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HOW LEARNING ABOUT BUGS CREATED A SCIENTIST

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in The Tenacious Telomere | 0 comments

I started writing my last blog post (the one about some of my favorite Arizona arachnids) a few days ago, but felt uncomfortable publishing what I’d written. After I pushed the publish button, and the post was on its way, I pondered why I’d hesitated. I was reluctant to post because I thought the topic — bugs I’ve known and been fascinated by — might be considered trivial or silly. I thought wrong. My first science book was a Golden Nature Guide about bugs — a gift from my grandmother. I remember the cover of the book — lemon yellow, with an assortment of crawling and flying creatures pictured on the front. I remember a red-orange butterfly, at least one beetle and a green katydid. Bugs (and I use the term “bug” loosely) became my science gateway drug. The more I learned about them, the more I wanted to know. First I learned the superficial facts about bugs — their common names, where they lived, what they ate and what their body parts were called. Then I learned their scientific names, what the term “species” meant and how the colors and patterns of some species mimicked the colors and patterns of other species. I learned about embryonic development and evolution and extinction. At some...

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From the Tenacious Telomere

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in SLIDER, The Tenacious Telomere | 0 comments

Dear Readers, I haven’t blogged here in a while because for nearly two years I had another blog, The Tenacious Telomere, at the now defunct English-language version of the SciLogs blog network. I’m re-emerging like Rip Van Winkle and will begin posting here again, starting off with posts from my archived SciLogs blog. I’m glad to be back, and hope to provide you with entertaining posts. Thank you for your patience during this transition...

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Say it ain’t so, SciLogs!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Blog Posts | 7 comments

SciLogs is coming to an end? How can this be? Science journalism and its sister, science blogging, are growing, aren’t they? Is science journalism on the decline? I hope not, as for the last 11 months, I’ve been teaching students about science journalism and encouraging them to become a part of it all. Take a look at a few of their stories at Arizona Illustrated, a feature of Arizona Public Media. Teaching and research cut into my ability to blog, but...

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Rattlesnakes in the Sonoran Desert: Close Encounters With The Venomous Kind

Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in SLIDER, The Tenacious Telomere | 0 comments

Spring weather is here in the Sonoran Desert and, although I haven’t seen any, I hear that the rattlesnakes are out.

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Hello again, hello!

Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

Hello Readers and SciLogs colleagues, I miss you! I was on a semester-long hiatus while I adjusted to my new position as an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. There was a lot to learn (I still have a lot to learn). In September of 2015, I also put on a workshop/conference funded by the National Association of Science Writers. “With Conviction: Reporting On Science in the Courtroom,” took up quite a bit of time and energy. The...

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Read My Blog, Then Take a Survey About It!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Participate in a Scientific Survey! Hello Readers! From bug books to bighorn sheep, this blog tells stories about science, becoming a scientist and about the unusual creatures of the American Southwest. I’d like to find out more about you, and what you think about my blog. Read a post or two! Read all of them! Comment, discuss. Then take a survey about the blog. If you’ve ever read my blog before, take this survey. Not only will the survey...

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Read My Blog, Then Take a Survey About It!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Participate in a Scientific Survey! Hello Readers! From bug books to bighorn sheep, this blog tells stories about science, becoming a scientist and about the unusual creatures of the American Southwest. I’d like to find out more about you, and what you think about my blog. Read a post or two! Read all of them! Comment, discuss. Then take a survey about the blog. If you’ve ever read my blog before, take this survey. Not only will the survey...

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How Learning About Bugs Created A Scientist

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

If you have ever read my blog, please take the survey to tell me what you think about the blog. Read this post, then take a survey! http://bit.ly/mysciblogreaders Prizes! More detail at the end of this post. I started writing my last blog post (the one about some of my favorite Arizona arachnids) a few days ago, but felt uncomfortable publishing what I’d written. After I pushed the publish button, and the post was on its way, I thought...

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My Conversation With Professor “X” — A STEM Story

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Read my blog, then take a survey! http://bit.ly/mysciblogreaders Prizes! More detail at the end of this post! If you have ever read my blog, please take the survey to tell me what you think about the blog. _________________________________ Just as I Remembered Him! I just got off of the phone with Dr. Pepperdine. We had a delightful conversation about organic chemistry, his teaching philosophy and what he did after he retired. He told me that recently his son googled...

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Statin’ the Truth?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Read this post, then take a survey! http://bit.ly/mysciblogreaders Prizes! More detail at the end of this post. If you have ever read my blog, please take the survey to tell me what you think about the blog. __________________________ Statin’ the Obvious According to Consumer Reports (a 2007 report), “statin drugs are among the most widely prescribed in the U.S.” It’s possible that as many as one in four over 45 are using the medications. Lipid-lowering statins are primarily used...

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Statin’ the Truth?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Read this post, then take a survey! http://bit.ly/mysciblogreaders Prizes! More detail at the end of this post. If you have ever read my blog, please take the survey to tell me what you think about the blog. __________________________ Statin’ the Obvious According to Consumer Reports (a 2007 report), “statin drugs are among the most widely prescribed in the U.S.” It’s possible that as many as one in four over 45 are using the medications. Lipid-lowering statins are primarily used...

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Statin’ the Truth?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Read this post, then take a survey! http://bit.ly/mysciblogreaders Prizes! More detail at the end of this post. If you have ever read my blog, please take the survey to tell me what you think about the blog. __________________________ Statin’ the Obvious According to Consumer Reports (a 2007 report), “statin drugs are among the most widely prescribed in the U.S.” It’s possible that as many as one in four over 45 are using the medications. Lipid-lowering statins are primarily used...

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