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Off The Cuff: Keith Tarvin, Professor of Biology

Off The Cuff: Keith Tarvin, Professor of Biology

September 6, 2019

Professor of Biology Keith Tarvin published a study last Wednesday which has been covered by major news outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, and NPR. The study, titled “Eavesdropping grey squirrels infer safety from bird chatter,” finds that squirrels use the tone of bird chatter to determine whether an environment is safe. Previous studies had only observed squirrels response to alarmed bird calls. Tarvin earned his B.A. from Hendrix College, an M.S. from the University of Arkansas, a Ph...

Raising Mice Translates Depression into Compassion, Beauty

CJ Blair, Columnist

May 8, 2015

There aren’t many teenage girls who would demand to leave school early so they could take care of a dozen wounded feeder mice. Even fewer would do this: call countless rehab centers until they found the right equipment and then nurse all the mice back to health in their own room. Yet my 16-year-old sister Gwen has done all of these things. It all stems from an instance of personal tragedy that would have left almost anyone else shattered, but she’s found a way to craft it into something that is as considerate as it is therapeutic. Nurturing animals is something she’s always had a knack for. Both my parents are veterinarians, so as far back as I can remember, we raised fawns, ducklings and puppies to adulthood...

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