Mark Your Calendars!
CIBA Winter Seminar

Saturday, March 19, 2022

All day event!

Reserve this date - we hope you will join us!  


Updates for this seminar will be available on this page, as well as in the following publications:


  • Iowa Honey Producers Association BUZZ

  • Central Iowa Beekeepers Association BEELINE

COVID-19 Recommendations

We are recommending that everyone wear a mask, since this meeting will be indoors.  


Grimes Community Complex

Grimes, Iowa



  • All-day seminar.

  • Lunch will be served.

  • Speaker information below. 

Dr. Tom Seeley (via Zoom)

Horace White Professor in Biology, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior

Cornell University. Ithaca, NY

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Dr. Seeley is the author of several books on honeybee behavior, including Honeybee Democracy (2010) The Wisdom of the Hive (1995) and his most recent books Following the Wild Bees (2016) and The Lives of Bees (2019).  He is an invited speaker across the US and internationally.  In 2001 Dr. Seeley received the Humboldt Prize in Biology given to internationally renowned scientists and scholars.  His studies emphasize swarm intelligence (the solving of cognitive problems by a group of individuals who pool their knowledge and process it through social interactions) by investigating how bees collectively make decisions.

Dr. Carol Fassbinder-Orth (in person)

Professor of Zoonotic Diseases, Department of Biology

Creighton University, Omaha, NE 

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Dr. Fassbinder-Orth grew up on a commercial bee farm in northeast Iowa (Fassbinder Apiaries).  She received a B.S. in Genetics from Iowa State University in 2003, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008.  She has been a faculty member at Creighton University in Omaha, NE since 2008.  Carol Is the Director for the Center of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at Creighton.  Carol and her husband Brian own Bountiful Blossoms Bee Company in Glenwood, IA, where they sell over 40 different honey and beeswax products, and Carol uses their 50 colonies for her research projects.  Her research focus is on honey bee disease biology, with a specific focus on honey bee viruses.  Carol’s 17-year old daughter, Amara, also researches bees, and has devised a machine-learning program that predicts the health state of a colony based on sound collected from the hive.  Beekeeping runs in their family!

Randall Cass (in person)

Bee Extension Specialist, Department of Entomology and Extension and Outreach

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

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Randall joined Iowa State University in 2017, becoming the institution's first bee extension specialist in over 70 years. In his role he coordinates bee research, manages the university's honey apiary, lectures, and provides outreach to beekeepers, farmers, and landowners. Cass is especially interested in taking an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to controlling honey bee pests and conducting research exploring the effects of landscape on colony health. Prior to coming to Iowa State, he managed rural development programs in Guatemala and El Salvador, working with small farmers and beekeepers. Randall holds a Master of Science from the University of California, Davis and a B.A. from Willamette University.

Andy Joseph (in person)

Iowa State Apiarist, Entomology & Plant Science Bureau

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Management, Ankeny, IA

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Andy has been with IDALS as the State Apiarist for 14 years.  Andy has a MS in Entomology from the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington.  Andy’s research at UK focused on bees as pollinators in monoculture – looking at the role of nectar foraging in relation to overall foraging activity and, ultimately, plant pollination.  He travels the state working with beekeepers.  Andy oversees the Apiary program which is a combination of regulatory certification, beekeeper education efforts, and promotion of the beekeeping industry.  Additionally, with his family, he keeps about 200 bee hives in the Des Moines area.  Andy is the lead instructor for a well-attended beekeeper class most years in Central Iowa for beginning beeks and serves on the Board of the Iowa Honey Producers Association.