FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 10, 2012
Contact: Emelia.Cowans@naturalsciences.org ; 919.707.9837
RALEIGH — Members of the media are invited to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center to participate in “E.O. Wilson’s Global Town Hall,” with world-renowned biologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Osborne Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard. The virtual event happens on Thursday, December 13 at 1 p.m. inside the NRC’s Daily Planet Theater, where a select group of 150 middle and high school students from North Carolina will be special guests. Wilson will field questions from audience members, as well as via Twitter at #EOWilson. Students and teachers can also submit questions in advance of the event at firstname.lastname@example.org .
General public who wish to see the Town Hall can do so in one of two locations inside the Museum streaming the event — the Auditorium inside the Museum’s main building, or inside the Environmental Conference Center on the 4th floor of the NRC. It can also be accessed via the Web at www.livestream.com/naturalsciences .
Following Wilson’s presentation at 2:15 p.m., media and on-site visitors are invited to a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entrance to the NRC’s Citizen Science Center on the 1st floor, celebrating the opening of the first permanent museum exhibit highlighting “E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth,” a digital biology textbook for high-school students being developed by the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.
Wilson and co-authors Morgan Ryan and Gael McGill will be available for interviews and photo opportunities following the ribbon-cutting, as well as Paula Ehrlich, President & CEO at the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. For more information call 919.707.9837 or e-mail Emelia.Cowans@naturalsciences.org .
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones St.) and its new wing, the Nature Research Center (121 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the Web at www.naturalsciences.org . The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman., Secretary.