Presented by Elizabeth Petrik, Ryan Kuzmickas, and Kevin Ma


Honeybees are creating a buzz in the media lately, particularly due to the large numbers of mysterious bee deaths attributed to Colony Collapse Disorder. This lecture will explore how these amazing creatures play an important role in our economy and inspire the future of robotics, as well as what we know about the threats to bee health. First, Elizabeth will discuss how bee biology and behavior allows many individual bees to function together as a colony. She will also use her personal experience to explain how beekeepers establish and maintain successful beehives. Next, Ryan will evaluate potential causes of Colony Collapse Disorder and other causes of bee deaths in the United States. Finally, Kevin will talk about his work on current efforts to engineer RoboBees, a potential technological answer to “the end of bees.”


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