Insects without Borders


Lepisma saccharina

Stanislaw Staszics Primary School, Warsaw, Poland, November 2011

This week we received a rather unusual, but very exciting request. A Professor from the state of Michigan in the United States wrote Science House Foundation and asked us if he could use one of the pictures posted by our grantees in the Stanislaw Staszics Primary School in Warsaw, Poland. He works at the Microbiology department of the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Medical Center, and is putting together an insect guide so that his students can learn about all the insects in an easier way.

We are so pleased that this student discovery will go on to help other students. One of the purposes of the MicroGlobalScope program is to create collaborative science learning experiences around microscopy. This takes that learning exchange to a new level.

Here is a thank you letter from him to the students in Poland:

To the students of Stanislaw Staszics Primary School in Warsaw, Poland,

Thank you very much for the use of your photo. I am responsible for training medical technology students during their hospital rotation part of their school–this is when they actually get to practice what they learned from books.  Medical technology covers many areas of medicine, including hematology, the study of blood; chemistry, the various levels of chemical composition of blood; immunohematology, blood transfusion, antibody identification, and blood typing; pathology, study of disease; and microbiology, the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and arthropods.

For many years, technologists have fumbled through dichotomous keys as well as drawings and illustrations, which were made by previous educators, to try to identify parasites and arthropods.  I am now creating a study guide that incorporates a color atlas of arthropods.  It is said, “A picture is worth a thousand words;” well, your photographs are worth a million words.  Please continue with your fabulous photography and enjoy where it takes you.  Science is a very fulfilling career. You certainly are helping many students in the United States of America to be able to identify important vectors of disease.


Bruce A. White, Department of Microbiology, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Medical Center, Pontiac, Michigan USA

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