Appalachian students, professors present research as part of the 14th annual Southern Appalachian Honeybee Research Consortium

Appalachian State University students participated in the Southern Appalachian Honeybee Research Consortium (SAHRC) Student and Postdoc Symposium on February 17, 2018.

The 14th annual event was hosted by Wake Forest University's Department of Biology in Winston Salem, NC.

The Appalachian students presented their research from recent projects coordinated through the Walker College of Business Center for Analytics Research & Education (CARE).

Of the five student researchers, three—Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery, Kiefer Smith and Dan Emery—are earning a Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics and two—Avery Dobbins and Alisha Sprinkle—are undergraduate students.

Montgomery presented about Using the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) to Encourage Electronic Record Keeping in Apiaries. Montgomery's work is in collaboration with computer information systems professors Ed Hassler and Joseph Cazier and computer science professor James Wilkes.

Smith and Emery shared insights on Data Mining Electronic Hive Records, a project in collaboration they've spearheaded with Wilkes and Cazier.

Dobbins and Sprinkle presented on Blocks for Bees: Using Blockchain Technology to Address Bee Business Problems, which has been supervised by Cazier, Wilkes and finance professor Brandy Hadley.

"We all enjoyed our visit and Wake Forest hospitality while making new friends," said Cazier. "We hope to host SAHRC on Appalachian's campus in 2020 where we plan to show more about our technological and analytical approaches to sustainability and beekeeping."

During the event, the Appalachian delegation interacted with students and faculty from Wake Forest, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Virginia Tech University as well as industry professionals from the Appalachian Headwaters Beekeeping Collective.

About Appalachian's Center for Analytics Research and Education

The Center for Analytics Research and Education (CARE) at Appalachian State University utilizes analytics to promote positive behavioral change in the world and do Analytics for Good. Housed in the Walker College of Business, the center enhances the reputation of the university by seeking out projects that have a positive impact on society and avoiding those that would have a negative impact. Big data is inherently interdisciplinary, and CARE faculty work to further research in the areas of sustainability, education, health and wellness, human resource science, and economic development, among others. Learn more at

Appalachian State University students at the 2018 Southern Appalachian Honeybee Research Consortium
Published: Feb 21, 2018 10:24am