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News and events
Oct. 29, 2013

Sir Peter Crane inspires and elevates

On Sept. 24 and 25, VCU Rice Rivers Center was honored to host Sir Peter Crane, dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and former director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. A deeply thoughtful scientist, Dean Crane gave a fascinating lecture on the history, science and culture of the Ginkgo tree based on his research for his most recent book, “Ginkgo”. Participants were enlightened on the unusual reproductive properties of the tree, the longevity of the genus and its legacy throughout many world cultures.

During his visit, Dean Crane also had the opportunity to discuss potential collaborations with VCU Rice Rivers Center researchers as well as to spend time with students in a forestry ecology class taught by Chris Gough, Ph.D.

Additionally, the Board of Trustees for the VCU Rice Rivers Center was privileged to have Dean Crane make a short presentation at their meeting, which was followed by an in-depth discussion of environmental studies at research universities and their importance to the overall health of the environment. Specifically, discussion focused on how critical environmental issues can be moved forward in the public arena.

VCU Rice Rivers Center is deeply grateful for the extensive, generous gift of Dean Crane’s time and expertise.

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From left to right: Dr. Bob Harman, Dr. Len Smock, Sir Peter Crane, Dr. Daniel Fort, Dr. Jim Coleman, Dr. Tom Huff