Abstract # 24:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2006 09:50 AM-10:10 AM: Session 3 (Regency East #3) Oral Presentation

Fishing the Brule for fun and science

G. R. Lubach
University of Wisconsin, Harlow Primate Laboratory, 22 N. Charter Street, Madison, WI 53715, USA
     Fishing was a special pastime for Gerry Ruppenthal. The one time that I went fishing with him, I realized that certain traits necessary for good fishing are also necessary for good science. In both realms, Gerry had a lot of patience, and a willingness and eagerness to share information. With those traits, Gerry aided my own first excursions into rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) mother-infant behavior. I first met Gerry in 1980 while I was a Master's student in Iowa. Since we Iowans were monkey novices, Gerry gave us advice in several areas, from monitoring peer group interactions to fostering neglected infants. Almost a decade later I started a nursery-rearing project, and Gerry was there again to help me with advice on infant thermoregulation, feeding, and the formation of play groups. Through those interactions, both Gerry and I gained new knowledge and new ideas. Like a good fisherman, a good scientist learns by observing, questioning, and doing. The science we do today in our laboratories is based on a legacy of science that was there before us. Our knowledge of working with captive primates is built on the knowledge of those who were in our labs from the beginning, and the people they trained. It is now up to us to continue that legacy.