April 13th: Duke Alumni Weekend Kids' Science Camp, Durham, NC. We demonstrated a detour reaching task and played a risk preference game with children and their parents.
April 6th: NC BEST Fest, Raleigh, NC. At this interactive science festival we presented two games to children and their parents and compared their responses to those of chimps and bonobos.
September 24th: 9th annual Science Under the Stars, Durham NC. At this interactive science festival we presented problem-solving games to children and their parents and compared their responses to those of chimps and bonobos. We also demonstrated a task that we conduct with dogs at the Canine Cognition Center to teach kids about the "genius" of dogs.
October 3rd: 8th Annual Science Under the Stars, Durham, NC. At this interactive science festival we presented problem-solving games to children and their parents and compared their responses to those of chimps and bonobos. We also had a dog demonstrate two tasks that are featured in tests at the Canine Cognition Center.
September 13th: Duke School for Children, Durham, NC. Ben & Kara gave a presentation about Roots & Shoots (the Jane Goodall Institute's Youth Empowerment Program), chimpanzees, and bonobos to a group of 5th and 6th graders. We also demonstrated a cognitive task that has been done with non-human primates.
August 22nd: Central Park School for Children, Durham, NC. Read the children's book My Buddy, a story of a dog trained to be a service dog at Canine Companions for Independence (one of our field sites) to a first grade class. She and the class compared the skills of dogs and humans and after reading the book, Emily showed them photos of CCI dogs at work and videos of our own research with them, and other species.
July 10th: (Courtnea Rainey and Rachna Reddy) Early high school students from the Health and Science Careers Summer Program visited the DCCC for an interactive lesson on dog cognition starring Phoebe.
June 29th: Students from the North Carolina School of Science and Math and Duke's TIP Summer program visited the Duke Canine Cognition Center to learn more about dog cognition. Phoebe, a Hare Lab dog, demonstrated many of the experiments we perform to understand dog cognition and behavior.
May 4th: Forest View Elementary School, Durham, NC. Gave talk to second graders about chimpanzee and bonobo behavior.
April 27th: East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC. Gave talk entitled "Bonobos: evolution, altruism, and behavior."
April 21st: Alumni Science Festival, Duke University, Durham, NC. Presented cognition games, similar to those presented to apes, to Duke alumni and their children to see whether they could outsmart the apes.
April 18th: Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC. Gave enrichment program presentation on "Why be nice? The evolution of altruism and the biology of Quakerism."
March 21st: Pathways Health Careers Enrichment Program sponsored by the Duke AHEC Program. Presentation of dog cognition research at Duke University, Durham, NC.
March 15th: Wiley Elementary School Science Evening, Raleigh, NC. Presented interactive games to groups of children such as "can you tell the difference between a bonobo and a chimpanzee?"
Conservation and Welfare Outreach
September 29th: North Carolina Pride Festival, Durham, NC. We represented Friends of Bonobos at the 2012 North Carolina Pride Festival by marching in the parade and staffing an informational booth.
August 21st: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina. Claudine Andre spoke to two audiences, one of mostly children, and the other general, about bonobo conservation and her work in DRC. Before Claudine Andre's talk, we prepared interactive cognition games for attendees that we perform with non-human apes, including those that have illustrated differences between chimpanzees and bonobos.
August 18th: French Embassy, Washingon, D.C. Helped Friends of Bonobos to arrange a public reception and film screening of Bonobo or Beny, Back to the Wild, a French feature film that depicts the work of Claudine Andre and the life of Beny, a bonobo orphaned by the bushmeat trade in DRC.
February 21st: Skype with Minnetonka High School Biology Club, raising funds for Friends of Bonobos.
March 10th: Wiley Elementary School Science Evening, Raleigh, NC. Presented problem solving games to elementary school children and their parents that we do with bonobos and chimpanzees.
March 11th: Carolina Friends Middle School Science Day, Durham, NC. Presented differences in chimpanzee and bonobo behavior and how we might expand our idea of our own human nature by studying bonobo cooperation and empathy through interactive games and discussion.
March 30th: National Honor Society Lecture Series, Cary Academy. Introduced bonobos to Cary Academy as a model for cooperation and empathy in solving world problems like hunger.
April 14-16th, proposed and organized the first Primate Palooza that included public lectures on primates at Duke, the Durham Museum of Life and Sciences, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural History.
May 10th, gave two guest lecturers in the East Chapel Hill High School Honors Biology classes.
May 27th, gave public lecture on dog psychology to the Orange County Animal Shelter in Chapel Hill.
April 13th, gave public lecture at Periodic Table: Durham Science Café organized by Durham Museum of Life and Science on “Why dogs love us”.
June 1st – 5th, participated public presentation at World Science Festival session in New York: All Creatures Great and Smart.
August 21st, gave public Keynote address (pro bono) for first graduate of guide dogs from Ears, Nose and Paws in Carrboro.
August 24th, gave public “distinguished lecture” at NSF headquarters in Arlington, Washington D.C.
October 23rd – 24th, organized booth for US Science and Engineering Festival in Washington D.C.: Are you as smart as an ape?
October 20-23rd, gave public lecture at Pop Tech 2010 conference in Camden, Maine: Thinking Wrong: are humans the smartest species?
November 6th (7-10 p.m.): Chapel Hill, N.C. Fund raiser for Friends of Bonobos, gave public lecture on bonobo behavior and conservation.
September 2010, Received NSF funding to develop bonobo conservation curriculum and working with Durham Museum of Life & Science to create and implement in local schools.
Created website www.chimpsarenotpets.com to educate the public as to why chimpanzees are not appropriate pets
Conservation & Welfare Outreach
April 18th 2010, Hosted Friends of Bonobos Board Meeting to plan this year’s conservation activity.
Summer 2010, Coordinated and funded translation of IPS guidelines into Chinese to promote welfare standards in China.
Fall 2010, Applied through Duke Plus Global Health Program to receive surplus medical equipment for communities in Basankusu who are helping protect the released group of bonobos we are studying.
November 20th 2010, Obtained agreement from DHL to waive shipping fees of surplus medical supplies to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Outreach Lectures & Conferences
November 4th 2009, gave public lecture at retirement home on comparisons between human and nonhuman psychology.
Summer 2009, gave several public lectures on bonobo psychology at Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary, Kinshasa for Congolese school children.
Published several articles on cognitive evolution, conservation education and ape welfare aimed at highschool students and the general public.
Andre, C., Kamate, C., Mabonzo, P., Morel, D., Hare, B. 2008. The conservation value of Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary. Furuichi, T., Thompson, J. (Eds) The Bonobos: behavior, ecology and conservation. Springer, New York. 303-322.
Woods, V. & Hare, B. 2009. Out of our minds: how did Homo sapiens come down from the trees, and why did no one follow? In: Whats Next?: Dispatches from the future of science. In: Innovative Science (Brockman, M. Ed). Vintage Books. p. 170-184.
Woods, V. & Hare, B. in press. Think outside the lab: African sanctuaries as a new resource for non-invasive research on great apes. Encyclopedia of Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare. Ed. D. Mills. CABI publishing.
Conservation & Welfare Outreach
Fall 2009, Group members (Catherine Workman & Aaron Sandel) applied to Duke Athletic department for surplus / used soccer equipment for shipment to Basankusu. Equipment was obtained, shipped and used to support the regional soccer team “the Basankusu Bonobos” in largest remaining Bonobo habitat in preparation for Bonobo release in neighboring forest.