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Gary McCracken was a guest on “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook, a syndicated National Public Radio show, Wednesday, January 14, 2015. The segment titled “How Bats Can Help and Hurt You” looked at “the world of bats, vulnerability and immunity.  Plus, the very latest on Ebola.”

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, in partnership with the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is hosting a special lecture by Dr. Indrikis Krams. His lecture, titled “Reciprocal altruism and empathy in birds,” will focus on recent studies from his laboratory on cooperative behavior in songbird species.

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A cichlid fish strikes a bottom-weighted thermometer that would immediately right itself. It was often struck repeatedly in bouts. Photo by Ann Hawthorne

Fish just want to have fun, according to a UT study that finds even fish “play.”

The research is published in the academic journal Ethology and can be viewed at the journal’s website.

Gordon Burghardt, a professor in the departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is known for defining “play” in a way that allows us to identify it in species not previously thought capable of play, such as wasps, reptiles and invertebrates.

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