ISU bat professor to speak to academy

August 28 2008

TERRE HAUTE - The importance of conserving Indiana's only flying mammal will be the topic of a talk by an Indiana State University professor to a local club.

John Whitaker, director of the Indiana State University Center for North American Bat Research and Conservation, is scheduled to speak to the Terre Haute Academy Couples Club, which will meet at the Rod and Gun Club on Sept. 5. Dinner is $20 per plate and is open to the public, although the dinner must be ordered and paid for in advance. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with the dinner at 7 p.m.

Although many people talk about saving the planet, Whitaker said that should also include animals.

"Many creatures are dwindling in numbers due to loss of habitat and food sources, and many species of bats are decreasing in numbers," Whitaker said. "Since bats are nocturnal mammals and since there are many falsehoods spread about them they have a bad reputation from most of society. However, bats are important to our society in ways that need to be brought to the forefront in education and environmental conservation."

One upcoming educational possibility is the Indiana Bat Festival, which will be held for the second year at ISU beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13.

On Oct. 3, Dr. Paul Daluga, Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency Director, will speak to the academy upon "Where are we going with Medical Education in the 21st Century."

For more information on the academy and the dinner, contact Dr. Rob Taube's office at 812-232-5048.

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Contact: John Whitaker, Indiana State University, director of the Center for North American Bat Research and Conservation, at 812-237-2383 or jwhitaker3@isugw.indstate.edu  

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, assistant director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or jennifer.sicking@indstate.edu

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