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University of Washington professor's lifetime efforts receive international recognition
Date:7/26/2010

access to a natural laboratory to study landscape recovery. "The U.S. Forest Service has done a great job in protecting a huge area in the center of the monument for pure research, keeping everyone strictly on the foot trails so the regrowth of native grasses and flowers is taking place so beautifully," Leopold says.

  • Her public service efforts also have included serving on the national boards of organizations such as the National Audubon Society and the Environmental Defense Fund, and being appointed to governor advisory panels concerning oil shale in Colorado and high-level nuclear waste management in Washington.

    "The College of Arts and Sciences could not be prouder or happier to count Estella Leopold as both one of our most distinguished faculty members and one of our closest friends," Ana Mari Cauce, dean of the college, says. "Throughout her career she has been a fierce advocate for science, for the environment, and for the need to make connections between these two passions. The committee could not have picked a better recipient for this award. It brings honor to Estella, and Estella brings honor to the award."

    The objective of International Cosmos Prize is to honor those who further the "harmonious coexistence between nature and mankind," according to the foundation.

    Asked how she thinks mankind is doing in that respect, Leopold talked about children.

    "There's a subculture of birders, of people who love nature, and many of them probably grew up like myself. I was raised outdoors. You'd go out to play, get on your bike and just go everywhere out all day. But kids now are more restricted. How are they going to learn to love nature and to protect it?"

    She also talked about the need for global outreach. In working for the Aldo Leopold Foundation where she's held a number of director and officer positions through the years she said the foundation's programming is increasingly engaging audie
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    University of Washington
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