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Edward O. Wilson Donates Career Awards to UA, Endows Fellows Program for Research

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Dr. Edward O. Wilson, the most highly decorated scientist in the world and a University of Alabama alumnus, has made two major gifts to UA with an approximate value totaling $500,000.

He has given UA all of the 246 international awards, prizes and tributes that have been bestowed on him throughout his career, including two Pulitzer Prizes, the Nobel Prize-equivalent Crafoord Prize, the U.S. National Medal of Science and more than 100 international awards valued at nearly $400,000.

A selection of these tributes will be displayed at The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa during Edward O. Wilson Week at UA. The exhibit, “The World Speaks: Tributes to Dr. Edward O. Wilson,” will be on display April 21-25. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wilson has given $100,000 to establish the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Fellows Endowment within the College of Arts and Sciences. The endowment will support students to conduct field and museum research in the area of biodiversity.

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Alabama Citizens to Pay Tribute to Dr. Edward O. Wilson at UA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Citizens from throughout Alabama, including Crimson Tide football great Bobby Humphrey, will join together for an evening of storytelling and sharing discoveries about Alabama’s natural world to honor Alabama native son and internationally recognized biodiversity expert Dr. Edward O. Wilson.

The tribute is part Edward O. Wilson Week at The University of Alabama April 21-25. “Alabama’s Biodiversity: Inspiring A New Century of Discovery” will take place Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Moody Music Building on the UA campus.

The event is presented by more than 20 Alabama conservation and biodiversity organizations and The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences. Tickets can be purchased atwww.uamusic.tix.com and at the box office.

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Biodiversity Experts Head to UA for Edward O. Wilson Symposium

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — International biodiversity experts will join Dr. Edward O. Wilson, a University of Alabama and College of Arts and Sciences alumnus, for the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Symposium, three days of research presentations and forums on the state and future of biodiversity on the planet.

The symposium will be held April 22–24 on the UA campus and is part of Edward O. Wilson Week at UA. Wilson is a 1949 and 1950 UA graduate and is one of the most highly decorated scientists in the world.

It will include presentations by internationally recognized scientists and authors working at the forefront of biodiversity research as well as a poster session by University of Alabama graduate student researchers.

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