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Onward and Upward

A colorful painted angel decorates the wall at San Xavier del Bac. The mission  is a living, breathing church where the Mass is celebrated every day. Photograph by Susan E. Swanberg

A colorful painted angel decorates the wall at San Xavier del Bac. The mission is a living, breathing church where the Mass is celebrated every day. Photograph by Susan E. Swanberg

It’s been a busy year. I worked as a science journalism intern for Wick Communications writing science stories for the Green Valley News and the Sahuarita Sun. You can find these stories under the journalistic writing tab on the website menu. I also completed the professional project requirement for my journalism master’s degree. My final committee meeting and presentation are on May 12, 2014. Later today I’ll be traveling to Santa Fe, New Mexico for the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop.  Thank you for following!

Susan

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Q and A Featuring Wildlife Veterinarian Walter M. Boyce on Bighorn Sheep Conservation

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Wildlife veterinarian, Walter M. Boyce. Photograph courtesy of Dr. Boyce.

I recently published an article on bighorn sheep conservation in the Tucson Weekly.The article begins as follows:

“The killing of three recently released bighorn sheep by mountain lions in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area near Tucson focused attention on predation as a threat to re-establishing a viable herd in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Reintroducing bighorn sheep raises other concerns as well including the impact of disease. Between predation and disease, a small herd of bighorn can be wiped out in a matter of weeks.”

For more see: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/on-the-horns-of-a-dilemma/Content?oid=3942752

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Happy New Year 2014!

A horse walks in the snow in Catalina, Ariz., in the winter. Photograph by Susan E. Swanberg.

A horse walks in the snow in Catalina, Ariz., in the winter. Photograph by Susan E. Swanberg.

Although I didn’t win any Olympic medals for the extreme sport of writing, I did make progress including unexpected recognition for my photography and publication of several new stories. I also made progress on my book–22,000 words with only 70,000 still to go. One of my biggest achievements was a new science blog called The Fourth Helix. It’s an online science magazine for “the grown-up fans of Mr. Wizard.” Check it out at www.thefourthhelix.com! Like us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/TheFourthHelix?ref=h and tweet us @thefourthhelix.

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