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Scheduled for Friday, August 18, 2006 01:30 PM-02:30 PM: (Regency Center 1/3) Symposium

American Society of Primatologists Founders’ Symposium

J. Erwin1, I. S. Bernstein2, N. G. Caine3 and S. J. Schapiro4
1Aging Apes, 4139 Gem Bridge Rd., Needmore, PA 17238, USA, 2University of Georgia, 3California State University, San Marcos, 4UTMDACC
     ASP was incorporated in Washington State in 1976 by Joe Erwin, acting on behalf of a distinguished Steering Committee that included Irwin Bernstein as an influential member. The ASP Constitution reads “The purposes of this Society are exclusively educational and scientific. The goals of the Society are to promote and encourage the discovery and exchange of information regarding primates, including all aspects of their anatomy, behavior, development, ecology, evolution, genetics, nutrition, physiology, reproduction, systematics, conservation, husbandry, and use in biomedical research.” This Founders’ Symposium is intended to provide newer members insight into the founding of our vibrant society 30 years ago. Speakers will focus their discussions on what they hoped to achieve when they started the Society, how they feel the Society has progressed, and where they think the Society should go in the future. One of the factors that have contributed to the success of ASP has been the willingness of members to voluntarily contribute their time and energy to achieving the goals of the Society. One motivation for organizing this series of presentations is to stimulate the newer members of the Society to consider expanding their commitment to ASP. We are not a typical Society and our continued success is dependent on the efforts of those who have recently joined the group. One way to justify future commitments is to understand the past.