What: Drexel will present a $10,000 donation to the “Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding,” in Chengdu, and adopt the eight pandas that were bred through Drexel’s support. After the earthquake that hit China last May, the research base had been forced to reduce the number of pandas bred this year, but Drexel’s commitment helped scientists double the number of new pandas. In an event celebrating Drexel’s dedication to save pandas, a replica of the $10,000 check will be presented to representatives from China.
The Chengdu base is the main source of new pandas in the world breeding about 10 to 12 pandas a year. Through an agreement with the research base, Drexel scientists have helped China foster the conservation of pandas for more than two years.
• Thomas Elzey, Drexel senior vice president for finance, will present representatives from China with a large replica of the $10,000 check. Qian Longlong of the Chinese Association for Friendly International Contact and Sheri Yi representing the Panda base will accept the check. Donna Murasko, dean of Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences will welcome the guests.
• Eight Drexel t-shirts will also be given to Yi for the eight new pandas adopted by Drexel.
• James Herbert, interim department head of biology, and James Spotila, Betz chair professor of environmental science, will speak about the University’s panda connection. Students will also speak about the Panda base in China, co-op and fundraising opportunities.
• A panda (student in costume) will be available for photos with attendees.
• Music, posters and food will add to the festive event.
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2009, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Check and t-shirt presentation at 2 p.m.
Where: The Great Court of Drexel’s Main Building, 32nd and Chestnut Streets.
Background: Spotila and a team of Drexel professors traveled to China making stops in Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, and Chengdu. Arranged by the Global Cause Foundation, the trip’s purpose was to create collaborations with Chinese scientists while opening discussions involving common interests in combating the effects of global warming.
News Media Contact: Niki Gianakaris, director, Drexel News Bureau
215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Drexel's senior vice president for finance Thomas Elzey poses with a panda during his visit to the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China.