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CMB postdoc receives Ig Nobel prize

Dr. Jen Pokorny, a postdoc in the Rivera lab, has received an Ig Nobel Prize in Anatomy for research she conducted with Frans de Waal at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.  In a nutshell, they showed that chimpanzees can recognize each other from pictures of their "hindquarters."  Although these prizes are meant to be humorous, they are nonetheless a great honor (and get a lot of media coverage).

 

Original journal article: Frans B.M. de Waal and Jennifer J. Pokorny, Advanced Science Letters, vol. 1, 99–103, 2008 (http://www.emory.edu/LIVING_LINKS/pdf_attachments/FacesBehinds2008.pdf)

 

Official site: http://www.improbable.com/ig/2012/

 

New coverage:

http://io9.com/5945354/how-to-keep-colonoscopy-patients-from-exploding-and-other-winners-from-the-2012-ig-nobel-awards?popular=true

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/09/20/report-about-reports-about-reports-yep-at-this-years-ig-nobel-awards/

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120921/176100160.html