To Bee or Not: Nov. 29 session of Sustainable Business Research Series to focus on honey bee health

To Bee or Not: Walker's Efforts to Save the Honey Bee will be the focus of the next session of Appalachian State University's Sustainable Business Research Series.

The event, which will be held on the campus of Appalachian State University in the Blue Ridge Energy Board Room on the second floor of Peacock Hall, will take place on Wednesday, November 29 at 12:00 p.m.

The lunch-time session will feature data analytics expert Joseph Cazier, who will discuss current projects to save the threatened honey bee population, including citizen science efforts, STEM outreach, beekeeper training, core data discovery, standardization and knowledge dissemination.

Lunch will be provided to registrants.

Cazier, a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at Appalachian, has a keen interest in using analytics to build a better world, especially in the areas of education and sustainability. He directs Appalachian's Center for Analytics Research and Education and serves as Chief Analytics Officer for Blowing Rock Software and their HiveTracks brand, and, in this role, he leads analytics efforts to improve the survival of bees and their use in agriculture. In 2016 Cazier was named the University of North Carolina System Fellow in Technology Commercialization.

The session will also feature comments from Lakshmi Iyer, Director of Appalachian's Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics Program. Dr. Iyer will offer information on the program's new sustainability concentration.

Online Registration

The lecture is sponsored by the Holshouser Ethics Program. The event is open to the public with no fee to attend; however, online registration is required.

About Sustainable Business at Appalachian

Appalachian's Walker College of Business is committed to advancing sustainable business practices that promote responsible management of economic, social and natural resources. The theory and practice of sustainable business recognizes that the economy, environment and society (the triple bottom line) are interconnected and interdependent, and strives to enhance the business model so that it can flourish and thrive to benefit future generations. The college offers a sustainable business minor available to business and non-business majors, a bachelor's degree in environmental economics and policy, and an MBA concentration in sustainable business. The programs focus on student engagement, research and community involvement. For more information, visit