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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Active Synapse; 2 edition (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096772550X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967725505
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 5-7. The life cycle and natural environment of the honeybee become grist for an entomologist who is both cartoonist and storyteller. Opening with a creation myth ("Once upon a long, long time ago") and working through the biological, sociological, and ecological changes affecting the life of Nyuki the bee, the text is a combination of authoritative science; appealing, detailed black-and-white drawings; and dialogue replete with humor, pubescent angst, political sloganeering, and more. Nyuki's colony undertakes migration to a new hive, is beset by a woodpecker, and hibernates through a winter that yields to a revitalizing spring. The bees are nicely individualized, as are the plants and other insects that figure into their lives, and there are a number of clever touches. All in all, this is the sort of science book that even devoted fiction and comics readers will enjoy. Francisca Goldsmith
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About the Author

Dr. Jay Hosler is an Associate Professor of Biology at Juniata College and an award-winning cartoonist who writes and draws comic books about biology and natural history. His work has been called "ingenious" (The London Times), "goofily inventive" (The New York Times), and "entertaining and slyly educational" (The Comics Journal). His works include Active Synapse classics such as Clan Apis, The Sandwalk Adventures, and Optical Allusions. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Academic History
2000-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Juniata College

1996-2000 NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ohio State University Rothenbuhler Honey Bee Research Laboratory

1995 Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, Biological Sciences

1989 B.A. cum laude DePauw University, Honor Scholar with Distinction, Biological Sciences

Courses
Neurobiology (BI450)
Invertebrate Biology lecture (BI350) and lab (BI351)
Sensory Biology (non-majors Biology course; BI142)
Chemistry/Biology Lab -Chemical Sensing (BI289)
Organic Evolution Lecture (BI339)
General Biology Lecture (BI111)

Academic Awards:
2001 -2004 William J. von Liebig Summer Research Grant
1997 - 2000 National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Health
1998 Xeric Grant to publish Clan Apis, a comic book on honey bee biology and natural history
1989 Albert E. Renolds Senior Biologist Award, DePauw University (1989)
Undergraduate Research Students:
2003- Present Katey Glunt, William J. von Liebig Summer Research Fellowship, Blocking and generalization: the role of odor functional groups in odor-odor blocking interactions.

2002-03 Cathleen Hewlett: Goldwater Award Recipient, William J. von Liebig Summer Research Fellowship The role of histamine in honey bee olfactory learning

2002 -03 Brandi Whetstone: William J. von Liebig Summer Research Fellowship, Odor Generalization and Blocking in Honey Bees

2002 -03 Amy Skibiel: The physiological basis of changes in swimming behavior of the amphipod Gammarus minus by the parasitic acanthocephalan Polymorphus.

2000-2001 Charles Gilman. Immunohistochemical localization of histaminergic cells in the honey bee antennal lobe.

1998-1999 Kristi Buxton: Impairment of Olfactory Discrimination by Blockade of GABA and Nitric Oxide Activity in the Honey Bee Antennal Lobe. Ohio State University

Publications
Hosler, Jay S., Buxton, Kristi L. and Smith, Brian H. (2000). Impairment of Olfactory Discrimination by Blockade of GABA and Nitric Oxide Activity in the Honey Bee Antennal Lobe Behavioral Neuroscience 114 No. 3 pg. 514-525

Hosler, Jay S. and Smith, Brian H. (2000). Blocking and the detection of odor components in blends. Journal of Experimental Biology 203, 2797-2806

Chandra, S., Hosler, J. S. and Smith, B. H. (2000). Heritable variation for latent inhibition and its correlation to reversal learning in the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Journal of Comparative Psychology 114, No.1, 86-97.

Hosler, J. S., Burns J. E., and Esch H. E. (2000). Flight Muscle Resting Potential and Species-Specific Differences in Insect Chill-Coma. Journal of Insect Physiology 45 No.5 pg. 621-627

Books
Clan Apis (2000) by Jay Hosler. The life of a bee told in comic book form. 160 pg. Active Synapse, Columbus, Ohio. ISBN 0-9677255-0-X
The Sandwalk Adventures (2003). Darwin, Evolution and Follicle Mites. Active Synapse, Columbus, Ohio. ISBN: 0967725518

Meeting Presentations
Whetstone, Brandi and Jay Hosler (2003) An Odor generalization Matrix for Apis mellifera. Poster, Annual Meeting of the National Council for Undergraduate Research

Hewlett, Cathleen and Jay Hosler (2003) The Effects of Histmaine of Olfactory Memory Consilidation in Apis mellifera. Poster, Annual Meeting of the National Council for Undergraduate Research.

J.S. Hosler, Smith, B.H., K. Buxton, (1998). GABA- and Nitric Oxide mediated modulation in the honey bee (Apis mellifera) antennal lobe differentially affect olfactory discrimination. Poster, Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Los Angeles, CA

Hosler, J. S. and B. H. Smith (1997). An analysis of olfactory blocking. Poster, Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA

Hosler, J. S. and B. H. Smith (1997). An analysis of conditioned inhibition. Poster, Regional meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Columbus, OH

Hosler, J.S. & H.E. Esch.(1995). The Effects of Temperature-Dependent Shifts in Resting Potential on K+ Channel Function in Drosophila melanogaster Flight Muscle. In Nervous Systems and Behavior. Proceedings of the 4th International Congress of Neuroethology (pg. 141). Edited by M. Burrows, P.L. Newland & H. Schuppe. George Thieme Verlag, Stutgart, New York

Hosler, J. and H. Esch (1993). Response characteristics of Drosophila melanogasterpotassium channels at low temperatures. Poster, Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN

Hosler, J. and H. Esch (1992). The effects of temperature on the electrophysiology of Drosophila potassium channel mutants. Poster, Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Baltimore, MD

Popular Media Features
NewYork Times. Pow! Splat! Take That Darwin Disparagers! Arts and Ideas: Think Tank, Saturday, November 30, 2002

Chronicle of Higher Education. Darwin's Talking Mite. Notes from Academe by Lawrence Biemiller. June 13, 2003

Associated Press (National). Professor Aims to teach science through comic books by Dan Lewerenz

London Times Higher Education Supplement, Creationists put in their place by the mite of Darwin... August 8, 2003

Discover Magazine Review of Clan Apis by Corey Powell, Senior Editor. February 2000, pg84

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette King Bee: A professor by day, he creates a buzz as a daring cartoonist By Tom Gibb, Feature in the Magazine section of the Sunday, February 03, 2002

Altoona Mirror. Abuzz about bees by Jay Knarr, Sunday July 15, Life section

Guest on 15 Minutes with Steve Jones on WPSU, public television out of State College. The topic of discussion: Clan Apis and The Sandwalk Adventures.

Service and Professional Development
Chair, Curriculum Committee (2003- )
Curriculum Committee (2001-Present)
Enrollment Management Committee (2001-02)
Event Supervisor (Life Science Processes), National Science Olympiad, 2004
Event Supervisor (Life Science Processes), PA Science Olympiad, State Competition (2001-02)
Illustrator for Association for Women in Science Magazine (1998-Present)
Program of Emphasis (POE) Sub-Committee (2001- Present)
Invited Lectures
Using comics in the Science Classroom. 2004 Natioal Science Olympiad and 2004 Pennsylvania Governor's Institute for the Life Sciences (2003

"Unlikely" Companions: Science and Sequential Art. Pennsylvania Governor's Institute for the Life Sciences (2003)

Playing with Sequential Art. Family Night presentation, Huntingdon, PA County Library (2003)

Passionate Science. Summer Undergraduate Research Students, Juniata College (2003)

The Liberal Arts Scientist Science Scholar Recruitment Weekend, DePauw University (1992)

Flight Muscle Resting Potential and Species-Specific Differences in Insect Chill-Coma.Denison University (1997)

No NO is a no-no: The Role of Nitric Oxide in Olfactory Learning Kenyon College (1998) Bucknell University (1998), Macalester College (1999)

Merchants of Light: The Biologist as an Emissary of Science Juniata College Tri-Beta Induction, (2000)

Why Bees Rule Juniata College Environment Studies Seminar series, (2000)

Odor based responses in the Insect Antennal Lobe DePauw University (2001)

The olfactory world of bees Huntingdon County Beekeepers (2001)

Why Bees Boogie and Other Tales From the Hive Juniata Alumni Weekend Class, June 7, 2001

Honey Bees and Brain Gas Juniata Bookend Seminar, October 10, 2001

Clan Apis: The Natural History of a Cartoonist Huntingdon, PA Public Library
Professional Memberships
Society for Neuroscience
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS_
National Council for Science Education (NCSE)
Council for Undergraduate Education (CUR)

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Dr. Hosler loves inverts, and mostly, bees.
Brock "The Yellow Dart"
Accurate, informative, totally engaging, the biology and life cycle of the bee is laid out with an anthropomorphic storytelling that is as fun as it is educational.
Midwest Book Review
The characters mature and show a surprising depth of emotion.
M. Ahrens

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Ahrens on October 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have got to come up with a better sell on this book than........it's a graphic novel........about bees.
You follow our heroine through her amazing development as an organism, and as a person. (ahem, sorry..a bee) The plot twists, turns, does loop-de-loops. The characters mature and show a surprising depth of emotion. Each bee is unique in appearance and deed, without being "cartoony"....they could be illustrations in a textbook as far as authenticity goes....and yet they show emotions.
There are points where you'll laugh, and points where you'll cry, and at times you'll want to cheer out loud. (I did)
What an amazing book. You are totally entertained, and yes you also learn something...but for me that was a distant second.
Waaaaayyyyy cool.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
Jay Hosler's Clan Apis is a rather brilliantly executed graphic novel format presentation of life in the beehive. Accurate, informative, totally engaging, the biology and life cycle of the bee is laid out with an anthropomorphic storytelling that is as fun as it is educational. Clan Apis is highly recommended reading for all ages -- especially for those who thought the life and world of the bee might just have some relevance for we mere humans living in our post-industrial, information age.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
The first duty of a graphic novel, obviously, is to entertain. Hosler, who has a Ph.D. and specializes in neuroscience and bees, not tells a really good story about life and personalities in the hive, and is a very talented artist besides, he also manages to cram in a great deal of educational information. Icing on the cake. He starts with the birth and transformation from larva to pupa to adult of Nyuki (Japanese for "bee"), a worker who often annoys her colleague, even her older sister, Dvorah (Hebrew for "bee," etc.). She gets lost, is almost eaten, befriends a flower named Bloomington and a dung beetle named Sisyphus, finally gets her act together (though she has to be coaxed to leave the hive again for the dangers of the outside world), and goes on to better things -- as well as a rather poetic end. The anthropomorphization is actually pretty minor, all things considered. And there's an interesting postscript about what happened when the author turned out to be allergic to bee stings. I don't know if Hosler has another insect adventure in him, but I'll be on the look-out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Don Smilo on November 28, 2007
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Other reviewers have already mentioned that this book: (1) tells an emotionally deep and action-packed and delightful story (suitable for adults and children), (2) includes a great amount of scientific information, and (3) includes outstanding drawings. The only thing I can add is that the book is the most amazing and perfect combination of story and science education I have yet managed to find in a book. The story's emotional depth and impact is comparable to that found in the best children's stories that I remember, e.g., Charlotte's Web. (In other words, the story can make an adult cry, in a good sense.) And the science subject's coverage (just right) and focus and presentation are as good as the best found in any knowledge-wrapped-in-fiction book that I've read, e.g., Russell Stannard's super Black Holes and Uncle Albert.

Clan Apis is incredible. Every other knowledge-wrapped-in-fiction book I've read seems in comparison to have a far, far more pedestrian story. For example, the following books with good or at least decent science/knowledge instruction cannot meet Clan Apis's super-high standard for a first-class story: George Gamow's science-awesome "Mr. Thompkins in Paperback" (not the Stannard-updated abomination "New World of Mr. Thompkins" (bad)); Stannard's science-awesome "Uncle Albert" books; the "Magic Treehouse" books; the "Magic School Bus" books; Stephen Hawking's (and daughter's) uneven but exciting "George's Secret Key to the Universe" book; and Hosler's own "Sandwalk Adventures" book (which I didn't like much, I forget why not). Fellow reviewers or comment writers, please share with us any other good knowledge-wrapped-in-fiction books (or movies/shows) that you know about. Thanks!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pogonia on August 14, 2003
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This absolutely delightful graphic novel is appropriate for readers age 9 and older, and for younger children as a read-aloud. Adults will enjoy it too. Jay Hosler's snappy black-and-white drawings follow worker bee Nyuki from bratty larva through the end of her life, in a series of fast-paced and true-to-life adventures. Clan Apis is packed with fascinating information on bee physiology and hive life but it's never didactic. A great book for the "reluctant reader" child, who will be drawn in by the rolling-on-the-floor-laughing humor and the sharp characterizations (betcha didn't know bees have personalities - do they ever!) Thinking of a child's birthday present or a school library donation? This is the book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel V. Smith on September 22, 2000
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Yes, this book is entertaining and educational, but it is also surprisingly moving. Hosler is able to convey fear, joy, enthusiasm, and anxiety on faces that don't have traditional eyes and usually have no mouths! Beyond the biology, the stories the bees tell themselves about their origins, their role in the cosmos, and where they go after death all have the flavor of great myth. After reading this, you'll never look at a dead bee quite the same way again!
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