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NPR's Science Friday!

Anne Leonard

Felicity demonstrates a new system for marking bees with magnetic thorax tags.

Felicity demonstrates a new system for marking bees with magnetic thorax tags.

Dr. Felicity Muth, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab, is due to be on Science Friday today! (March 3, 11-1 PST). Felicity will be discussing new research on bee intelligence, alongside host Ira Flatow and UK researcher Dr. Lars Chittka.

Listen to the 17 minute segment, and read a few more details available at: http://sciencefriday.com/segments/the-secret-smart-life-of-bees/

If you found your way here after listening to the show, here are links to Felicity's:

 

PBS Video "Deep Look"

Anne Leonard

Josh Cassidy's awesome footage

Josh Cassidy's awesome footage

We're super excited about this short video and article put out by Deep Look, a science series produced by childhood-dominating Bay Area PBS station KQED! Filmmaker Josh Cassidy visited our lab for 2 days in April, and got some great footage of our bees on persian violet (Exacum affine). Jake makes a cameo in the footage, and his research is featured in the article by Lisa Potter. It was a great experience start to finish!

Deep Look is a great series that combines beautiful footage with truly in-depth science, and I highly recommend subscribing on YouTube!

A Better Nectar

Peter Leonard

Brian Forrest, courtesy of University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach

Brian Forrest, courtesy of University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach

"A Better Nectar" art exhibit by Jessica Rath is also now open at the Cal State Long Breach Art Museum. Our lab has had a lot of fun consulting with Jessica on this amazing project, and we can't wait to check it out when we head down for a panel discussion on March 26th. A major theme is the disconnect between different sensory worlds, and how we attempt to study communication between bees and flowers. We can't wait to "shrink down" and explore the nest! Here's a press release and a nice write up of the work.

March Update: We had a fabulous time traveling down to the show, and participating in a panel discussion. The exhibit is getting some even broader press, via LA Weekly.

A campus reporter, Helen Zhao, also produced a great short about the show.

Nectar guides

Anne Leonard

Functional Ecology paper selected as video highlight and featured in Science News

A video describing recent research by Leonard and Papaj on whether nectar guides influence the foraging preferences of bumblebees Read the article: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.01885.x/abstract Read the Functional Ecology journal: http://www.functionalecology.org/view/0/index.html Duncan J Irschick Executive Editor