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Donna McDermott

Ecology

Emory University

I study how bees learn and communicate. To do this, I stick a bunch of bumble bees into a meadow of robotic flowers and measure their foraging behavior. Studying bee foraging yields insight into how simple brains make complex decisions and how those decisions influence the plants that rely on bee pollination.

Beyond research, I’m passionate about teaching, outreach, and writing science limericks on Twitter.

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Being reminded of bias makes students treat female professors fairer

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Students who read a bias reminder rated their female professors 10% higher

Meet the friendly vampire bat: they drink blood, cuddle and even groom fellow bats

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Researchers tried to understand what motivates vampire bats to do nice things, like grooming each other