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Caterpillar Madness

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Blog Posts | 5 comments

Read this post, then take a survey! http://bit.ly/mysciblogreaders Prizes! More details 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. During monsoon season in Southern Arizona, the desert is teeming with life. Just this morning, on my way in from feeding the horses, I saw my horned lizard friend and a praying mantis. Horned lizard young hatch during this time of year, so I’ll be watching for these miniature desert tanks. Earlier in the season, a fantastic event occurred, one I hadn’t observed before. I wasn’t quick enough with my camera, and thought I’d lost the opportunity to film the happening until next year. Fortunately, the white-lined sphinx moth, Hiles lineata, often hatches multiple generations a season, so this week I was...

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Ebola Outbreak Update

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Ebola cases continue to increase in West Africa, with the rates of increase highest in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Mapp Biopharmaceuticals reports that it has exhausted all supplies of its Ebola antibody cocktail, ZMAPP, but that the company and its partners are scaling up production. “Mapp and KBP [Kentucky BioProcessing] are working with the U.S. government to accelerate scaled up production. The work to date has been funded by grants and contracts that were only sufficient to produce doses for animal safety and efficacy testing. The present epidemic has changed the picture dramatically, and additional resources are being brought to bear on scaling up.” (Mapp Bio Freguently Asked Questions)   Graphic update on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (based upon World Health Organization Data).  ...

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Ebola Outbreak Update

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Ebola cases continue to increase in West Africa, with the rates of increase highest in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Mapp Biopharmaceuticals reports that it has exhausted all supplies of its Ebola antibody cocktail, ZMAPP, but that the company and its partners are scaling up production. “Mapp and KBP [Kentucky BioProcessing] are working with the U.S. government to accelerate scaled up production. The work to date has been funded by grants and contracts that were only sufficient to produce doses for animal safety and efficacy testing. The present epidemic has changed the picture dramatically, and additional resources are being brought to bear on scaling up.” (Mapp Bio Freguently Asked Questions)   Graphic update on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (based upon World Health Organization Data).  ...

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My Favorite Fake-umentary

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

The controversy over Shark Week and nature films that some call “fake-umentaries” got me thinking about a nature documentary I watched as a child, Walt Disney’s “The Living Desert.” I loved that film. Its portrayal of the amazing and exotic creatures inhabiting the American Southwest left an impression on me. Ahead of its time, “The Living Desert” was one of the first of Disney’s “true-life adventures” and a winner of many awards, including the 1953 academy award for Best Documentary Feature. “The Living Desert” might also have been one of the first fake-umentaries. I just had to watch “The Living Desert” one more time to see how it compared to modern nature flicks. I downloaded the hour-long film (for a reasonable fee) and waited patiently through a few frames of classic Disney animation. Much of the footage is breathtaking, especially...

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Connecting Your Community With Science

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

It’s been several weeks since I joined SciLogs, and I love it! Writing about science has to be the perfect gig. The SciLogs community has been welcoming, which makes me want to dig in and do a great job. The community manager is wonderful about promoting us and does some fantastic writing herself. One of my other gigs is writing as a freelancer for Wick Communications, a community newspaper group in Southern Arizona. I started as an intern (paid) and continued writing for them when the internship ended. Writing for two Wick papers, the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun has been a fantastic experience—and my editor is super. He’s there when you need him, but doesn’t micromanage. As a former scientist, I understand how important it is to communicate scientific issues, policies and discoveries to the public. Community...

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