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Dr. Elaine Videan, '97, was honored as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence during Homecoming 2009. Videan has traveled far since receiving a B.S. in biology from GVSU in 1997, including to Central America and east Africa. After graduation, she entered Miami University of Ohio where she earned both master's (2000) and doctorate (2005) degrees in zoology with a focus on primatology. Videan has worked with and studied a variety of primate species including howler monkeys, macaques and chimpanzees. She has conducted field work on howler monkeys in Nicaragua and studied chimpanzees in Tanzania. Her true passion, however, is captive primate research. While pursuing her graduate degrees, she worked and conducted research at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, the Southwest National Primate Research Center, and the Primate Foundation of Arizona. For the past two years, Videan has worked at the Alamogordo Primate Facility on Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. She holds a variety of management and administrative duties at Alamogordo including, regulatory compliance, quality assurance, program development, and coordination of the facility's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. She continues to be active in both behavioral and clinical primate research and has produced over 20 peer-reviewed publications. Videan believes passionately in the human care and use of primates in biomedical research and is working at both the local and national level to ensure the continued availability of primates for biological research aimed at improving human health. Added November 2009

 

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