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Second Annual Professor Walter Moore Lecture in Ecology on October 18

Loyola press release - October 15, 2006

2nd Annual Professor Walter Moore Lecture in Ecology

Loyola University New Orleans Department of Biological Sciences presents the second Annual Professor Walter Moore Lecture in Ecology on Wednesday, October 18th, at 7 p.m., in Monroe Hall, Room 157. The lecture will be delivered by David J. Patterson, Ph.D., senior scientist at the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Patterson is an internationally respected scholar on microbial biodiversity. He is an emeritus professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, and also serves as professor in the Department of Ecological and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University. He has been awarded the Thomas Henry Huxley Prize and the Scientific Medal from the Zoological Society of London and has been President of the International Society of Evolutionary Protistology and the British Section of the Society of Protozoologists. Dr Patterson has authored 144 scientific papers, and his grant record as the primary investigator or co-investigator from the U.S. National Science Foundation alone totals more than $6.5 million.

Professor Walter G. Moore served as a faculty member in Loyola’s Department of Biological Sciences for more than 30 years, until his retirement in 1979. Moore was a warm, engaging, and dedicated professor, known as “the ecologist” at Loyola during his career. His general biology, zoology, comparative anatomy, embryology, and ecology courses were enjoyed by thousands of Loyola undergraduates, who then went on to successful careers in environmental biology, education, and the health professions. His love of ecology, and especially of the biology of fairy shrimps, was shared with many students in field trips to local bayous, swamps, lakes, and marshes. An endowed fund has been established to support an annual lecture in ecology in his name. This lecture series allows the university to bring eminent ecologists to campus to enrich the lives of students and to celebrate the memory of Moore's contributions to ecology at Loyola.

Support was provided by the Walter Moore Endowed Fund, Biever Guest Lecture Series, Department of Biological Sciences, and College of Humanities and Natural Sciences. For more information, visit http://chn.loyno.edu/~biology/2006waltermoorelecture.html or contact Dr. James Wee at wee@loyno.edu.