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Online talk February 2023 – May Berenbaum
1 February @ 18:30 – 19:45
The Royal Entomological Society organises insect science conferences and events around the UK and the world for people at all stages of career and interest.
Becoming a member entitles you to discounted (and sometimes free) access to the majority of events.
The Royal Entomological Society’s online talk series
These online meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month from 19.30 to 20.45 (UK time).
There will also be an opportunity to hear some exciting updates about the Society and its activities.
Please note: this talk will start one hour earlier than usual at 18.30 UK
Speaker: May Berenbaum
Professor of Entomology
University of Illinois
Why honey bees make honey
“The only reason for being a bee is to make honey. And the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.”Among the more famous A.A.Milne quotes from Winnie the Pooh
As it happens, May has been working on why bees make honey (with some of the reasons described in her annual review “Honey as a functional food for Apis mellifera“
Professor May Roberta Berenbaum is a professor of entomology at the University of Illinois and IGB faculty member. Her research focuses on chemical interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants, and the implications of these interactions on the organization of natural communities and the evolution of species.
In 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honour for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology, according to an announcement from the White House Press Office.
She also created the Insect Fear Film Festival. The festival engages and entertains hundreds of viewers each year with feature-length films and shorts, commentary on the films, an insect petting zoo and an insect art contest.
Berenbaum graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University in 1975. She earned a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University in 1980.