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Chinese expert to talk about Tibet's economy, environment

April 3, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- The deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Science's Institute of Geographical Sciences will be on the Western Michigan University campus this month to lecture about economic development and environmental management in Tibet.

Dr. Cheng, Sheng-Kui will present, "Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Development of Tibet" at noon Wednesday, April 16, in Room 1718 of Wood Hall. The lecture is part of WMU's Visiting Scholars and Artists Program and is free and open to the public.

"The lecture will be a great opportunity for the public to learn more about Tibet, as well as the policies of the Chinese government toward the development of the area," says Dr. Chansheng He, associate professor of geography and coordinator of Sheng-Kui's visit. "Dr. Cheng has spent over 12 years doing research in Tibet, and his animated presentation will include first-hand pictures and field information about the people and environment."

The Visiting Scholars and Artists Program at WMU was established in 1960 and has supported more than 500 visits by scholars and artists representing some 65 academic disciplines. The chairperson of the committee that oversees the program is Dr. Carol Bennett, instructor in the Department of Business Information Systems.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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