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Media Advisory: Climate change is lecture focus

October 15, 2007

Note to Media: While this event is open to the public, seating is extremely limited.

For interviews with Dr. Lovejoy, contact: Dr. Daniel Robison, associate professor, Forestry and Environmental Resources Department and assistant dean, College of Natural Resources, at, 919.349.6614 (cell) or Tilla Fearn, communication director, College of Natural Resources, at, 919.513.5644

Who: Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, tropical and conservation biologist and founder of "Nature" (the TV show) currently is the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and Environment's president.

Lovejoy coined the term "biodiversity" in 1980, pioneered studies in Brazilian rain forest fragmentation and originated the "debt-for-nature-swap" concept in which indebted countries can exchange conservation projects for their debts. He also directed the World Wildlife Fund from 1973 to 1987, and was responsible for that organization's scientific, Western Hemisphere and rain forest orientation.

What: 2nd Annual Borlaug Lecture. Lovejoy's topic is "Climate Change: Prospects for Nature." The event is sponsored by North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Natural Resources.

When: Oct. 22, 3 p.m.

Where: McKimmon Center, N.C. State University campus, (off Western Boulevard) Raleigh

Why: The non-profit Heinz Center, founded in 1995 to honor the late Sen. H. John Heinz III, focuses on issues likely to confront policymakers within two to five years. The center is dedicated to improving the scientific and economic foundation for environmental policy through collaboration among industry, government, academia and environmental organizations, says its Web site. (

To view one of Lovejoy's slide shows, visit

The Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Distinguished Lecture on Global Service to Society and the Environment is held annually in mid-October, about the same time as World Food Day. Borlaug, a central figure in the "green revolution," gave the first lecture in the series later named for him.

Written by:
Art Latham, or 919.513.3117

Posted by Dave at October 15, 2007 10:51 AM