Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study. I take my fellow Fellows on a Squirrel Walk on the Cambridge Commons.

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BBC/PBS Nature documentary “A Squirrel’s Guide to Success” (trailer)

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A contribution to Julie Hebert‘s “Look What She Did” project. My appreciation of the work of Sarah Blaffer Hrdy.

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Jacobs, L.F. (2017). Why the mind evolved: the evolution of navigation in real landscapes. NIPS Symposium, “Kinds of Intelligence: Type, Tests and Meeting the Needs of Society”, organized by Adrian Weller, José Hernández-Oralio, Matthew Crosby, Tomaso Poggio and Zoubin Ghahramani. NIPS (Neural Information Processing Systems) 2017, Long Beach, CA.

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PBS News Hour clip on olfaction, navigation and search dogs.

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Jacobs, L. F. (2015). Olfactory navigation, given at workshop, “Deconstructing the Sense of Smell”, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (UC Barbara). Organized by M. Bazhenov, A. Koulakov, V. N. Murthy, & C. Stevens.

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Jacobs, L. F. (2015). How the brain evolved from a nose. Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, Stanford University.

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Jacobs, L.F.  Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley.  The Man and the Maze, a symposium on the legacy of Edward Tolman, his science and his political activism.

01:45 My introduction to the conference.

14:28. Tolman’s intellectual history. Lecture by Donald Dewsbury, Professor Emeritus (Psychology, University of Florida), comparative psychologist and historian.

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Keynote by Edvard Moser, 2014 Nobel Laureate, awarded for work inspired by Tolman.

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Jacobs, L. F. (2014). How the brain evolved from a nose. Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous. UC Berkeley, April 3.

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Jacobs, L. F. (2013). Chemosensory cognition and the evolution of spatial navigation. Presented at the Center for Behavior Evolution and Culture, UCLA.

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Post-talk discussion


Jacobs, L. F. (2012). The evolution of a cognitive trait: from chemotaxis to associative learning. Presented at: In the Light of Evolution VI: Brain and Behavior, National Academy of Sciences, Irvine, CA.

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Lunch Poems short talk: Homage to my great aunt, Ekaterina Altschuller Elene (1989-1983) and her friendship with poet Marina Tsvetaeva, with a recording of Aunt Katia reading. Hosted by Bob Hass.

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