2020 Highlights

Two hormones drive anemonefish fathering, aggression

Two brain-signaling molecules control how anemonefish dads care for their young and respond to nest intruders, researchers report in a new study. Because there are many similarities in brain structure between fish and humans, the findings offer insight into the fundamental nature of parental care, the scientists say.

Service Animals In The Lab: Who Decides?

Lab classes are requirements for many STEM degrees, and keeping people with disabilities out of the lab effectively rules out certain degrees for students with service animals, Ramp says. “Sadly, there are a lot of science faculty that are reluctant to allow anyone with a disability into STEM or science. And when you have a service dog, that makes it an even bigger problem. From the moment you walk in, it’s very visible, it’s very different, and they have the power to say ‘No.’ ”

Dogs for Diversity

Student service dog handlers frequently feel unsupported by their science faculty and are advised against pursuing an education in STEM. It is time for open-minded communication and collaboration to make policies workable for every student



For anemonefish, sex change happens first in the brain

Illinois psychology professor Justin Rhodes and his colleagues discover that the male-to-female sex change in anemonefish occurs first in the brain. The findings describe the first known example of an animal undergoing a sex change in the brain before it occurs in the sex organs