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Krost Symposium 2019

February 21 2019 - February 22 2019 12:00am - 12:00pm

Krost Symposium 2019

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, animal welfare and sports/agility training. 

The Giesber Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Brian Hare, dog researcher, evolutionary anthropologist, and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, on the evening of Thursday, February 21, 2019. The symposium will feature other guest lecturers and events on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23.

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

Schedule of Events

Schedule and content is subject to change.

Thursday, February 21

Pre-conference For Veterinarians (Locations TBD)

9  – 10:15 a.m. Valarie Tynes, D.V.M., Ceva Animal Health, LLC

10:30. a.m. – 12 p.m. Ken Ramirez, Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Krost Symposium Proper (Locations TBD)

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

3:30 – 4:30 Valarie Tynes, D.V.M. 

7:30 p.m. Giesber Keynote Address:  "The Genius Of Dogs" Brian Hare, Ph.D., Duke University (Jackson Auditorium)

Dr. Hare will discuss revolutionary research offering new insights into dog intelligence and the interior lives of our smartest pets. In the past decade, we have learned more about how dogs think than in the last century. Breakthroughs in cognitive science, pioneered by Brian Hare have proven dogs have a kind of genius for getting along with people that is unique in the animal kingdom. Hare's stunning discovery is that when dogs domesticated themselves around 40,000 years ago they became far more like human infants than their wolf ancestors. Domestication gave dogs a whole new kind of social intelligence. This finding will change the way we think about dogs and dog training—indeed, the revolution has already begun.

Friday, February 22 (Locations TBD)

9 – 10 a.m. Hal Herzog, Ph.D., Western Carolina University

Author of "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals"

Drawing on more than two decades of research in the emerging field of anthrozoology, the new science of human–animal relations, Dr. Hal Herzog offers surprising answers to these and other questions related to the moral conundrums we face day in and day out regarding the creatures with whom we share our world.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Greg Berns, Ph.D., Emory University

Author of "What It's Like To Be a Dog" 

Do dogs experience emotions like people do? To find out, neuroscientist and bestselling author Dr. Gregory Berns and his team did something nobody had ever attempted: they trained dogs to go into an MRI scanner—completely awake—so he could figure out what they think and feel.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Laurie Santos, Ph.D., Yale University

Dr. Laurie Santos is the director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory and the Canine Cognition Center at Yale. The Canine Cognition Center is a new research facility where Yale scientists study how dogs think about the world. Our center is devoted to learning more about canine psychology—how dogs perceive their environment, solve problems, and make decisions. Our findings teach us how the dog mind works, which can help us to better develop programs to improve how we train and work with our canine friends.

2 – 3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion 

Saturday, February 23 (Locations & Times TBD)

5k Fun Run (bring your dog!)

Expo and Dog Sports Demonstration Presented by Catherine Laria/K9SWAT


Dr. Brian Hare

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.

Dr. Valarie Tynes, D.V.M.

Dr. Valarie Tynes is a native Texan and received her D.V.M. 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 diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists since 2003 and is currently President-Elect of the College. 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 is the editor of "The Behavior of Exotic Pets" and co-editor of the Behavior issue of the Veterinary Clinics of North America-Small Animal Clinics released in May of 2014. She is a veterinary services specialist for Ceva Animal Health, providing behavior education, training and technical support to the sales force as well as lectures and presentations to veterinarians in the field. She also provides consulting services for zoos, veterinarians and pet owners.

Ken Ramirez

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.

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.

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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).

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