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Chinese ecologist and land use expert visits WMU

April 19, 2006

KALAMAZOO--One of China's leading environmental scientists will visit the Western Michigan University campus Thursday and Friday, April 27-28, to speak as part of WMU's Visiting Scholars and Artists Program.

Dr. Fu Bojie, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' General Bureau of Sciences and Technology for Resources and Environment, will discuss "Land Degradation and Ecological Restoration in China" at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 27 in Room 242 of the Bernhard Center. At noon the following day, he will speak about "Sustainable Land Use: Landscape Pattern and Ecological Process in the Loess Plateau of China." That talk will be in Room 1728 of Wood Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Fu oversees 25 research institutes and a combined research staff of more than 5,000 scientists. Considered a rising star and a national authority on landscape processes and ecology in China, he has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. He won China's Young Scientist Award in 2001 and serves as vice chairman of the Chinese Society of Geography.

Accompanying Fu to Kalamazoo will be his wife, Dr. Wang Xilin, associate professor in the Beijing Forestry University School of Soil and Water Conservation.

Fu's visit is sponsored by the Visiting Scholars and Artists Program and by the departments of Geography, Biological Sciences and Chemistry, as well as WMU's Environmental Institute and its Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

For more information, contact Dr. Chansheng He, professor of geography, at (269) 387-3425.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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