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  Plant-Insect Interactions in Tropical Rain Forest Canopies by Dr. Meg Lowman
 

Margaret Meg Lowman, Ph.D. is Chief of Science and Sustainability, Dean of Science and Research Collections, Harry W. and Diana V. Hind Chair, and Lindsay Chair of Botany at the University of California.rnrnAs Chief of Science and Sustainability, Dr. Meg Lowman is responsible for the Academys scientific research and exploration programs, as well as a number of efforts meant to address the challenges of sustaining life on Earth. rnrnIn this newly created position, Lowman assumes the leadership of the Academys Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability, which was formed to more fully integrate and expand the Academys scientific research activities and its efforts to address sustainability challenges. This role includes developing and executing the strategic vision for the Academys scientific exploration and research programs; coordinating the engagement of the Academy's 300 Fellows in the ongoing educational and research life of the institution; and developing and implementing crucial sustainability initiatives, including public engagement activities, advocacy programs, and collaborations with organizations focused on ecology, land-use practices, and climate change. Lowman also serves as the Harry W. and Diana V. Hind Dean of Science and Research Collections and oversees the Academys priceless collection of nearly 46 million scientific specimens from around the world. rnrnBefore joining the Academy in January 2014, Lowman was Senior Scientist and Director of Academic Partnerships and Global Initiatives at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and had served as Director of the museums Nature Research Center. She was also a Research Professor of Natural Sciences in the College of Sciences at North Carolina State University, where she focused on initiatives involving communicating science to the public. rnrnNicknamed the real-life Lorax by National Geographic and Einstein of the treetops by the Wall Street Journal, Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. For more than 30 years, she has worked tirelessly to map biodiversity in forest canopies and to champion forest conservation around the world, innovating new research methods and conservation strategies along the way. Her designs for hot-air balloons and treetop walkways are now used by scientists and students around the world who have joined Lowman in studying the little-known ecosystems that thrive high above the forest floor. Her creative approaches to fostering sustainability both at home and abroad, including her work with Coptic priests in Ethiopia to preserve some of the countrys last remaining forests, have garnered Lowman a number of international awards. rnrnLowman holds a Ph.D. in Botany from Sydney University, a M.S. in Ecology from Aberdeen University, a B.A in Biology from Williams College, and a degree in Executive Management from Tuck School of Business. She has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and her first book, Life in the Treetops, received a cover review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

 
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  925,000 Campsites: The Commodification of an American Experience by Martin Hogue
 

Gallery talk and reception

 
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  Views from the top: Our emerging understanding of forest canopies from three decades of rainforest research by Nalini Nadkarni
 

Dr. Nalini M. Nadkarni is Professor, Department of Biology and the Director, Center for Science and Math Education, at the University of Utah.

 
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19, Thursday 
  Tom's River: A story of science and salvation by Dan Fagin
 

Dan Fagin, Associate Professor and Director of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, New York University, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Book signing and reception follows seminar at 5:00 p.m. in lobby.rnrnDan Fagin is the author of Toms River, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Called a new classic of science reporting" by The New York Times, Toms River combines hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, deep historical research and an unforgettable cast of characters to tell the story of a small New Jersey town ravaged by industrial pollution.rnrnCo-sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication program in Health and Medical Journalism and the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program.rn

 
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