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

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