Navigating (and Maintaining) Your Friendships Guest: Jaime Krems Friends are the joints of our social worlds. They are pivotal in connecting us to one another, helping us get where we want to go, and can be crucial to our health. But we often forget about our friendships until something goes wrong. That is, we have instinct blindness around the fascinating and complex problems the mind must solve for friendship to ‘go right.’ Integrating perspectives from evolutionary biology, anthropology, and animal behavior, we will take a scientific look at the psychology of friendship and discuss the surprising answers to some of our biggest friendship questions: What makes a ‘good’ friend (and why do people want vicious friends)? How are men’s and women’s friendships different? Are we limited in how many friends we can have? Do people really compete for friends, and if so, how can we hang on to those friends we love most? The Oklahoma State University Division of the Vice President for Research, in partnership with Iron Monk Brewery, is excited to present an opportunity for you, the public, to meet and interact with experts from a wide range of research fields at OSU. Researchers from the sciences, arts and humanities will be joined by Dr. Kenneth Sewell, the Vice President for Research, to have a conversation regarding their work and the impact it has on you and your community. Ample time will be provided for you to interact with the researcher and questions are encouraged in this informal, but informative, setting. We hope you will join us the third Monday of each month to enjoy some of Stillwater’s own local brew while chatting about some of the impactful and interesting research happening here on the OSU campus. Each session will be approximately 20 minutes of open dialogue between Dr. Sewell and the researcher, followed by questions and discussion from the audience.