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The Mudd Center’s Carelab Series Presents Megan K. Mueller Mueller will give a public lecture in Northen Auditorium on Nov. 9 at 5 p.m.

Megan-Mueller-cropped-headshot-600x400 The Mudd Center’s Carelab Series Presents Megan K. MuellerMegan Mueller

Megan K. Mueller, an associate professor of human-animal interaction at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and senior fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, will present a lecture on Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium as part of Washington and Lee University’s Mudd Center for Ethics’ “Beneficence: Practicing an Ethics of Care” series.

Mueller’s event, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Compassion and Connection Across Species: The Psychology of Human-Animal Relationships.” For this event, the Mudd Center for Ethics partnered with the Museums at W&L and the University Library. There will be a “Museum Menagerie” reception in Watson Galleries immediately following the event.

Mueller is a developmental psychologist whose research assesses the dynamic relationships between people and animals in families and communities. In particular, her work focuses on how human-animal interaction can support youth with social anxiety and promote thriving for adolescents and their families.

Mueller’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as a range of private foundations. Recently, she received a Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

Mueller is co-director of the Tufts Initiative for Human-Animal Interaction. She is also a board member of the International Society for Anthrozoology and serves on the Pet Partners Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board. She teaches in the MS in Animals and Public Policy program (MAPP) at the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy, and she advises the Paws for People therapy animal organization there as well.

CareLab events are designed to personalize our exploration of beneficence. If we aspire to practice an ethics of care, how can we learn to manifest this value in our thoughts and actions?

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the series webpage.