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    "Honey Bees as Chemists" - Prof. May Berenbaum, UIUC Entomologist

    November 17, 2017
    5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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    College of DuPage - Health and Sciences Building
    425 Fawell Blvd
    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

    Prof. May Berenbaum

    - University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign -
    Head of the Department of Entomology
    National Medal of Science Awardee

    "Honey Bees as Chemists"


    For decades, nutritionists and bee scientists have dismissed honey as little more than sugar water. It's now clear, however, that honey contains a broad diversity of phytochemicals that vary with the nectar sources utilized by the bees in its production. These phytochemicals possess an extraordinary range of biological activities, which bees have adapted to meet their own physiological and behavioral requirements. They serve as attractants, deterrents, and intoxicants that determine rates of nectar intake, as antimicrobial agents for self-medication, as antioxidants to enhance longevity, and as physiological regulators of caste, memory, and detoxification. This dependence upon honey takes on new relevance for bee health in the context of decreasing availability of natural forage and the increasing use of sugar substitutes by beekeepers.


    • 5:30 - 6:30  Registration, Poster Session, & Social Hour
    • 6:30 - 7:00  Dinner 
    • 7:00 - Lecture by speaker (introductory remarks,Fran Kravitz, Chicago Section Chair)
    • 8:30+          Younger Chemists' Happy Hour (only in Wheaton, IL)


    • MAIN SITE (With live speaker): College of DuPage
    • STREAMING LOCATION #1: Loyola University
    • STREAMING LOCATION #2: College of Lake County (Southlake Campus)
    • STREAMING LOCATION #3: Purdue University Northwest Campus


    Undergraduates will present posters describing their research, and the best one will win a prize! Want to present a poster? Register here:

    YCC THANKSGIVING HAPPY HOUR (after the talk):

    LOCATION: Warrens Ale House; 51 Town Square; Wheaton, IL 60189

    DINNER - ALL SITES/Depends on location:

    MAIN SITE: College of DuPage

    Choice of:

    Grilled Tuscan Chicken Breast Box Meal (Grilled Chicken Breast, Provolone, Leaf Lettuce, sliced Tomato and Pesto Mayonnaise on Demi Asiago Roll). Served with potato chips, a piece of fruit and beverage)


    Einstein Veg Out Box Meal (Garden Veggie Shmear, Sun Dried Tomato Shmear, Red Onions, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Spinach and Tomatoes) Served with potato chips, fruit salad, cookie and beverage)  

    REMOTE SITE #1:  Loyola University

    Dinner will be served cafeteria style at nearby de Nobili Cafeteria across Sheridan Road.

    REMOTE SITE #2 College of Lake County (Southlake Campus) Choice of:

    Panera Turkey Sandwich Box Lunch (Oven roasted turkey raised without antibiotics, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, Basil Pesto, pure mayo, spicy mustard, salt and pepper on  Asiago Cheese Focaccia. Served with potato chips, pickle, a cookie and beverage.)


    Panera Mediterranean Veggie Boxed Lunch (Zesty sweet Peppadew piquant peppers, feta cheese, cucumbers, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions and cilantro-jalapeno hummus with salt and pepper on thin sliced Tomato Basil. Served with potato chips, pickle, a cookie and beverage.)

    REMOTE SITE #3 Purdue University, Northwest Campus

    Choice of:
    - Italian Roast Beef with French Fries OR  
    - Mostaccioli with Marinara Sauce OR
    - Vegetable Panini


    Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, Nov. 14
    Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon Thursday, Nov. 16

    PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]) if you have any questions


    Dr. May R. Berenbaum an entomologist whose research has focused on the chemical mechanisms underlying interactions between insects and their host plants.Her work has transformed the field of chemical ecology, fundamentally changing our understanding of the implications of the dealings between insects that eat plants and the plants they eat. Dr. Berenbaum’s research also has provided a genetic basis for the theory of coevolution through elegant ecological experiments and chemical and genetic analyses. Dr. Berenbaum has taken leadership roles on major insect-related problems that are front and center issues today: insects and GM crops, pollinator declines, invasive species, pesticides and resistance, and insect conservation. She is one of the prominent researchers in the scientific response to Colony Collapse Disorder and other stresses involved in the escalating colony losses that beekeepers have been facing.

    Since 1992, Dr. Berenbaum has been head of the department of entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also has held the endowed Swanlund Chair of Entomology at U of I since 1996. President Barack Obama awarded Dr. Berenbaum the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor, in 2014.

    Among her many other honors and awards are National Associate, an honor reserved for National Academy of Sciences members who have made extraordinary contributions to the National Research Council; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement;  George Mercer Award, Ecological Society of America; Founder’s Memorial Award, Entomological Society of America; and Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award, American Association for the Advancement of Science


    College of DuPage MapLIVE LECTURE:

    College of DuPage
    Health & Sciences Building, Room HSC-1234
    425 Fawell Blvd
    Glen Ellyn, IL  60137

    Map & Directions:

    PARKING: $0.00 cash/credit

    Parking Structure
    Street address; Chicago, IL 60607



    Loyola University
    Life Science Bilding, Room 142 (Auditorium)
    1050 W. Sheridan Rd.
    Chicago, IL

    Map and directions:

    PARKING: $7 in the main lot


    College of Lake County, Southlake Campus
    Room V336-340
    1120 S. Milwaukee Ave.
    Vernon Hills, IL 60061-3195

    Map and directions: 

    PARKING: Free 

    Purdue Gyte bldgSTREAMING LOCATION #3:

    Purdue university Northwest
    Gyte Building, Room 240
    2200 169th St.
    Hammond, IN  46323

    Map and directions:

    PARKING: Free





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    $15.00 MAIN SITE - Member

    $15.00 MAIN SITE - AIChE Member

    $17.00 MAIN SITE - Non-member

    $15.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Member ticket (buffet dinner)

    $15.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - AIChE Member (buffet dinner)

    $17.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Non-member ticket (buffet dinner)

    $15.00 REMOTE SITE #2 - Member ticket

    $15.00 REMOTE SITE #2 - AIChE Member

    $17.00 REMOTE SITE #2 - Non-member ticket

    $10.00 REMOTE SITE #3: Member

    $10.00 REMOTE SITE #3 - AIChE ticket

    $12.00 REMOTE SITE #3 - Nonmember

    $0.00 MAIN SITE - Lecture only

    $0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Lecture-only

    $0.00 REMOTE SITE #2 - Lecture-only

    $0.00 REMOTE SITE #3 - Lecture Only

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue