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Nature Conservancy scientist to discuss ‘saving earth’

by Judy Hughes, communications and marketing last modified Mar 06, 2013 11:47 AM

The Nature Conservancy lead scientist and CBS News contributor M. Sanjayan will speak March 26 at the University of Louisville about “Saving Earth in the Age of Man: Conservation in a Human-dominated World.”

The free, public talk will begin at 6 p.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center, with a reception afterward in the nearby Hite Art Galleries, Schneider Hall. Sanjayan is expected to explain how the environmental movement is falling behind and needs an overhaul that will involve new, unlikely conservation allies: business, young people and the rural poor.

Since becoming science and environmental contributor to CBS News last year, Sanjayan has covered stories such as global climate change, marine debris, ivory poaching in Africa and fire management in the western United States.

Also a University of Montana research faculty member, Sanjayan has published in the scholarly journals Science, Nature, Conservation Biology and Marine Policy.

His speech is the 2013 UofL Phi Beta Kappa lecture; sponsors are the College of Arts and Sciences, Kentucky Nature Conservancy and the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana, an honor society that fosters academic excellence and promotes education in the liberal arts and sciences.

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