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April 2, 2008
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Lecturer to examine history of climate change and its effects on today’s world

UPDATE 4/7/08: The time of the lecture has been rescheduled to 6:30 p.m.

LAWRENCE — Tim Flannery, an internationally acclaimed scientist, humanist and author, will present the Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture at the University of Kansas.

The lecture, titled “The Weather Makers: How We Are Changing The Climate and What It Means,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the Ballroom in the Kansas Union. It is free and open to the public.

Flannery’s book “The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth” debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. It tells the fascinating story of climate change over millions of years to help understand the predicament society faces today. Flannery’s other books include the definitive ecological histories of Australia, “The Future Eaters,” and North America, “The Eternal Frontier.” As a field zoologist, he has discovered and named more than 30 new species of mammals (including two tree kangaroos), and at 34 was awarded the Edgeworth David Medal for Outstanding Research. His pioneering work in New Guinea prompted Sir David Attenborough to put him in the league of the world’s great explorers and the writer Redmond O’Hanlon to remark, “He’s discovered more new species than Charles Darwin.”

Flannery is the former director of the South Australian Museum and is currently a professor at Sydney’s Macquarie University. He spent a year as professor of Australian studies at Harvard, where he taught in the Department of Evolutionary Biology. In 2005, he was honored as Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 he was named Australian of the Year.

The Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture Fund is dedicated to inviting innovative thinkers from business, industry, science or technology who have made significant contributions to their chosen fields on a national or international scale. The fund is administered by the Commons, a partnership between the Biodiversity Institute, the Hall Center for the Humanities and the Spencer Museum of Art. For more information, contact the Commons at thecommons@ku.edu.

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