CWUNewsNews Gains Insight and Inspiration from Advanced Chimposium, 22 Jul 2013 09:13:15<p>In her interview with Diane Rehm of NPR, author Karen Joy Fowler credits her visit to CHCI for helping her understand chimpanzees for her novel <strong>We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves</strong>.&nbsp; Follow&nbsp;<a href=""> this link</a> to hear the whole program.&nbsp; Press play to hear an excerpt:&nbsp;<object data="/sites/all/players/audio-player.swf" data-source="/chci/sites/" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="24" width="290"><param name="movie" value="/sites/all/players/audio-player.swf"><param name="FlashVars" value="soundFile=/chci/sites/"><param name="quality" value="high"><param name="menu" value="false"><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></object></p></param name="quality" value="high"></param name="menu" value="false"></param name="wmode" value="transparent">CHCI Research a Recommended Story on Science NBC News website, 22 Apr 2013 14:50:29<p>Jennifer Viegas' report <a href="">"Chimps put passion in their communications"</a> takes a look at a recent CHCI publication.&nbsp; To read the research see the article below.</p>Chimp researchers cheer proposed NIH changes, 05 Feb 2013 15:05:11<p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/chci/sites/" style="width: 426px; height: 320px; ">No more poking, pricking or prodding. If you’re a simian (and you are), it’s good news.</p><p>“It’s great news,” said Mary Lee Jensvold, director of the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University.</p><p>“It’s a watershed moment.”</p><p>She’s referring to a recommendation last month by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) committee that more than 300 chimpanzees used in government-funded laboratories would no longer be used for research and instead be retired to sanctuaries.</p><p>Read more<a href=""> here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Story and photo courtesy of the Yakima Herald Republic.</p>Latest Publication of CHCI Research, 07 Jan 2013 13:32:21<p>Published in the journal <strong>Animal Cognition </strong>in December 2012, <a href="/chci/sites/">click here</a> for a copy of the article - "Use of gesture sequences in captive chimpanzee (<em>Pan troglodytes</em>)<br>play" by Maureen S. McCarthy, Mary Lee Abshire Jensvold, Deborah H. Fouts.</p></br>CWU Chimpanzee Dar Dies at 36, 24 Nov 2012 16:20:25<p><strong><img alt="Dar, 1976-2012 -- Friends of Washoe" src="" style="width: 385px; height: 192px;"></strong></p><p><strong>With great sadness... </strong></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Our dear friend Dar died Saturday, November 24, 2012. The director of the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI), Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold, said the post mortem examination revealed that Dar died from sudden cardiac failure. This is the leading cause of death in captive male chimpanzees.&nbsp; The average life age of this population is 30 years; Dar was 36.&nbsp; He was in otherwise good health.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "Dar signed throughout his life, teaching us about friendships between humans and nonhumans and the minds of chimpanzees," said Jensvold. "He will be dearly missed."</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The local Ellensburg newspaper, the Daily Record, printed a wonderful editorial paying tribute to Dar and Washoe's family.&nbsp; "...Much like the deaths of Washoe and Moja, this was a death in the family for the other chimpanzees in residence, Loulis and Tatu, the institute staff and volunteers, the campus community and the community at large..."&nbsp; <a href="/chci/sites/">Read more</a>.</p><p>More articles about Dar:<br>Seattle Times:&nbsp; <a href="">Chimp leaves a legacy of lessons for humans</a><br>Yakima Herald:&nbsp; <a href="">Dar, CWU’s 36-year-old signing chimp, dies</a></p><p><br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>CHCI sets dates for 2013 Apprentice Program, 23 Jul 2012 16:22:14<p>The 2013 Apprentice Program will begin June 23, 2013. Applications will be accepted until FEB 22, 2013. Visit our blog to see what this year's Apprentices got up to and read about the day to day activities of Loulis, Tatu and Dar!</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Recent Publication of CHCI Research, 23 Jul 2012 14:09:16<p>Published in the journal <em>Interaction Studies, c</em>lick<a href="/chci/sites/">&nbsp;here </a>for a copy of the article - "Contingency in requests of signing chimpanzees (<em>Pan troglodytes</em>)" by Lisa Leitten, Mary Lee A. Jensvold, Roger S. Fouts &amp; Jason M. Wallin.</p>