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Pygmy Slow Loris
Published 9/9/2013 in The Monkey Speaks His Mind
Author kjbennett
This Pygmy Slow Loris is named Otti-ly, the daughter of Basil and Pumpkin. She was born Feb. 5, 2010 in the Minnesota Zoological Garden. She is kept in a dimly lit display environment at her current location in the Philadelphia zoo, so that she is active during the day when guests are at the Zoo. We chose the Pygmy Slow Loris (Nycitebus pygmaeus) because it was clearly the cutest member of the Lorisoidea superfamily. It is also part of the Lorisdae family, the Lorisinae subfamily, and is also in the Strepsirhini Sub order. The Pygmy Slow Loris Resides in tropical dry forests in the countries of China, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. They are arboreal creatures that walk slowly through the branches of trees in their native habitat. They eat insects, fruit, and slugs. Pygmy Slow Lorises are primarily solitary, only coming together to mate. This is done when a female communicates... read more ❯
The History of Human Biology in the United States of America
Published 9/4/2013 in Biology, Culture, and Evolution
Author lmwiggins
Biographies Dr. Michael A. Little possesses the title of “distinguished professor” at Pennsylvania State University (where he also earned both his masters and PhD). He began his research career examining cold adaptation in the high Peruvian Andes before he began a 20 year, multidisciplinary project that studied the health, biology, and culture of pastoralists in northwest Kenya. His current work focuses mainly on documenting the history of biological anthropology mainly, through archival research. He teaches classes at PSU on comparative human growth, human biological variation, and the history of biological anthropology. In 2005, he received the Franz Boas award from the Human Biology Association and later, in 2007, received the Charles R. Darwin award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Dr. Francis E. Johnston is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned his PhD (his masters was earned at the University of Kentucky). He specializes... read more ❯
Get to know a Bamboo Lemur
Published 8/26/2013 in The Monkey Speaks His Mind
Author Emily Barron
  This is Hamish, the Sambirano bamboo lemur.  He was born at the Banham Zoo in September of 2010.  He was hand reared by a zookeeper after his mother rejected him.  He had to be bottle fed day and night  After about two months, he was eating fruits and vegetable like the other lemurs, although he was still separated from them.  Now he is happily living in the Paris Zoo with his mate Clara.         This funny looking lemur is Hapalemur occidentalis. This lemur goes by four different common names – Sambirano bamboo lemur, western lesser bamboo lemur, the northern bamboo lemur, and the western gentle lemur.  For our purposes we’ll just stick to Sambirano bamboo lemur to reduce confusion.  It is in the family lemuridae, and one of five species in the genus... read more ❯
Holly Dunsworth's Top 5 Tips for Academic Online Social Networking
Published 8/22/2013 in Bama Anthro Blog Network
Author Christopher Lynn
These come from a nice interview with biological anthropologist Holly Dunsworth about her digital public anthropology that, again, are well worth pinning to your forehead: List your five top tips for anyone wanting to start a similar project. It’s not for everyone, but everyone should appreciate the myriad reasons for why it’s done. Be social. If you blog, you need to be on Facebook and Twitter to share your posts. Reciprocate. If you want people to share your work, you need to share theirs. Have patience. If dialogue is what you want, it’s going to take a lot of work and a lot of time. Do it. If you don’t enjoy it, then stop doing it. read more ❯
10 Tips for Grad Students to Make the Most of a Scientific Conference
Published 8/22/2013 in Bama Anthro Blog Network
Author Christopher Lynn
This advice by David Shiffman from his blog "Southern Fried Science" is well worth reblogging, printing, pinteresting, or tattooing on your body (see Memento): By David Shiffman, on August 21st, 2013 Presenting research at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Victoria, BC (2011). I just returned from the Society for Conservation Biology’s International Congress for Conservation Biology. It was a great meeting, and I learned a lot. It also marked a milestone for me, as although I am just starting the 3rd year of my Ph.D.,  the ICCB was the 20th scientific conference I’ve attended. Inspired by this milestone, by Josh Drew’s recent post on the subject, and by the excellent graduate student networking workshop held at the ICCB, I wanted to share my tips and tricks for graduate students to get the most out of a conference Please note that while these tips have served me well and are generally applicable to professional meetings in the... read more ❯
PSA: About migration...
Published 8/12/2013 in The Monkey Speaks His Mind
Author Christopher Lynn
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Sexology-oriented activity: Reale
Published 4/26/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
I attend the “All Bodies Have Voices” panel discussion and was presently surprised by the experience I had there.  The panelists each brought their own topic of discussion, views, and opinions which help to add depth to the conversation. Wanda Burton the peer education programs coordinator for the women’s resource center talked a great deal about the legal aspects of consent as well as gave us all a better understand on how and when we should ask for consent.  Mrs. Burton and another panelist Cory Harrison have caused be a rethink how information about sexual assault is delivered. They brought to my attention the way we have a culture that is victim center in the way we always talk about how to avoid getting rape, when in reality to should be educating people on how not to rape people as a way to prevent the act of happening in the... read more ❯
"I'm queer": Heather
Published 4/23/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
For this activity I decided I wanted to tell my best friend that I was queer. I hadn’t seen her all semester and we were getting together to catch up, so I figured she was the best person I could tell since we hadn’t really talked about what this class and a person can change a lot in a semester. We spent most of the afternoon together but I was waiting for just the right time to spring it on her. We decided to go to dinner and I thought that would be a god time. We had just gotten our table and were talking about plans for the summer when I told her I was queer. She stopped in the middle of her sentence, asking me how and if my boyfriend knew about it. When I asked her if she understood what queer was, she told me that she... read more ❯
"I'm queer": Jessica
Published 4/23/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
I did this activity with both of my parents, each separately because I know they would each have a very different reaction. I decided to do this on my dad first because he is usually very close-minded when it comes to these things. I called my dad after he got off work and told him that I was queer. My dad was quiet for about two minutes before he asked “Are you gay or just weird?” I responded back with “I’m weird” and then proceeded to tell him about the activity. We discussed how when people hear the word “queer” they automatically think someone is gay. As you can see, this didn’t go exactly how I thought it was going to, but I was shocked at how my dad responded. I thought for sure he was going start freaking out and not going to let me talk, but in the... read more ❯

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