Abstract # 22:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2006 09:30 AM-12:00 PM: Session 3 (Regency East #3) Symposium


GERRY RUPPENTHAL SYMPOSIUM: A Tribute to the gadgets, lives and ideas of "The Unsung Hero"

M. S. Novak1 and A. Dettmer2
1NIH - NICHD - LCE, NIH Animal Center, P.O. Box 529, Poolesville, MD 20837, USA, 2Neuroscience and Behavior Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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     Among the most important personnel working in primatology are the women and men who work as technicians, assistants, managers, and mentors. Too often, many of these people are unsung heroes of the ideas, research, and data that get produced. We will celebrate the life of Gerry “Rupe” Ruppenthal and other heroes of some of the most important work with nonhuman primates. Friends and colleagues will discuss the work they did with Gerry, and what became of the ideas and data resulting from their interactions with him. In addition several technologies that Gerry worked on over the years will be presented as posters or demonstrations. These include the use of surrogates for rearing and for experimental hypotheses, technologies to look at preferences for both social and nonsocial stimuli, neonatal health and feeding, enrichment devices and caging strategies. These technologies are described with the idea, its initial use and then updated: Where are they now? What is their current use? This symposium will give support to the heroic efforts of those many others who often work in the shadows of primatology rather than the spotlight.