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Krost Symposium 2019 Day 1

February 21, 2019 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM   |   Location: Jackson Auditorium at Weston Center

Krost Symposium 2019 Day 1

What A Dog Nose: Chasing Canine Cognition

Just how did our beloved pets become man's best friend? The 2019 Krost Symposium will explore how dogs became a central part of our lives, how they think, what they know, and how they develop social intelligence. Other themes will discuss the relationship between humans and dogs, and ethical issues concerning dog ownership.

The Krost Symposium is an annual academic event that is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Feb. 21 Krost Symposium Proper Day 1

2 - 3 p.m.                      Ken Ramirez, Karen Pryor Clicker Training

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.            Valarie Tynes, D.V.M., Ceva Animal Health 

7:30 p.m.                       "Our Cast Aways" Julie Giroux, Composer, followed by 

                                      Brian Hare, Ph.D., Duke University, Giesber Keynote Address



In October 2014, Ken Ramirez began his role as Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he helps oversee the vision, development and implementation of training education programs for the organization. This role aligns with his philosophy of helping to bring positive reinforcement training to all corners of the animal training world. He previously served as the Executive Vice-President of animal care and animal training at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, where he developed and supervised animal care and animal health programs, staff training and development as well as public presentation programs for the entire animal collection of more than 32,000 animals. He worked at Shedd for nearly 26 years. A 40 plus-year veteran of animal care and training, Ramirez is a biologist and animal behaviorist who served nine years at Marineworld of Texas. He also was a trainer and coordinator at Ocean Safari in South Padre Island, Texas, as well as acting as a consultant to many zoo and aquarium programs throughout the world. He began his training career working with guide dogs for the visually impaired and has maintained a close affiliation to pet training throughout his career. He hosted two successful seasons of the pet training television series "Talk To The Animals" that compared pet training to the important work done with training and caring for animals in zoological facilities. He has also recently worked closely with several search and rescue dog organizations, service dog groups, as well as with bomb and narcotic dogs. Since 2005, he has brought his experience as a trainer of many cognitive projects with marine mammals and primates to the dog arena. Most notable has been his work with modifier cues, adduction, matching to sample, mimicry, and counting. The latter two projects (teaching dogs to mimic or imitate other dogs and to learn the concept of counting) are in the process of being prepared for scientific publication. Both of these projects have documented cognitive abilities in dogs that have not been previously well documented or understood. He has written for numerous scientific publications and authored countless popular articles. He authored the book" ANIMAL TRAINING: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement," published in 1999. He also teaches a graduate course on animal training at Western Illinois University. 


Dr. Valarie Tynes is a native Texan and received her DVM from Texas A&M University. She worked in private practice for 14 years before returning to academia to pursue a residency in clinical animal behavior at the University of California at Davis in 2000. She has been a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists since 2003 and is currently Immediate Past President of the College. She is also Board Certified in Animal Welfare. Her special interests are the behavior and welfare of pet pigs, exotic pets and zoo animals. She is a frequent speaker at veterinary meetings around the country and author of numerous articles and textbook chapters. She joined Ceva in October of 2014 as a veterinary services specialist but continues to provide consulting services to zoos. 

Julie Giroux, Composer

Composer Julie Giroux has orchestrated music for the Academy Awards ten times, as well as creating the music for North and South, April Fools Day, The Karate Kid, Broadcast News, Masters of the Universe, Blaze, and Maybe Baby. Giroux was the first woman and youngest person to win an Emmy for Outstanding Musical Direction. She has composed dozens of television jingles and over one hundred original works for orchestra and concert band, as well a countless arrangements. She is also an avid lover of animals, especially dogs, traveling long distances to adopt the unwanted and discarded and offer them a wonderful life with her. Early in 2018, she was commissioned to write a work "dedicated to all all those who work hard in the fight to end puppy mills, to rescue suffering pets and to provide care and medical attention to all those rescued. It is dedicated to those companions who get rescued and for those whose rescue never comes." The score of the published work (which you can view at this link) is covered with color pictures of nearly 500 rescued pets belonging to Facebook friends and real-life friends of Julie. Julie was delighted to hear about our Krost event and its focus on dogs, and was glad that we will be performing her work "Our Cast Aways" (2018) as part of the event. 


Dr. Brian Hare is associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University in North Carolina and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which is a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, founded the Hominoid Psychology Research Group while at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and subsequently founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center when arriving at Duke University. Dr. Hare has published dozens of empirical articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals including, "Proceedings of the Royal Society," "Current Biology," "Nature Neuroscience," "Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," "PLOS Biology," "Animal Behaviour," "Animal Cognition," and the "Journal of Comparative Psychology." His publications on dog cognition are among the most heavily cited papers on dog behavior and intelligence. His research consistently received national and international media coverage over the last decade and has been featured in the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, TIME, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Wired, Science magazine, CNN and ABC (Australia). He has been a frequent guest on BBC and American National Public Radio. He has also been featured in multiple documentaries from production companies such as National Geographic (U.S.), BBC (U.K.), Nova (U.S.), RTL (Germany), SBS (Korea), and Globo (Brazil). Dr. Hare is frequently invited to give lectures on his research on dog intelligence. In 2009, he gave the keynote addresses at the annual conferences for the Assistance Dog Training Society and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, which are both among the largest dog training societies in the U.S. Follow his fan page on Facebook to learn about his latest news and discoveries from the field.

About Krost Symposium

The annual Krost Symposium is Texas Lutheran University's most prestigious academic event of the year, serving as a platform to discuss important issues that not only impact our campus and local community, but the nation and even the world. Past topics have included mass incarceration, environmental justice, and innovation and ideas. All Krost Symposium events are free and open to the public.

Krost Symposium 2017 - Connecting With Comics

Krost Symposium 2016 - The Neurocognition of Music and Art

Krost Symposium 2015 - Grey Matters: Discerning the Impacts of Head Injury

2019 Krost Symposium Committee

Dr. Scott Bailey, Dr. Robin Bisha, Dr. Alison Bray, Dr. Bill Campaigne, Leslie Flores, Hepzibah Hoffman-Rogers, Terry Price (ex officio), Jonathan Zitelman (ex officio), Ashlie Ford (ex officio).

February 21, 2019 2:00 PM Central Krost Symposium 2019 Day 1 Jackson Auditorium at Weston Center

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