CWUNewsNewshttps://www.cwu.edu/primate/newsen-usCongratulations Jake Funkhouser & Dr. Mayhew for Recent Publication!https://www.cwu.edu/primate/node/2627Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:44:55<p>On February 14th, 2018 graduate student, Jake Funkhouser, and assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, Dr. Jessica Mayhew, recently published the article "Social network and dominance hierarchy analyses at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest". The article was published through the Public Library of Science journal.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Abstract</strong><br>Different aspects of sociality bear considerable weight on the individual- and group-level welfare of captive nonhuman primates. Social Network Analysis (SNA) is a useful tool for gaining a holistic understanding of the dynamic social relationships of captive primate groups. Gaining a greater understanding of captive chimpanzees through investigations of centrality, preferred and avoided relationships, dominance hierarchy, and social network diagrams can be useful in advising current management practices in sanctuaries and other captive settings. In this study, we investigated the dyadic social relationships, group-level social networks, and dominance hierarchy of seven chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. We used focal-animal and instantaneous scan sampling to collect 106.75 total hours of associative, affiliative, and agonistic data from June to September 2016. We analyzed our data using SOCPROG to derive dominance hierarchies and network statistics, and we diagrammed the group’s social networks in NetDraw. Three individuals were most central in the grooming network, while two others had little connection. Through agonistic networks, we found that group members reciprocally exhibited agonism, and the group’s dominance hierarchy was statistically non-linear. One chimpanzee emerged as the most dominant through agonism but was least connected to other group members across affiliative networks. Our results indicate that the conventional methods used to calculate individuals’ dominance rank may be inadequate to wholly depict a group’s social relationships in captive sanctuary populations. Our results have an applied component that can aid sanctuary staff in a variety of ways to best ensure the improvement of group welfare.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Please refer to the following link to read the full article and join the department in celebrating Jake and Dr. Mayhew's hard work!</p><p><a href="http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0191898">http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0191898</a></p></br>Carly Batist wins Pollitzer Student Travel Awardhttps://www.cwu.edu/primate/node/2625Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:25:41<p>Carly Batist has been awarded the American Association of Physical Anthropology's Pollitzer Student Travel Award. This year's meetings are in Austin, Texas. Carly's poster is entitled: "Handedness in seven lemur species at the Duke Lemur Center when presented with a social learning apparatus." Information about the meetings is available at http://physanth.org/annual-meetings/annual-meeting-2018/. Congratulations, Carly!</p>World Bonobo Dayhttps://www.cwu.edu/primate/node/2624Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:18:33<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/primate/sites/cts.cwu.edu.primate/files/images/WorldBonoboDay.jpg" style="width: 387px; height: 600px;"></p></p style="text-align: center;">Congratulations Jake Funkhouser and Samantha Jones!https://www.cwu.edu/primate/node/2623Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:09:34<p>On January 18th, 2018, graduate students, Samantha Jones and Jake Funkhouser both received the Graduate Student Research Support Award, which will help fund their theses research that they conducted in spring and summer of 2017.&nbsp;</p><p>Samantha's grant will assist her research, titled "<em>Interspecies Comparisons of Captive Gibbons "<u>Hylobatidae</u>' Interpair Behaviors Indicitave of the Pair Bond</em>&nbsp;". Jake's grant will fund his research, titled "<em>Re-evaluating Captive Chimpanzee Dominance: The Importance of Rank Reliability and Cross-Context Predictability</em>"<i>.</i></p><p>The Graduate Student Research Support Award is partially funded by the School of Graduate Students and Research at Central Washington University. Students can apply for this grant through Graduate Studies with deadlines during the months of April and November. For more details please visit&nbsp;http://www.cwu.edu/masters/preparing-graduate-student-research-support-application.</p><p><img alt="" src="/primate/sites/cts.cwu.edu.primate/files/images/Sam%20Grant%20photo.jpg" style="width: 451px; height: 600px;"><img alt="" src="/primate/sites/cts.cwu.edu.primate/files/images/Jake%20Grant%20Photo.png" style="width: 800px; height: 600px;"></p>An Interview with Former PBE Graduate Student, Sandra Castihttps://www.cwu.edu/primate/node/2622Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:15:25<p><img alt="" src="/primate/sites/cts.cwu.edu.primate/files/images/Sanaga%20Yong.jpg" style="width: 778px; height: 600px;">Sandra Casti is currently the Assistant Manager in charge of chimpanzee welfare, volunteer supervision, and on-site finances at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue (SY), located in the Mbargue Forest in Central Cameroon, Africa. She volunteered at SY from January-June of 2016 and returned as part of the management team in February 2017.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>What academic experiences were most important with respect to your acquiring your current position?</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I was fortunate to intern at CWU’s former Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) during its last summer in operation. CHCI taught me how to identify and interpret chimpanzee behavior contexts, which helps me make decisions here everyday. My time as an intern and volunteer caregiver at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (CSNW) taught me how to safely and respectfully interact with adult chimpanzees in captivity. I used CSNW’s volunteer guidelines to create a training manual for SY’s six-month volunteers. The knowledge and experience I gained while volunteering at CSNW is present in every chimpanzee interaction I have here at Sanaga-Yong.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The thesis-writing process strengthened my self-discipline and perseverance. I use these skills to meet the many unexpected challenges that come when operating a sanctuary with limited access to resources, personnel, and funding.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>What life experiences were most important with respect to your acquiring your current position?</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Discovering where my passions lie and abandoning my comfort zone.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>What advice would you give to undergraduate and graduate students interested in entering the field of sanctuary work with primates and/or other animals?</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Volunteer as much as you can! Take classes on non-profit management!</p><p>Get out there and learn by doing! Travel! Ask questions!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>What do you love most about your job?</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The unbounded resiliency of chimpanzees, the sounds of the forest, and the short but&nbsp;<em>oh so sweet</em>&nbsp;mango season.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>What do you find most challenging about it?</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Language barriers (I am often lost in translation), cultural differences, and supervising humans.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>What do you think will be the most pressing professional needs in your field in the coming decade?</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Protecting the forests where non-human animals are struggling to survive and thrive is of utmost importance today. Individuals in our field need to work alongside foreign governments and local populations to create forest protection programs. We need to acquire skills to build cross-cultural relationships that establish trust and understanding.</p>New publication from our professors Dr. Sheeran and Dr. Sunhttps://www.cwu.edu/primate/node/2621Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:43:02<p>Dr. Lori Sheeran and Dr. Lixing Sun have a new article (<em>Progesterone levels in seasonally breeding, free-ranging male Macaca thibetana)</em> published in the Mammal Research Journal. Congratulations!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13364-017-0342-0</p>Dr. Jessica Mayhew's film review https://www.cwu.edu/primate/node/2620Tue, 24 Oct 2017 20:22:47<p>Dr. Jessica Mayhew has published a reivew of the film&nbsp;<em>Nzhu Jimangemi (The Gorilla's Wife)</em>.&nbsp; Check it out here!</p><p>http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gena.12032/full</p>Kristin Ocasio receives Louis B. Harris Endowment https://www.cwu.edu/primate/node/2619Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:40:35<p>Graduate student Kristin Ocasio recvieved the Louis B. Harris Endowment for her master's thesis research at the Cayo Santiago-Punta Santiago Facility!</p><p>Congratulations Kristin!</p><p>http://cprc.rcm.upr.edu/?q=node/94</p>Internship Opportunity at Chimps Inc.https://www.cwu.edu/primate/node/2618Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:17:54<p>Chimps Inc. is offering internships for Fall/Winter 2017!</p><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">Chimps Inc. is a non-profit wildlife sanctuary located in Bend, Oregon. Our mission is to further chimpanzee conservation through education while providing a refuge for animals that have come from a variety of backgrounds, including roadside zoos, the entertainment world, and the exotic pet industry. We currently have seven chimpanzee residents and one Canadian lynx. Our internship program offers the unique opportunity to live and work with these animals in an intimate setting and experience all aspects of sanctuary life. The dedication and commitment of interns not only helps us in the operation of the sanctuary, but it is also a vital component of our educational mission.</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">Interns are responsible for cleaning animal enclosures, creating enrichment, preparing diets, doing dishes and laundry, gardening, and otherwise maintaining the facilities. In addition to daily husbandry, there are weekly educational sessions and guest lectures in which interns learn more about varying topics pertaining to both captive and wild chimpanzees. Interns are expected to complete an independent project to be presented to the Chimps Inc. team at the conclusion of the internship.</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">Interns work 5 days a week. However, since the sanctuary operates seven days a week, intern days off may vary. This program is labor intensive but very rewarding to those who are dedicated, motivated and willing to learn.</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">Enrollment Dates:</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">We are seeking interns for the fall/winter. Accepted applicants have the option to enter on the 1st or the 15th of each month. Interns are required to stay for a minimum of 8 weeks, but we highly recommend staying for the full 10 weeks to get the complete experience.</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">Program Costs:</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">To support our educational program, internships cost $100 per week. This cost covers materials, curriculum, training and lodging. All fees must be paid in full before arriving at the sanctuary.</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">Chimps Inc. will provide interns with on-site housing during their stay.&nbsp; The intern house is located on the property and is equipped with a full kitchen, two bedrooms, one bathroom and one office.&nbsp; No pets are allowed. The sanctuary is located in a rural setting that requires transportation to all stores and retail areas. We are approximately 20 miles from the nearest airport and about 10 miles from the city of Bend. Interns are responsible for their own transportation and food expenses.&nbsp; Interns without their own transportation will be provided a ride into town once a week to do their necessary grocery shopping.&nbsp; On-site laundry machines are available and it is suggested that interns bring a cell phone and laptop.</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">Qualifications:</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, seeking a degree or recently graduated with a degree in anthropology, zoology, psychology, biology, or a closely related field. Primate experience is not required. We are looking for interns that are highly passionate about primate behavior and animal welfare issues, work well individually and with others, have a strong work ethic, good communication skills, and a positive attitude. Because this program is labor intensive, applicants should also be in good physical condition.</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">Documentation of health insurance coverage, tetanus shot, Hepatitis B series, and current negative TB test are required.</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">Apply:</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121">If you are interested in applying for an internship with Chimps Inc., please fill out our online application.</font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"><font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#212121"><a href="http://www.chimps-inc.org/intern/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">http://www.chimps-inc.org/intern/</a></font></span></font></div></div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"></font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" 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style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"></font color="#212121"></div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;"></font style="font-family: Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,&quot;EmojiFont&quot;;" size="3" face="Calibri,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" color="black"></span dir="ltr" style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"></font color="#212121">Meet our Newer Faculty Membershttps://www.cwu.edu/primate/node/2616Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:56:56<p>Turn up your computer volume and learn some fun facts about our more recent faculty hires!&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Sofia (Bernstein) Blue</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EO6rdYHvHjA?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Jessica Mayhew</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/r4mqSPM1Ss8?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p>