CARE hosts the 16th Annual SAHBRC Symposium

On February 22nd, the Center for Analytics Research and Education (CARE) hosted the 16th Annual Southern Appalachian Honey Bee Research Consortium (SAHBRC) with students, professors, technicians, postdoc, alumni, staff and executives attending. 60 representatives attended from Appalachian State University, East Tennessee State University, North Carolina State University, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Virginia Tech University, Wake Forest University and HiveTracks. This symposium gives students and postdocs the opportunity to showcase their honey bee and pollinator related research to other institutions in the Southern Appalachian area. 

CARE has now participated in four SAHBRC symposiums. Executive Director for CARE and Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems, Dr. Joseph Cazier, Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Computer Science, Dr. James Wilkes and Chief Data Officer for CARE and Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems, Dr. Edgar Hassler were all in attendance and chaired sessions throughout the symposium.

“The SAHBRC allows students to showcase their research work and understand it in a larger context. It also provides more senior scholars in the region with an opportunity to see what others are working on and to discover new collaboration possibilities,” state Hassler.

Here is a link to the photo album from the event.

CARE students, postdoc and research associates presented throughout the symposium on a variety of research topics that the Center has been conducting in the past year. Sustainability analytics graduate student, Megan Macdonald presented on “A dataset of Varroa Survey,” visiting scholar, Andrew Scott presented on the “BPractices Project - Correlating Good Beekeeping Practices with Data” and postdoc, Awad Hassan presented on “Prospective advantages of GIS in apiculture.”

CARE’s participation in SAHBRC is an important research step for students working in the Center’s Honey Bee research stream. Bouncing technological ideas in apiculture, networking with other leaders in the area and sharing research goals are all valuable experiences for students. Stay tuned to the CARE website and social media in the coming months for more information about The World Bee Count. 

“After presenting at SAHBRC last year, it was great to see how the research projects of other students have evolved and expanded in a years time,” stated Scott.

Following the SAHBRC leadership committee meeting, it was announced that the 17th and 18th annual SAHBRC symposium would be held by East Tennessee State University and Virginia Tech University respectively.

Funding for the symposium was made possible, in part by the Walker College of Business, Dean’s Club at Appalachian State University. Thank you, Dean Vannoy, for your continued support of our research, and thank you to Samantha Fuentes for the organization of the event.

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About the Center for Analytics Research & Education
The Center for Analytics Research & Education is housed within the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. The mission of CARE is to engage and utilize the knowledge of our students, faculty and staff to help promote prosocial behavioral change within organizations and society. 

About the Department of Computer Information Systems
At Appalachian State University, computer information systems (CIS) students gain valuable professional skills and capabilities that prepare them for careers in a wide variety of technology-related industries. Students learn how to successfully interface between the technical and management aspects within organizations. Part of the Walker College of Business, the Department of Computer Information Systems offers one of 10 undergraduate business majors at Appalachian, all of which promote solid business acumen and technical fundamentals. Learn more at

About the Department of Computer Science
Appalachian’s Department of Computer Science provides a rigorous, high-quality education that prepares students for the computing industry or graduate education. It offers a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, which is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, and a Master of Science degree in computer science. Learn more at

About the Walker College of Business
The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 3,000 undergraduates in 10 majors and 175 graduate students in three master's programs, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business. Learn more at



Published: Feb 27, 2020 10:03am