FEBRUARY 27, 2014 @ 2 PM
(Please register by February 21st)
SNEAALAS GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (2 CEUS)
BRISTOL MYERS SQUIBB (SEE DIRECTIONS BELOW)
Irene Pepperburg (click link to watch video)
Research Associate/Lecturer, Department of Psychology at Harvard University
Irene Pepperberg studies Grey parrots. The main focus of her work is to determine the cognitive and communicative abilities of these birds, and compare their abilities with those of great apes, marine mammals, and young children. She is studying the mechanisms of their learning as well as the outcomes. She is most well known for her compelling work with one extraordinary African Grey, Alex. Alex and Irene did groundbreaking work on nonhuman communication. Alex could label more than a hundred objects and understood the concept of categories, as well as bigger-smaller, same-different and absence.
*Irene will have books and DVDs available for purchase at the meeting for those that are interested.*
(click link to learn some more information on Christian)
Fish Biologist at Children's Hospital Boston
NATURAL HISTORY BASED STRATEGIES FOR ZEBRAFISH MANAGEMENT
The growing prevalence of the zebrafish as an experimental model in biomedicine and beyond has spurred a drive to refine methods for their husbandry and management in research settings. Such improvements are only possible when the natural history of the animal is fully taken into account. This presentation will provide an overview of some recent advances in zebrafish management and illustrate how each of these new developments is ultimately based on what we know about the biology and normal behavior of the fish in their natural environments.