The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) organizes the Annapolis Café Scientifique—a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.
Reservations are strongly suggested and sometimes required depending on attendance; please call (410) 626-9796 to guarantee your seat or, importantly, to cancel your reservation.
In this Café Scientifique, Dr. Cynthia Wei will explore the fascinating cognitive abilities of two familiar and well-loved animals: honeybees and birds (corvids in particular). Discussion will include insights from her research on honeybees’ remarkable ability to navigate and learn the location of nectar sources, and her studies on how life in complex social groups may have shaped the cognitive abilities of corvid species.
Dr. Cynthia Wei is currently the Assistant Director of Education and Outreach at SESYNC. Previously, Dr. Wei was a researcher in animal cognition. At the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she was a postdoctoral research associate, she combined psychological and biological approaches to research the cognitive abilities of corvids. She also studied learning and navigation in honeybees at Michigan State University, where she earned a dual-degree Ph.D. in zoology and ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavior. She holds a B.A. in biology (neurobiology and behavior) from Cornell University. Dr. Wei is also a former K-12 science teacher and college-level instructor, and a former Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academies.