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“The Nature of Things” Host David Suzuki Speaks at Appalachian Jan. 18

122200suzukihi_dl.jpgBOONE — Dr. David Suzuki, chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and award-winning geneticist and broadcaster, will speak Jan. 18, 2001, at 8 p.m. in Appalachian State University’s Farthing Auditorium.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.Suzuki is the guest of the Morgan Lecture Series sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and Sigma Xi scientific research society.

He will address “The Challenge of the 21st Century: Setting the Real Bottomline,” which will look at the world’s environmental future.

Suzuki is known for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling and easily understood way.

He has won four Gemini Awards as best host of the Canadian television series “The

Nature of Things.”

His eight-part television series “A Planet for the Taking” won an award from the United Nations.

His eight-part PBS series “The Secret of Life” was praised internationally, as was his five-part series “The Brain,” produced for the Discovery Channel.

Suzuki developed and hosted the radio science programs “Quirks and Quarks,” “It’s a Matter of Survival” and “From Naked Ape to Superspecies” on CBC Radio. His television career began on CBC when he wrote and hosted “Suzuki on Science.”

Suzuki also is recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology.

He is the recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environment Program Medal and the Global 500.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Suzuki graduated from Amherst College, Mass., in 1958 with an honors BA in biology.

His Ph.D. in zoology is from the University of Chicago.

He held a research position in the biology division of Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Lab from 1961-62.

He was an assistant professor in genetics at the University of Alberta from 1962-63. He joined the University of British Columbia in 1963.

He also serves as an associate professor at the Sustainable Research Institute.

In 1972, Suzuki received the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship for the outstanding research scientist in Canada under the age of 35.

Winner of 16 honorary degrees in the United States, Canada and Australia, he wrote the 1976 textbook “An Introduction to Genetic Analysis” (with A.J.F. Griffiths). It remains the most widely used genetics textbook in the United States and has been translated into many languages.

Since 1990, the privately funded Morgan Lecture Series has brought well-known scientists to campus to lecture on a range of topics within the fields of geology, chemistry, biology, physics and astronomy.