Mt. Wilson Observatory, California

My work at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory took me on an unexpected trip to Mount Wilson, California. Mt. Wilson is a 100+ year old observatory about 35 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest. It’s a beautiful 1.5 hour drive and there are also hikes that lead visitors through the observatory. Mt. Wilson is often overlooked by travelers hoping … Continue reading Mt. Wilson Observatory, California

Asteroid Sample Return at the University of Arizona

Asteroid Sample Return at the University of Arizona By Emmalee Mauldin Located down in the depths of the Gerard P. Kuiper Space Sciences Building on campus at the University of Arizona lies a laboratory for an extraterrestrial sample not even acquired yet. The University of Arizona is the proud manager of the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, which will be utilizing these labs in a few years. … Continue reading Asteroid Sample Return at the University of Arizona

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

Backpacking at Dinkey Lakes, California

One thing that I’m sure many people don’t know or expect from me is that I adore backpacking. I’ve only ever been a few times, but one of my favorite places to backpack is Dinkey Lakes in California. Dinkey Lakes is about 200 miles straight east of San Jose, California, in theΒ Sierra National Forest. It’s closer to Fresno, CA, and is right in between Yosemite … Continue reading Backpacking at Dinkey Lakes, California

Sledding at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

On my roadtrip from Washington D.C. to my hometown of Tucson, Arizona, my uncle and I made a pit stop at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico! White Sands National Monument is 52 miles northeast of Las Cruces and a part of the northern Chihuahua Desert. It features giant dunes of pure white sand, with a visitor center run by the National Park Service. … Continue reading Sledding at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

How I fell in love with science journalism

I’ve always been a science nerd, ever since I was a little girl. Growing up, my favorite place to visit in my hometown was the natural history museum and my favorite subject in school was always science. I wanted to be an astronaut or a marine biologist. When I reached middle school, I got really into journalism. I loved reading the newspaper, always checking the … Continue reading How I fell in love with science journalism

9 Things I Missed When I Moved Away From Arizona

For over a year and a half, I lived away from my hometown of Tucson, Arizona. During my time away, there were so many little things that I missed about living in Arizona. Now that I’m back in my hometown, here are a few things that I missed about this state that I have grown to know and love: 1) The stars. Clear skies. At … Continue reading 9 Things I Missed When I Moved Away From Arizona