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NEWTON INSPIRES

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

RICHARD PRIMACK TO SPEAK ON THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE PLANTS
AND ANIMALS OF THOREAU’S CONCORD AT _NEWTON INSPIRES_ 

Boston University biology professor Richard B. Primack will be one of
the headliners at Newton Schools Foundation's 8TH ANNUAL NEWTON
INSPIRES: AN EVENING OF IDEAS AND COMMUNITY on Tuesday, November 13
(7-9:30pm) at Newton South High School. Doors open at 6pm. The event is
FREE to Newton residents and $15 for non-residents. Space is limited so
register early at www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org 

Henry David Thoreau was a climate change scientist! For the past 15
years, Professor Primack and his team have been using Thoreau's records
from the 1850s and other Massachusetts data sources to document the
earlier flowering and leafing out times of plants and the more variable
response of migratory birds. Most noteworthy, plants in Concord are also
changing in abundance due to a warming climate.  What would Thoreau tell
us to do about global warming if he were alive today? 

Richard Primack is a professor of biology with a specialization in plant
ecology, conservation biology, tropical rain forest ecology, and climate
change biology. He is the author of two widely used conservation biology
textbooks; local co-authors have helped to produce 36 translations of
these books with local examples. For nine years, he was the
editor-in-chief of the journal _Biological Conservation _and served as
the president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.
Professor Primack is the author and editor of books about tropical
rainforests and has written a popular book about his Concord research:
_Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods_. In addition,
Professor Primack is a resident of Newton. He wrote his undergraduate
thesis on flora of Newton's Hammond Woods and Webster Woods. He is also
a frequent contributor to the _Newton Tab_.  

Other _Newton Inspires_ headliners this year are KIMBERLY BUDD,
associate justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; DAVID S.
FRIEDMAN, senior vice president, legal & government affairs, Boston Red
Sox; SARAH HOLT, producer and director, PBS/NOVA; PETER SLAVIN, M.D.,
president, Massachusetts General Hospital; actress and writer MARIANNE
LEONE; and entrepreneur SAM SHAMES_,_ along with many other talented
Newton personalities. 

Rounding out the roster of speakers are: 

         * Amy Cuddy, Ph.D., Social Psychologist
         * Giovanni G. Fazio, Ph.D., Senior Physicist, Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics
         * Rita E. Freed, Ph.D., Chair, Art of Ancient Egypt, Nubia and the
Near East, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
         * Carol Goldenberg Rosen, Art Director and Children's Book Designer
         * Mei Hong, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, M.I.T.
         * Janna Kaplan, M.S., Neuroscientist, Brandeis University
         * Louise Kennedy, Writer, Editor, Critic
         * David Montague, Founder and President, Montague Corporation
         * Hankus Netsky, Ph.D., Co-chair Contemporary Improvisation, New
England Conservatory
         * Joseph Rosenbloom, Investigative Journalist
         * Clara Silverstein, Author