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presented a high energy “work in progress” talk by residents Gail Wight and her psychologist collaborator, Lucia Jacobs. Both have worked with animals; Wight has made installations such as one in which she “drew” with slime by luring slime mold in different directions with oatmeal flakes. Jacobs is interested in the evolution of the hippocampus (the part of the brain that processes short-term memory and spatial maps), which she has studied in gray squirrels, Merriam’s kangaroo rats, and mice. Wight and Jacobs spent the first two weeks of their residency identifying a local animal to join their team. After a tragic incident in which captive ladybugs drowned in their water dish, they turned to crickets (which subsist on bright blue “solid water” gel to avoid further drownings.) Their residency runs through October; we are looking forward to the results.

- Meredith Tromble [Friday, August 1st, 2003]

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