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Helping Children With ADHD Thrive in the Classroom

By Whitney Harder

How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog

Dr. Lee A. Dugatkin
University of Louisville

 

For the last six decades a dedicated team of researchers in Siberia has been domesticating silver foxes to replay the evolution of the dog in real time. Lyudmila Trut has been lead scientist on this work since 1959, and together with biologist and historian of science, Lee Dugatkin, she tells the inside story of the science, politics, adventure and love behind it all. Like a set of Russian nesting dolls, How to Tame a Fox {and Build a Dog} opens up to reveal story after story, each embedded within the one that preceded it.  Inside this tale of path-breaking science in the midst of the often brutal -35° winters of Siberia is hidden a remarkable collaboration between an older, freethinking scientific genius and a trusting, but gutsy young woman.  Together these two risked not just their careers, but to an extent their lives, to make scientific history. If you go one level deeper, you find yourself lost in the magical tale of how some hardscrabble but openhearted humans and the wild animals that they domesticated developed such deep attachments to each other that both seemed to forget the species divide between them.

 

"A story that is part science, part Russian fairy tale, and part spy thriller. . . Sparkling."

(New York Times Book Review)
 

"Dugatkin is a veteran science writer with a knack for turning sprawling subjects into compact, enjoyable narratives. Ms. Trut, now in her 80s, is both a co-author and a subject of the book...her intense participation adds a rare degree of intimacy to this science story."

(Wall Street Journal)

 

"... an extraordinary story, and How to Tame a Fox tells it well. . . .."

(Times Literary Supplement)

Date: 
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 5:30pm
Location: 
The 90, Room 211

$3.3 Million Grant Goes to Segerstrom to Study Brain Health

A team of researchers led by Professor Suzanne Segerstrom of the University of Kentucky Department of Psychology has received a $3.3 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to continue its study of healthy aging.

May A&S Graduate Made Impact in Academics and Athletics at UK

By Megan Foltz

Danielle Galyer competed on Kentucky women's swimming and diving team. Photo courtesy of UK Athletics.

Growing up in Greenville, South Carolina, Danielle Galyer did not realize how prominent swimming was in her home state. However, the tough competition didn’t stop her from excelling. She began swimming at the age of 6 and just nine short years later at the age of 15, Galyer competed in her first Olympic trials.

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