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‘Letting the Light In: Providing Environmental Science to Direct Public Policy” Renowned ecologist David Schindler to deliver Nov. 5 lecture in St. Paul

David Schindler, one of the world’s leading freshwater ecologists, will deliver a free public lecture on the tension – sometimes conflict – between science and public policy on environmental issues.

Join us for this compelling and timely presentation. It is titled “Letting the Light In: Providing Environmental Science to Direct Public Policy.”

“Often, politicians expect science to conform to policy, rather than vice versa,” said Dr. Schindler, an emeritus professor at the University of Alberta. He is clear that view is not an option: Good policy always must be grounded in good science.

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Dr. Schindler’s presentation will be the 13th lecture in a speaker series sponsored by the Freshwater Society and the University of Minnesota. The series, now in its fourth year, honors the late Malcolm Moos, a former university president.

The lecture will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the theater of the Student Center on the university’s St. Paul campus. A panel of Minnesota experts, will appear with Dr. Schindler and join him in taking questions from the lecture audience.

In a 45-year career of research and advocacy, Dr. Schindler has advised, and sometimes clashed with, a number of Canadian government agencies on a range of environmental issues.

He has worked on the nutrient pollution and eutrophication of lakes, acid rain, dioxins, PCBs and the degradation of wild land resulting from development of Canada’s tar sands oil deposits.

Dr. Schindler was born in North Dakota, grew up near Barnesville, Minn., and earned a doctorate at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His entire professional career has been spent in Canada.

He was the first winner, in 1991, of the Stockholm Water Prize, the world’s most prestigious award for work involving water. He is a member of the U.S. Academy of Sciences and has received honorary doctorates from 11 U.S. and Canadian universities.

Dr. Schindler also chairs the board of the Safe Drinking Water Foundation, a small non-profit foundation that helps Canadian aboriginal communities with water problems and helps educate students about protecting freshwater.

About the Freshwater Society
The Freshwater Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring people to value, conserve and protect water resources. Located in Excelsior, Minn., it has a long history of association with the University of Minnesota. Learn more at

About the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences
The College of Biological Sciences provides education and conducts research in all areas of biology, from molecules to ecosystems, supporting applications in medicine, renewable energy, ecosystem management, agriculture and biotechnology. Learn more at

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