Jane Goodall Institute Celebrates Half Centenary

2010 marks a very special year for the Jane Goodall Institute and its founder. Fifty years ago, Jane first set foot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in what is now Tanzania’s Gombe National Park, and began the research that would inspire thousands of primatologists and conservationists, even to this day. Her story is an amazing one, starting with her saving her earnings as a waitress to make the trip abroad. She arrived with only a notebook, a pair of binoculars, a self-taught knowledge of the natural world, and an amazing enthusiasm for the world’s creatures. It is incredible to look at the wealth of achievement that has come from this, and I believe Jane’s is the perfect story to illustrate that anything can be achieved if you are passionate and dedicated enough. Becoming involved in animal research, especially for the conservation of endangered species, should not be viewed as an opportunity only for those lucky enough to hold a doctorate or similar. It is a cause that should embrace all that love and believe in it. Everyone can contribute, on whatever level, all you need is a bit of determination!

Congratulations to Jane and everyone who has been involved in her amazing projects over the years. You have inspired me and many, many others.


Prime Concern Joins Design21


Prime Concern is pleased to announce it now has it’s own profile on Social Design Network Design21.

Prime Concern founders, Julia and Kate, are present and active amongst the community of Socially Conscious Designers and Social Organisations, so take a look and join the Prime Concern Design21 group for more information.

University of Washington Accused of Falsifying USDA Reports

University of Washington officials in Seattle are accused of filing false reports to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, according to a complaint filed with the USDA by the national research watchdog organization, SAEN.

Georgianne Nienaber wrote on OpEdNews.com yesterday, that a major news conference to release details of the complaint is scheduled on THURSDAY, 10:15 a.m. at the Seattle Tower, hosted by SAEN, an Ohio-based non-profit investigatory organization. Nienaber explains further:

SAEN was the original filer of the federal complaint that exposed abuses by UW researcher Albert Fuchs in late 2006. Fuchs has since been reprimanded by the UW, cited by the USDA and barred from publishing his research. Continue reading

London: MSc Evolutionary Psychology

Brunel University have recently informed me of an exciting postgraduate course they are running, providing an exciting opportunity for advanced study in Evolutionary Psychology.

In very basic terms, Evolutionary Psychology, is the study of how evolution has shaped mind and behaviour, and in this instance it is very relevant to look at the broader view inclusive of species that share common ancestry, for example humans and primates. The course is running at Brunel University London, taught in association with the Centre for Culture and Evolutionary Psychology (CCEP), and the Centre for Cognition and Neuroimaging (CCNI).

For more information contact Nicholas Pound by email (Nicholas.Pound@brunel.ac.uk) or read more about the course from The Evolution & Behaviour Group at Brunel University.