Browsing: Environmental Stewardship

Dr. Patricia C. Wright, the famed primatologist at Stony Brook University, found herself far removed from her native habitat yesterday morning, in a bustling Los Angeles hotel scrambling to get ready for a screening of Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, an IMAX documentary featuring her work. “I never thought I was going to be on a Hollywood red carpet,” Dr. Wright said. “This day means so much, not just to me but to all of Madagascar and all of those beautiful lemurs.” Chances are, those lemurs wouldn’t still be around if not for Dr. Wright’s efforts. In the process of rediscovering…

This year’s Stars of Stony Brook Gala honors Stony Brook University faculty member Patricia Wright on Wednesday, April 16, at Pier Sixty in New York City. In addition to raising money to support student scholarship programs, the 2014 Gala will benefit the University’s work in Madagascar. A winner of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, Professor Wright is the founder of Centre ValBio, a modern research campus in the rainforest of Madagascar. For almost three decades, Wright has combined her research on lemurs with efforts to preserve the country’s endangered rainforests. (Urban Gardner: For the Love of Lemurs, Wall Street Journal) In…

The Earthstock Festival at Stony Brook University added a tradition in 2013 — honoring individuals who have made the greatest impact on protecting the environment — locally, regionally and nationally.  Two students and one faculty member were the recipients of the first-ever Environmentalists of the Year awards on Friday, April 19, at the Charles B. Wang Center. The awards were presented just before Professor Jeffrey Levinton, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook, delivered the opening remarks for Earthstock keynote lecturer and climate change pioneer Professor Wallace Broecker of Columbia University. Malcolm Bowman, Distinguished Service…

Christopher C. Sellers book, Crabgrass Crucible, Suburban Nature and the Rise of Environmentalism in Twentieth-Century America, has been published by The University of North Carolina Press. Sellers, an associate professor of history at Stony Brook University, holds a PhD in American studies from Yale University and an MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a faculty member in Stony Brook Medicine’s graduate program in public health. Sellers is also the author of Hazards of the Job: From Industrial Disease to Environmental Health Science and co-editor of, among other volumes, Dangerous Trade: Histories of Industrial…

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