Not bugged by bullies anymore

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

At the age of two, Canadian Sophia Spencer had an engaging experience with a butterfly.
That was that: after wards, she was hooked on insects. However,Spencer used to get routinely bullied at school because of her passion. Based in Ontario, Spencer ’s mother wrote to the Entomological Society of Canada last year, disclosing her daughter ’s passion and the fact that she was being bullied. The letter also contained a passionate plea for a professional entomologist to write the little girl an encouraging letter. Without hesitation, the society sent out a Tweet, writing: “A young girl who loves insects is being bullied & needs our support,” using the hashtag #BugsR4Girls. Then, after being interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), the little bug lover star ted working with entomology PhD student Morgan Jackson on a research paper about the applications of social media in improving representation in the sciences. This has since been published in Annals of the Entomological Society of
America and is entitled “Engaging for a Good Cause: Sophia’s S tor y and Why #BugsR4Girls”. The paper’s abstract included the following statement: “At times, the positive impact scientists have on society, or even on a single individual, can burst into realit y in real-time. Here we examine one such example: a tweet and hashtag that circled the globe in support of a young girl being bullied for her entomological passion.” Spencer’s current obsession is with the life cycle of flies.

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