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Primates are Workshop Topic

Primate Researchers Gather Saturday at UC Riverside

Topics Include Animal Ethics, Concerns Expressed by College Students

(November 4, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( Researchers who study apes and monkeys are gathering in the University Lecture Hall at UC Riverside Saturday, Nov. 6, for a day-long meeting to respond to student questions, and to discuss topics ranging from marmoset reproduction, to the role of zoos in conserving endangered species, to teaching sign language to chimps.

The Southern California Primate Research forum, made up of researchers from Southern California colleges, meets twice each year at various Southern California universities and zoos to present current research on nonhuman primates. This is the 10th anniversary, and the 21st meeting.

“At a meeting last year, a student submitted a poster abstract on primate rights that generated a great deal of discussion,” said Mary Baker, a Staff Research Associate at UC Riverside and the organizer of Saturday’s meeting. “It became clear that we all needed to explore this subject in more detail. There are many books and Web sites addressing animals in lab, but they tend to be one-sided. Students are rarely exposed to the very large area of grey between the extremes of good and bad. We will be considering the topic from a variety of viewpoints with the intent of avoiding the political and emotional.”

She also said the group is interested in pinpointing what scientific questions are best answered using captive primates, and what questions are best answered by studying primates in nature.

Saturday’s meeting is free to students from colleges in Riverside. The cost ranges from $7 for students on other campuses, and $12 for non-students.
Members of the forum come from UC Riverside, UCLA, UC San Diego, USC, Cal State Fullerton, and Pasadena City College, as well as the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos.

The forum is sponsored by the UC Riverside Anthropology Department and the Anthropology Club. Free admission for Riverside County students is made possible with the generous Co-Sponsorship from Service Plus Credit Union.

A schedule follows:

Twenty-first Meeting of the Southern California Primate Research Forum
From Binoculars to Microscope: Focusing on Primates in the Field and Captivity
6 November 2004 at The University of California, Riverside
University Lecture Hall
This Forum is Sponsored by the Anthropology Department and the Anthropology Club and free admission for Riverside County students is made possible with the generous Co-Sponsorship from Service Plus Credit Union.

8:15 am Registration and coffee
9:00 am Welcome: Norm Rosen and Mary Baker
9:30 am Focusing on Field and Lab Research Leslie Digby (Duke) and Wendy Saltzman (UC Riverside)
There and Back Again: Two Researchers' Tales of Marmoset Reproductive Strategies in the Field and the Lab
Part I - Sex, Murder and Cooperation (?) in Wild Marmosets - Evolutionary Perspectives
Part II - Female Reproductive Competition in Captive Marmosets - Proximate Mechanisms

11:30 am Lunch and Poster Session
There are restaurants within 4-6 blocks; maps will be available

1:00 pm They’re so Human…Focusing on Zoos
Karen Kilmar (San Diego Zoo)
The Role of Zoos in Education, Conservation, and Research.

2:00 pm We’re so Primate…Focusing on Our Next of Kin
Roger Fouts (Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute)
Implications of Darwinian Continuity for Primate Research

3:00 pm Break and Poster session

3:15 pm Roundtable: Focusing on Primate Research
Moderator: Mary Baker. Questions will be prepared in advance by the organizing committee and taken from the audience during the breaks.

4:15 pm Wrap-up and adjournment

PARKING — Exit Highway 60 at University Ave. Parking permits can be purchased for $5 Park in lots 19, 24, 1, or 2.
REGISTRATION: Free for students in Riverside County (UCR, RCC); $7 for other students, and $12 for general attendees; pay at the door.
Please RSVP to for headcount purposes.

SCPRF Organizing committee: Mary Baker, UC Riverside / Wendy Saltzman, UC Riverside / Lynne Miller, Mira Costa College / Jim Moore, UCSD / Norm Rosen, CSUF / Craig Stanford, USC / Lauren Arenson, Pasadena City College

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