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Beekeeper’s Stage

 

9:30 am  –  Superorganisms: Honeybee biology and their importance, Dr. Osman Kaftanoglu

Dr. Osman Kaftanoglu

Osman Kaftanoglu was graduated from the Cukurova University in Adana, Turkey in 1975. He received his PhD from the University of California Davis in 1983. He returned to Turkey after his graduation and started working at the Cukurova University. He became an Associate Professor in 1987 and full professor in 1994. 

He was invited to Arizona State University 2005. He worked at  ASU School of Life Sciences as a faculty for over 13 years and conducted research on honey bee biology and taught “Honey Bee Biology and Apiculture” “Introduction to beekeeping” and “Instrumental insemination of queen honey bees” at ASU. He has published over 60 research articles in many beekeeping and scientific journals. 

Dr. Kaftanoglu is mainly worked on honey bee genetics and breeding, evolution and development of honey bees, honey bee behavior, honey bee reproductive physiology and toxicology. He is an expert on honey bee management, queen rearing, and instrumental insemination of queen honey bees, in vitro honey bee rearing techniques and bumblebee breeding. He has conducted a NATO Science for Stability Program project “Domestication of bumblebees and using them in the greenhouses for the pollination of cultivated crops” between 1994 and 1998.

Dr. Kaftanoglu published over 60 research papers in different scientific and beekeeping journals, presented hundreds of talks at the beekeeping meetings and conferences. He received the student of the year in the USA and Canada by the Eastern Apicultural Society in 1981, the Incentive Award given by the Turkish National Science and Technical Council in 1988 and honorary Professorship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Honey Bee Research Institute in 2000. 

Dr. Kaftanoglu has retired from ASU as of July 2018. He has established an apiary and bee farm in Coolidge AZ, rearing queen bees,  instrumentally inseminated breeder queens and package bees. He is planning to give hands on  beekeeping and instrumental insemination courses to promote beekeeping in AZ. His family owns a beekeeping supply company Kaftan LLC, being the distributor of insulated and ventilated Apimaye bee hives and beekeeping equipment. 

For a list of selected publications by Dr. Osman, click HERE.

 

10:30 am  –  Seasonal Beekeeping, Dr. Cahit Ozturk

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Dr. Cahit Ozturk

Cahit Ozturk is an apiarist with 30 years experiences in beekeeping. He is working on honeybee colony management, breeding, instrumental insemination, honeybee behavior and in vitro rearing of honeybees at Arizona State University. He is the Research Technologist for responsible honey bee researches at the bee labs colonies.

For a list of Dr. Ozturk’s publications click HERE.

 

11:30 am  –  Bees, the Great Pollinators, Derrick Shields

Derrick Shields

Derrick Shields has been beekeeping and performing live honeybee removal and relocations within Maricopa County for the past five years. He has partnered with his brother, David, to form D & D Beekeeping. During his five years of beekeeping, he has successfully and humanely relocated over 275 colonies of honeybees.

Derrick has been the official beekeeper of the spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona – Sloan Park – Home of the Chicago Cubs for the last two years. Besides relocating bees, Derrick manages honeybee colonies at Greenhouse Gardens farm in Chandler and The Farm at Agritopia, a certified organic farm, located in Gilbert, AZ

Derrick has been an active member of BACA – Beekeepers Association of Central Arizona, Arizona Backyard Beekeepers group as well as the American Beekeeping Federation. He has taken a beekeeping class from Dr Koftanoglu at the ASU Bee Lab in Mesa, Arizona. Derrick has also publicly spoken about the importance of bees at schools, libraries, sadult centers and at last years’ Arizona Honeybee Festival.

In 2016, Andrew Gooi from Food Talkies, working with photographer Mark Lipczynski, created a two minute video presented by BITE called “Air” for their “Elements” story featuring Derrick beekeeping at The Farm at Agritopia.

Watch it HERE

In 2017, D & D Beekeeping took three first place ribbons at the Arizona State Fair for liquid honey and mead.

 

12:30 pm  –  Gardening For Bees, Mike Hills

Mike Hills

Mike grew up in Southern California and Arizona, and has gardened in Arizona with his family since moving to Tucson in 1965.  Mike kept honeybees as a teenager in Scottsdale in the 1970’s, before the arrival of the Africanized honeybees, and is in the process of starting beekeeping again with his sister Marie.  Native bees as well as honeybees have always fascinated him.  His interest in gardening lines up well with interests in all of our native pollinators. 

With a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and Plant Sciences from the University of Arizona CALS, Mike has worked in the turf and forage planting seed industry since 1980, working with customers throughout the USA and overseas.  He serves on the board of the Arizona Crop Improvement Association, and currently chairs the Maricopa County Extension Advisory Board.  A Maricopa County Master Gardener since 1996, Mike speaks on a number of gardening and pollinator related topics and also guides historic herb use tours at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Past President of the Arizona Herb Association, Mike manages the herb demonstration garden at Maricopa County Extension with fellow herbie and MG Pam Perry.

 

1:30 pm  –  Bee Programming, Shane “Bee Charmer” Lee

Shane “Bee Charmer” Lee
Shane Bee Charmer Lee was initiated into the realm of bees in Phoenix, Arizona. It was not the sweet, golden honey bee that began to open the door of hive consciousness for Shane; it was the killer bee. Shane was stung over 100 times during a hive removal and met the queen bee in his heart for the first time. He then moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2014 with his wife Susana and daughter Satya, where his non-profit Gentle Hive was created. He is known throughout the bee community worldwide and is devoted to creating educational guidelines and laws that implement non-chemical alternatives to commercial beekeeping. Shane’s technique of beekeeping is truly heart centered, the love language of the bees radiate within his teachings and wisdom.
Check out his YouTube channel HERE.

Education Stage

 

9:30 am  –  Beekeeping 101, Roy Arnold

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Roy Arnold

Roy Arnold has been a beekeeper in Arizona for several years and enjoys sharing about honeybees. His two great passions is applying his experience and knowledge to mentor new beekeepers with hands-on training and support, and to educate the public about the importance of rehabilitating Africanized bees through “genetic warfare.” He rescues honeybee swarms as well as colonies that have setup home where they are not wanted (i.e. your house). The goal at Roy’s Bees is to save our honeybees one hive at a time from exterminators, and to educate the community on the importance of honeybees. Educating and mentoring new beekeepers in the craft of beekeeping is part of that goal.

 

11:30 am  –  The Diverse Classroom and Bees

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Brittney Oden

Brittney Oden currently teaches 7-8th grade special education. She is passionate about bringing science to her students and helping all educators incorporate science into their daily instruction to support diverse learners in their own classrooms. Brittney presented at the ASU iTeachELL Stem Camp in 2017 and 2018. She has organized her district’s special education science fair for the last two years. Brittney recently earned the title of ASTA Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award for 2018.

Check out Brittney’s blog post about Diverse Classrooms HERE.

And her Classroom Resources HERE.

 

1:30 pm  –  Bee Relocation, Roy Arnold

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Roy Arnold

Roy Arnold has been a beekeeper in Arizona for several years and enjoys sharing about honeybees. His two great passions is applying his experience and knowledge to mentor new beekeepers with hands-on training and support, and to educate the public about the importance of rehabilitating Africanized bees through “genetic warfare.” He rescues honeybee swarms as well as colonies that have setup home where they are not wanted (i.e. your house). The goal at Roy’s Bees is to save our honeybees one hive at a time from exterminators, and to educate the community on the importance of honeybees. Educating and mentoring new beekeepers in the craft of beekeeping is part of that goal.

 

 

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