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Alan Rabinowitz, explorer, author and founder of the world’s first jaguar sanctuary, will give the keynote address of the fifth annual Colby College Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. Rabinowitz’s lecture is titled “A Journey of Discovery in Asia’s Forbidden Wilderness” and will be in Room 01 of the F.W. Olin Science Center.
The Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Wednesday, April 28, through Friday, April 30, on the Waterville campus. All of the symposium events are open to the public and free of charge.
A documentary film on Rabinowitz’s work with the Wildlife Conservation Society will be shown on Thursday, April 29, at 5 p.m. in Room 01 of the F.W. Olin Science Center. In Search of the Jaguar is a National Geographic special that follows Rabinowitz as he fights to protect threatened jaguar habitats in Central and South America. A discussion led by Rabinowitz will follow the film showing.
Rabinowitz is director of science and exploration for the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society and runs the organization’s Global Carnivore Program, which focuses on saving large carnivores worldwide. Rabinowitz has traveled extensively, concentrating his research efforts in Belize, Borneo, Taiwan, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) to study jaguars, clouded leopards, tigers and other large mammal species. His work in Belize resulted in the world’s first jaguar sanctuary; his work in Taiwan resulted in the establishment of the country’s largest nature reserve; his work in Thailand resulted in the first field research on Indochinese tigers in what became the region’s first World Heritage Site; and his work in Myanmar led to the creation of the country’s first marine national park, its first Himalayan national park and a 2,500 square-mile wildlife sanctuary–the nation’s largest protected area.
Rabinowitz’s most recent research has taken him to unexplored mountain ranges in the Annamite Mountains of Laos and the eastern Himalayan Mountains of northern Myanmar. In northern Myanmar, he discovered the leaf deer, a species new to science and one of the smallest deer species in the world. He also made contact with the Taron, a group of Mongolian pygmies who are near extinction and virtually unknown by the outside world.
Rabinowitz’s books include Jaguar: One Man’s Struggle to Establish the World’s First Jaguar Preserve and Beyond the Last Village: A Journey of Discovery in Asia’s Forbidden Wilderness.
The Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium, now in its fifth year, has Colby students from a range of programs and departments present the results of their research in paper and poster presentations over two days. On Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. students will present research in many academic disciplines. Research posters also will be on display both days, with students available to answer questions from noon to 2 p.m. Most presentations are on the second floor in the Roberts Building.
Colby emphasizes research and project-based learning and the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium is an outgrowth of the National Science Foundation’s Award for the Integration of Research and Education (AIRE) Grant, which recognized the college’s leadership in this area. For a detailed event schedule visit the symposium Web site at www.colby.edu/res_symp.