Caught in the Bug Net: March 2012

Last week was a great week for insect news!

In education, the National Science Teacher’s Association announced the release of a new K-4 insect curriculum.

Buzz Into Action is a lively insect-education curriculum for teaching about the world’s most abundant and accessible group of animals. This cross-disciplinary guide introduces children to the joy of insects through investigations that involve scientific inquiry and knowledge building rather than memorization. You can put the 20 hands-on lessons to work individually or as a curriculum, in the field or in the classroom.

Also, if you are looking for profiles of Latina women in science and math, check out these SACNAS members!

Spiders took over Australia, but for once the press coverage was actually quite reasonable.  Ants also took over Columbia, in a more artistic way.

Apparently an ice cream scoop is an important tool in dung beetle research.

tree lobsterThe big bug news of last week was… actual big bugs:  Giant Dinosaur Fleas and Tree Lobsters.
Some of the dino flea coverage was a bit over the top , and the Knight Science Journalism Tracker covers the way the news was spun.   The Tree Lobster story was a happy one; I covered these critically endangered insects before, known only from one island in the world.

It isn’t actually new news; it’s just that what was a relatively obscure insect got some great press from NPR.  There is actually an earlier story about Tree Lobsters written by Jane Goodall from 2009; check it out.

Having trouble focusing on your work? Then don’t click this link, because it will take you to a collection of the 40 top videos from zoos and museums.  There are otters, Julia Child, a violin, more otters, and a kookaburra.  (If you aren’t familiar with that blog, I recommend it, BTW. it’s a great resource on how to use social media creatively as a naturalist/interpreter.)