Dr. Erin Vogel is associate professor of anthropology and graduate program director at Rutgers University, co-director and co-founder of the Tuanan Orangutan Research Project, and a four-time Leakey Foundation grant recipient. She is dedicated to public outreach. In the past year alone, she has shared her research and enthusiasm with over 250 students through The Leakey Foundation’s classroom visit program.
We are very excited to share this video of Dr. Vogel’s outreach presentation at Teachers College Community School in New York City. This presentation was part of our Classroom Visit program, and it was held in partnership with Teachers College Columbia University and is featured in EdLab’s Vialogues series.
Dr. Vogel shared some of her thoughts about her recent experiences leading school outreach with The Leakey Foundation:
“I am always amazed by the students’ interest in my research with orangutans, and primates in general. They ask such innovative questions, and if I can inspire one student to become a scientist, or even just to follow their dreams, I know I am making a difference. These community outreach activities with The Leakey Foundation are so important for communicating the importance of STEM and science in general for our next generation. I feel very fortunate to have these opportunities.”
Dr. Vogel is giving a talk, “Primate Palate: Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution,” at the American Museum of Natural Sciences on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. We hope you will join us!