Donna Hazelwood

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    Central

  • Organization
    Dakota State University

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  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research interests involve interactions of plants and microbes

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

  • Profile Question 2
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The best thing about being a scientist is the ability to explore and indulge my favorite question since I learned to talk, "Why". Asking “Why” probably tested the patience of my parents a bit. Today, it is part of my everyday life to observe everything, and then ask “Why”. Then next do a literature search and really immerse in what is known, or thought to be known, ask questions, pose a hypothesis, set up a study with controls, and try to some insight. Scientists have a high tolerance for ambiguity, and revel in new discoveries that overturn what was once thought to be the- or an answer. The best most satisfying and intriguing experiments, whether or not they answer the original question, open doors to other questions that often were not known to exist before the experiment. All of this in the context that the progress of science is what it is, sometimes frustrating, others incredibly rewarding. The rewards, sometimes just wee baby steps make it all worth it. If you love it, things will become clearer, or less opaque, or different, or take things back to a new starting place, or lead to something entirely unexpected. Awesome, indeed.

  • Profile Question 3
    Can you share a funny/interesting lab or field story?

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