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Primate Behavior and Ecology
Dr. April Binder, Director
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Community Outreach

The Primate Behavior and Ecology program volunteers with CWU GEAR UP events in an effort to encourage students and families in the surrounding counties of Washington to consider higher education. PBE students and faculty work hand-in-hand to develop fun and interactive stations that allow visiting students and families to discover the academic topics of anthropology and primate behavior.

PBE graduate students and Dr. Jessica Mayhew at the January 2017 GEAR UP event 


CWU-COTS/ Expanding Your Horizons
Primate Behavior and Ecology program members also volunteer their time with Expanding Your Horizons events, which encourage young women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and technology. Middle-school girls (5th-9th grades) are invited to learn about exciting career opportunities, while learning about significant women role models within STEM. PBE students and faculty work together to create memorable learning experiences in anthropology and primate behavior.

visiting students learning about cuneiform              hominid skull casts - EYH 2017


School Discussions
Dr. Jessica Mayhew shared some of her experiences in primate field research and what it is like to teach science at the university-level during a Skype call to an elementary school first-grade class in Plymouth, New Hampshire. 

Dr. Jessica Mayhew skypes with Mrs. McLoud's first graders in Plymouth, New Hampshire


Graduate students (led by Lisa Tweed) instruct various primatological lessons to visiting classrooms and travel to the local Cle Elum-Roslyn elementary school to teach lessons about humane treatment of animals and others (May 2018).



Museum of Culture & Environment
Dr. Jessica Mayhew presented at the Museum of Culture and Environment located in Dean Hall, April 6th, 2017, to present briefly on the installation of objects (boots and trolls) carried by some of the chimpanzees from Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. This installation is part of the second phase of the exhibition "The Things We Carry". Check out Dr. Mayhew's take on the chimpanzees and their objects.

Dr. Jessica Mayhew alongside Jamie's boots and Foxie's troll dolls in the Museum of Culture & Environment

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