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NEW YORK, N.Y. (Mar. 28, 2011) – Climate change and the threat of extinction emerged as the core issues in the first round of $25,000 Youth and Expedition Grants (totaling $50,000) sponsored by Eddie Bauer, the Outfitter of the Explorers Club. Chosen by a committee of Club members and representatives from Eddie Bauer, recipients were awarded at The Explorers Club Annual Dinner in New York on March 19, 2011.

The Explorers Club-Eddie Bauer Youth Grant and the Explorers Club-Eddie Bauer Grant for Expeditions will be used to fund expeditions related to climate change, conservation, and sustainability. The grants support young scientists early in their careers as well as established explorers working in remote climes on the cutting-edge of discovery.

The five awardees are:

The Explorers Club-Eddie Bauer Youth Grant (total $25,000)
Jan F. Gogarten – “How Will Climate Change Interact with Disease Dynamics to Affect Wild Primate Populations?”
James B. Voirin – “Shielding from Extinction the Pigmy Three-Toed Sloth of Escudo de Veraguas Island, Panama”

The Explorers Club-Eddie Bauer Grant for Expeditions (total $25,000)
Gregory Deyermenjian FN’88 – “2011 Paititi/Pantayqoya Expedition”
Nathan K. Lujan – “Aquatic Inventory of the Rio Mamore: Last Untouched Corner of the Amazon”
David G. Buck – “Climate Change, Environmental Contaminants, and Ecosystem Health in the Maya Forest Region of Mesoamerica”

The new grant program underscores the 107-year-old Club’s commitment to “explore, discover, share, preserve, and sustain” the Earth and its creatures.
“Specifically, The Explorers Club and corporate sponsor Eddie Bauer look to support young scientists early in their careers, as well as established explorers working in remote climes on the cutting-edge of discovery,” said Explorers Club President Lorie Karnath, MBA, Ph.D. (Hon.).

Said Neil Fiske, president and CEO of Eddie Bauer, “Eddie Bauer has been an important part of The Explorers Club long before this grant program was conceived.
“Members have relied upon Eddie Bauer gear and apparel for decades to survive some of the most extreme climates on Earth. We each share a mission to promote a spirit of adventure and discovery, and we are proud to support both the current and next generation of explorers as they extend the frontiers of knowledge and geography,” said Fiske.

About The Explorers Club
The Explorers Club was founded in New York City 1904 by a group of the world’s leading explorers of the time. It is a multidisciplinary, not for profit (501c-3) organization dedicated to scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon. With 3,000 members worldwide, the organization is headquartered at 46 East 70th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021. Tel. 212 628 8383;

About Eddie Bauer
Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells sportswear, outerwear, gear and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle. The Eddie Bauer brand is a nationally recognized brand that stands for high quality, innovation, style and customer service. Eddie Bauer products are available at approximately 353 stores throughout the United States and Canada, through catalog sales and online at Eddie Bauer is proud to be named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 40 companies so named in the U.S.

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