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Professor Hank Harlow is a zoologist and animal physiologist whose research looks at lessons for human health learned from animals. He spent twenty years as the Director of the University of Wyoming's National Park Research Centre. In the course of his research he has literally crawled into a den of sleeping bears, studying how the animals adapt to survive extreme cold. This hibernation research is being used by NASA to explore how astronauts could preserve muscles during space travel, but also has applications for coma or long term bed rest patients. He’s also studied muscle performance by free ranging Komodo dragons in Indonesia and hibernating ground squirrels in the rocky mountains. Professor Harlow says black bears in particular are a tremendous model for biomimicry, and could also shed light on human obesity, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, bone loss and memory loss.
10:05 am Wednesday 22 April: Stephanie Johnson
Stephanie Johnson is an award-winning novelist, poet, playwright and co-founder of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. She’s published eight novels, and is a past winner of the Montana Book Award for The Shag Incident. She’s also won the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship in Menton, and the Bruce Mason Memorial Playwright's Award. She has held the University of Auckland writers' residency and several of her novels have been long-listed for the Impac Awards in Dublin. Her latest novel The Writers’ Festival is an entertaining look at the publishing industry and the politics and human comedy behind writers’ festivals. It follows on from her last book, The Writing Class, which she describes as a novel about writing.
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