[Postponed] Dr. Marla Spivak

May 29, 8:30am - 10:00am CDT. Hosted at Streaming Online

part of a series on Nature

About the speaker

Dr. Marla Spivak is an American entomologist, and Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota specializing in apiculture and social insects. She and Gary Reuter bred a line of honey bees, the Minnesota Hygienic line, and are now initiating a new breeding program to select bees that can defend themselves against diseases and parasitic mites. Other current research includes studies of the benefits of plant resins (propolis) to honey bees, and the effects of agricultural landscapes and pesticides on bee health.

Marla’s interest in bees began when she worked for a commercial beekeeper in New Mexico in 1975. She obtained her PhD from the University of Kansas in 1989 on the identification and ecology of Africanized and European honey bees in Costa Rica. She was a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Insect Science at the University of Arizona before coming to the University of Minnesota in 1993.

Photo credit: University of Minnesota

Additional details

EVENT POSTPONED To our friends and our community,

We have decided we will not be hosting the event this morning as planned. Our city is hurting. The events that occurred all throughout the night and over the past few days are part of something larger and we believe it’s important to give this action and emotion the time and space it needs. While we always believe in the importance of creativity, we recognize that right now we need to take a step back and support our friends, neighbors, and community with their most basic needs. We encourage you to take care of yourself and check in with those you care about during this time and to be safe out there, however you are grieving and supporting. We love this community and we believe in its resilience. But for now, this is the decision we have come to as a team. Please reach out to us if you need anything.

Thank you. Be Safe.

-CM/MSP Team


Virtual Event May’s event will be virtual. Register as usual, and we will email all attendees with details about how to join the virtual event on Friday morning. Please download & install Zoom before the event - don’t worry, it’s free.

What will this event be like? CreativeMornings is all about community and inspiration. Our virtual event will start at 8:30am with coffee time and opportunities to connect with our creative community. Our speaker will give a talk and we’ll follow with Q&A. We’re into (virtual) high-fives and connecting with each other.

This Month’s Theme: Nature This month’s theme is Nature, chosen by our Salt Lake City chapter, illustrated by David Habben, and presented by our global partner Wordpress.com.

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