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APIGIENE

Domenic Pennetta, Lucya Keune, Madeline Tomczak, Jesse Grumelot 

The Apigiene project explores the use of biological materials to deter the number of mite infestations in bee hives.

A new design for the langstroth hive, Apigiene prevents bee colony collapse by adding a fibrous brush filled with zebra mussel diatoms to the apiary to target Varroa mites on the surface of adult bees. 


instructors

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Eric Zeigler is an artist, designer, and researcher whose current work involves photography and unconventional transformation of images. He received an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and exhibits his work nationally. Examples can be found at www.ericzeigler.com. Zeigler is a Lecturer of Multidisciplinary Art and Foundations in the Department of Art at the University of Toledo. He created and runs the Art Print Center which serves as a hub for all digital artwork production by university students, faculty, and local artists. 

 

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Based in Toledo, Ohio, Brian Carpenter works as a artist, teacher, researcher, and curator. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2012. He originates exhibitions as the Gallery Director and is a Lecturer of Art in the Department of Art at the University of Toledo. Carpenter teaches Fundamentals in Art Studio Technologies; 3D Concepts; Gallery Practices; Concepts in Art, Studio and Theory; and BFA Thesis. In 2016, he also co-founded and serves as Director of Curation for Contemporary Art Toledo, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the production, presentation, and promotion of ideas by visual artists from around the Great Lakes region and the world.

 

Mentors

Dr. Patty Relue is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo. Her laboratory projects apply engineering first principles to solve problems involving biological systems. These problems include improving sugar recovery from biomass, the production of furans and other high-value products from biomass, and development of techniques for non-invasive measurement of metabolites and compounds.

Dr. Brian Trease is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Toledo. He was a mechanical engineer and research technologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 2008 - 2017. His research interests include mechanism design, deployable structures, multifunctional materials, optimization, compliant mechanisms, and spaceflight hardware. 

Dr. Henry Streby is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at The University of Toledo. His research and teaching interests include avian ecology, wildlife management and conservation, and ecological analysis

Dr. Jon Bossenbroek is an Associate Professor of Ecology at The University of Toledo. His research and teaching interests include invasion, landscape, and watershed ecology; modeling dispersal mechanisms; predicting habitat suitability.

Dr. John Gray is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Toledo. The two main research foci in his laboratory include plant nutrition and regulomics. Underlying both of the main projects is an interest in elucidating the molecular mechanisms by which plants respond to biotic and abiotic stresses in the environment. 

Dr. Sridhar Viamajala is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of Toledo. His research interests fall into two broad areas: Algal biofuels and issues related to quantifying phototropic growth and Lignocellulose-derived biofuels and issues related to enzymatic digestion at high solid concentration and carbonic acid pretreatment.

Sarah Fischer is an environmental studies graduate student at The University of Toledo.

 

Banner image: Michael D. Beckwith, The Leeds Library