In February, Kim Kelly (Ph.D. Arizona, 2016) gave an invited lecture at the University of Louisville’s Department of Anthropology on her work that explores the underlying mechanisms of the animal–human bond. The talk, titled “Do Animals Get Under Our Skin?: Exploring the Potential of the Animal-Human Bond Beyond the ‘Feel Good Effect’,” described both the quantitative and qualitative results from the “Dogs as Probiotics” study conducted in Tucson, AZ with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in 2015. The study examined the effects of foster dogs on changes in the microbiomes, immune functioning, and psychosocial well-being of individuals between the ages of 50 and 80 who fostered a dog for three months. Additionally, Kelly described her upcoming study that will take place this summer in collaboration with Heartland Farm Sanctuary in Verona, WI, which will look at the biological and psychosocial impacts of a summer farm day camp on children (ages 7-13). In addition to the talk at U of L, in November, Kelly presented on the Dogs as Probiotics Study as an invited speaker at the Society for Animal Welfare Administrators in Portland, Oregon.
Photo: Kim with fellow UA School of Anthropology alumni who are members of the UofL Anthropology faculty: Jonathan Haws (B.A. Arizona, 1991), Christopher Tillquist (Ph.D. Arizona, 2002), and Angela Storey (Ph.D. Arizona, 2016) (Anthro News Digest issue date: 3/31/2017)