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Animal Behavior Expert to Speak at ONU

Oct 21, 2008
Dr. Marc Bekoff will deliver a lecture to the Ohio Northern community titled "Animal Passions, Beastly Virtues and Wild Justice: Reflections on Redecorating Nature." Bekoff's presentation, which is part of the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

Bekoff is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. With Jane Goodall, he co-founded Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He also is regional coordinator for Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots program and a member of the Jane Goodall Institute's ethics committee.

Bekoff's primary research areas include animal behavior, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds) and behavioral ecology. For his research he has won the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2005, Bekoff was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens and prisoners.

A prolific writer, Bekoff has published extensively on animal issues, with more than 200 articles to his credit. He has also authored or edited a number of books, including "The Encyclopedia of Animal Right and Animal Welfare," "The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love" (with Jane Goodall), "The Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior," and "The Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships." He is currently writing a book tentatively titled "The Animals' manifesto: Ten Reasons for Increasing Our Compassion Footprint."

Named in honor of professor and ONU alumnus Terry D. Keiser, the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences brings nationally prominent life sciences scholars to ONU's campus each year to lecture and interact with students. The Keiser Lectureship is the first program of its kind at Ohio Northern.

"The opportunities this lectureship provides ONU students to meet and discuss with prominent scholars and to examine scientific research as it relates to ongoing issues are critical to the ONU experience," says Dr. Anne Lippert, vice president for academic affairs.

This lecture is free and open to the public.
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