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Patrick Drumm to present 'The Wild Child of Albion, Indiana'

LANCASTER, Ohio (Feb. 19, 2007) -- Patrick Drumm, associate professor of psychology at Ohio University Lancaster Campus, will present "The Wild Child of Albion, Indiana," at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts, Brasee Hall.

Patrick Drumm and Cleo the catFor 30 years, Drum has worked with chimpanzees, teaching them sign language. When he learned about Coby, a chimp who apparently learned to sign from the human family that raised him, Drumm headed to Indiana to investigate. Training chimps is special, he believes, because they are so smart.  When chimps communicate with him, he feels as though he's experiencing a real exchange with another species. 

Drumm, who was named PTK Professor of the Year 2006 by students on the Lancaster Campus, teaches child and adolescent psychology, comparative psychology, cognitive psychology, experimental psychology, general psychology, learning, and research methods, and the psychology of adulthood and aging.

Prior to joining Ohio University as a visiting professor ten years ago, Drumm taught at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, Ohio Dominican College, Ohio State University and Truckee Meadows Community College.   

His research and reviews have been published in the American Journal of Psychology, Journal of Adolescent Research, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Personal Relationships, and Psychological Science.

Drumm's presentation on his research and work with Coby is free and open to the public.

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