College Announces Details of Prestigious Indianapolis Prize Lecture
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Russell A. Mittermeier, Ph.D. (photo credit Indianapolis Prize)

Russell A. Mittermeier, Ph.D. (photo credit Indianapolis Prize)

Franklin College will host the first of six lectures in the prestigious 2018 Indianapolis Prize Lecture Series presented by the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc., on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Branigin Room of the Napolitan Student Center.

The lecture, “Biodiversity Conservation: A Global Priority,” will be presented by the 2018 Indianapolis Prize Winner, Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier and is part of the college’s 2018 Homecoming Alumni Weekend festivities.  Mittermeier will also present lectures at Harvard University, Indiana University, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Butler University and DePauw University.

Mittermeier, currently the chief conservation officer for Global Wildlife Conservation, is considered a conservation icon.  He has spent more than 45 years in the field protecting species and the vital ecosystems on which they rely.  He has observed more primate species in the wild than anyone else.  In part because of his efforts, primates remain the only larger group of mammals to have not lost a single species or subspecies to extinction in the last 100 years.  Mittermeier’s focus on biodiversity hotspots — critically important areas known for their biological diversity and endemic species — has taken him on expeditions across 169 countries and all seven continents. On that quest, he has discovered more than 20 species new to science and has eight named after him.

The Indianapolis Prize is the world’s leading animal conservation award.  First awarded in 2006, it is given every other year to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to wildlife conservation.  Established to bring the world’s attention to their victories, the Prize elevates the brave, talented and dedicated men and women who spend their lives saving the Earth’s wildlife.

“We are truly grateful to be selected as the site for the first lecture in this remarkable series,” said Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D., president of Franklin College. “Dr. Mittermeier is the consummate conservationist. His engagement on campus exemplifies the professional opportunities we promise our students and unlocks scholarship in action, core facets of the Franklin College learning experience.”

Mittermeier, selected from six finalists, will receive a $250,000 award and the prestigious Lilly Medal during the Indianapolis Prize Gala presented by Cummins Inc. in Indianapolis on Saturday, Sept. 29.  Internationally, the Indianapolis Prize is the largest individual monetary award given for animal conservation and is a signature global conservation initiative of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.

The lecture is free, but registration at www.franklincollege.edu/indianapolis-prize-lecture is appreciated.

Visit IndianapolisPrize.org to learn more about the Indianapolis Prize initiative, Prize Winner Russell A. Mittermeier, Ph.D., and the upcoming gala.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

(Posted July 23, 2018)

POSTED Sep 13, 2018