Archive for October, 2009
New Directions in Studies of New World Monkeys
7 November 2009
Cal State Northridge, University Student Union (USU), Northridge Room
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On-campus parking is $6; street parking next to campus is free.
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Christina Campbell (CSU Northridge). Spider monkey reproductive physiology and behavior: Current knowledge and future directions.
Tony DiFiore (NYU). Behavioral ecology and social structure of spider monkeys: Insights from long term observational and genetic studies.
Susan Perry & Irene Godoy (UCLA). Kinship and social relationships in Cebus capucinus: Insights from two decades of research at Lomas Barbudal.
Jessica Lynch (UCLA). Capuchin evolution
Nancy Caine (CSU San Marcos). Behavioral consequences of individual differences in color vision in New World monkeys
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Beginning in November 2006, SCPRF plans to host a poster session at the November Forum only; this will be a regular feature of the Nov. Forum, so participants can plan ahead. If you are interested, please see the guidelines below and direct inquiries to Lynne Miller.
The poster session is an excellent venue for Undergraduate and Master’s level students to present their research and gain experience in a friendly and low pressure context. The poster session will convene during the one hour afternoon coffee break.
Please note: poster content does not have to reflect the meeting topic; we will consider posters presenting information on a wide range of subject matter.
This poster session continues to be a great success and we would like very much to see it continue. If you are a student, or know of a student, who is ready to present, please submit names and proposed titles to
Lynne Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Space will be limited, the earlier you respond the more likely we can include the poster.
Posters should be mounted on folding poster boards measuring 36″ X 48″ (when folded they measure 36″ X 24″) which can be purchased at most office supplies stores. General guidelines for how to put a poster together can be found at http://www.asp.org/education/howto_onPosters.html or at http://faculty.ucr.edu/~maryb/poster.htm
Conservationist Ian Redmond spoke to a full house at CSUF on Tuesday evening. While the talk was a bit depressing at times Redmond was an engaging speaker and appeared to hold hope for the great apes. There was a big stress on what we as consumers can do and what we are responsible for such as buying sustainable wood, offsetting carbon emissions, limiting purchase of products containing palm oil. Redmond suggests that writing to companies and our elected representatives is still a good way to try to make a difference.
Click and save gorillas! Vote for YoG project online
In just ten seconds online you could help YoG and the Gorilla Organization to continue funding a vital project that reduces pressure on precious Mountain Gorilla forests in DR Congo, helping them survive in the long-term.
Out of nearly a thousand nominations, the Year of the Gorilla ‘Jiko Stoves’ project in the area surrounding the Virunga National Park has been selected as one of only twelve finalists in the World Challenge 09 competition.
Online voters simply have to visit http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/2009-finalists-project04.php?
and cast a vote for the DR Congo ‘Jiko Stoves’ project. It takes only ten seconds and does not require registration. Please forward this to EVERYBODY to ensure the Stoves project wins the prize!
The area surrounding the Virunga National Park in DR Congo, home to the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla, is densely populated, with most families reliant on firewood and charcoal for cooking and heating. The collection of firewood often has a detrimental effect on the gorilla habitat, and is also very time-consuming and physically exhausting for the villagers and children involved.
Partnering with local group AIDE-Kivu, the Gorilla Organization launched the fuel-efficient stove project in 2008, producing and distributing Jiko stoves which reduce the consumption of firewood and charcoal by at least 75%. Families with fuel-efficient stoves are now using on average just 1.5 sacks of charcoal a month compared to four sacks per month before.
The Director of The Gorilla Organization, Jillian Miller, says “The Jiko Stoves project in DR Congo has shown proven success in reducing the consumption of firewood and charcoal which is a huge threat to the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Winning the $20 000 prize money in the World Challenge competition would fund this vital project for an entire year.