Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Arthro-Pod EP 71: #BugsR4Girls with Sophia Spencer

Howdy bug lovers! Today is a special treat for us, the Arthro-Pod gang gets to meet a hero of ours, Sophia Spencer. You may remember Sophia's story from a couple years back, she has always had a passion for insects but unfortunately encountered bullying for her interests. After a particularly bad incident at school, her mom, Nicole Spencer, wrote to the Entomological Society of Canada to see if any entomologists would want to be a pen pal for Sophia. Dr. Morgan Jackson responded, wondering if he could share the story on Twitter. The result was more than anyone could have imagined as #bugsr4girls became quite a phenomenon! Since then, Sophia has co-authored a scientific paper with Morgan and is now publishing a book, "The Bug Girl", to share her story and inspire others to follow their interests, even if they don't quite fit the normal mold!
Tune in to hear all about Sophia's journey and why she loves grasshoppers so much!

Show Notes
If you would like to buy Sophia's book, check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Bug-Girl-True-Story/dp/0525645934
Here is a link to Sophia's paper
Finally, Sophia recommends the National Geographic insect books to anyone trying to promote an interest in their children!

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