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Krost Symposium 2019 Set For Feb. 21-23

January 10, 2019

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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.

Scroll down to watch a Livestream of various speakers.


Thursday, Feb. 21                                                                                Pre-Conference Exclusively for Continuing Education Credit Earners (click here to view event page)                                                                     
9:00 - 10:30 am
"The Science of Semiochemicals" Valarie Tynes, D.V.M., Ceva Animal Health
10:30 am - 12:00 pm "Conservation Connection: Training to Save Wildlife" Ken Ramirez, Karen Pryor Clicker Training
Thursday, Feb. 21 Krost Symposium Proper (TLU's Jackson Auditorium)

2:00 - 3:00 pm "Why Training Matters: A Welfare Perspective" Ken Ramirez, Karen Pryor Clicker Training
3:30 - 4:30 pm "Recognizing “Abi” Normal; Understanding the Role of Behavioral Pathology When Training Dogs" Valarie Tynes, D.V.M., Ceva Animal Health
7:30 pm  "Our Cast Aways" Julie Giroux, Composer
7:35 pm "The Genius of Dogs" Brian Hare, Ph.D., Duke University, Giesber Keynote Address
Friday, Feb. 22          Krost Symposium Proper (TLU's Jackson Auditorium)

9:00 - 10:00 am "What the New Science of Human-Animal Interactions Reveals about Our Lives with Dogs" Hal Herzog, Ph.D., Western Carolina University
10:30 - 11:30 am "Using MRI to Decode Dog Brains" Greg Berns, M.D., Ph.D., Emory University
11:30 am - 12:30 pm "What Dogs Can Tell Us About What Makes the Human Mind So Special" Laurie Santos, Ph.D., Yale University
2:00 - 3:30 pm 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
Saturday, Feb. 23 Expo and Walk-A-Thon (TLU's Bulldog Stadium) (click here to view event page)

10 am - 12 pm Walk-A-Thon with prizes for dogs and humans
11 am - 3 pm Updog Challenge & Dog Competition (registration at 10 am)
12 - 3 pm Sniff 'N Go Canine Nose Demos by In Harmony with Dogs
Professional Dog Agility Demos by K9 Country Club
**Event benefits Friends of Paws in Prison.


Click the button below to register for the pre-conference for continuing education credit earners or the expo and walk-a-thon.



VALARIE TYNES, D.V.M.: 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. 

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.


"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. 

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. 

BRIAN HARE, Ph.D.: 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.

GREGORY BERNS, M.D., Ph.D.:  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 theSociety 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.”

LOGAN BEENE, D.V.M.: 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.

LESA STAUBUS, D.V.M.: 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. 

JAY TISCHENDORF, D.V.M.: 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.

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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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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