- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
The secret's out.
Or, rather, the secret's in. Inside.
A number of years ago, UC Davis entomologist Diane Ullman created a ceramic sign outside the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, located on Bee Biology Road, west of the UC Davis campus.
The colorful sign features a bee hive, blossoms and bees. Some of the bees are ceramic. Some are real.
Real bees? True. The ceramic hive serves as the opening to a real hive tucked in back of the sign. If you look closely at the front of the sign, you'll see bees buzzing in and out of the narrow opening.
Ullman, associate dean for undergraduate academic programs at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and professor of entomology, enjoys fusing art with science and creating community awareness. She's the 2008 faculty recipient of the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community.
As for the bees, unknowingly part of Ullman's creative art-and-science project, it's definitely home "sweet" home.