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Global Biodiversity Explored at DU Rachel Carson Centennial Lecture

The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences will sponsor a Rachel Carson Centennial Lecture by Professor Helmut Hillebrand of the University of Cologne. His address focuses on Current Trends in Biodiversity: Should We Be Concerned?

In the United States alone, 41 percent of all prescription medication contains active ingredients derived from living species. Most people do not realize how their everyday lives could be affected by the destruction of wetlands and other important habitats across the planet.

Hillebrand’s research examines global biodiversity patterns and control of plant diversity. An associate professor for the Institute for Botany and director of the International Master’s of environmental science program at the University of Cologne, he was invited to lecture, in part, because of a unique Duquesne-University of Cologne exchange program encompassing graduate and undergraduate studies as well as faculty exchanges.

This event is affiliated with a wider conference to be held later this month, designed to inform the public and scholars about biodiversity in the 100th year anniversary of the birth of Springdale native Rachel Carson, mother of the U.S. environmental movement.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Pappert Lecture Hall of the Bayer Learning Center. A reception will follow this free event, which is open to the public.

INFORMATION: For more information, please visit www.science.duq.edu or call 412.396.4900.

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