Anyone who was at UTC in the early eighties remembers Chantek, an orangutan who trained and lived on campus from 1977-86. Arguably one of UTC's most famous and lovable residents of that era, Chantek will be featured on a national ABC network special of "That's Incredible" Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m. Chantek currently lives in the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center at Emory, and will eventually move to a $2 million facility that Zoo Atlanta is planning for the year 2000.
Dr. Lyn Miles, UC Foundation professor of anthropology, taught Chantek to sign more than 200 words. She was the first person ever to teach sign language to an orangutan. An Atlanta television news team recently visited Chantek at Emory University, along with UTC anthropology student, Darla Lawson, who is hearing impaired and uses sign language. According to Miles, Darla taught the reporter a few signs that the two then used with Chantek. Miles was interviewed on Chantek's abilities and future at Zoo Atlanta.
Other media attention includes a recent CNN story about Chantek's future at Zoo Atlanta and the signing and cognition research planned for him. Miles was also recently interviewed by Good Housekeeping magazine. We'll keep you posted in which issue the article will appear.
The work of Dr. Hill Craddock, assistant professor of biology and environmental sciences, with the Lula Lake Land Trust and the American Chestnut tree was recently featured in the Chattanooga Times.
Dr. Rod Fowler, education professor and head of the Chattanooga Police Department's SWAT negotiating team, was recently called to assist police in convincing a 26-year-old man out of a suicide attempt. The events were covered on all three television stations, the Chattanooga Times and the Free Press.
Dr. Irven Resnick, was recently profiled in a piece for the Chattanooga Times.
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