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CABI 2013 Conference @ Hunter College



Event Details



8:30am – 9:00am Sign-in and Breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am Welcome

9:30am – 10:30am Keynote Lecture I (Green Room): Jaak Panksepp (Washington State University):

The archaeology of mind:  basic emotional feelings of the other mammals – do they exist and are they similar to our own?

10:30am – 10:50am Coffee Break

10:50am – 11:50am Breakout Sessions A and B

11:55am – 12:55pm Breakout Sessions C and D

12:55pm – 1:50pm Lunch and Undergraduate Poster Session

1:50pm – 2:50pm Keynote Lecture II (Green Room): Patricia Brennan (University of Massachusetts – Amherst):

Sexual conflict and genital evolution: removing the ‘gate’ out of ‘duckpenisgate’

2:50pm – 3:10pm Coffee Break

3:10pm – 4:10pm Breakout Sessions E and F

4:15pm – 5:15pm: Breakout Sessions G and H

5:15pm – 6:45pm: Graduate Poster Session and Refreshments

6:45pm – 7:45pm: Public Keynote Lecture (Room 714HW): Stephen Pruett-Jones (University of Chicago):

Monk parakeets in the United States: biology, behavior, impact, and public perception

7:45pm – 8:00pm: Award Announcements and Farewell

*  indicates graduate student presenter


Keynote Speakers



Jaak Panksepp (Washington State University) -- Affective neuroscience in rodents

Professor and Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science, at the Department of Integrative Physiology & Neuroscience, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University. His scientific contributions include more than 400 papers devoted to the study of basic emotional and motivational processes of the mammalian brain.  His recent work has focused primarily on the subcortical brain mechanisms of sadness (separation distress) and joy (play and animal laughter), work that has implications for the treatment of depression and ADHD. His work is informed by exploring the consequences of basic knowledge about emotional endophenotypes for better understanding of human mental health.  His monograph "Affective Neuroscience" (Oxford, 1998) outlined knowledge about and empirical ways to understand brain affective processes neuroscientifically; the "Textbook of Biological Psychiatry" (Wiley, 2004) focused on how elucidation of emotional processes can facilitate psychiatric practice; and "Archaeology of Mind" (Norton, 2012) summarized how how such knowledge can inform psychiatric and psychotherapeutic practices.



Patricia Brennan (UMASS Amherst) -- Sexual conflict and coevolution in waterfowl

I graduated from college as a Marine Biologist in Colombia where I did my thesis research on heart function in whales and dolphins. Shortly after defending my thesis I went to work for the Whale Conservation Institute living on board a research vessel (the R/V Odyssey) doing cetacean surveys in the Galapagos Islands. I lived on board for almost one year, and then came to the USA to write reports and apply for permits for another trip, this time to the Coco’s Islands off Costa Rica, where we spent almost 5 months. I completed my PhD on Animal Behavior at Cornell University in 2005, where I studied the nesting biology and mating system of Great tinamous (Tinamus major) in Costa Rica, under the guidance of Professors Stephen Emlen and Paul Sherman.  I was awarded an NSF post-doctoral fellowship and I split my time between Yale University working with Professor Richard Prum and Sheffield University working with Professor Tim Birkhead.  During this time I began my studies on bird genitalia and sexual conflict.  I am now a research professor at UMASS Amherst, where I have continued my work on birds, and now expanded to other vertebrate taxa, including squamates and mammals.



Stephen Pruett-Jones (University of Chicago) -- Social decision-making in urban invasive monk parakeets

Steve Pruett-Jones is a faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at University of Chicago. His research focuses on studies of wild birds and he is interested in social behavior and evolutionary biology, from all levels of analysis including field observations of naturalistic behaviors, molecular analyses, and theoretical studies. He has conducted fieldwork for more than 35 years, in the United States, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, on birds as diverse as birds of prey, shorebirds, birds of paradise, bowerbirds, and fairy-wrens. His work on monk parakeets began in 1988 when he joined the faculty at University of Chicago and he has studied monk parakeets in Hyde Park since then. Dr. Pruett-Jones is currently writing a book about parrots in the United States.


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