Jhumki Basu Memorial Lecture in "Science & Adventure"
George Schaller, "A Naturalist in the World's Wilderness" is the Senior Conservationist, Wildlife Conservation Society and Vice President, Panthera, which is devoted to saving the world's wild cats. He is best known for his work saving gorillas, tigers, pandas, and snow leopards. His 50-year career has been dedicated to species conservation.
He was awarded National Geographic's Adventure Lifetime Achievement Award. Discover magazine says Schaller, "is considered the finest field biologist of our time and the most powerful voice for conservation in more than 100 years." website
He has studied and helped protect species as diverse as mountain gorillas, lions, giant pandas and Tibetan antelopes, as well as trained nationals in their own country to carry on the work. These studies have been the basis for his scientific and popular writings including 16 books, among them, The Deer and the Tiger, The Year of the Gorilla, The Serengeti Lion, and The Last Panda.
Schaller's talk will honor Dr. Sreyashi Jhumki Basu, '98 HumBio, Associate Professor at New York University, who passed away in December 2008 after a brave battle with cancer. She was passionate about removing inequities in the teaching of science in America and access to higher education. website
Admission InfoFree and open to the public. Reception follows.