The Bee Report Podcast

"We're not alone": How racism can exist in entomology – and how we can change it

July 17, 2020 Matt Kelly Season 1 Episode 14
The Bee Report Podcast
"We're not alone": How racism can exist in entomology – and how we can change it
Show Notes

Our story this week on the podcast is very much a product of this current moment in American history, in which race and racism are at the front of all of our minds. It’s a story about acknowledging and addressing the disparities that exist for people of color in the field of entomology – and in science generally.

In this episode we’re talking with Dr. Jessica Ware and Ph.D. candidate Stephanita Sallqa Tuwa BondocGawa MaflaMills. They are both members of Entomologists of Color, a group that’s seeking to improve the participation and experience of people of color in entomology through a very specific initiative: increasing their participation in scientific societies.

We talk about this initiative, but we also talk about Jessica and Stephanie’s experiences as women of color in science, and some of the things that all of us can do to be part of the solution.

Entomologists of Color
• Twitter @EntoPOC


• About 94% of wild bee and native plant species networks lost (York University)

• Community scientists identify bumble bees correctly 50% of the time (York University)

• EU has failed to halt decline of bees and butterflies, auditors say (Reuters)

• Are pollinators at risk from road pollution and being hit by vehicles? (Twitter, Ben Phillips @ben_phi11ips)

• Group genomics drive aggression in honey bees (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

• Mixing of European and African ancestry plays role in ‘killer’ honey bees’ aggressiveness (York University)

• Who likes – and doesn't like – bees? (The Wildlife Society)


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