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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...

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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 I was just contemplating some new stories – an update on Tucson’s transplanted desert bighorn sheep, an article on the women of the Science Service [an organization — founded in 1921 — dedicated to the promotion of science] and an article revisiting C.P. Snow’s The Two Cultures. Now we’re losing SciLogs. By September of this year, I’ll be migrating my...

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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 workshop, about the use and abuse of junk science in our criminal justice system, brought together a nationally-known forensic scientist, a number of attorneys who practice criminal law (both prosecutors and defense attorneys) as well as journalists and exonerees. One of the most interesting speaker was a former death row inmate, since fully exonerated of his crime. His conviction was...

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