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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:...

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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:...

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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:...

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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...

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Finding Professor “X” — A STEM Story

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

Read this post, then take a survey! http://bit.ly/mysciblogreaders Prizes! More details below! The media is flooded with stories about the barriers women face in achieving STEM careers. I’ve encountered some of those barriers — stories for a later time. Suffice it to say, I was the first member of my immediate family to earn a college degree. I made up for lost time by earning more degrees than will fit nicely on my business card. Throughout the course of my education,...

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Finding Professor “X” — A STEM Story

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Blog Posts | 9 comments

Read this post, then take a survey! http://bit.ly/mysciblogreaders Prizes! More details below! The media is flooded with stories about the barriers women face in achieving STEM careers. I’ve encountered some of those barriers — stories for a later time. Suffice it to say, I was the first member of my immediate family to earn a college degree. I made up for lost time by earning more degrees than will fit nicely on my business card. Throughout the course of my education,...

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Pneunomia Threatens Tucson’s Desert Bighorn Sheep

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

A New Threat to Tucson’s Desert Bighorn I’d heard a rumor that several of the Desert bighorn sheep living in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson had died, not from mountain lion predation which had plagued the herd since its founding members were introduced over the last several years, but from pneumonia. According to wildlife veterinarian, Walter M. Boyce, pneumonia can wipe out a herd of bighorn sheep in a matter of weeks. Desert bighorn sheep species, native to...

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Pneunomia Threatens Tucson’s Desert Bighorn Sheep

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

A New Threat to Tucson’s Desert Bighorn I’d heard a rumor that several of the Desert bighorn sheep living in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson had died, not from mountain lion predation which had plagued the herd since its founding members were introduced over the last several years, but from pneumonia. According to wildlife veterinarian, Walter M. Boyce, pneumonia can wipe out a herd of bighorn sheep in a matter of weeks. Desert bighorn sheep species, native to...

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Pneunomia Threatens Tucson’s Desert Bighorn Sheep

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

A New Threat to Tucson’s Desert Bighorn I’d heard a rumor that several of the Desert bighorn sheep living in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson had died, not from mountain lion predation which had plagued the herd since its founding members were introduced over the last several years, but from pneumonia. According to wildlife veterinarian, Walter M. Boyce, pneumonia can wipe out a herd of bighorn sheep in a matter of weeks. Desert bighorn sheep species, native to...

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My Pal, Blondie the Tarantula, is Back!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

You might remember my pal, Blondie. The Arizona blond tarantula who (I consider her a “who”) lives in my front yard under an irrigation cover. I hadn’t seen her for a while, and was afraid that she’d met the fate of so many tarantulas, being a living feast for the young of the tarantula hawk wasp. The other night, however, walking up the flagstones to my front gate, I saw her legs poking out of her burrow. I’ll try...

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My Pal, Blondie the Tarantula, is Back!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

You might remember my pal, Blondie. The Arizona blond tarantula who (I consider her a “who”) lives in my front yard under an irrigation cover. I hadn’t seen her for a while, and was afraid that she’d met the fate of so many tarantulas, being a living feast for the young of the tarantula hawk wasp. The other night, however, walking up the flagstones to my front gate, I saw her legs poking out of her burrow. I’ll try...

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Not Just the (Science) News

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog Posts | 11 comments

In my new role as an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arizona, I’ve focused increasing attention on the historical and theoretical underpinnings of science journalism. From Aristotle’s writings* on the natural world to our modern science media ecosystem, the story of writing about science for the public is a fascinating one. What Is the Role of a Science Journalist? Occasionally I hear more traditional journalists decry science journalism as a kind of glossy PR for science....

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