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Kyoto Prize Laureate Simon Levin to Speak at UCSD on Biodiversity

By Pat JaCoby | April 17, 2006

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Kyoto Laureate Simon Levin.

Three of the world’s foremost contributors to advanced technology, basic science and arts and philosophy will be honored in San Diego April 19-20 as Kyoto Prize Laureates, with the University of California, San Diego hosting Laureate Simon A. Levin for the basic science presentation at 4:30 p.m. April 19 in the Price Center Theatre.

Levin, professor and director of the Center for Biocomplexity at Princeton University, is being honored for both establishing the field of spatial ecology and expanding scientific understanding of the biosphere as a “complex adaptive system.”
His work illustrates how the loss of biodiversity is creating direct threats to human survival, and how the Earth’s precious biodiversity may be maintained.

He will be introduced by Eduardo R. Macagno, dean of the Division of Biological Sciences. Discussion following Levin’s talk will be moderated by Jeffrey Vincent, director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and professor, International Relations/Pacific Studies.

San Diego State University will host the advanced technology presentation by Laureate George H. Heilmeier, chairman emeritus of Telcordia Technologies, at 9:30 a.m. April 19 in Montezuma Hall. The arts and philosophy presentation will be given at 4:30 p.m. April 20 by Maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Shiley Theatre at the University of San Diego.

Admission is free at each symposium with prior registration. Register online at www.kyotoprize.org/regfor.htm. UCSD information may also be obtained by calling
( 858) 822-1119.

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