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Please join us to hear Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, professor of Biology at the University of Utah, speak on “Tapestry Thinking: Weaving the Threads of Wildlife and Humans”. Her seminar is sponsored by the Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and the MS in Ecology program.
About seminar: The distance between nature and humans is widening. Wildlife scientists can help bridge that gap by weaving their expertise and passion into the diverse values that difference sectors of society hold. Dr. Nadkarni will discuss her experiences as a rainforest canopy researcher and science communicator that have led her to creatively connect and exchange knowledge with a wide range of public audiences. Her programs have engaged urban youth, visual artists, rap singers, poly-makers, faith-based groups, and incarcerated men and women. For inmates in state prisons, county jails, and juvenile detention centers, she has instituted monthly science lectures and conservation projects in which inmates raise endangered plants and animals for restoration projects. Her actions to interweave plants, animals, and people has helped to create a stronger tapestry for appreciation of and conservation for nature.
This seminar is the first of a new monthly Ecology Presenter Series sponsored by the MS in Ecology program. All of the presenters in our speaker series have been carefully selected by our students to reflect scientists from a diversity of backgrounds in ecology and who are actively working towards breaking down barriers to DEII within the scientific community.
We are excited to be launching this series! We hope you can join us in these conversations.