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Moon Atlas

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

  I remember my father pointing skyward and saying, “There goes Sputnik.” Following his gaze, I saw a small dot, winking and blinking as it crossed the darkened skies. Could I really have seen Sputnik that long-ago evening in Framingham, Massachusetts? When I viewed Jason Davis’ new documentary Desert Moon in July of 2014, I was reminded of that long-ago vigil and how Sputnik sparked a space race between the US and the then Soviet Union. Desert Moon is a film about the University of Arizona’s contribution to the first manned moon landing. The race to the moon was well underway when US scientists realized they needed a lunar map adequate to guide the landing of a lunar expedition. For all we knew, the surface of the moon was made of that mythical green cheese. A more scientific hypothesis was that...

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Treasure Your Exceptions

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Blog Posts | 5 comments

New beginnings are exciting. We approach them with enthusiasm, but often with a little trepidation, especially if we have an audience. How does one start a new blog? What do you say in that first post? I guess you just dive in! So that’s what I’ll do. If I could choose a phrase to describe myself, I would say that I treasure my exceptions. I first saw the words “treasure your exceptions” on a whiteboard in the laboratory where I completed my PhD in genetics. The originator of the quotation was William Bateson, a famous geneticist who helped promote Gregor Mendel’s theories of inheritance. Intrigued by the phrase, I looked it up and in doing so learned a little bit about Bateson’s work and a little bit about myself. It’s been almost fifteen years since I first read those...

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Check Out Jason Davis’ Documentary “Desert Moon”

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in 4th HELIX BLOG, SLIDER, SOUTHWEST CORNER | 0 comments

Stunningly beautiful! A fun peek into this little-known aspect of the space race. Check out the trailer and website about the University of Arizona’s early contribution to space exploration–creating a lunar atlas that pointed the way to a safe landing on the Moon. Jason Davis, a University of Arizona journalism graduate (2014), is the filmmaker....

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Bighorn Sheepwatch — 16

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in 4th HELIX BLOG, FEATURES, SLIDER, SOUTHWEST CORNER | 0 comments

It’s been a long time since I’ve reported on the bighorn sheep reintroduction project going on in Tucson, Arizona. Read the latest about this controversial project.

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Artist/Horticulturist/Garden Designer Creates Artistic Leafcutter Bee Habitats

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in FEATURES, SLIDER, SOUTHWEST CORNER | 0 comments

Greg Corman builds artistic habitats for the leafcutter bee and their kin. Learn about these bees and Greg Cornam’s habitats.

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