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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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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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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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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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