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Chinese researcher talks about water conservation

Oct. 8, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A leading Chinese researcher on the use of water in agriculture will deliver a seminar on conserving water on Friday, Oct. 15, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Shouzhong Kang will speak from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 2708 of Wood Hall. His presentation is titled "Water-Saving Agriculture in Arid Regions of China" and is part of the Visiting Scholars and Artists Program.

Kang is director and chief professor in the Center for Agricultural Water Research at China Agricultural University, and team leader for the Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University of the Ministry of Education. He has research expertise in agricultural water management, water transport in soil‐plant‐atmosphere continuum, crop growth simulation, irrigation and drainage, water‐saving theory and practices and water sustainability in arid and semi‐arid regions.

He is an advisor to China's State Council; the ministries of Education, Agriculture, Water Resources, and Science and Technology; and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He has received more than 20 awards from provincial, national and international agencies and is a highly regarded national authority on agricultural water management in China. He has published 160 journal articles and 21 books and book chapters.

Kang's visit is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

Established in 1960, the Visiting Scholars and Artists Program significantly contributes to the intellectual life of WMU and the community. The program provides funds for academic units to bring distinguished scholars and artists to campus. These visitors meet with faculty and students in their fields and address the community at large.

Since the program began, it has supported more 600 visits by scholars and artists representing more than 60 academic disciplines.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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