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Apr 22

Responding to an S.O.S. from the Commercial Beekeeping Industry

1:00 pm EDT

Presented by: Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota
Given the chronic health problems facing honey bees and the increasing demand for pollination services from almond, blueberry, cranberry, apple, vine crops and many other growers, commercial beekeepers and breeders have requested assistance in maintaining healthy colonies. To this end, we began a novel “Bee Tech Transfer Team” program through the Bee Informed Partnership, a 5-year grant funded by USDA-NIFA. These teams consist of independent beekeepers that provide on-the-ground services to commercial beekeepers to assess and record colony health information; survey beekeepers about management; test for bee diseases and parasites; and assist in breeding bees that are more resistant to diseases and parasites. There is demand for this program nationwide and we are exploring ways to ensure that the Tech Team services are economically sustainable after the funding ends in 2016. As bees are directly or indirectly responsible for 35% of our diet through their pollination services, it is critical to increase effort to keep bees healthy and to provide hands-on assistance to the beleaguered beekeeping industry throughout the U.S.

To register for the webinar go to: http://ncrcrd.msu.edu/ncrcrd/innovations_in_agriculture_and_rural_development

This webinar is hosted by NCRCRD
Apr 23

Spray Foam Insulation and Building Science Webinar

1:00 pm EDT

Dr. Claudette Reichel, Lousiana State University will talk foam insulation, building science, moisture concerns and hvac systems.

April 23, 2014 1-2:30 ET


Claudette Reichel


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Apr 23

Flipping Faculty Development for More Effective One-Offs

2:00 pm EDT

To meet the demand for faculty development of teaching and learning skills, we must find an approach for facilitating one-offs that encourages long-term remembrance, critical thinking, and meaningful application of skill and knowledge. Flipping faculty development provides those benefits by requiring advanced preparation, live tutoring and hands-on practice, and post-session homework.

At the end of this informational webinar, participants will have learned about

  • flipped faculty development
  • how it can be used for both skill-building and knowledge-building.
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