Splash Biography

AMY NICHOLS, Self proclaimed bug brain and memeophile

Major: Environmental Engineering

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

As a child, A Bug's Life was one of my favorite movies. Now that I am a third year Environmental Engineering major at Yale, I'm excited to share some insights about media, memes and millipedes (and bugs more generally speaking). Bugs are often perceived as alien, but a few lucky species are more personified than others. Why do bugs make you tick, and what role might the media play in creating buzz about insects?

Past Classes

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A3398: Debugging the Media: A look at bugs in US pop culture in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 27, 2018)
A look at b movies (like The Bee Movie), television references, moth memes, and other instances of bugs in pop culture in order to question the influence of media on public perceptions and vice versa. What is the purpose / stylistic choice of using bugs as a trope? What is fact versus fiction in bug portrayals?