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Internationally recognized ecologist and author to visit NMSU

The National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program at New Mexico State University will begin the fall 2004 Visiting Professors Program with a lecture and book signing by ecologist Anne LaBastille at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the Isabel M. Crouch Readers Theater on the NMSU campus.

Anne LaBastille will talk about "Women and the Wilderness" as part of the New Mexico State University National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program's fall 2004 Visiting Professors Program at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the Isabel M. Crouch Readers Thea

LaBastille, who is an internationally recognized authority on wilderness preservation, will speak about her book, "Women and Wilderness." The event will be cosponsored by the NMSU Women's Studies Program.

LaBastille was the first woman to receive the Citation of Merit from the Explorers Club and to receive the Jade Chief's Award from the Outdoors Writer Association of America. Her struggle to save the giant grebe of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala distinguished her as the first ecologist to have systematically observed and recorded the extinction of an animal.

LaBastille's visit is funded by the NSF ADVANCE program at NMSU, which supports women faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Her visit is hosted by Philip Alkon, NMSU adjunct professor of fishery and wildlife sciences, and supported by the Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences.

Other pubic lectures and appearances by LaBastille will be:

- 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct.16, book signing at COAS My Bookstore.

- 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, radio interview on KRWG 90.7 FM.

- 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, "Wilderness and Writing" lecture at the Branigan Cultural Center in the Shannon Room.

- 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, field trip at the Mesilla Valley Bosque Reserve.

-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, "Researching the Ecology of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala" lecture at the Nason House on the NMSU campus.

For more information on these seminars and lectures, contact the NSF ADVANCE office at 505-646-2583 or e-mail pamhunt@nmsu.edu.