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Science Cafe: Bees – Keep Them Thriving In Your Backyard

April 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Come and hear from a Maryland beekeeper who is active in the bee protection movement how you can strengthen the local bee population in your own backyard.

About our Speaker
Luke Goembel, an award-winning former NASA spacecraft instrument designer, decided to try his hand at beekeeping in 2009, when he learned that producing honey himself would be cheaper than buying it. He bought five pounds of bees and has not bought another package since — something that’s unusual for a Maryland beekeeper given that they lost an average of 61 percent of their hives in 2015 alone. Goembel, who has become active in the bee protection movement, says bees are dying because of the pesticides being used in the state.

About Science Cafe:

Science Cafés are open to everyone and feature a scientist engaging and leading the discussion to encourage conversation, debate, and interaction. The Rockville Science Café is organized by RSC Board member Ruth Hanessian and Tina Paul of Sigma Xi, and allows our community to explore the latest ideas in science and technology outside of a traditional academic context. Contact Ruth with any questions at 301-674-RUTH.

Rockville Science Cafe is held at Branded ’72 Pit Barbecue, which serves awesome BBQ, plus vegetarian dishes and salads. Arrive early if you want to buy dinner or a drink and get a table.


April 18, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Branded ’72
387 E Gude Dr
Rockville, 20850 United States
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