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Krost Symposium 2019 Day 2

February 22, 2019 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM   |   Location: Jackson Auditorium at Weston Center

Krost Symposium 2019 Day 2

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.

Friday, Feb. 22 Krost Symposium Proper Day 2

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

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

11:30 AM - 12:30 p.m. Laurie Santos, Ph.D., Yale University 

2 - 3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion 

Logan Beene, D.V.M., Crossroads Veterinary Hospital, Moderator Lesa Staubus, D.V.M., American Humane Jay Tischendorf, D.V.M., Merck Animal Health Valarie Tynes, D.V.M., Ceva Animal Health


HAL HERZOG, Ph.D. "What the New Science of Human-Animal Interactions Reveals about Our Lives with Dogs"

Dr. Hal Herzog is the 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. 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.


Dr. Gregory Berns is the distinguished professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University, where he leads the first team to train dogs to go into an MRI scanner to decode their thoughts and feelings. He is also a professor in the Psychology Department and a founding member of the Society for Neuroeconomics. He is the author of "Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment" (Henry Holt & Co., 2005) and "Iconoclast: What Neuroscience Reveals About How To Think Differently" (Harvard Business School Press, 2008), which was named one of the best business books of 2008 by Fast Company. Berns’ book, "How Dogs Love Us," was published in October 2013 and became a Wall Street Journal and New York Times-bestseller. Smithsonian named his latest book, "What It's Like to Be a Dog," one of the 10 best science books of 2017. Dr. Berns’ research is frequently the subject of popular media coverage including articles in the New York Times, New Yorker, TIME, The New Scientist, Wired, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, International Herald Tribune, and Los Angeles Times . He has also appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, and has been profiled on ABC’s "Primetime," CBS’s "Sunday Morning," "CBS Morning Show," "World News Tonight," "NOVA," and "60 Minutes." His videos for TED and the "Great Big Story" have been viewed over one million times. Berns is also the co-founder of Dog Star Technologies – a company using neuroscience to enhance the dog-human partnership. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and too many dogs.


"What Dogs Can Tell Us About What Makes the Human Mind So Special"

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. She is a cognitive psychologist who studies what makes the human mind special by exploring how animals think about the world. Dr. Santos obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology from Harvard University in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard in 2003. Since then, she has served as Professor of Psychology at Yale University and director of the Yale University Comparative Cognition Laboratory as well as the Canine Cognition Center at Yale. Dr. Santos’s scientific research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The New Yorker, and has been featured on the History Channel and the television show Brain Games.

She has also won numerous awards, both for her scientific achievements and for her teaching and mentorship. She is the recipient of the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research. She was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds, and in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.”


Dr. Beene was born and raised in Dallas. He attended undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University and then received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University in 1993. Dr. Beene performed his externship with the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, and worked with the Highland Park Animal Hospital, Park Cities Animal Clinic, Lakewood Animal Hospital, and Dallas Veterinary Emergency Clinic, all before and during veterinary school. After working in San Angelo and Killeen, along with his partners from Town and Country Veterinary Center and Killeen Veterinary Hospital, he opened Crossroads Veterinary Hospital in March 1996. Since then, Crossroads has grown enough to build a larger stand alone clinic and has added four doctors to keep up with the expansion of its clientele base. Dr. Beene enjoys internal medicine and surgery equally of dogs and cats and has recently been included in the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice, a group that maintains high standards in the practice of veterinary medicine through the participation in continuing education and postgraduate studies.


Dr. Staubus is a veterinarian with a multitude of response and training experiences including working with the National Welfare Organization as a lead veterinarian in deployments with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and with the PTSD service dog program for veterans. Dr. Staubus is a national speaker and spokesperson and has delivered multiple courses in disaster planning and preparedness. She is a response partner with Louisiana and has played a critical role in building community resilience and response.


Dr. Tischendorf holds a B.S. degree in Zoology from Ohio University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (DVM) degree from Colorado State University. He serves as a regional veterinarian with Merck and is based in the Houston area. His special interests include emerging and zoonotic diseases, anesthesiology, dermatology, and animal cruelty forensics and investigations. Prior to becoming a DVM, he worked as an endangered species biologist and wild land firefighter. In his free time, he trains natural resource professionals on wildlife tracking and immobilization. He is a former Marine and has lived in roughly 15 states over the span of his careers.


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. 

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 22, 2019 9:00 AM Central Krost Symposium 2019 Day 2 Jackson Auditorium at Weston Center

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