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Charles Snowdon to speak on primate behavior at Bethel College

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -Psychologist Charles T. Snowdon from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present two lectures Monday, March 17 at Bethel College in North Newton. He will speak on "Primate Family Values: Monogamy and Cooperative Infant Care" at 10 a.m. during Bethel College convocation. At 7:30 p.m. he will talk on "Social Influences on Development of Communication and Cognition in Monkeys." Both lectures in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center are free and open to the public. A professor of psychology and zoology and chair of the department of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Snowdon is a noted researcher in biological psychology and animal behavior. He specializes in the study of parental behavior and communication in tamarins. He is a leader in promoting animal behavior research and in bridging disciplinary differences between psychology and ethology, the branch of zoology devoted to the study of animal behavior.

"We are fortunate to be able to host a scientist of Professor Snowdon’s stature at Bethel College," says Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology. "His characteristic energetic presentations are filled with interesting insights into human communication and parental care that he has derived from studying nonhuman primates."

Snowdon has more than 150 published research articles to his credit. He has co-edited a number of books, including "Social Influences on Vocal Development" (with Hausberger, Cambridge University Press, 1997). He serves on numerous editorial boards of scholarly journals, is a frequent reviewer of research proposals for federal agencies and private foundations and speaks frequently at scientific conferences.

Funded in part by the Bethel College Science Lectureship Endowment, the series of lectures is one of several special events to celebrate the inaugural year of Krehbiel Science Center.

More information about Snowdon's and his research can be found on his homepage.

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