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October 1, 2007
Flood watcher tracks Fraser
Premier Gordon Campbell is committing $100 million over the next decade for flood protection — that after a spring of flood threats, and uncertainty as a new season of rainy weather begins. SFU geographer and flood watcher Jeremy Venditti studies the impact of river flow on waterbeds and during the spring tracked the Fraser River’s rising water levels and flow changes from Mission to Steveston. In the aftermath he found significant aggridation and scours throughout the riverbed – factors that could influence future flooding. Venditti has plans to construct a scale model of the river at SFU. He can also talk about the impact of hydro development and dams on river channels.

Jeremy Venditti, 778.782.3488; jvenditti@sfu.ca

Fall convocation recognizes 2,400 grads
Another 2,400 students at SFU will soon call themselves alumni. They’ll graduate during Convocation ceremonies on Thursday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 5. Three honorary degrees will also be conferred on:
Renowned economist Richard Lipsey, an SFU professor emeritus, who is currently working with SFU’s Public Policy Institute on new ways to research how we cope with the effects of climate change (Oct. 4, 9:45 a.m.);
Ray Hyman, one of the world’s leading skeptics, a magician and founding member of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (Oct 4, 2:30 p.m.);
Stephen Jarislowsky, philanthropist and CEO of Jarislowky, Fraser and Company, of the country’s largest investment management firms (Oct. 5, 9:45 a.m.)

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.4323