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Bug Gwen
Works at Purdue Department of Entomology
Attended Uniramia University
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Want an entertaining and detailed look into bed bugs? Get Infested. 
A look at the biological and cultural history of bedbugs.
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Depressing as hell. The most polluted bird in the world.
A Cooper's hawk, found in Greater Vancouver, is the most polluted wild bird that has been found anywhere in the world.
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+Bug Gwen watch this, it should cheer you up a bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAw_Zzge49c
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When I was a high school senior in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2010, I began a campaign to repeal my state’s “creationism law,” which allows teachers to sneak religion into public school science classes by using materials that criticize evolution. Seventy-eight Nobel laureates and many other prominent scientists and educators...
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New Ant-man Trailer is out!
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+Eric Scott Yes Ant-man is a hero and a scientist. Mr. Fantastic is one as well. Peter Parker grows up to be a scientist too. So is the Beast from the X-men. Xavier has some advanced degrees but I don't recall any of them being the kind of science degrees where Xavier does laboratory work.
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FYI: I have a monthly email newsthingy that I send out containing stuff I've written each month, and a few fun links. You can look at the archive & subscribe here: 
The Charismatic MiniFauna List Email Forms
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My thoughts are with my friends in Nepal. So terrible. 
At least 876 people are confirmed to have died as Nepal suffers its worst earthquake for more than 80 years, with deaths also reported in India and Bangladesh.
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Today in alarming Higher Ed news
LSU and many other public colleges in Louisiana might be forced to file for financial exigency, essentially academic bankruptcy, if state higher education funding doesn't soon take a turn for the better. Louisiana's flagship university began ;putting together the paperwork for...
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Wired Science is up for a Webby Award! You could vote and stuff. I'll just leave this here. 
The Internet is awesome and WIRED Science is some of the best it has to offer. Vote with me.
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Bummer.
A new study evaluated for the first time comprehensive global insecticide contamination data for agricultural surface waters using the legally-accepted regulatory threshold levels (RTLs) as defined during the official pesticide authorization procedures. The results are alarming: more than 40% of the water-phase samples with a detection of an insecticide concentration, exceeded respective RTLs. Concerning the exposure of sediments (i.e., deposits ...
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Thanks Obama.  No, really.
For this White House, it's all about the bats and the bees.
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SERIOUSLY? I have to close comments on a post about little kids and bees?  I removed some comments and blocked people, because if you resort to telling someone they are responsible for genocide over story-time Easter Bees, they are clearly not worthy of opposable thumbs and internet access.
 
New research from Purdue (my department, in fact :)
Purdue researchers have identified a new class of chemical insecticides that could provide a safer, more selective means of controlling mosquitoes that transmit key infectious diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and elephantiasis.
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Occupation
Entomologist, Writer, Nerd.
Skills
Insect Punditry, Entomology
Employment
  • Purdue Department of Entomology
    Outreach Coordinator, present
  • WIRED.com
    Bugologist, 2013 - present
    I write stuff about insects.
  • Get Your Nature Geek On
    Thinkomancer, 2010 - 2014
    Independent consultant/freelancer with a focus on building websites for scientists and nature centers.
Basic Information
Other names
Gwen Pearson, Bug Girl, Bug G. Membracid
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Entomologist. Educator. Writer. Nerd.
Introduction

Bug G. Membracid is the pseudonym of entomologist Gwen Pearson. She wrote online for many years under this name, since as a state employee her ability to rant, rave, and discuss insects using her real name was limited.

Gwen is the Outreach Coordinator for the Purdue Department of Entomology. She also is a writer for WIRED.

#entomology
#insects
#science
#agriculture

Bragging rights
Blogging about bugs since before you were born. I write for WIRED!
Education
  • Uniramia University
    Entomology
  • Homoptera High School
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