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FC: Dr. Sally Boysen | By: Michelle Galemmo

1: Sally Boysen was born in 1934 in Sandusky, Ohio. She was one of five children, and grew up around science. Her mother was a teacher while her father was a director of a lab. She went on to attend college at Ohio State University, where she got her PHD, and current works.

2: She studies animal cognition, and doing much research with chimps. Her main questions behind her research is what are chimps abilities to think abstractly. So far she has been able to teach chimps to add, subtract, even read and write. She hopes to be able to study how chimps socially interact more fully once they can commutate through writing and reading.

3: Much of her research discomforts other scientist, because the abilities her chimps have show are those that are normally reserved to only humans. Many scientist say her hands-on relationships to her chips has altered her experiments, but she believes that is part of the point. She says it shows just how chimps are able to take in the information, which is very important.

4: She has also had many other struggles. Sally had run out of funding for her experiments and Ohio State University closed its chimp center. These are chimps that she had raised, some hand been with her for almost 20 years. She tried desperately to keep the center open, and did much protest, including chaining herself to the doors of the center. The chimps were sent to private facility, two chimps die soon after the move. This has set Sally back greatly, all the work of education these chimps has been lost since she could no longer research with them.

5: Sally Boysen has contributed lots of research in how chimps think and learn to today's science world. She has been researching not just that they can learn and memorize, but that they grasp abstract concepts such as addition, subtraction, even fractions. She has faced many obstacles but continues her research today with two new young chimps she has adopted, and has recovered six of the chimps that had been placed in a private facility.

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