“As the daughter of an entomologist, I came to citizen science early,” writes KSJ’s director, Deborah Blum, in a Washington Post review of Caren Cooper’s new book, “Citizen Science.”
“By the time I was in elementary school,” Deborah explains, “I could identify the tiny black ants (Argentine) marching in determined lines down the sidewalk. By the time I was in high school, I was ‘volunteering’ to help study the mating chemistry of bees. ‘Don’t worry,’ my father shouted as I stood in a buzzing cloud of male drones, clutching a balloon bearing an array of come-hither pheromones. ‘They don’t sting.’”
And neither does the new book, as the review makes clear. Deborah herself is the author of five books, most recently “The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York.” You can read her review here.