Jaak Panksepp Memorial Fund

Jaak Panksepp (1943-2017)

The Jaak Panksepp Memorial Fund was established to support students with a passion for animal well-being and to memorialize one of the college's most esteemed faculty members.

Dr. Panksepp’s internationally recognized work has focused on the nature of the basic emotional systems of the mammalian brain, with the most recent work devoted to analyzing the brain mechanisms that mediate separation distress and social bonding. His discovery of the nature of social joy by studying the psychobiological controls of juvenile playfulness and the accompanying laughter-type sounds has redefined many of the current models of animal emotion understanding. Panksepp joined the WSU faculty in 2006 after retiring from Bowling Green State University where he worked since 1972. At WSU he held the Bernice Gilman Baily and Joseph Baily Endowed Chair in Animal Well-Being Science.

Please join us in celebrating Dr. Panksepp’s lifetime of achievement by becoming a part of this effort.

Read more about Dr. Panksepp's life here.

Questions about giving? Contact Lynne Haley or 509-335-5021.

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