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Jennifer Liedkie


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  • Organization
    Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Science, Gosnell School of Life Sciences

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    Botany, Plant Physiology, Horticulture, Fungi, Mushrooms

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I have never not thought about science.....I remember as a child laying on the ground and watching ants march to and fro carrying in supplies to their colony. I grew up following my brother who was collecting butterflies ( he later obtained a BS in entomology and a PhD in toxicology). I have never wavered from the pursuit of scientific thought...from observing the trees/ insects/animals around me to studying science topics in the classroom.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is a typical day like for you?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    A typical day for me begins with taking care of my many animals and birds at my house....feeding 3 dogs, 6 cats, 2 cockatiels and 2 button quail...and then going outside to feed and water my 11 chickens, 2 guinea fowl, goose and my duck. After that I go to work at RIT to manage the greenhouse, the animal room where we keep mice, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Dermestid beetles and a mealworm colony. I also instruct some laboratory classes and serve as the safety officer for the department. My office is in the stockroom and I manage this area as well along with the army of college students we employ.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    During my college years, we were performing an experiment to separate water into the two gases of Hydrogen and Oxygen in our class. My partner and I were very diligent in our studies, so we were very serious and intent on our experiment. The collection of this gas was tested by putting the stoppered test tube under water and allowing the gas to escape gradually. When we took our rubber stopper out of the tube, we were unprepared for the force of the vacuum we had created and the stopper was pulled out of our hands.....and INTO the test tube....but not just in the end ! It went all the way into the middle of the tube with a great T-H-U-M-P ! so we now had a test tube with a stopper half way up the tube and no way to get it out. I remember we were stunned and the talk of the class for the rest of the day.

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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?

Recent Posts

The Seed Shufflers Jennifer Liedkie

Jetro,  thanks for the response about the songs.   there has been a lot of "myths" about playing music for plants....and it is interesting that you may have found some response in your experiment !   might be good…

Project-9 Jennifer Liedkie

Jonathan,  thanks for responding.   I guess I have given your group some "food for thought" for the next generation of experiments.  I am hoping that if you plan on more, you can remember some of this experience and set…

Project-9 Jennifer Liedkie

hello, everyone !  I am getting caught up with your photos....thanks for putting a little more descriptions in with your photos.   so...the only one htat has germinated is your baking soda pot, correct ?    I…


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