2018 Annual Convention
November 8th -10th
Frank Mayborn Event & Convention Center
3303 N 3rd St., Temple, TX 76501
** 9 am to 5 pm **
Speakers’ BiosDr. Reed Johnson earned his Ph.D. in Entomology in 2008 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Johnson is responsible for research and publications on topics such as the use of sequencing to determine the floral origin of bee-collected pollen, and extensive honey bee toxicology research on the effects of fungus, pesticides, and the survival of immature bees. Dr. Johnson hosts online classes and has frequently published videos to help educate the beekeeping community on an ongoing basis.
Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Michigan State University Professor Emeritus of Entomology, has specialized in Apiculture for 65 years. His teaching, Cooperative Extension, and research interests in the biology and management of the honey bee include seminal work in pollination of orchard crops. He has been the author, or co-author, of numerous research articles on bee diseases, varroa population dynamics and control, pollination systems, and more.
After a short six-year career as a public school teacher, George Hansen and his wife Susan transformed a hobby beekeeping operation into a commercial endeavor. The business started from a few swarms and a collection of retrieved nuisance hives, but now runs 5000 + colonies in three states. Sons Matt and Joe are incrementally taking control of the business, as George moves towards an as yet undefined retirement. Although the name of the company never changed, the focus of the beekeeping is now primarily pollination service, with honey, wax and bee sales making up no more than 30 percent of gross revenues. George is an active member of the beekeeping community, promoting the industry’s interests as past president of the American Beekeeping Federation. For a decade he served as a producer representative on the National Honey Board. He continues to serve as a trustee on the Foundation for the Preservation of the Honey Bee, and on the board of the Bee Informed Partnership. Currently George represents the industry on the national Honey Bee Health Coalition.
Dr. Juliana Rangel obtained her Ph. D. at the end of 2009 and in 2010 she joined the laboratory of Dr. David R. Tarpy at North Carolina State University as the coordinator of the “Born and Bred in North Carolina: Queen-Rearing and Bee-Breeding Program,” through which she trained over 1,000 beekeepers across several states in the North Eastern ited States. In 2010, Juliana was awarded one of 15 National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biology. As a postdoctoral fellow, Juliana conducted field and laboratory experiments aimed at determining the mechanisms and causes of queen replacement in honey bees, one of the biggest problems facing the beekeeping industry today. In January 2013, Juliana became the new Assistant Professor of Apiculture in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Her research program focuses on the biological and environmental factors that influence the reproductive quality of honey bee queens and drones.
Dr. Dewey M. Caron
Dr. Dewey M. Caron is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University. He spent 40+ years teaching, doing bee extension and bee/pollination research at Cornell (1967-70), University of MD, College Park (1970-1981) and University of DE, Newark DE (1981-2009).
With retirement in 2009, he moved from Newark, DE to Portland, Oregon to be closer to 5 grandkids. He spends 4-6 months each year in Bolivia (spouse’s family), where he keeps Africanized bees and teaches beekeeping (in Spanish). The rest of the year he is in the northern hemisphere. He has 5 backyard colonies in Tigard OR of docile European bees. He continues his passion of paying forward bee knowledge giving Bee Short Courses and lectures to various bee clubs and state organizations in the U.S. and Europe. He is active in both WAS and EAS and currently is Advisor for EAS Master Beekeeper program and the OR Master Beekeeper program. He represents WAS on the Honey Bee Health Coalition.