Life Lines

Archives for October, 2010

For those of you who read the previous blog, you get the idea behind today’s offering. Namely, that October is celebration/awareness month of a host of health-related causes, among them: children’s health, dyslexia awareness, healthy lung, lupus awareness, national breast cancer awareness, and national spina bifida. This struck me as a good time to step…

Fifty-two years ago the average American home cost $30,000, Elvis Presley wooed listeners with Hard Headed Woman, and the hula-hoop was introduced. That same year, 1958, a team comprised of a groundbreaking engineer — Dean Franklin — in concert with two exceptional physicians — Drs. Robert Rushmer and Robert Van Citters – was laying the…

Finicky Finches

PHOTO CREDIT: SARAH R. PRYKE Things seem to pile on top of my desk too easily these days. When the stacks finally started tipping over today, I decided it must be time to clean. In this process, I came across a report that I had set aside to read in Science Magazine. So, of course,…

Interview with Blair Wolf – Part 4

Blair Wolf is an associate professor of biology at the University of New Mexico. Research in the Wolf lab focuses on the natural history and ecophysiology of desert animals. He agreed to blog with Dr. Dolittle on the topic of birds. Here is the final excerpt from their exchange. PHOTO: Budgerigars keeping cool under the…

Interview with Blair Wolf – Part 3

Blair Wolf is an associate professor of biology at the University of New Mexico. Research in the Wolf lab focuses on the natural history and ecophysiology of desert animals. He agreed to blog with Dr. Dolittle on the topic of birds. Here are excerpts from their exchange. Dr. Dolittle: What made you interested in studying…

Interview with Blair Wolf – Part 2

Blair Wolf is an associate professor of biology at the University of New Mexico. Research in the Wolf lab focuses on the natural history and ecophysiology of desert animals. He agreed to blog with Dr. Dolittle on the topic of birds. Here is an excerpt from their exchange. Dr. Dolittle: Much of your recent research…

Interview with Blair Wolf – Part I

Blair Wolf is an associate professor of biology at the University of New Mexico. Research in the Wolf lab focuses on the natural history and ecophysiology of desert animals. Preface: Dr. Blair Wolf’s research discussed in a previous blog released August 13, 2010 on what causes the mass deaths of budgerigars (small birds in Australia)…

Wishing it were cold outside…

As the heat drags on in the southwestern United States, I cannot stop dreaming about sledding through the snow. So I checked out the trusty American Physiological Society press releases to see what the animals might be doing in cold environments that I can only dream about these days. In my search I watched a…

Galloping Horses

Who doesn’t love horses? I was just reading a fascinating archived press release from The American Physiological Society about these icons of all western movies. Researchers John Hermanson, Norm Ducharme and Jonathan Cheetham (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine), John Bertram (University of Calgary, College of Medicine), and Michael Butcher (Youngstown State University, Department of…

Courtesy of Hannah CareyProgram Director, Physiological and Structural Systems Punxsutawney Phil is best known for his ability to “forecast” whether there will be six more weeks of winter each year. Few people are aware, however, that groundhogs like Phil provide science with even more important information throughout the year. That’s because groundhogs are hibernators. Many…