Scientist, writer, and teacher Garet Lahvis has conducted animal research for over thirty years, studying behavior, immunology, genetics, and development. A former professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University, he has investigated behavior in mice, ground squirrels, sea lions, dolphins, deer, and children. An essayist, Garet writes about the human dimension of scientific research, what often goes unsaid, how science moves forward and sideways propelled by insights and doubts, where science can’t go, and what it leaves in its wake. One of his essays, published by december magazine, won an award in creative nonfiction and was nominated for a Pushcart Literary Award. Garet comes to PLAYA to explore how we deal with our growing scientific awareness that non-human animals are sentient.