Tuesday, April 22, 2014
8:00 AM-12:30 PM
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Throughout her 75-plus years at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Ruth M. Patrick, PhD, pioneered the study of freshwater and the organisms that depend on it. She proved that biological diversity holds the key to understanding the environmental problems affecting an ecosystem. Her research enabled her to provide policymakers with accurate information about the environment and the benefits derived from its protection. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness about this crucial issue motivated generations of young scientists to explore sustainability and environmental research. Today the Academy's Patrick Center for Environmental Research serves as a fitting tribute to this pioneer, who died in September 2013 at the age of 105.