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2008 Rachel Carson Lecture by Peter Raven
The 2008 Rachel Carson Lecture, "Biodiversity, Sustainability and the Future" was delivered by Peter Raven on May 1, 2008 at the Radiology Auditorium.
Peter Raven is a world-renowned environmental scientist and botanist. He has authored award-winning textbooks and written hundreds of peer-reviewed papers on a wide range of important issues such as biodiversity and sustainability. Following nine years as a faculty member at Stanford University, Raven has been president of the Missouri Botanical Garden for 36 years, which he has transformed into the world’s most active institution for botanical research, collection, education, and outreach.
In recognition of his extraordinary accomplishments, Raven has been bestowed more than 20 honorary degrees from prestigious universities around the world, such as Yale University. Among his numerous honors, he was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Clinton, is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as well as many foreign academies, was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Prize, and was named a Hero for the Planet by TIME Magazine.
Raven is a former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, former president of Sigma Xi, and former home secretary of the National Academy of Sciences. He has also served on numerous international and national committees and advisory boards, including the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration.
While Raven was on campus to deliver the Rachel Carson lecture, he received an honorary degree from MSU and was the keynote speaker for MSU’s spring 2008 Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony.
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