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Dr. Kaira Wagoner, UNCG’s Biology Department’s first doctoral student, received the 2016 La Fage Award from the North American Section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects. The award recognizes a graduate student for  distinguished research and scholarly activity on social insects with an emphasis on applied projects. Wagoner’s research focuses on hygienic behavior in honeybees and halting the decline experienced by managed colonies.  Wagoner’s research combined apicultural techniques and behavioral measurements with analytical chemistry and molecular biology. It promises new products and management techniques that can reduce colony losses and enhance beekeeping sustainability.

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