This event is free and open to the
January 20-21, 2013
A Special Symposium co-hosted by
The Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal
Please join us for a thorough
examination of humankind's relationships with cats, the wonderful
creatures with which we share the planet and with which we share our
This symposium will provide an
opportunity for visionary thinkers to present the latest information
on feline evolutionary biology, health and behavior. This will also
be an opportunity for all to listen in while the panelists discuss
issues with one another. Ideally, the result will provide a road
map that can guide all of us to better understand and relate to the
cats in our lives.
Symposium Location: Regis Room,
Student Center, Canisius College, Buffalo, New York
Sunday, January 20,
Noonan and Al Gress
and Taxonomy of Cats
National Lab/National Cancer Institute
Predatory Behavior of Cats
University of New York at Buffalo
January 21, 2013
Noonan and Al Gress
of Cats and Humans
University of New Hampshire
Cats in the Home
Cognition Lab, Barnard College
Domestic Cats on Wildlife
Society of the United States
Feral Cat Populations
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Victims of Animal Hoarding
of Cats in Animal Shelters
Through Successful Rehabilitation and Enrichment
Paws Animal Behavior Center
Felines: The Nutritional Idiosyncrasies of the Domestic
Linda P Case
Cats in the
Veterinary Medical Center
Street Cat Clinic
Creatures/City Creatures Animal Hospitals
Undesired Behavior in the Domestic Cat
Behavior Consultants of Northern Michigan
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The entire two day symposium is free and open to the public.
Participants are welcome to attend all or any parts of the event.
The Cats in Context Symposium is affiliated with the Millennium
Hotel in Cheektowaga NY, where symposium guests are eligible for a
discounted room rate. The hotel is located at 2040 Walden Avenue,
Cheektowaga, NY (phone number: 716-681-2400).
free shuttle is available between the Millennium Hotel and the
Buffalo Airport. Upon arrival at the airport, telephone the hotel
at 716-681-2400 to call for the shuttle. FYI, it takes about ten
minutes in each direction.
This hotel is located approximately fifteen minutes from the
symposium venues, and a free bus will be available to move guests to
and from the events. The free hotel-campus shuttle bus will depart
from the Millennium Hotel at 8:15 on the mornings of January 21 to
carry guests to the meeting venues.
The same bus will be available to shuttle guests to the airport, or
the hotel at the symposium close at 4:15 pm on January 21. The bus
will depart from the Canisius College Student Center.
The Cats in Context symposium will take place in the Regis Room on
the Canisius College campus. It is located on the second floor of
the Canisius College Student Center.
Visitors to campus are encouraged to park in the college’s parking
ramp accessed on Jefferson Avenue (near its intersection with Hedley
Pl). From the parking ramp, walk along Jefferson to Hughes, then
along Hughes to the Student Center. See map below.
Guests staying at the Millennium Hotel are encouraged to eat
breakfast at the hotel restaurant, which offers a full-service
breakfast menu. That will allow them to take the 8:15am shuttle bus
directly to the symposium at 8:45am.
Alternatively, there are three options to purchase breakfast on the
Canisius College campus:
a full breakfast brunch is available in the Economu Dining Hall,
located on the first floor of the Student Center (cost is $8 per
person). Service is from 10:30am to 1:30pm.
a Tim Horton’s restaurant
offers baked goods and beverages, located inside the Bowhuis
Library (after 10am).
lite breakfast snacks will also be made available at the Student
Center meeting site.
There are three options to purchase lunch on the Canisius College
brunch will remain available in the Economu Dining Hall, located
on the first floor of the Student Center, until 1:30pm.
a Tim Horton’s
restaurant offers baked goods and beverages, located inside the
Streetside Café and
Espresso Bar is open 12 to 5pm in the Palisano Pavilion.
There are three options to purchase dinner on the Canisius College
an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet is available in the Economu
Dining Hall, located on the first floor of the Student Center
(cost is $11 per person). Service is 4:30pm to 7:00pm.
a Tim Horton’s
restaurant offers baked goods and beverages, located inside the
and Snack Food is available 5:30pm to 10:00pm in the Palisano
in Context Symposium Panelists
James Albert, DVM, graduated from Mississippi State in 1994, after
receiving his BA and BS from the University of Pittsburgh. He
practiced equine and large animal medicine in Kentucky upon
graduation. He gained valuable emergency medicine and surgical
experience while employed at the Greater Buffalo Veterinary
Emergency Clinic. He has been a small animal, /avian and exotic
veterinarian since 1995 and most notably was the veterinarian for
the Buffalo Zoo. He is past president of the Niagara Frontier
Barbara S. Carr serves as the Executive Director of the SPCA
Serving Erie County. Previous to her position at the SPCA, she
served as Executive Director of the Cocheco Valley Humane Society in
Dover, New Hampshire, was President of the New Hampshire Federation
of Humane Societies, and served on the Board of Directors of the New
England Federation of Humane Organizations. She was also the
Executive Producer of “Humane Perspectives,” winner of a Cable Ace
Award for the Best Education Programs.
During her tenure at the SPCA, Ms. Carr has been responsible for:
bringing surgery in-house; creating the Whisker Wag’n, the SPCA’s
mobile adoption unit; developing the SPCA’s off-site adoption
program; developing the Wildlife and Humane Education Departments;
implementing a foster care program for young and sick animals; and
renovating the dog kennels. In addition, Ms. Carr has served as an
advisor to the Humane Society of the United States Companion Animal
Division and in 2007 was appointed to a three-year term on the
National Federation of Humane Societies’ first-ever board of
directors as President.
Linda Case earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University
and her M.S. in Canine/Feline Nutrition at the University of
Illinois. She has taught the undergraduate program in companion
animal science in the Animal Sciences Department at the University
of Illinois for 15 years. Linda currently owns AutumnGold
Consulting and AutumnGold Dog Training Center in Mahomet, IL. AutumnGold
Consulting provides scientific writing services and professional
training courses to pet-related companies and organizations. Linda
is the author of numerous publications, including four books, most
recently “Canine and Feline Nutrition: A Resource for Companion
Animal Professionals” (2010) and “Canine and Feline Behavior and
Training: A Complete Guide to Understanding Our Two Best Friends”
(2009). Her newest book, “Caring Science: Making Evidence-Based
Decisions for Your Dog’s Nutritional Health” will be published in
Stacy Dralle, DVM, is a small animal veterinarian at the Orchard
Park Veterinary Center in Orchard Park, NY. She is originally from
Auburn, NY and graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology
in 2005 with a bachelor's in biology. She completed her veterinary
degree at the Ohio State University in 2009, and a rotating small
animal internship at the University of Illinois in 2010. She has
been at the Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center since September
2010. Her interests include feline medicine and exotics.
Julie Hecht is a canine behavioral researcher, science writer and
Adjunct Professor of Applied Animal Behavior in the Anthrozoology
Master’s Program at Canisius. Julie manages Alexandra Horowitz's
Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College in New York City. She holds
regular lectures for the general public and student groups on
research into dog cognition and behavior. She writes for the
magazine The Bark and the blogs Dog Spies and Do You Believe in Dog?
Her new cat, Josh, inspired the creation of the Tumblr page, Things
My Cat Broke.
Katherine A. Houpt, VMD & PhD, is Emeritus James Law Professor of
Behavioral Medicine at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary
Medicine, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary
Behaviorists, and is certified as an Applied Animal Behaviorist by
the Animal Behavior Society. She has published over 100 papers on
various aspects of domestic animal behavior and welfare as well as a
textbook – Domestic Animal Behavior – now in its fifth edition. She
directed the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell University’s
Hospital for Animals and has trained both residents and graduate
students. Currently she directs Animal Behavior Consultants of
Warren Johnson recently joined the Smithsonian Conservation Biology
Institute as a Research Scientist in Conservation Genetics and as
Program Coordinator of Biodiversity Genomics at the Smithsonian
Institutes. He received his PhD in Animal Ecology from Iowa State
University in 1992. He joined the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity
at the National Cancer Institute of NIH to work with Dr. Stephen
O’Brien in 1992, and was promoted to Research Fellow in 1995 and
Staff Scientist in 2000. His research has spanned a broad spectrum
of disciplines, including applied wildlife ecology, conservation
genetics, comparative genomics, phylogenetics, and molecular
ecology. He often has addressed evolutionary questions in model
organisms or natural populations with a strong biomedical/veterinary
component (e.g. with Florida panthers, African lions, and cheetahs).
He has served on the editorial Board of Journal of Heredity since
2007 and as Co-Chair of the mammal group has had an integral role in
the G10K project and assisting international genomic initiatives.
Marcia Levine, DVM, attended Cornell University for her Bachelor in
Biology, Masters in Education and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
degrees. Shortly thereafter, she established the Summer Street Cat
Clinic, devoted entirely to the special needs of cats.
She has been an active participant in Western New York veterinary
organizations and the founding of the Pet Emergency Fund, a charity
to help pet owners in need with assistance for emergency veterinary
expenses. Dr. Levine has also served on the NYS Board for
Kathleen Makolinski, DVM, is Senior Director, Grants and
Spay/Neuter Programs, ASPCA Veterinary Outreach. After graduating
from Canisius College and the College of Veterinary Medicine at
Cornell University, she worked as a small animal veterinarian for
five years. She then served as Director of Veterinary Services for
a limited admission, not for profit animal shelter. Here she
provided spay/neuter services in a mobile unit for shelter animals,
public animals, and free roaming cats. Kathleen also co-founded two
local not-for-profit organizations, Operation PETS: The Spay/Neuter
Clinic of Western New York and Feral Cat FOCUS. She currently works
for the ASPCA and helps communities implement and enhance high
quality, high volume spay/neuter programs. She is interested in
targeted spay/neuter as a means to help combat companion animal
Frank Mendel, PhD, completed is graduate studies in Physical
Anthropology at the University of California at Davis. He presently
serves as professor of anatomy at the State University of New York
at Buffalo. He
His primary interests focus on relations between form and function,
and he has examined questions stemming from this interest in howler
monkeys, sloths, bats, orangs, big cats (extant & extinct). His
current research focuses upon the killing behavior of modern big
cats, extinct sabertoothed cats & cat-like carnivores
Canisius College, Michael Noonan, PhD, is Professor of Biology,
Chair of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, and Director of
the college’s Master’s Program in Anthrozoology. He is founder and
director of the Canisius College Institute for the Study of
Human-Animal Relations, the host organization for this symposium.
His research focuses upon the social and cognitive behavior of
marine mammals housed in seaquariums.
Wayne Pacelle is the president and chief executive officer of The
Humane Society of the United States, the world’s largest animal
protection organization, conducting a wide range of animal-care
programs. In the eight years that Pacelle has been president, HSUS
has worked to pass 700 state laws to help animals. He has been
profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The
Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on almost
all of the major network television programs – including “60
Minutes,” "Ellen,” “Oprah.” He is the author of The Bond: Our
Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them,” which is a New York
Times bestseller published in April 2011 by Harper Collins. Wayne
Pacelle received his B.A. in History and Studies in the Environment
from Yale University in 1987.
Janet Scarlett, DVM, is the founder and Director of the Maddie’s
Shelter Medicine Program and a Professor of Epidemiology at Cornell
University. She and Dr. Lila Miller offered the first didactic
course in shelter medicine at Cornell in 1999. Dr. Scarlett
participated in some of the first scientific studies of the reasons
for pet relinquishment to shelters and has since published on
numerous shelter-related issues, including pediatric neutering,
feline upper respiratory tract infections, and the effectiveness of
James Serpell, PhD, is the Marie A. Moore Professor of Animal
Welfare at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of
Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Center for the Interaction
of Animals & Society. His research focuses on the behavior and
welfare of dogs and cats, the development of human attitudes to
animals, and the history and impact of human-animal relationships.
In addition to publishing more than 100 articles and book chapters
on these and related topics, he is the author, editor or co-editor
of several books including Animals & Human Society (1994), The
Domestic Dog (1995), In the Company of Animals (1996), and Companion
Animals & Us (2000).
Suchak got her start in Animal Behavior as an undergraduate at
Canisius working with you, primarily examining communication in
killer whales. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Emory
University working with Dr. Frans de Waal, where she is studying
cooperation and helping behavior in nonhuman primates. In the
future, she is interested in approaching these questions from a
comparative perspective and hopes to begin studying social
carnivores (including lions).
Miranda K. Workman, BA, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, has been President and
CEO of Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior Center since its inception in
July 2006. While she works to rehabilitate many different behavior
concerns of pet owners, she especially enjoys working with multi-pet
households, aggression and feline behavior problems.
At the SPCA’s Behavior and Training Department, she has written
several educational documents for adopters, and has presented
various behavior and education seminars for staff and volunteers.
She also served from 2007-2011 on the Board of Directors of the
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. Presently
she teaches Animal Learning in the Canisius College undergraduate
Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation program, while pursuing
graduate studies in Anthrozoology.
Zezula, DVM, is a veterinarian and retired professor in Applied
Animal Science at the University of New Hampshire. For 30 years she
was the resident campus expert in all things “dog” and “cat”. For
nearly as many years, through ElderPet, a non-profit service
organization, she has helped senior citizen owners with pet
behavioral and health problems.
This event has been made
Al and Noura Gress
in memory of their beloved
Simba and Sparky