7 Things I Love About My University

I am currently a senior at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., studying science journalism and environmental studies. Over the past four years, I have grown to appreciate and adore my university. Why? For several reasons, but here are just a few of many. This is why I love my university… 1) It’s in my hometown, Tucson. I use the term “hometown” loosely because … Continue reading 7 Things I Love About My University

Science at Tumamoc Hill

Hello everyone! I am currently in a multimedia class for my journalism degree and I produced this video about Tumamoc Hill, a small little hill located southwest of downtown Tucson. The video is a little rough around the edges and my camera isn’t the best at video, but I’m still learning. I’ve also written a conjoining story to go along with the video, in case … Continue reading Science at Tumamoc Hill

Hurricane Harvey: My Story

I survived Hurricane Harvey, one year ago today. Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf coast on August 25, 2017, and brought flooding and destruction to the coastal cities. I happened to be in Houston for my second NASA internship when the hurricane hit and was one of the thousands of evacuees from that weekend. IΒ wrote this story a few weeks after the hurricane hit Houston … Continue reading Hurricane Harvey: My Story

The Downfall of a Southwestern Icon?

Giant. Majestic. Old. And, brown? Deep in the Sonoran Desert near Gila Bend, Arizona, the giant saguaro cactuses thrive. Or they once did. Driving along the 8-Interstate, visitors pass miles of saguaro forests, where these towering cactuses dominate the rocky and arid landscape. In past decades, the saguaro is a green stripe in the surrounding brown region. In spring of 2017, however, these cactuses were … Continue reading The Downfall of a Southwestern Icon?

Water Effects on the Southwestern Springtime

In early March 2017 rain spattered across the Sonoran Desert. At Tumamoc Hill near Tucson, Arizona, seedlings and flowers sprung up atop the hillside research center. A week after the rains temperatures reached mid-90 degrees Fahrenheit for several days. The seedlings and flowers atop Tumamoc Hill sweltered and died in the heat. During that time, the region experienced little rain. β€œIt looked like it was … Continue reading Water Effects on the Southwestern Springtime