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Media invited to lemur research, conservation symposium at Duke University

Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. -- Media are invited to learn more about the latest research on lemurs and their conservation at a two-day symposium at Duke University in Durham, NC.

September 22-23, 2016
Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club
3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC, 27705

The symposium will bring together 25 leading scholars from more than a dozen institutions around the world to discuss their research on topics ranging from primate behavior and genomics to brain sciences and paleontology. Find out what lemurs can teach us about how we age, sleep, think and even do math.

The symposium will be held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Duke Lemur center from Sept. 21-23, 2016. Since its beginnings in 1966, the Duke Lemur Center has advanced scholarship and conservation through interdisciplinary research on lemurs, Earth's most threatened group of mammals. The center houses the world's largest and most diverse collection of lemurs outside of Madagascar, currently numbering nearly 250 individuals of 18 species. Researchers from around the world come to Duke to study living lemurs and fossil collections at the Duke Lemur Center.

Members of the press pay no registration fees for the scientific symposium, which will take place from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 22 and Friday, Sept. 23 in the Presidents Ballroom at the Washington Duke Inn. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided. Free bus transportation will also be available to attend a scientific poster session and reception the evening of Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Duke Lemur Center.

A separate welcome reception will be held the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 21, as well as a gala dinner on Friday, Sept. 23, featuring plenary speaker Dame Alison Richard of Yale University and live music by singer-songwriter and conservation activist Razia Said. Registration fees apply for those events.

To register for the scientific symposium, contact Karl Bates and Robin Smith of the Duke University Office of News and Communications at Complimentary press tours of the Duke Lemur Center are also available upon request.

Please see for a complete schedule and list of speakers.


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