Abstract # 112:

Scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2009 01:30 PM-02:30 PM: (Mission Bay Ballroom AB) Featured Speaker


S. J. Schapiro
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine, Department of Veterinary Sciences, 650 Cool Water Dr., Bastrop, TX 78602, USA

Most primatologists start their careers pursuing a typical path in academic primatology, although not all primatologists remain on that path. There are numerous routes that can be chosen that provide alternative opportunities to make meaningful contributions to primates and to primatology. One such route involves serving the primatological community in applied settings. Our applied behavioral management program at the Keeling Center of UTMDACC in Bastrop, TX serves the primatological community in the areas of research, education, and consulting, enhancing the lives of a large number of primates. Another route is to serve in leadership roles in primatological societies. Such service facilitates the multifaceted missions of these learned organizations. Contrary to conventional wisdom, career development, and applied work and societal service are not mutually exclusive. Progress on virtually any primatological career path involves interacting with many others. More specifically, our careers are influenced by interactions with mentors and are stimulated by interactions as mentors. In conclusion, the standard academic track is not the only track available to primatologists; important contributions and exciting careers can be achieved on non-traditional paths. One must continually seek opportunities to make the most of one’s strengths as a career develops, since for all of us, primatology is continuously evolving and our work is never finished.