Have you ever seen an insect in your house and instead of “swatting” it, you decided to gently remove it and place it outside?
Did the way the insect looked have an effect?
High School East senior Leigh Baratta recently was awarded $4,000 for her 2nd place finish at the NSPC Science Competition on the role of perceived beauty and its correlation to reluctance to kill.
Leigh conducted an "in-house" study mentored by Maria Zeitlin on perceived beauty and reluctance to kill an Invasive Species, namely the Spotted Lanternfly.
Originating overseas, this pest poses a threat to Long Island vineyards as it spreads East.
According to Ms. Zeitlin, "Leigh's work analyzed 491 survey responses and found that indeed, the perception of beauty was connected to a reluctance to eradicate invasive species. Education of citizens will be important to assist environmental authorities in controlling this burgeoning threat."
Additionally, honorable mentions Aman Mistry and Sarah Schubel each received $500.
Date Added: 5/31/2022