Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Jane Goodall To Speak At PCC

Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, will be the featured speaker at Pima Community College, Thursday, April 19, as part of Earth Day celebrations. Dr. Goodall will speak at 1:00 p.m. at the Northwest Campus outdoor amphitheatre, 7600 N. Shannon Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Jane Goodall began her famous study of chimpanzees in Tanzania in 1960. Working under the mentorship of noted anthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey, her landmark work, including living among groups of chimpanzees in the wild, redefined the relationship between humans and animals. Her observations also radically altered our knowledge and understanding of primate behavior.

In 1965, Dr. Goodall established the Gombe Stream Research Center, at the site of her initial work. The Center continues her research today, making it one of the longest uninterrupted wildlife studies in existence. In 1965, she also received her Ph.D. in the study of animal behavior from England’s Cambridge University. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute (www.janegoodall.org) to support her growing efforts in research, education, and conservation. A recipient of numerous awards and the subject of multiple books and documentaries, Dr Goodall spends more than 300 days a year speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research of chimpanzee behavior -- research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and the Roots & Shoots education program, which has groups in more than 95 countries.

Pima Community College Northwest Campus will also hold an Earth Day festival on Wednesday, April 18. Earth Day festival events will begin at 9:00 am and continue to 2:00 pm. Events will include geology tours, demonstrations of conservation techniques and solar technology and display booths by conservation-oriented companies, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. The event is sponsored by Northwest Campus Student Activities.

For more information about Earth Day at PCC’s Northwest Campus, call 206-2247.

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