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EAS 2008 August 4-8, 2008
|Jim Baerwald - Baerwald Apiaries, Michigan|
|Jennifer Berry, Apicultural Research Coordinator, Dept of Entomology, Univ of Georgia, Athens, GA; Immediate Past President EAS|
Jennifer is actively involved in all aspects of the Georgia honey bee education and research program. In addition to being an IPM specialist she has emphasized the queen breeding program seeking stock resistant to mites. Jennifer has traveled extensively to speak to bee groups in GA, the U.S. an even internationally. In 2006, Jennifer was EAS President and oversaw the excellent 2006 EAS Conference in Georgia.
|Jim Bobb, Pres PA Beekeepers Assoc, Lansdale, PA|
Jim is a horticultural and apiarian educator, researcher and writer. An accomplished educator, Jim is a Penn State Master Gardener, teaches horticulture classes at the Barnes Foundation and is an instructor at Longwood Gardens. He is a docent at many of the arboretums and gardens in the Philadelphia area and berths his hives at Morris Arboretum, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, Pennypack Trust, Wissahickon Valley Watershed and other public and private gardens and orchards covering the five county area around Philadelphia. Jim is the President of the PA State Beekeepers Association as well as Chairman of the Board for EAS.
Robert Brewer is a career educator with a strong background in diverse areas of agriculture, community development and administration. He is an experienced beekeeper and also teaches beekeeping through various education programs and associations. Robert is also nationally and internationally recognized honey show judge. He traveled to Wales to become the first American to judge their National Honey Show and is now the only Senior Welsh Judge outside of the UK. He will sit for both British and Irish Judges Certification within the next two years. Robert is also responsible for coordinating the instruction and testing of candidates for the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program. He lectures each year to professional beekeeping groups, youth groups, civic and special interest groups.
|Reyah Carlson, Apitherapist|
|Dewey M. Caron, Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware. SC & program Chair 2007 EAS, Chairman EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research|
Dewey is Past Chairman of EAS Board and a Past President of EAS. This will be his 40th year of attending an EAS - most years being on the program. He revised the EAS Short Course in 1980 and brought the MB program into EAS from Cornell. He is actively involved in MAAREC (consortium of Mid-Atlantic bee associations + bee research and extension) and Africanized honey bees. His textbook Honey Bee Biology & Beekeeping remains popular and is being used for OnLine Beekeeping courses from UD.
|Dr. Sean Clark, Berea College|
|Clarence Collison, Chairman Dept of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Mississippi State University; author What Do you Know|
Clarence is head of the EAS Master Beekeeper program and serves on the EAS Board. He is frequently a speaker at the EAS Short Course and on the Program. He was awarded the Outstanding Research Contribution Award from Apiary Inspectors. In addition to the book he is author of popular Bee Culture column “What do you Know?”
|Larry J. Connor, Owner Wicwas Press & Honey Bee Consultant, author Increase Essentials, New Haven, CT|
Larry has been a leading educator in our field for over 25 years. He was Extension Apiculturist at Ohio State, a queen breeder in Florida and currently publishes and writes about bees from CT. He is a frequent program participant and has organized or as this year co-organized the EAS Short Course numerous times. He travels extensively to sell bee books and participate on bee association programs.
|Billy Davis, EAS Master Beekeeper, Purcellville, VA|
Billy graduated from Mississippi State and Jackson School of Law. A teacher, Insurance Investigator and an Attorney, he returned to his roots, managing agricultural operations in his home state and later in his adopted home, Virginia. Introduced to Beekeeping by his Great Grandfather, later worked with his Dad and now is the third Sideline Beekeeper in his family. Davis is an EAS Master Beekeeper, recipient of Virginia’s Langstroth Award for Excellence and currently the EAS Director from Virginia. He is now working to develop a regional Queen Project, Virginia based and sanctioned by the Loudoun Beekeepers Association and the Virginia Beekeepers Association. He still holds a full time job with a major Retailer. Practical Beekeeping for Beginners, a “formal nine week class”, began in 1997 as a solitary effort to rebuild his home club and now with the help of several former students, this course annually starts 100-140 new Beekeeping members for their respective clubs. A viable pro-active club can truly rise from the ashes.
|Dr. Lilia De Guzman, USDA Baton Rouge|
|Tom Eisele - Eisele Pollination Service, Indiana|
|Dr. Marion Ellis, University of Nebraska|
Marion is the Associate Professor and Extension Apiculture Specialist at the University of Nebraska. His professional and extension responsibilities include teaching beekeeping, a Master Beekeeping Training Program, Beginning Beekeeping Workshops, Bee Tidings newsletter, and an Apiculture web site. He also conducts a program for kids called Bug Bash – a youth outreach event to introduce young learners to the fascinating world of insects. Dr. Ellis has published several scientific papers and publications. He has also received several notable awards that include Outstanding New Specialist Award from the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association in 2000 along with the Roger A. Morse Extension and Teaching Award for EAS 2005.
|Wayne E. Esaias, Research Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, and EAS Master Beekeeper, Howard County MD|
Wayne is past president of the Howard County Beekeepers Association, and past Secretary of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association. He is investigating the influence of climate change on the timing of central Maryland nectar flows using scale hives and satellite observations, and is coordinating a regional survey of nectar flows by volunteer beekeepers in 2007.
|Kim Flottum, editor BeeCulture, Past Chairman of Board EAS, author Backyard Beekeeper, Medina OH|
Kim is our “retired” EAS Chairman having stepped down at the 2007 meeting. He has been Bee Culture editor for over 20 years and travels extensively to speak about bees and report on beekeepers for his magazine. He has EAS in his blood and works tirelessly on our behalf.
|Jim & Sandra Garrison, Creative Candles|
|Ann Harman, EAS Master Beekeeper, Past Vice-Chairman EAS Board of Directors, Flint Hill, VA|
Ann started as a research chemist, but got into bees at UMD and has created a second career as an International Consultant, teaching beekeeping skills and modern management techniques in 26 Third-World countries on 5 continents. She is an EAS Master Beekeeper and frequent Bee Short course teacher and association lecturer. She is a Certified Honey Judge, Wales, UK , Beekeeping Institute and frequent honey judge in the U.S. You can read her monthly column in Bee Culture; she publishes regular articles for Beekeepers Quarterly, and Bee Craft. She has been vice-chairman of EAS as well as a past president.
|Dr. Jeff Harris, USDA Baton Rouge|
|Don Hopkins, Apiary Inspection Supervisor, NC State Dept Ag & Consumer Services, Raleigh, NC|
Don is State Apiarist in North Carolina. He started with bees in NJ as a youngster before moving to NC as apiary inspector. He has been active with Partners of Americas in beekeeping development in Haiti and Bolivia as well as Kazcistan. He is active with Short courses and workshops and helped train new NC beekeepers with the Golden Leaf Project (funds from tobacco settlement used to establish new beekeepers).
Dr. Tammy Horn is senior researcher at Eastern Kentucky Environmental Research Institute. She coordinates pollination sites with four coal companies in eastern Kentucky, focusing on native trees such as sourwood and basswood. There are currently five different sites in Perry County, with plans for expanding into Harlan, Letcher, and Pike Counties next year. She is also finishing her second book, Piping Up: A History of Women and Bees, under contract with the University Press of Kentucky.
|Zachary Huang – Michigan State University|
|Dr. Greg Hunt, Purdue University|
Greg currently has both research and extension duties at Purdue University and teaches a course in bee biology and beekeeping. He made the first map of the honey bee genome by following the inheritance of DNA markers and mapped genes that affect sex determination and pollination behavior of bees. His lab is currently working on isolating honey bee genes that influence defensive behavior.
|Stu Jacobson, University of Illinois at Springfield|
|Bill Mondjack, EAS Master Beekeeper, Whitehall, PA|
Bill has had an interest in photography all his life. He was a U.S. Army photographer/lab tech. in Viet Nam - 1966-67 and finished his military obligation at Fort Lee, VA as a post photographer. Along with his wife Carol, Bill ran a wedding photography business for 33 years. Bill is an EAS Master Beekeeper, and has had 6 of his photos published on the cover of Bee Culture magazine. He enjoys keeping bees and macro photography.
|John Skinner, Professor of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN|
John is a popular EAS Short Course instructor and program speaker. He is Professor and Extension Apiculturist. Research interests include pollination of cucurbits, IPM of mites and bee management. He is a PhD from UC Davis and has been at UT since 1995. John is an avid fisherman and no stream in Tennessee is unfamiliar to his visits.
|Jim Tew, Professor and Extension Specialist, Ohio State Univ & Auburn Univ, Wooster, OH|
Jim is U MD PhD and has been an Ohio State Extension specialist in bees for over 25 years. He also serves as Extension bee specialist for his native Alabama through an agreement with Auburn University. His monthly contributions to Bee Culture provide good practical bee information in a readable, interesting style. He is a popular speaker on bees and beekeeping and a valued contributor to annual EAS Short Course and conference programs.
|Jeremy Wagnitz, University of Nebraska Graduate Student|
|Dr. Gordon Wardell, S.A.F.E. Research & Development|
|Claire Waring, editor Bee Craft, co-author Teach Yourself Beekeeping, ENGLAND|
Claire has kept bees since 1980. Involvement in her local beekeeping association lead to national association activity ( Central Association of Beekeepers and the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association (BIBBA) plus the BBKA (British Beekeepers Association. She served on the BBKA Publicity and Promotions Committee and its Executive Committee. In 2004, Claire was the first woman to be appointed General Secretary of the BBKA and she was granted Honorary Membership in 2007. Following the establishment of a beekeeping project in Nepal in 1994, Claire was active in the foundation of the UK charity Bees Abroad which aims to relieve poverty through beekeeping. The charity now has projects in Nepal, Cameroon, Malawi and Kenya. Claire was appointed editor of Bee Craft in 1997 and with husband Adrian recently written Teach Yourself Beekeeping. She also is Secretary for the British Alpaca Society.
|Kent Williams, President EAS, President KY State Beekeepers, EAS Master Beekeeper, Wingo, KY|
Kent is organizing EAS in 2008 at Murray State University in western KY. He keeps bees in KY and Mississippi. He is a popular speaker on bees and beekeeping.
|Michael Young, Beekeeper, Chef, mead maker [& a nice fellow], Hillsboro, IRELAND|
Michael teaches Culinary Arts at the Belfast Institute, Northern Ireland. He has been President of the Ulster Beekeepers' Association, Chairman of Dromore District Beekeepers' Association and co-founder and Chairman of the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers. Michael writes extensively for American and English bee magazines in areas of gourmet cooking with honey, encaustic wax painting, mead making, plus candle and wax model making. He is the only person to be awarded Honey Judge Certification of the Irish, Welsh, British and Scottish Honey Societies (+Georgia (USA) Honey Judge Certificate) and will be judge at the EAS International honey show this year. He has been a special feature of the last five EAS meetings (including Maine where he cooked our lobster).
Updated June 19, 2008