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July 28, 2004

Combatting another fiery summer…B.C.'s outback is burning again. There are more than 370 wildfires burning in the province. That's almost twice as many as there were at this time last year. SFU associate professor of resource and environmental management Ken Lertzman can discuss the causes of extreme fire behaviour and best management practices.

Democratic love-in pans Bush…They have come in the thousands for a four day U.S. Democratic Party convention that is akin to a political love-in. Delegates, political luminaries, such as Al Gore, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and Hollywood stars have descended on Boston to make John Kerry's selection as the Democratic candidate in the next presidential election official. Michael Fellman, an historian, and Alex Moens, a political scientist, are experts on American presidential politics and foreign policy at SFU. They can comment on the anti-Bush talk flooding the convention floor.

Native-only fishery set to resume…B.C. commercial fishermen are crying foul as aboriginal groups get ready to cast their nets in a controversial native-only fishery on the Fraser River. BC Supreme Court Justice Donald Brenner recently ruled that aboriginal-only fisheries programs do not discriminate against non-native commercial fishermen. SFU business professor emeritus and Vancouver lawyer Marvin Stark can talk about the significance of this ruling.

Earthquake dance…Scientists at the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) have discovered a new phenomenon in the Cascadia subduction zone beneath Vancouver Island that is mother nature's version of a two step. GSC scientists call it an episodic tremor and slip or ETS. It consists of repeated slow slip events on the lower portion of the subduction fault beneath Vancouver Island, accompanied by unique non-earthquake tremor-like seizmic signals coming from the same region. SFU earth scientist Andy Calvert can explain what causes ETS and how the pheonomenon could lead to better prediction of the timing and intensity of the next Big One.

Taking a holistic approach to environmental education…Despite all the signs, there are leaders who still believe climate change is a figment of scientists' imagination. David Zandvliet, an assistant professor of science and technology in the faculty of education at SFU, says it takes a holistic approach to environmental education to make believers of non-believers concerning climate change. That is why Zandvliet has organized Developmental Education for a Sustainable Future. The conference, August 19-22, at Burnaby campus, will update a new breed of educators on the latest strategies in environmental education. “The environmental crisis we're facing is largely due to a problem with education,” says Zandvliet, “We have CEOs and leaders of industrialized nations making environmentally damaging decisions because our education system focuses on economic and scientific advancements but not environmental sustainability.” See www.educ.sfu.ca/eecom/David Zandvliet, 604.291.5680, dbz@sfu.ca (away until August 3)