- Associated Press - Thursday, November 20, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois says a professor renowned for her study of bees and their decline will receive the National Medal of Science.

The university says in a release that May Berenbaum will be honored Thursday in a ceremony at the White House.

Berenbaum is recognized as an authority on insects. Much of her research has focused on pollinators such as bees.

She has been frequently honored for her work. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Entomological Society of America.

Berenbaum has taught at the university’s Urbana-Champaign campus since 1990.

She also runs the annual Insect Fear Film Festival on campus and has authored several books.

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