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EAS 2000
Short Course and Conference
Speaker Profiles
July 31 - August 4, 2000
Salisbury State University, Salisbury, Md.


Dr. Nicholas Calderone Mr. Bob Cole Dr. Marion Ellis Dr. Norman E. Gary
Dr. John Harbo Dr. Roger Hoopingarner Dr. Wyatt Mangum Dr. Jeffery S. Pettis
Dr. Hachiro Shimanuki Dr. James E. Tew Mahmoud A. Ali

Short Course Instructor   Conference Speaker   Workshop Leader

Dr. Nicholas Calderone(C)- Dr. Calderone is an assistant professor of apiculture at the Department of Entomology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he has responsibilities in research and extension.  Dr. Calderone began beekeeping in 1972 while an undergraduate at Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio.  After graduation, he worked as a beekeeper and research technician at the OSU Bee Research Laboratory.  Nick received a M.S. degree  from Ohio State in 1985, where he studied behavior genetics of the honey bee with Dr. Walter Rothenbuhler. He continued these studies with Dr. Robert E. Page, Jr., and received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1988.  After graduation, Dr. Calderone worked for 7 years with Dr. Shimanuki as a Research Entomologist at the USA Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, Maryland, where he focused on the development of natural products for the control of varroa mites.

Mr. Bob Cole (C) - Bob Cole is the owner of Pot O’ Gold Honey in Todd, North Carolina.  His beekeeping operation of 800 colonies provides pollination services in the surrounding area.  In addition, Bob’s bees are managed for honey production, including the much sought-after sourwood honey.  Bob has been involved in beekeeping since the age of 3 and was taught the art of beekeeping by his two grandfathers.  Bob has been an active member of EAS for many years.  He became an EAS master beekeeper the first year that the society offered the exam in 1981.  Bob served as EAS chairman of the board from 1985 to 1990 and has served in numerous other capacities for EAS.

Dr. Marion Ellis (C) - Dr. Marion Ellis is an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Nebraska.  He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee in 1972 and 1974, respectively.  Upon completing his M.S., he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru and El Salvador, working as a teacher and extension specialist.  He then spent 4 years at the North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station working on cage pollination of plant germplasm collections and then 15 years as the Nebraska State Apiculturist.  Dr. Ellis returned to school and completed his Ph.D. in entomology in 1994.  His dissertation examined the toxic effects of monoterpenoids on the honey bee and its tracheal mite parasite.  His current research focuses on investigating novel products for controlling varroa mites and establishing mite treatment thresholds for the North Central Region.

Dr. Norman E. Gary (C) - Dr. Gary has 50 years of diverse experience with honey bees including hobby and commercial beekeeping, research, teaching, and consulting for the entertainment industry.  Dr. Gary obtained his Ph.D. in Entomology at Cornell University.  He then worked at the University of California Davis as a  research entomologist for 32 years.  During his tenure, he taught various apiculture and entomology classes and conducting research on beekeeping behavior.  Since that time, Dr. Gary has been doing consulting work for the television and film industry on bee related projects.  He has served as a consultant or “bee wrangler” on feature films such as X-Files, Fried Green Tomatoes, Man of the House, Candyman, Candyman 2, Candyman 3, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, My Girl, Leonard Part VI, Beverly Hillbillies, The War, Walk in the Clouds, Invasion of the Bee Girls, Savage Bees, Terror Out of the Sky, and Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare.  In addition, he has appeared on television shows with Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Guinness World Records, and a host of others individuals.  Dr. Gary is one of the organizers of the Western Apicultural Society, the sister organization of EAS.

Dr. John Harbo (C) - Dr. Harbo is a research entomologist at the USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics & Physiology Laboratory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; he has held that position since 1971.  His research has focused on instrumental insemination and selective breeding of honey bees. In his most recent work, he has developed methods for selecting honey bees for resistance to varroa mites.  Dr. Harbo is a native of Minnesota who earned a PhD in apiculture at Cornell University under Dr. Roger Morse.  He received the J. I. Hambleton award in 1996 from EAS and the Award for Apicultural Excellence from the American Association of Professional Apiculturists in 1997.

Dr. Roger Hoopingarner (C) - Dr. Hoopingarner is professor emeritus at Michigan State University where he has been on the faculty for 39 years.  Dr. Hoopingarner has conducted bee research on a variety of subjects including the metabolism of pesticides, genetic effects of pesticides on insects, system modeling of honey bee pollination, honey bee colony dynamics, European foulbrood disease, plant disease transmission through pollination, and varroa and honey bee population dynamics.  He is currently president of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists and the Michigan Beekeeper’s Association.  Dr. Hoopingarner earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin where he studied genetic and environmental factors affecting honey bee queen production.

Dr. Wyatt Mangum (S/C) - Dr. Mangum has kept bees for over 30 years, beginning at the age of ten.  Currently, he manages 200 colonies.  In addition, he maintains 30 observation hives where he conducts experimental work with queen cells and swarming, and bee behavior.  Dr. Mangum writes a column on honey bee biology for the American Bee Journal and takes photographs of bees.  Dr. Mangum has an interest in the history of apiculture.  He owns an extensive collection of antique beekeeping equipment, including hives dating back to the 1840's and over 100 old smokers.  Dr. Mangum’s diverse collegiate education includes a B.S. in physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a M.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in genetics both from North Carolina State University.  He currently teaches mathematics at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Dr. Jeffery S. Pettis (C) - Dr. Pettis is a research entomologist at the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.  He is currently conducting research on the control of parasitic mites, small hive beetles and American foulbrood in honey bees.  Dr. Pettis completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in entomology at the University of Georgia.  He earned his doctoral degree at Texas A&M University supported by a research agreement with the USDA Honey Bee Research Unit in Weslaco, Texas.  His work there focused on the reproduction and dispersal behavior of honey bee tracheal mites.  Dr. Pettis worked as a postdoctoral associate at Simon Fraser University with Dr. Mark Winston where he studied the role of pheromones on honey bee behavior and crop pollination, and resistance mechanisms of honey bees to tracheal mites.

Dr. Hachiro Shimanuki (C) - Dr. Shimanuki is a research microbiologist at the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.  “Shim”, as he is known to most of friends, is responsible for coordinating honey bee research between the USDA bee laboratories and other Federal agencies to ensure that new technology is made available to the bee industry.  In addition, he oversees the bee disease identification service performed by the Bee Research Laboratory.  Shim is considered the dean when it comes to bee diseases and pests.  He has worked tirelessly during his career to help beekeepers overcome disease and pest problems in their honey bee colonies.  Dr. Shimanuki received his B.S. degree from the University of Hawaii and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University where he studied honey bees with Dr. Walter C. Rothenbuhler.

Dr. James E. Tew (C) - Dr. Tew is an associate professor of entomology at the Ohio State University.  Since 1978, Dr. Tew has taught classes, provided extension services, and conducted applied research on both honey bees and honey bee behavior.  Additionally, he has written numerous beekeeping articles for beekeeping journals.  Dr. Tew has traveled widely to observe beekeeping techniques and procedures.  From 1987 to 1995, he served as the National Program Leader for Beekeeping for the USDA Extension Service, Washington D.C.  Currently, Dr. Tew is conducting a regionalized cooperative extension beekeeping project with Auburn University in which basic Alabama extension responsibilities are conducted by Dr. Tew from Ohio.  Dr. Tew is much sought after for his entertaining and educational lectures on beekeeping related topics.  Dr. Tew earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland under the direction of Dr. Dewey M. Caron.

Mahmoud A. Ali holds a M.Sc. Degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt where he is an instructor in apiculture, insect taxonomy, and insect morphology.  His Masters Thesis research examined factors affecting royal jelly production.  He has published research on the effect of larval age at grafting on royal jelly production and composition and on the effect of supplemental food types in nurse colonies.  In February 1999, he began a two-year stay at the University of Nebraska as a visiting scholar.  He is working with Dr. Marion Ellis to evaluate candidate natural and synthetic products for varroa mite control and to establish treatment thresholds for varroa mites in the North Central Region of the U.S.

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