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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 help me improve my blog, it will also help answer questions about readers of science blogs. I’ve teamed up with researcher Paige Brown Jarreau to create a survey of Tenacious Telomere readers. You will also get FREE science art from Paige’s Photography for participating, as well as a chance to win a t-shirt and other perks! It should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. You can...

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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 about 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...

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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 to treat elevated cholesterol and atherosclerotic heart disease, and are touted as a means to prevent heart attacks. In November of 2014, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) released revised guidelines for prescribing statins. According to the new guidelines, about ½ of U.S. adults between the ages of 40 and 75 might benefit from statins....

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Finding Professor “X” – A STEM Story: Professor “X” is Identified & I Need My Readers’ Advice

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Blog Posts | 2 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. __________________________________ Hello Dear Readers, I’ve identified Professor “X” and know how to reach him. I’d like to be bold and call him, but am concerned that a call might be intrusive. What should I do? Call or write a letter? I’ll keep you posted. Update: I called him! Read what happened here. _________________________________ Help us do some science! I’ve teamed up with researcher Paige Brown Jarreau to create a survey of The Tenacious Telomere readers. By participating, you’ll be helping me improve The Tenacious Telomere. You’ll also be contributing to novel academic research on the readers of science blogs. It should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. You can find the survey at the link below....

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Finding Professor “X” — A Stem Story: What Was Lost Might Be Found

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Blog Posts | 4 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. _____________________ As I was writing my first “Professor ‘X'” episode yesterday, an email was hitting my mailbox. The friendly archivist I mentioned has come up with a name — Wendell Pepperdine. The name immediately rang a bell. The archivist sent me a photo of Wendell Pepperdine as a young man. I’m 99.99% sure he’s my Professor “X.” If Wendell Pepperdine is still alive, I’m going to find him. Interestingly, a Wendell Pepperdine is the son of the man who founded Pepperdine University. Could my Professor “X” be George Pepperdine’s son? I’ll keep you posted as my search progresses. Update: Find out what happened here....

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