Watch the the bears at the Washington State University Bear Research, Education, and Conservation Center, a one-of-a-kind facility providing information and understanding for bear conservation.
The bears also provide invaluable insight into human health because of their ability to regulate insulin and avoid muscle atrophy during hibernation.
Watch the bears at the WSU Bear Center:
Bear Conservation and Research
Bears digging a den
October enrichment for the bears
A key to human heart disease could lie with hibernating grizzly bears
More photos and videos of the grizzlies at the WSU Bear Center
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The value of a robust undergraduate research experience goes far beyond doing science.
“As public educators, it’s our job to instill critical thinking in our students because, fundamentally, that’s how democracy works,” says Stephanie Porter. Porter is a microbiologist at Washington State University Vancouver investigating symbiosis.
“I see science in a similar way. Our job is not just to train more scientists but to help all students understand the scientific process of taking information, developing a hypothesis, and then seeing how well it’s supported and, finally, interpreting what you find.”
For Porter, that means that undergraduates working in her … » More …