Edward O.Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award Winner Announced: American Sociobiologist, Rebecca D.Costa

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George Keremedjiev, Director of the American Computer & Robotics Museum, announced that this year’s recipient of the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award is American sociobiologist and author, Rebecca D. Costa. Costa is being honored for exemplary writing and public outreach regarding human evolution and sociobiology.

The awards ceremony will take place on October 1, 2014, in Bozeman, Montana, in conjunction with Montana State University.

Previous distinguished recipients include: Sir Alex Jeffreys, for the invention of DNA fingerprinting, the basis of modern DNA evidence; Nobel Peace Prize winner, Steve Running, for seminal scientific work in climatology and global warming; Dr. Lynn Margulis for the theory of Symbiogenesis; Dr. Frans de Waal for seminal contributions to the understanding of cognition, empathy and morality in primates; Dr. Jim Lotimer for pioneering modern fish & wildlife monitoring systems and biotelemetry technology; John Kress, Peter Belhumeur and David Jacobs for Leafsnap, the first mobile app for plant identification. Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor at Harvard University, Pulitzer Prize winner, and acknowledged “Father of Biodiversity,” will present several awards named, in his honor, by The American Computer & Robotics Museum and Montana State University.

According to George Keremedjiev, "It is with much respect and admiration that the American Computer & Robotics Museum presents the 2014 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award to Ms. Rebecca Costa. Both as an accomplished author and through her weekly radio news program, she is one of the most effective proponents of biodiversity awareness in the public arena today. Ms. Costa consistently and unwaveringly maintains a clarity of purpose about the role of human evolution and sociobiology in humanity’s search for a peaceful coexistence with nature.”

Upon receiving the news of the award, Costa remarked, “Since 1973, no one has had more influence on my work, or my purpose, than Edward Wilson. For me, there is no greater honor than to receive an award given in his name. When I look over the achievements of previous recipients, I can’t help but feel humbled. My work is just beginning . . .and it’s acknowledgements - such as the award - which allow it to continue. ”

About Rebecca D. Costa http://www.rebeccacosta.com

Rebecca D. Costa is a sociobiologist, author, and radio host who offers an evolutionary explanation for current events and emerging trends. A new voice in the mold of Alvin Toffler, Jared Diamond, and Thomas Friedman, Costa attributes modern consternation - from terrorism, crime on Wall Street, epidemic obesity and upheaval in the Middle East - to genetic imperatives. Retiring from a career in Silicon Valley, Costa spent six years researching and writing The Watchman’s Rattle. The success of the book in 26 countries led to a weekly nationally syndicated radio program called The Costa Report. Costa is presently represented by the Scott Meredith Literary Agency, the American Program Bureau and the Genesis Communications Network.

About Edward O. Wilson http://eowilsonfoundation.org/

Known as the Father of Biodiversity, Dr. Edward O. Wilson is a Pellegrino University Research Professor in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Wilson has authored over 20 books and hundreds of technical papers. Dr. Wilson is responsible for discovering and cataloging more species of ants than any other entomologist reflecting his lifelong passion for myrmecology (the scientific study of ants). One of the most famous, respected, and trusted scientists in the world, Wilson continues to lead an intensely active life as a research, theorist and devoted naturalist.

About The American Computer Museum http://www.compustory.com

For several years, the American Computer & Robotics Museum has presented The Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Awards to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the preservation of biodiversity on Earth. Visitors need not be computer buffs to enjoy a visit to the unique, award-winning and internationally renowned American Computer & Robotics Museum, which has welcomed thousands of visitors from across the U.S. and Canada as well as over 30 countries since its opening in 1990. From the ancient Cro-Magnon cave paintings of Southern France to the ideologies of the Enlightenment to the Knowledge-Based American Revolution to the Pony Express, the Telegraph, the Telephone, Radio, Television, Computers, the Internet and Artificial Intelligence – are all interwoven and presented in a 30,000 year time line with thousands of historic artifacts and supporting materials. The museum’s latest exhibit is titled, Brains & Thinking Machines – Understanding Natural & Artificial Intelligence.

Contact: Mackenzie Adams. 831-250-5266. mackenzie(at)rebeccacosta(dot)com

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