Question 1
    What was the first science experiment you ever designed? How did it turn out?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    As an undergraduate I had a lab job assisting a doctoral student who needed to isolate DNA from the root apical meristems of pea plants. We did not have polymerase chain reaction technology to amplify small amounts of DNA in those days, so he needed very large numbers of root tips to get sufficient DNA for an experiment. Based on my classwork and some experiments some other students in our lab had done, I thought I could use elevated temperature to significantly increase the number of cells in these meristems, and therefore reduce the number of root tips we would need to collect to get enough meristem DNA. The experiment was pretty much a failure with respect to its hypothesis and objective, but it serenipitously revealed a lot of surprising effects that elevated temperature had on the development of pea roots. This ultimately led to my own doctoral dissertation research project and subsequent life's work.

  • 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 contemplating going back to college after 18 yr in other occupations, I discovered it was not necessarily required that one live and work in a city to do science. I wanted my children to grow up in a non-urban environment, so I decided to study agronomy and botany.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Being able to make a living discovering new things about the world and sharing those discoveries with colleagues and students.

  • Help represent the outreach efforts of your societies. Please click all those organizations you are a member of:
    Botanical Society of America
    Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists, Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society, International Society for Plant Anaerobiosis

  • How did you hear about PlantingScience?
    Partner Organization E-mail

  • Preferred Student Level(s)
    Middle School Students (Grades 6,7,8)
    High School Students (Grades 9,10,11,12)
    Undergraduate Students

  • Preferred Investigation Themes
    The Wonder of Seeds (seed germination and growth)
    The Power of Sunlight (photosynthesis and respiration)
    What about Pollen? (pollen and pollination)
    Celery Challenge (plant anatomy, osmosis and diffusion)
    C-Fern in the Open (sexual reproduction, alternation of generations)
    Agronomy Feeds the World (where does food come from?)

  • Challenge, ELL, Honors
    Academically Challenged
    ELL - English language learners
    Honors or AP - Advanced Placement

  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
    None of the Above

  • Videoconference Ability

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

Recent Posts

smsramigfall2021 project 5 Daniel K. Gladish

Dear Corn Lettuce:

Permission?  That is very disappointing to hear.  Will you be able to measure anything?  Science is almost entirely about measuring and comparing.  I hope that you can at least measure the heights of every…

smsramigfall2021 project 5 Daniel K. Gladish

Dear Corn Lettuce:

Thank you very much for sending me the photos and video.  Because you had big labels in front in the first photo, I did not understand until now that you actually used the cut off tops of the 2 L bottles inverted into the…

smsramigfall2021 project 5 Daniel K. Gladish

P.S.:  How much longer will you be able to keep your trials running.  The longer they run, the more likely it is you'll see differences among them. -- DKG

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