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Behavior 2011 to draw global contingent of more than 1,100 animal researchers to IU next week
Date:7/21/2011

ition for breeding resources," "Does Social Complexity Influence Communicative Complexity?" "Geographic Variation in Behavior," "The Effects of Sensory Pollution on Animal Behavior and Survival," "Sensory Neuroecology," "What do animal signals mean?" "Convergence of Social Complexity in Mammals and Birds," and "Cognition as Foraging."

The conference begins and ends with activities focused on teaching animal behavior to students of all ages. A pre-conference workshop, "Vision, Change and the Case Studies Approach," begins the six-day gathering with a 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. program on Monday (July 25) to share ideas on effective ways to use animal behavior case studies in the classroom. Jay Labov, a senior advisor at the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council, and Kipp Herreid, founder and director of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, will lead the pre-conference event.

At the conclusion of the conference, Bloomington's Wonderlab Museum will host "Adventures in Animal Behavior: A Real Life Science Festival," on Saturday (July 30) from 1-5 p.m. Organized by IU alumni and supported by scientists attending the conference, the event invites the public to learn about being an ethologist by meeting faculty and graduate students studying animal behavior. A number of activities are also planned, including many with live animals. Topics include "Learn how scientists study frog vocalizations," "See how scientists study fish in the wild," "Explore how animals 'hear' through their bones," and view a release of butterflies tagged for research. The all-ages event has a cost of $3 for museum non-members.


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Contact: Steve Chaplin
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812-856-1896
Indiana University
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