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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

April 7, 2014

Nobel Peace Prize winner to give Distinguished Lecture April 21

By Samantha Cole, media relations assistant

Dr. Jean Brennan

Dr. Jean Brennan

Dr. Jean Brennan, a conservationist who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, is the final featured guest of Northwest Missouri State University’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Brennan, landscape conservation coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Charles Johnson Theater inside the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Brennan is an accomplished field biologist and has conducted research on primates in Kenya, carnivores on Madagascar, Asian elephants on Peninsula Malaysia and orangutans in Indonesia.

She shared the Nobel Peace Prize with members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore for her significant contribution to understanding climate change.

“I expect that Jean will focus on what conservation is, and how individuals and society as a whole can make a difference,” said Dr. Aaron Johnson, associate professor of geology and coordinator of the lecture series. “We felt that Jean’s experience as a field biologist working in Africa, her expertise with respect to human impact on the environment, and her deep commitment to conservation at all levels provided a broad platform that would be of interest to students and the Northwest community across all majors and careers.”

Before joining the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Brennan worked as a senior climate change scientist for an environmental non-profit organization, conducting synthetic research of the impacts of climate change on natural systems and adaptation strategies. She has taught conservation biology at the University of Michigan and air resources at the University of California-Davis.

Brennan has also worked as a senior conservation scientist for the U.S. Agency for International Development and as a staff scientist for the U.S. State Department Office of Global Change.

Brennan’s visit to Northwest also will coincide with Northwest’s 20th anniversary celebration of the Missouri Arboretum. Brennan will be the keynote speaker at an anniversary luncheon and join the University for a ceremonial tree-planting at 1:30 p.m. April 21 at the Forest Village Apartments.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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