Navigation Links
E.O. Wilson and Peter Raven to receive Linnaean Legacy Award at NYAS public event
Date:11/1/2010

NEW YORK Biologist Edward O. Wilson and botanist Peter H. Raven will receive the 2010 Linnaean Legacy Award Saturday, Nov. 6, at the New York Academy of Sciences. Each will also deliver a public lecture on the future of biodiversity. The ticketed event begins at 7:30 p.m.

The award, presented by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and the Linnean Society of London, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the science of taxonomy. It is named for the distinguished Swedish botanist and doctor Carolus Linnaeus, who developed the binomial naming system of plants and animals that provides the fundamental framework for knowledge of the biota of the Earth.

The title of Wilson's talk is "Exploring a Little Known World in Order to Save It." Raven will address "Which Gaps Can We Fill, What Can We Save?"

Tickets for the Linnaean Legacy Award presentation and lecture are available from the New York Academy of Sciences at http://www.nyas.org/sustainwhat. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers and $10 for nonmember students. The NYAS is located at 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St., 40th floor. More information is online at www.nyas.org.

"This award and public lecture are designed to draw attention to taxonomy, the science responsible for species exploration and classification, which has been largely ignored in recent decades," said entomologist Quentin Wheeler, founding director of ASU's International Institute for Species Exploration and former Keeper of Entomology at the Natural History Museum in London.

"If NASA astronauts discovered some distant planet teeming with biodiversity threatened by imminent extinction, we would immediately undertake a massive program to explore its life forms. Because human welfare depends on services from sustainable ecosystems, there are urgent and greater reasons to inventory the species of our own biosphere. Yet, we have described at most 20 percent of Earth species," said Wheeler, a professor, university vice president and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

"Unless we establish baseline knowledge of what plants and animals exist here, we will be powerless to detect or monitor impact on species of environmental change and our efforts in sustainability, conservation biology, and environmental problem-solving will be severely limited," he said.

"No one knows this urgency better than Ed Wilson and Peter Raven. Each, in their own way, has been trumpeting the call to explore all of Earth's species," Wheeler said. "Normally this award is given to one biodiversity champion annually. This year, however, we are stepping up our call to action and added the forceful voices of two well-known and respected activists. The efforts by Raven and Wilson are as influential on science and society today as were those of Linnaeus in the 18th century."

Wilson is a University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard. No stranger to lofty titles (dubbed "Darwin's natural heir" in 2001 by the Guardian Unlimited, UK) Wilson is considered by many to be one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. While much of his career is seemingly rooted in the study of myrmecology (the study of ants), his deft intellect has evoked new fields of thought about man and the entirety of nature.

"Father" to sociobiology and island biogeography, Wilson's seminal works in evolution of social behavior and commitment to conservation have shaped the face of science, philosophy, ethics, economics and activism.

Wilson is also the Honorary Curator in Entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard and the co-founder of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

Raven is President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Time magazine described him in 1999 as a "hero for the planet." Many know this respected botanist for his leadership at the Missouri Botanical Garden, a National Historic Landmark, which he nurtured into a world-class center for botanical research and education, and horticultural display.

Raven is a leading advocate for conservation and a sustainable environment. He is a globetrotter, championing research around the world to preserve endangered plants; cultivating research and educational programs in Latin America, Africa and Asia, as well as North America.

He also is the George Engelmann Professor Emeritus of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis, and an adjunct professor of biology at St. Louis University.

Past recipients of the Linnaean Legacy Award are Norman Platnick and Richard Fortey.


'/>"/>

Contact: Carol Hughes
carol.hughes@asu.edu
480-965-6375
Arizona State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Rumbaughs theory links positions of Wilson, Skinner
2. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Peter M. Tessier named Pew Scholar
3. Peter Pan apes never seem to learn selfishness
4. Peter Reich, BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology
5. CI president receives Roger Tory Peterson Medal
6. Peter Baumann named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist
7. Whitehead member Peter Reddien named HHMI Early Career Scientist
8. Wildlife biologist named Roger Tory Peterson Medal recipient, speaker
9. First time research on long-term consequences of intravenous nutrition on childrens health
10. Stevens Center for Science Writings presents: Ravens at the Feast, with Bernd Heinrich, April 1
11. Scientist Tim Flannery is first Austrailian to receive Joseph Leidy Award
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
E.O. Wilson and Peter Raven to receive Linnaean Legacy Award at NYAS public event
(Date:2/10/2016)... , February 10, 2016 ... According to 2016 iris recognition market ... iris recognition is more widely accepted for ... with both fingerprint and iris recognition technology ... user to avoid purchasing two individual biometrics ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... (NASDAQ: AWRE ), a leading supplier of biometrics software and ... ended December 31, 2015.  --> ... million, an increase of 61% compared to $4.3 million in the ... 2015 was $2.6 million compared to $0.2 million in the fourth ... Higher revenue and operating income in the fourth quarter of ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... -- Vigilant Solutions announces today that an agency used its ... lead in a difficult homicide case. The agency then used ... suspect vehicle. Due to the ongoing investigation, the agency name ... the agency,s request. --> --> ... found deceased at an intersection here in the City. He ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Benchmark Research, a fully-integrated ... of two long-standing principal investigators (PI) to the roles of Chief Medical Officer, ... , Dr. Laurence Chu, a Benchmark Research PI in the Austin office, will ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... HOLLOWAY ... of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Rocky Mountain Chapter 21st Annual Vendor Exhibition on Thursday, ... more than 100 tables for its annual event, which will run from 3:00 ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... ... LATHAM, NEW YORK... Marktech Optoelectronics will feature their new high-speed ... Francisco’s Moscone Center from February 16-18, 2016, and at the healthcare-focused BiOS Expo on ... diode standard packages feature a TO-46 metal can with active areas of 1.0mm and ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... SonaCare Medical, LLC reports the introduction of ... monitoring. The inaugural launch of this new technology occurred over the course of ... to a HIFU technical expert at SonaCare Medical headquarters. , Sonalink allows ...
Breaking Biology Technology: