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8 July 2020

The Deadliest Disease that had Claimed Many Lives in the Pre-Columbian Americas

One of the most well-known infectious diseases that had existed throughout history is Smallpox. The Variola virus is the type of virus that is involved in causing this disease. Smallpox tends to spread easily between one individual to another, which makes this disease highly contagious. Fever, vomiting, rashes, body aches, and fluid-filled blisters that are covered with scabs are the kind of symptoms that usually occur among Smallpox infected individuals.

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3 July 2020

15 feet Tall and Threatened!

Wild giraffes across Africa are suffering from multiple skin disorders. The Rothschild’s giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschild) population is shrinking at an alarming rate in Kenya and Uganda. Located in Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP) did a survey in 2016 that discovered that one third of their giraffes had rash-like lesions of unknown origin.

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11 June 2020

#DrawnToGeoscience: The Monument

*Google search: equipment needed to create a documentary.*

This is how my journey to creating The Monument began. In reality, it began before I made that search, in the months (that turned into years) of being rendered unable to shake a passion that gripped me—a passion to highlight and document the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, a hub for biodiversity in the western U.S., and to share its magnificence with the general public.

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5 June 2020

#AGURocks: Times Zones

Music has been important to me for as long as I’ve been interested in science. I never really had any music training. In high school, I constantly blared CDs in the background while working on homework (so much 90s alternative and punk rock). Often taking breaks just to focus and listen intently to the music (and procrastinate) but I started to dream of playing music.

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3 June 2020

#DrawnToGeoscience: Go Forth and Science

Art is a thing I was really into when I was younger; I was totally that kid who took art classes outside of school, drew on napkins (and myself), and doodled in the margins of all my notebooks. But then I went to college, got sucked into the wonderful world of science, and let drawing fall off my list of usual activities.

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15 May 2020

#AGURocks: Geologise Theatre – All the world’s a stage!

I am a PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford (UK) and one half of the musical science communication duo Geologise Theatre. We (Matthew Kemp, a fellow PhD student, and myself) write and perform songs and theatre pieces about the science of the Earth, from fossils to climate change! Shakespeare famously wrote “All the world’s a stage”, and we’ve taken that (perhaps too) literally…

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11 May 2020

Using StoryMaps to tell science stories

As scientists, we all have a story to tell. Making that story interesting and engaging, however, can be a challenge. As a science communicator, it’s my job to make the mundane exciting and the complex understandable. 

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8 May 2020

#AGURocks: Songs About Scientists

I honestly don’t know what sparked the idea but one day I was playing guitar and thought, “I want to write songs about something interesting…I’m a scientist…so how about writing songs about scientists?” And that’s how Darwin & Curie was born – my “stage name”.

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6 May 2020

#DrawnToGeoscience: Drawn In

Drawing was never my thing. All through high school, I took ceramics (and a couple metals) classes, and in college I added film photography to my suite of hobbies, but for me drawing was mostly just doodling.

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13 April 2020

Voice for Science: A Welcome with Advice from Alumni

In 2018, AGU launched Voices for Science, a program that centers around training scientists to address the critical need for communicating the value and impact of Earth and space science to key decision makers, journalists, and public audiences. The program recruits scientists to participate in one of two tracks: policy or communications.

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