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Costa Rican institute president will deliver 2011 Borlaug Lecture

Dr. Julio César Calvo Alvarado, rector (president) of Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica, will deliver the 2011 Borlaug Distinguished Lecture on Global Service to Society and Environment at N.C. State University on Oct. 31. The event is open to the campus community and will be followed by a reception and discussion with Calvo.

Calvo will speak on the topic, “Costa Rica: In the Path of Environmental Sustainability. Lessons Learned.” The lecture will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 in N.C. State University’s Talley Student Center Ballroom.

Additional opportunities to interact with Calvo include:

* “Forestry Development in Costa Rica” – An open campus disciplinary seminar with Clavo willl be held from 10:15-11:30 a.m. in Room 1214, Jordan Hall Addition.
* College of Natural Resources Roundtable with Calvo for CNR students and faculty on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2-3:30 p.m., Room 4024 Biltmore Hall (The Hines Room).

About Calvo and TEC
Dr. Julio César Calvo Alvaradois is president of Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC), a national autonomous institution with about 6,500 students. TEC has undergraduate and graduate programs in a comprehensive array of disciplines: business, natural and social sciences and humanities, and engineering in agriculture, forestry, electromechanical, computer, construction, industrial, design, production and Materials Sciences.

Calvo earned a doctorate in 1991 from N.C. State’s Forestry Department, working under the direction of Professor Emeritus James Gregory. He has received Fulbright-LASPAU and National Science Foundation Fellowships, and been honored by SIGMA XI, and agriculture and forestry honor societies.

In 1982 he earned an master’s degree from State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, and in 1978 his first degree in forest engineering from TEC. Calvo works in forest hydrology, natural resources, forest ecology and remote sensing.

Previously he was chairman of the TEC School of Forestry, 1983-1987, and again from 2007-2011. From 1997-2002 he was executive director of the Tropical Science Center, Costa Rica, and responsible for a Biological Reserves Network, including the Monteverde Cloud Forest Station.

The Norman E. Borlaug Distinguished Lecture on Global Service to Society and the Environment is co-sponsored annually by the College of Agriculture and Life Science and the College of Natural Resources at N.C. State University. It is named for the late Norman E. Borlaug, Nobel Laureate and plant breeder, known as the “father of the Green Revolution.” Borlaug was the first speaker in the lecture series at N.C. State.