"Honey Bees as Chemists" - Prof. May Berenbaum, UIUC Entomologist (Nov.17)

Created by Josh Kurutz on Oct 20, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017 at College of DuPage

Starts at 6:30 PM · Ends on Nov 17, 2017 at 10:00 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

  • Josh Kurutz

berenbaum-m_2017cr.jpgProf. 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 - 7:30  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 7:45  Introductory remarks by Fran Kravitz, Chicago Section Chair
  • 7:45 - 8:30  Lecture by Speaker


  • 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!

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 #2College 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 #3Purdue 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 ( 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: << link >>

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:


Purdue Gyte bldgSTREAMING LOCATION #3:

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

Map and directions: << link >>






$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 LECTURE ONLY, Site #3

$15.00 T-shirt: CHICAgO Elements

$10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue

$0.00 Donation to Project SEED

$0.00 Company Sponsorship

$0.00 Individual Donation

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd Glen Ellyn, IL United States