Phoenix: Wildcat Talks — Primate Pops and Human Tots
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Phoenix Country Club
2901 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ 85014


Join fellow alumni, supporters and friends of the University of Arizona for a social hour followed by an engaging presentation by UA faculty members Melissa Barnett, H. Dieter Steklis and Netzin Steklis.

The talk will highlight their respective research focusing on Barnett’s work investigating how parenting and caregiving influence child development and the Steklises' comparative studies on primate families, paternal care and the importance of rough-and-tumble play.

Featuring professors from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, and School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. 

Melissa A. Barnett

Professor Barnett’s research motivation is to improve the life chances of caregivers and young children from economically disadvantaged communities. Her research and teaching on parenting, grandparent involvement and child development has been recognized by peer journals and the university.

H. Dieter Steklis and Netzin Steklis

Renowned experts on primates, both Dieter and Netzin Steklis have held leadership positions with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. They often collaborate with each other on research projects concerning mountain gorilla personality, biology, behavior and conservation. Their work has been featured in national and international magazines, radio programs, and numerous television broadcasts, including National Geographic.


  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Social hour (includes two beverages and light hors d’oeuvres)
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Presentation


  • UAAA members: $30 per person 
  • Non-members: $35 per person

Payment for Wildcat Talks is not considered tax-deductible.

RSVP deadline:  

  • Thurs., Feb. 22, 2018

If you would like to register after Feb. 22, please contact Rebecca Determan at or 520-626-7814.