THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES ST. AUGUSTINE CAMPUS
New talent springs
to life at UWI concert
BY GERARD BEST
It's not surprising that The UWI Percussion Ensemble
and Golden Hands Steel Orchestra have been invited
to perform their latest undertaking, The Rainmakers,
at the 33rd Annual Percussive Arts Society International
Convention in Austin, Texas in November. The popular
production has received praise from both audiences and
drama critics at home.
And so in just a few months the young musicians, who
are now actively seeking sponsorship in order to take up this
opportunity, will perform alongside competitively selected
percussionists from around the world.
The Rainmakers, a full length dramatic concert
written and directed by Franka Hills Headley and
featuring nine original compositions for the steel pan by
Dr Jeannine Remy, brought together The University of the
West Indies (UWI) Percussion Ensemble and the Golden
Hands youth orchestra. Headley is the director of Golden
Hands Steel Orchestra, a San Fernando-based 30-member
conventional steel band; Remy, who lectures in Music at the
UWI Centre for Creative and Festival Arts (CCFA), is the
Conductor of the 20-member UWI Percussion Ensemble.
The Remy-Headley collaboration in Rainmakers was a
resounding success: the audience at the CCFA auditorium
remained spellbound for the entire presentation, gave a
standing ovation at the close, and milled around afterwards
commenting on the excellence of the show.
Rainmakers is a 45-minute musical production
integrating dance, drama and Trinidadian Carnival
characters. All 50 musicians perform in costume while the
dancers and characters enact the dramatic storyline. The
main characters are the King of Rains, the Rainmaker and
the King of Droughts. The storyline is fairly simple: the
people of Rainmaker Land have forsaken the true worship
of The King of Rains, and drought ensues. The King of
Drought has unleashed his fury on the land. Now the land
is totally devoid of moisture and the inhabitants groan
in their misery producing an insatiable Thirsty Earth.
However, The King of Rains has hidden a special Rainmaker,
who lays asleep deep in the heart of the earth. And as one
would expect the production ends on a high note with a
Chip in the Rain.
Interestingly, the programme notes speak of the
production as bridging a gap in the industry," [The pieces]
have been designed to fill the gap of "classical" music often
heard only for music festivals and steelpan examinations.
POP VOX- 4
STUDENT NEWS 3
* Caribbean Leaders and
students from across the
region celebrate at the
recent UWI Gala and
* UWI and
The music moves from a distinct dissonant to a consonant
quality as the storyline unfolds and hints at the plethora
of ethnographic music genres that are the fruition of the
rich creolisation process of the islands of Trinidad and
The compositions, which comprise five steel band
ensemble pieces, two solos, one quartet, and one piece that
combines a large percussion ensemble with the steel band,
are intended to elevate the level of performance practice
by expanding the musicianship of young pannists. As a
unit, the nine pieces explore the practical and theoretical
potential of the steelpan that is vital for its continued
evolution in the 21st century. For example, both soloists
in the session (Richard Bereaux and Vanessa Headley)
performed with four sticks and one performed on a new
steelpan instrument dubbed the "extended seconds", which
is essentially a version of the traditional double seconds with
increased range. The extended seconds, which emerged out
of experimentation by Mr. Bertrand "Birch" Kelman, at the
request of Dr. Jeannine Remy, is one example of positive
developments that can pose greater demands on the music
literacy of performers, as well as the creativity of composers.
The Rainmakers Showcase Concert, made possible through
the assistance of the Music Literacy Trust and the Ministry
of Sport and Youth Affairs, will soon be made available on
CD through SANCH Electronix.
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* Professor Dan
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fitness and the growth
of the disease among
* Get straight to
the point with this
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Engineer at the
2 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 13TH APRIL, 2008
0 UWI SEISMIC UNIT TO MONITOR SOUFRIERE
For the next five years the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) will be jointly managed by the UWI Seismic Research Unit
(SRU) and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), bringing the Caribbean's only currently erupting volcano back under
the watch of regional scientists. This decision is potentially beneficial to Montserratians and provides significant opportunities
for advancing geoscience research in the region. The joint SRU/IPGP contract takes effect on April 1, following an almost ten year
relationship between the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the MVO. Collectively, the staff of the SRU and the IPGP has over
one hundred years of experience studying volcanoes in the West Indies and elsewhere.
SUNDAY 13TH APRIL, 2008 UWI TODAY 3
"This was our gift to the University Ma'am," explained
a very polite, obviously diligent, Machale Taylor. "This Gala
Banquet and Awards ceremony was held by the International
Affairs Committee in commemoration of UWI's Sixtieth
A first year UWI Medical Sciences student, Taylor
explained that at the March 26th event which brought
Caribbean Week to a close, students celebrated with
leaders from across the region including, former Campus
Principal and current President of the Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago, Professor George Maxwell Richards, local
Government Minister Donna Cox, U.S. Ambassador Roy
Austin, as well as St Lucian Minister of Tourism, Allan
Chastenet. Throughout the week the Bahamas, Barbados,
Belize, Botswana, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia,
St Vincent as well as the Leeward Islands (which includes:
Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis)
and Trinidad and Tobago Student Associations celebrated
their diversity at various events on Campus.
"It was a big success we had approximately 150
international students who attended from all of the Student
Associations and the Principal, Professor Clement Sankat
was 100 percent in support of the gala banquet and the
whole week...The whole week was about integration and
we got that. Everyone came out, we got full support."
At the Gala, students took the opportunity to honour
several individuals and associations including Collin Moore,
chosen by his peers as Student of the Year and the St Vincent
Student Association, which copped the Association of the
Year award. The Campus Principal was selected as Person
of the Year 2008/2009 because of the "level of respect that
students have for him on the Campus, they look up to him
as a role model because he's friendly, encouraging and
has good leadership skills," explained Taylor Chairman
of the International Affairs Committee and Student Guild
For Taylor, who was born in the Bahamas, the week
was a resounding success; most of all because it achieved
its main goal which was to bring about greater integration
on the Campus of a regional University. AWH
For more information on the event please contact:
Guild Secretary /International Affairs Chairperson.
Communication is key to our development
as a University and a regional institution; this is
why we are pleased to announce the re-launch of
the UWITodaynewspaper supplement. Produced
by the Marketing and Communications Office,
St Augustine Campus, you can look forward
to enjoy reading it every month in the Sunday
Guardian newspaper. Our UWI Today Online
version will also feature a community notice
board for you to chat with us and share your
This newspaper, which was developed
two years ago by former Campus Principal
and current Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and
Development, Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie and
edited by Mrs. Indrani Bachan-Persad, is a
landmark initiative. We are committed to the
publication's continued expansion in scope and
size so that we continue to share with you the
good work being done at our institution.
In every issue you will find stories on the
relevant, innovative research being done at
the St. Augustine Campus which is making a
difference in the lives of West Indians at home
and abroad. In our April issue the work on
nutrition by Prof Ramdath is being highlighted,
as well as the integral monitoring by the Seismic
Research Unit of earthquakes and volcanic
As a student-centred institution we will
also share the news and events that reflect the
high caliber of our students, including the Gala
Dinner held during Caribbean Integration Week
and the superb performance of UWI musicians
including our pannists, at the recent Rainmakers
concert. We are also proud of our iconic alumni
and in this issue we celebrate the multi-talented
engineer and archer Jonathan Kacal.
We are also pleased to share the new
programmes being offered and the impact of our
emphasis on'teaching and learning'. In this issue
the Interpreting Techniques programme offered
by the Faculty of Humanities and Education is
in the spotlight.
This is a year of great celebration for our
institution as we turn 60 and we look forward to
you celebrating with us by sharing your opinions
Professor Clement Sankat
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Caribbean Leaders and Students Celebrate
4 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 13TH APRIL, 2008
This month the Campus was
buzzing we asked a few of our
students some interesting ques-
Stions and got even more inter-
What's your fondest
memory of UWI?
Final Year Foreign Exchange
Medical Sciences Student
JWG University, Frankfurt
Faculty of Medical Sciences
* "I'm in the Gyne (Gynecological) ward and I like it here
because it's morepractical and in Autumn I'll start as a Doctor
and the preparation here is better because it's more practical
and you get more experience."
3'd year UWI student
Faculty of Science
* "I guess my fondest memory would be hiking with the
Hiking Club to Salybia Waterfall; and there was a jump, it
seemed like three stories high, and I jumped off; and that was
just a few months after learning to swim. I learnt to swim
at UWI also."
Pan Research has been integral to the UWI for sev-
eral decades. Recently The University of the West Indies
(UWI) Steel Pan Research Laboratory demonstrated its
latest steel pan innovation, the Percussive Harmonic
Instrument or PHI (pronounced "Fie"), on Thursday
31st January at the Department of Electrical Engineering
Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, UWI St Augustine.
PHI is the second innovation coming out of the
UWI Laboratory, the first being the G-Pan, which was
launched in July 2007. The PHI, which is in the process
of being patented, made its first public appearance in
April 2007 at the "One Caribbean Voice" hosted by Sanch
Electronics Limited. PHI merges the powerful facility
of MIDI with a physical form inspired by the traditional
Steel Pan. MIDI is an acronym for Musical Instrument
Device Interface; MIDI facilitates the communication of
electronic music synthesisers over a network. Through
MIDI, the PHI can be amplified, just like any electronic
instrument available on the market-it can be easily made
as loud as desired.
PHI uses modern electronics and manufacturing
techniques to deliver a robust instrument that signifi-
cantly reduces concerns of handling during transport
and storage. Lightweight materials are used to improve
mobility and reduce transportation costs.
The current design provides a 3-octave layout fol-
lowing the popular spider-web layout of the 4ths and 5ths
tenor with notes designed to facilitate easy note recogni-
tion. This provides an immediately familiar interface
to most pannists. In addition, notes can be transposed
or re-assigned in any order, to emulate a variety of note
layout configurations. The current design supports 10-
Additional features include: easy access to an infi-
nite range of instrument voices, including all ranges of
steelpan, wind, string and other instruments, all played
on the familiar tenor pan form presenting pannists with
a whole new dimension in performance; simultaneous
performance of multiple instruments the PHI can be
set up to synthesise, say a bass and a tenor at the same
time; sensitivity adjustments that allow for pannists to
effectively use their fingers instead of mallets of sticks;
coupled with a PC the PHI facilitates the teaching of
music; enhanced portability Wireless MIDI technology
and a built-in re-chargeable battery liberates the pannist
to perform in "pan round the neck" mode; and Touch
Screen for interactive configuration of feature
The PHI was conceptualised and developed by Keith
Maynard, Brian Copeland, Earl Phillips and Marcel
Byron. Design and fabrication were carried out at the
UWI Steel Pan Research Lab by a vibrant cadre of engi-
neering and design professionals, including Lesley-Ann
Noel, Damian Graham, Anton Gittens, Richard Daisley,
Jeevan Persad, Edwin Jairam, Justan Mendez, Dwayne
Cabrerra, Joel Castagne, Theldon Noel, Wade Ramcharan
and Timothy Lobin.
For more information, please contact
Brian Copeland, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Engineering,
Tel: (868) 662 2002 Ext. 2198 or 2199.
2"d Year UWI student
Faculty of Social Sciences
* "I will always remember all the projects we had to do it
showed me really how to interact with other people and to
have a greater understanding of each other."
2,d Year UWI student
Faculty of Science
* "I really enjoyed the first GUADY (Get Up And Do it
Yourself, a Student Guild initiative) football match at UWI.
We lost, but just the feeling of playing in a competition, plus I
was the Captain of the team -so that was really great."
PHI uses modern electronics and manu-
facturing techniques to deliver a robust
instrument that significantly reduces
concerns of handling during transport
Final Year Foreign Exchange
Medical Sciences Student
Charite Berlin, Germany
Faculty of Medical Sciences
* "I like that I can compare the two systems the differences
are not as huge. The people are very nice and helpful and it's
a very good atmosphere on the ward and in the hospital in
SUNDAY 13TH APRIL, 2008 UWI TODAY 5
Are we getting fatter
as a nation?
- ^ Researcher, lecturer and
trustee of the Helen
and Prevention Insti-
tute at UWI, Professor
Dan Ramdath, is well known for his invalu-
able research in health and nutrition. He has
published numerous articles on the subject
and is collaborating with local and interna-
tional Universities and institutions to address
the issues of health facing the region.
Q. Are we getting fatter as a nation? Is there a
growing trend of obesity in our children?
A. Yes to both questions. We are following international
patterns and we are seeing an increase in the number
of children that are obese and overweight. In 1999
Dr Martin Guilford and the late Dr Deepak Mahabir
measured weights and heights in more than 5000
school children and found that the overall prevalence
of overweight was 8.4% and 2.5% of children were
obese. More recently we have looked at Trinidadian
school children, aged 6-12 years in a national health
survey in 2003 and found that 11% were overweight
and 6% were obese. This of course is lower than in
other Caribbean countries and in America, but it is
still cause for concern.
Q. How else can we measure obesity?
A. We use a body mass index...and this gives you an
idea of what your weight should be in relation to your
height. Your weight in kilograms is divided twice by
your height in meters. This can be calculated using an
online calculator: www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/ Normal
BMI is between 18-25; if your BMI is more than 25 but
less than 30 then you're overweight and if your BMI is
more than 30 then you are considered to be obese. For
our population (18-64 yrs) approximately 48% have a
BMI greater than 25 (ie. overweight); This is high, but
still lower than other Caribbean countries and certainly
lower than the U.S. where it is over 60%. We also found
that the overall prevalence of obesity (BMI more than
30) was 23% of persons aged 18-64 years old; the
gender distribution was 23 % of the women and 12%
of the men were obese. Another, more simple, way of
measuring obesity is waist circumference and 26 % of
the persons in Trinidad and Tobago aged 18-64 years
had high waist circumferences. Basically, in men this is
a waist or belt size of more than 40 inches and women
greater than 35 inches. The frequency of [a wide] waist
circumference is quite high and work by UWI graduate
students have shown that this is associated with insulin
resistance, a precursor to diabetes.
Q. What are the health risks associated with having
an increasing waistline?
A. The implication of that is that as your waist circumfer-
ence increases your risk for diabetes and high blood
pressure also increases.
Q. What about things like sugary drinks? And
what work is being done to help our kids make
the right food and drink choices?
A. I was reading a study this week where they replaced soft
drinks in high schools with water and fruit drinks and
they found the prevalence of obesity decreased. My
collaborators at the University of Saskatchewan were
able to successfully implement a province wide pro-
gramme in which soft drinks were replaced by water,
fruit juices and milk. I'm working with the Ministry
of Education and the University of Saskatchewan
to implement similar programmes in local primary
schools. We recently received a research grant from the
Pan America Health Education Foundation grant for
US $50,000 to look at how health promotion could be
implemented in primary schools. What we are going
to do with this grant is infuse the primary school cur-
riculum by integrating healthy lifestyles into the cur-
riculum ...instead of isolated courses...and conduct
workshops to train in the delivery of the educational
material followed by an assessment of the impact of
these changes to the curriculum...The other aspect is
we need to promote a healthy environment to support
these changes and that is where the issue of replacing
the vending machines etc comes into place. So in the
school cafeteria we need to change what is offered to
students... One of my graduate students is feeding
rats sugar in their drinking water and just by giving
one group of rats sucrose, cane sugar, they display
symptoms of diabetes.
Q. If a person has a history of diabetes in the fam-
ily grandmother, father, brother, aunt is it
inevitable that they too will become diabetic.
A. This is a good question. As a country, as a people, we do
not have an overall increased disposition to diabetes. I
have looked at the genetic make-up of our population,
in particular the deleterious types of genes that are
associated with diabetes, and it is not higher than in
other populations. Therefore we do not have a higher
than normal risk for being afflicted with diabetes or
heart disease. I think that the answer to your question
is that there is an interaction between what you are
and what you eat; that is an interaction between your
genetic make-up and your environment....you may
have a genetic disposition but until you eat badly or
if you do not exercise, then you increase your risk for
diabetes. Even in diabetics if you exercise your body is
better able to handle sugar. Exercise is not only a major
modifiable factor in preventing the disease, but it is also
important in reducing complications. And then there
is diet of course...You can make informed choices and
read labels- for example a serving of curried duck has
600 calories as opposed to 150 in baked chicken. It's
the same thing with shrimp and chicken. Shrimp has
a lot more cholesterol and fat compared to chicken, but
you do not eat a pound of shrimp whereas you might
eat a pound of chicken.
Q. How does our diet compare
to other countries?
A. Although as a country we eat a fair amount of fruit
and vegetables compared to other countries, we still do
not eat enough fruit and vegetables. We tend to have
more fried, high fat foods (fast foods) in our diet; this
combined with sedentary lifestyles and a decrease in
physical activity make one predisposed to putting on
weight. We have a culture here where we socialise with
food, which is normal; so if a child passes Common
Entrance we go out and celebrate ...at a wedding...
religious function we celebrate with food...We need to
make informed choices about healthy eating and one
can be guided by the definition of healthy eating which
in my opinion, is eating a small amount of a variety of
foods. So there is no good food and bad food. A food
becomes a bad food when it is eaten in excess (except for
fruits and vegetables, of course). For example, olive oil
is regarded as having health benefits as part of a Medi-
terranean diet, so we proceed to fry everything in olive
oil. The problem with this is that olive as used in the
Mediterranean diet is never heated and is never used
for frying. Frying changes the health benefit of olive
oil and adds fat and calories to your diet. Remember
.....Healthy eating is defined as eating small amounts
of a variety of foods.
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* TEACHING & LEARNING
FOUND IN TRANSLATION
Gerard Best talks with Eric Maitrejean about the new,
in-demand diploma in Interpreting Techniques
The Postgraduate Diploma in Interpretation (due to be
renamed Interpreting Techniques), which graduated its first
cohort in November 2007, received dozens of applications
for its September 2008 programme. The new programme's
first incarnation, offered by UWI St Augustine in 1994, was
a Certificate in Conference Interpreting.
"That programme was very short-lived," recalled
Programme Coordinator Eric Maitrejean. "It was offered
only for one year, in collaboration with the University of
Central London (now Westminster), with instructors being
teachers of UCL and also staff interpreters at the Council
of Europe in Strasbourg, France."
"The reason why UWI decided to revive it in 2006
was the fact that we noticed a lot of events taking place
in Trinidad and Tobago-multilingual events involving
regional and international organisations-and we realised
that a lot of the interpreters were actually coming from
the outside, not only outside of Trinidad and Tobago, but
outside of the Caribbean. We realised that there was an
untapped potential right here in Trinidad, with its large
All the same, when the new programme was advertised
in late 2005, it did not only attract locals, but also applicants
from Argentina, Venezuela and Colombia.
"It was very interesting to see the different backgrounds
[of the applicants]. This was exactly what we wanted for
the programme," Maitrejean said."We didn't want to teach
people to interpret into English alone and have only English-
speakers enrolled. The richness of the programme came
from the different profiles of the applicants."
Of the 26 applicants, 16 were selected, 12 completed
the programme and 6 graduated. The 50 per cent pass rate
met expectations, as the rigorous programme was the first
of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean.
"It's really something that demands that you be in
tune with the foreign language," said Maitrejean, who made
an important distinction between casual conversational
interpreting and the more rigorous demands of the formal,
professional activity, which requires in-depth knowledge of
a variety of fields, a huge range of vocabulary and a facility
with language learning.
He went on to add that the new UWI programme is
comparable to similar programmes in Mexico, California,
Venezuela, Paris, Geneva, Brussels and London, but
students in the UWI programme have an "edge", Maitrejean
explained, because of the amount of practical experience
available to them in Trinidad. For example, the recently
CELEBRATING ON GRADUATION DAY: (L-R) Maria Jose lino,
Gennike Mayers with Eric Maitrejean (Programme Coordinator)
and Daniela Jodhan
IN MODERN BOOTHS AT UWI: (L-R) Daniela Jodhan and Gennike Mayers
graduated cohort gained valuable real-world experience at
a number of high-profile international events, including
the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) meetings at its
Port of Spain headquarters, and the 2007 Haiti Now! Art,
Film and Literature seminar hosted by UWI St Augustine,
among many others.
"We had students in mixed teams (sharing the booths
with seasoned interpreters) at the European-Latin American
Summit on Drugs, which was hosted in Trinidad, and
the delegates came to congratulate the team as is done
traditionally when the job is very well done, but when they
heard that some of the interpreters were students, they were
very, very impressed," said Maitrejean. He added that of
the six graduates of the new programme, four had already
interpreted at conferences following the completion of the
Maitrejean also explained the meaning of the
Programme title 'Interpreting Techniques'. The word
"Techniques," he said, refers to the four main professional
competencies that the course aims to develop, namely
Consecutive Interpreting, Simultaneous Interpreting,
Whispering Interpreting and Oral Translation.
Consecutive Interpreting, he explained, is a technique
in which interpreters use their memories and holophrastic
notes to render whole speeches from one language to
another. Simultaneous Interpreting, on the other hand,
takes place in conferences and seminars, where professional
interpreters sit behind closed doors in discrete 'fishbowls'
and use headsets and microphones to instantly relay
spoken translations to conference participants. Whispering
Interpreting (also called Liaison Interpreting) applies in
an outdoor or roving configuration, where interpreters
perform their task without the help of interpreting
equipment, (hence the term'Whispering').
Interpreting, which always involves speech, is distinct
from translation, which typically deals with the written
word only. Oral Translation, however, is an interpreting
technique which involves the instant translation and oral
rendering of written passages. This technique is also called
Sight Translation, since interpreters are required to render
translations of written passages on sight.
Fortunately, the new Interpretation programme has
also benefited from another landmark initiative, the recent
establishment of the Caribbean Interpreting and Translation
Bureau (CITB). This was established by the UWI Faculty
of Humanities and Education in 2005 in response to
increasing demands from the academic community and the
business sector. The CITB has been able to capitalize on the
local and international opportunities for the provision of
qualified services in translation and interpreting. Ultimately,
the Bureau has been able to harmonise individual and
institutional efforts in the provision of these services,
allowing for a centrally managed Faculty and Campus
"When the CITB quoted for an event, we mixed
the students with seasoned interpreters. So not only did
students get a chance to practice, but they got a chance to
listen to experienced interpreters working at a real event,"
Over the past three years, the Bureau has provided
interpreting services at several high profile events in
the business and public sectors, including the ARPEL
Emergency Response Planning Working Group Meeting,
the Ministry of Housing's 2006 Colloquium, and the 31st
Annual Caribbean Studies Association Conference. The
CITB has also translated marketing and promotional
material for several state and private sector organizations
including, eTecK, Tourism Development Co., Blue Waters,
Petro-Canada Ltd., and the Caribbean Health Research
CITB Director, Dr Beverly-Ann Carter, explained
that providing an avenue for students to gain real-world
exposure, has always been part of the Vision of the CITB:
"The CITB was intended to act as an incubator for proficient
undergraduate linguists from the degree programmes,
or recently qualified interpreters from the postgraduate
Diploma in Interpreting, who could be attached as
apprentices to the qualified and experienced translators
and interpreters contracted by the CITB."
The Bureau is situated at the Centre for Language
Learning (CLL), the locus of language services on the
St. Augustine Campus. The CLL, which is directed by Dr
Carter, is one of the two buildings on the St Augustine
campus which have been outfitted with cutting-edge DIS
(Danish Interpretation Systems) equipment, the preferred
simultaneous interpreting apparatus, used by the World
Bank, the Caribbean Court of Justice and other national,
regional and international agencies. It's apparent that the
infrastructure is in place to usher the programme to the
next phase of its evolution.
"I think the future of the programme is internationalising
it, offering it to people outside of Trinidad and Tobago,"
reflected Maitrejean."We now have the potential to advertise
it in French-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries, as
well as Caricom territories, so that it can also attract people
who are not based in Trinidad and Tobago."
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* CAMPUS JOURNAL
UWI and the Prince of Wales celebrate sixty years
Deputy British High Commissioner to Trinidad and
Tobago, Geoff Patton, described Prince Charles' concern
for the environment as a "passion". Throughout his visit to
The UWI St Augustine Campus environmental issues were
certainly high on the Prince's agenda, from the dramatic
performance by the UWI troupe Arts-In-Action to the
memorabilia on display at the JFK Quadrangle.
Coincidentally, the royal visit of the Prince of Wales and
his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, on March 5th, came the
very year that The University of the West Indies marks its
60th Anniversary, as well as the one in which the Prince will
celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Historically, the University
has strong links with the Royal Family and the University
of London. In 1950, Her Royal Highness, Princess Alice,
Countess of Athlone, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria,
was appointed by King George VI to be the first Chancellor
of the University College of the West Indies, (the precursor
to UWI) which was established by Royal Charter. As
Chancellor, Princess Alice presided at all the convocations
and graduation ceremonies until her retirement in 1971.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was
an honorary graduate, having been awarded the D. Litt
(Honoris Causa) in 1965. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
is the Visitor of the University.
And so the Royal couple were warmly welcomed to
the Campus on March 5'. After being formally received
by Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor
Clement Sankat; and The Hon. Marlene Mc Donald,
Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender
Affairs, Their Royal Highnesses were given a tour of the
60' Anniversary Exhibition by Prof. Margaret Rouse-Jones,
University and Campus Librarian. Prof. Brian Copeland,
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Mr. Jessel Murray
of the UWI Centre for Creative and Festival Arts then gave
a brief presentation on the Genesis Pan ("G" Pan) which has
been developed at UWI, and invited Their Royal Highnesses
to play the tenor pan.
Next, the party was invited to view a presentation on
climate change by the Arts-in-Action Group, led by Mr.
Brendon La Caille of the UWI Centre for Creative and
Festival Arts. At the end of this presentation, the Campus
Principal presented Their Royal Highnesses with tokens of
In 1950, Her Royal Highness, Princess Alice, Countess ofAthlone, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria,
was appointed by King George VI to be the first Chancellor of the University College of the West Indies
SUNDAY 13TH APRIL, 2008 UWI TODAY 9
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"Many were killed. I lost five family members in the
quake. But we have no time to weep. We have to work
for the living right now." Dawuti Aximu, a young Uighur
man, told the Associated Press news agency in 2004, after
an earthquake shook his village in the Chinese province
Almost 10,000 homes and 900 classrooms at 30 schools
were levelled bythe quake.At least 260 people died and more
than 4,000 were injured. The quake had a severe effect on
the local economy, which is heavily dependent on farming.
One man who sells traditional rice and roasted mutton in
the town said he had re-opened "because we all have nothing
to eat. Everyone has to eat".
"My house is gone. Three relatives are gone. But life
Very few communities in the world have not been
touched by natural disasters. In the Caribbean we've seen
our share of tragedy. One catastrophic event that will forever
be highlighted in our history books the eruptions of Mt.
Pelee in Martinique and St. Vincent's Soufriere in 1902,
where over 30,000 people died.
The Eastern Caribbean genera
greater than 7.0 approxim
of magnitude 8.0 and abo
Today we have that fascinating, ominous fire breather
in Montserrat, which has been erupting since 1995. The
eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano has made two-thirds
of the island unsafe for human occupation, causing a mass
migration of almost half of the population. The danger from
an active volcano should not be taken lightly: ash can affect
the operation of jet engines, and cause them to stall while
breathing ash-laden air aggravates respiratory conditions,
and prolonged exposure can cause damage to healthy lungs.
Nature's ingenious system of land reformation can be both
beautiful and dangerous.
The Seismic Research Unit at The University of the
West Indies has been actively monitoring earthquakes,
volcanoes and tsunamis in the Eastern Caribbean and
sharing this information with the general public since it
was established in 1952. Experts have explained that, "In
the global setting, the Caribbean is a relatively small plate.
However, the processes involved in plate motion make the
islands and countries lying on the plate boundaryvulnerable
to geological hazards sufficiently serious that they should be
catered for in all long-term development plans."
The earthquake and volcanic activity in the Eastern
Caribbean result from the movement and sinking of the
North American and South American Plates beneath the
Caribbean Plate, a process described as subduction. On
average, the Eastern Caribbean generates an earthquake of
magnitude greater than 7.0 approximately every 20 years
and one of magnitude 8.0 and above every one hundred
years. The most recent strong earthquake was on 29th
November, 2007 and occurred east of Martinique. However,
there was no great earthquake, magnitude 8.0 and above, in
the Eastern Caribbean during the 20h Century.
Throughout the region stakeholders including
governments and architects, are becoming more aware
of the need for urban planning with insight into natural
disasters. History has taught us many lessons. Experts
from the Seismic Research Unit explained that in the 19l
Century when the colonial powers settled the islands of the
Caribbean, and constructed buildings of stone, they did
so ignorant of the earthquake hazard. Unfortunately the
effects were disastrous- the great earthquake of 8t1 February
1843, east of the Lesser Antilles, between Guadeloupe and
Antigua, was felt as far south as British Guiana. The high
damage area had a radius of about 250 km, and extended
from Saint Lucia to St. Martin. Close to the epicentral area,
the city of Pointe-a-Pitre, in Guadeloupe, was destroyed and
over 4,000 people lost their lives.
es an earthquake of magnitude
tely every 20 years and one
e every one hundred years.
The Seismic Research Unit's experts have explained
that in the closing decades of the 20" Century, so-called
natural disasters appear to have been on the increase.
Research suggests that human activity has contributed in
large measure to the phenomena of global warming with its
associated consequences, the hole in the ozone layer, forest
fires, flooding, to list just a few. Although the geological
hazards do not appear to be susceptible to human activity
in the same way, how and where we choose to live can and
do affect the scale of the effects from earthquakes and
their associated hazards. For example, for the death toll
of 200,000, to be as high as it was for the 2004 Sumatran
earthquake, and the associated tsunami, that number of
people had to be in the affected areas at the time, absence
of warning not withstanding. The SRU also suggests that
"Choosing to introduce high-density population centres
in coastal areas, going so far as to reclaim land to do so,
in a region known to have significant seismic activity is
imprudent, to say the least".
A strong earthquake, magnitude 6.1 and over, occurs
somewhere in the world, on average, every two to three
days, and a great earthquake, magnitude 8 and above,
approximately everyyear. But an earthquake does not have
to be one of the biggest to produce catastrophic results.
And so constant monitoring today, coupled with a greater
understanding of the past, can only help us to better prepare
for the future. AWH
* WHAT IS THE SEISMIC RESEARCH UNIT?
Based at The University of the West Indies' St.
Augustine campus, the SRU monitors earthquakes,
volcanoes and tsunamis for the English-speaking
islands of the Eastern Caribbean. When an
earthquake occurs the Unit provides disaster
management agencies with information on the
size and location of the earthquake.
* WHAT IS AN EARTHQUAKE?
Earthquakes are caused by the movement of plates
(huge slabs of rock) making up the surface of the
Earth. In volcanic islands, earthquakes may also
be caused by the movement of magma beneath
* HOW ARE EARTHQUAKES MEASURED?
Magnitude is the most common measure of an
earthquake's size and it is related to the amount
of energy generated by the earthquake e.g.
Magnitude 5.8. Intensity is a measure of the
shaking and damage caused by the earthquake
e.g. Intensity V.
The next time you feel an earthquake be sure to
log on to our website at www.uwiseismic.com and
tell us about your experience. This information
helps scientists to determine the intensity of the
* EARTHQUAKE EFFECTS
Some of the earthquake effects that can be
harmful to people are:
* Collapsing walls, buildings, and bridges.
* Falling furniture, shattering glass windows and
* Falling electricity lines.
* Broken gas lines.
* Floods caused by the collapse of dam walls.
* Rock slides or landslides.
* Tsunamis these are sea waves which can be
generated by very large earthquakes.
* Liquefaction when solid ground behaves like
a liquid and can no longer support buildings.
This is common on reclaimed land.
* BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE
* Build your home in accordance with the
recommended building codes. See your local
disaster management office for details.
* Bolt heavy furniture, water tanks, water heaters,
gas cylinders and storage units to a wall or
* Place largest and heaviest items on lower
* Emergency items such as canned foods,
medication, flashlights, battery-operated
radios, fire extinguishers and a First Aid
kit should be readily available and working
* All family members should know how to use
this emergency equipment and should know
how to turn off electricity, gas and water using
safety valves and main switches.
* All family members should know what to do
during an earthquake and should practice these
safety tips through regular drills.
* DURING AN EARTHQUAKE
* STAY CALM. DO NOT PANIC. BE ALERT.
* If inside stay inside, do not run out of the
* If inside, stand in a strong doorway or get under
a sturdy desk, table or bed and hold on.
SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL
What has history taught us about earthquakes?
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Food product development and safe
Dr. Neela Badrie, senior lecturer of the UWI Department of Food Production, has been working
on industrial food product development from exotic tropical fruits and on public health food
safety issues. Processed products from tropical crops such as the carambola, cashew apples, cacao
pulp, breadfruit and sorrel are some examples of her contribution to specialty tropical crops. Her
innovative research involves modification of technology to suit crops, understanding the interaction
of components and their effects on microbiological, compositional, sensory, physical and chemical
Over the years, Dr. Badrie has emphasized the development of novel functional products such as
healthy low-calorie products, including christophene, and sorrel jams, sorrel wines with antioxidants,
low sodium golden apple hot sauces, sorrel yoghurt with flax seeds/soy protein. Her research activities
include utilization of waste material such as banana and plantain peel in wines and the by-products
such as including cacao pulp in yoghurts and syrups. It is not surprising that some of the industrial
products have already found immediate applications locally. Also several professionals have used
some her innovative techniques in their work on product development.
Dr. Valentin Diaz Perez of Spain used information from one of her publications (Maharaj and
Badrie, 2006), in the technology of osmotic dehydration of carambola in a support programme in
Bolivia, working with local producers in the Amazonic area.
Dr. Badrie has also collaborated with researchers throughout the Caribbean and the developing
world on food safety and microbiological research. Her research has covered microbiological analysis
of street-foods, such as beef patties, hygienic practices of street-food vendors of'doubles', consumer
perception to bioterrorism, food safety practices, genetically modified foods and organic vegetables,
microbiological analysis of water used for processing poultry, sea-foods and consuming public
perception to vending practices of doubles.
In collaboration with researchers of the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), Public
Health Agency of Canada, Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago and the Pan American health
Organization/World Health organization, a Burden of Illness (BOI) Study for Trinidad and Tobago
is being undertaken.
BITTER CASSAVA AT UWI
The UWI Centre for Creative and Festival Arts recently staged "Bitter Cassava" from March 28th to 30th and April
4h to 6th 2008, at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at the St. Augustine Campus. Written by Lester Efebo
Wilkinson, Bitter Cassava was first produced in November 1979 for the Folk Theatre Festival component of the
Prime Minister's Best Village Trophy Competition. In 1984, it was the opening play for the Drama Festival and
subsequently copped several awards that year including awards for playwriting, acting and choreography and
went on to appear, in August of 1984, at the International Amateur Theatre Festival held in Los Angles, USA, in
honor of the Olympics. UWI Lecturer Louis Mc Williams directed the production.
12 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 13TH APRIL, 2008
* FIRST YEAR STUDENT EXPERIENCE SURVEY
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Office of Planning and Development has
developed a first year student experience survey to be administered face to face by postgraduate students
before the start of final semester examinations. Respondents will selected using a representative sampling
technique. Student responses will provide both academics and administrators with important feedback that
will be used in education planning to improve the student experience. All information that is offered is
welcomed and will be treated confidentially. A number of prizes will be offered as an incentive to students
to complete the questionnaire.
From its first class of 33 medical students in 1948, UWI has been
dedicated to the advancement of the Caribbean region, consistently
providing its leaders not only in medicine but also in government,
businesses, education, law, engineering, and other key sectors. As we
celebrate our 60th anniversary, UWI stands proudly as an icon of
Caribbean integration and culture, steadfast in its commitment to driving
the economic, social, political and cultural development of West Indian
society through teaching, research innovation and intellectual leadership.
COME CELEBRATE WITH US.
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Master Archer and UWI Graduate Jonathan Kacal
BY ANNA WALCOTT HARDY
MASTER ARCHER JONATHAN KACAL
Jonathan Kacal has continued several family traditions
including becoming an Engineer, like his father, two uncles
and older brother. But the 37 year old has also introduced
a new tradition archery. It's a sport that is growing in
Trinidad and Tobago and one that Jonathan's particularly
good at, although the unassuming master archer would be
hard pressed to admit it.
But one quick google of his name brings forward an
impressive listing. A Trinidad Guardian (March 2006) piece
speaks of his rise in world rankings, earning the first medal
for the country at international competition level.
Once again, 35-year-old Jonathan Kacal, was in
impressive form in international competition for T&T. The
former student ofFatima College in Port of Spain, earned his
country's first ever medal at global level at the 23rd Battle
of Carabobo tournament. Kacal helped T&T to the bronze
medal in the Olympic Bow team event (an achievement that
moved this country up to 41stplace in the FITA's international
He also earned fifth-place in the Olympic Bow 30 m
with a new national record tally of 341 points (to surpass the
old mark of 337) and also broke the national record in the
FITA Ranking Round by achieving a score of 1167. Kacal's
performance in the elimination round earned him a world
ranking of207. Kacal was in outstanding form at the national
championships: winning the overall Olympic Bow title. He
also established national records of309 in the 50 metre event
at theAugust Tournament and 99points in taking the overall
title at the September Tournament. (Trinidad Guardian,
A graduate of The UWI Faculty of Engineering at
the St Augustine Campus [class of 1993], he's currently
Senior Engineer, Protection and Supervisory Control and
Data Acquisition (SCADA) Department at the Trinidad
and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC). Jonathan
explained that he was drawn to archery because it was "a
highly technical sport and with an Engineering background
I liked the technical part and I liked that it was outdoors".
"I actually got into archery just about when I was
leaving UWI, in fact at that time archery was just starting
up formally as a registered federation...I found out through
a gentleman named David King who was the founding
president of the T&T Target Archery Federation; I met him
through a colleague and I just tried it ."
He would go on to become the current President of
that very Federation, a position he has held for three years
and Vice President prior to that for two years.
The Kacal (pronounced Kah-sal) family are originally
from Czechoslovakia; Jonathan's grandfather migrated to
Trinidad from Europe in the 1930s with the Bata Company.
He settled in Diego Martin and began a woodworking
company which his son, Vladimir, (Jonathan's father) has
continued to manage. Unfortunately, Jonathan's mother,
a multi-talented teacher, art dealer and environmental
consultant, passed away five years ago, ultimatelysuccumbing
to malaria while working on a forest co-management and
sustainable livelihood project in Malawi. He has said that
he's learnt a lot from his parents including: "discipline and
to better yourself and to rise to challenges".
He has definitely taken-up the challenge. Since joining
the National Shooting Team in 2001, his rankings have
climbed quickly, having held the national championship
title in 2005 and 2007 and competed at over 20 tournaments
across the globe, including those in Brazil, Barbados,
Colombia and Santo Domingo. In 2003 and 2005 he was
nominated for Sportsman of the Year for Archery in T&T.
He lists his best result as placing fourth in 2002 in Venezuela
at the Battle of Carabobo, which is one of the Grand Prix
Tournaments of the Americas. A committed team player
he's also proud of being part of the national team which
took home bronze in 2005, an historic win, as it was the
"first medal won by Trinidadian archers in a world ranked
At a national tournament there may be as many as
sixty competitors; and so with increasing support from the
Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the T&T Olympic
Committee, along with a spike in enrollment and the
increase in awards gained by local archers, it's no surprise
that Trinidad and Tobago will host the South Caribbean
Archery Championship in May.
The popularity of archery in Trinidad has also grown,
especially among young people; interesting for a sport
that dates as far back as 50,000 BC to Africa where the
first stone arrowheads were probably constructed. Today,
the Federation has expanded in size to have four clubs/
branches in West, East, Central and South Trinidad; with
training grounds in Chaguaramas, Tunapuna, Charlieville
and Gasparillo. Here, beginners, starting from 10 years,
are provided with entry level equipment which includes
bow, arrows, targets and some protective gear and of
course training. But it's not just a youth sport, it's attracting
sportsmen and women of all ages including senior citizens.
There are local archers in their sixties competing nationally
and doing very well.
"Archery helps with your sanity basically'" Jonathan
added with a laugh. "You're doing something other than
what you do at work or at home. It helps you to expand
your horizons; archery helps with your discipline; it helps
you to be a little more centred; and being an individual
sport, it helps you to self-motivate. It keeps you out of
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On Friday 27th July 1990 Raoul Pantin a Trinidadian
journalist of high repute was editing material for the evening
tele-cast when he was disturbed by noises in the corridor
of Trinidad and Tobago Television building.
The disturbance, unbelievably, was caused by an armed
invasion of the country's lone television station by a small
group of fundamentalist Muslims known as the Jamaat al
The coup lasted 6 days and In Days of Wrath the 1990
Coup in Trinidad and Tobago Pantin, himself a hostage in
the television station recalls the terror of those days. A real
page-turner, the slim 163 page book reads like a thriller
which in one sense it is, albeit a true one. Pantin's style can
easily be described as cinematic, so alive and detailed the
writing, not surprising since he also wrote the screenplay for
the movie Bim, long regarded as a classic by critics.
The coup, we are told was "a planned, probably
rehearsed, coordinated, synchronized lightning strike,
they (the Muslimeen) had launched an armed assault on
a sitting of the regular Friday afternoon meeting of the
House of Representatives shot to death the lone security
policeman at police headquarters on adjoining St. Vincent
Street, exploded a car bomb that set the entire headquarters
on fire, taken over both [Trinidad and Tobago Television]
TTT and its neighbouring Radio Trinidad".
Beyond these Days of Wrath, Pantin effectively conveys
the zeitgeist,suggesting how social and historical factors
created the strained economic situation in the country: the
unpopularity of the Prime Minister, the unstable politicial
scenario, conditions conducive to the emergence of the
Muslimeen and its leader Abu Bakr.
The attempted coup only lasted a few hours and by the
end of that day, Friday 27b July, Abu Bakr and his band of
114 gunmen, in the words of the author, were "dead men
walking". Pantin explains that although the Muslimeen were
always aware that they were outnumbered by the police and
the regiment, Abu Bakr had erroneously anticipated the
support of the people, (they only went on a looting spree)
and of the armed forces (they, in the words of the Prime
Minister, "attacked with full force").
Indeed the terror of the coup increased as the days
progressed and many conflicting initiatives were tried.
DAYS OF WRATH
THE 1990 COUP
Available at the UWI Bookshop
The hostages grew more fearful, informed and
misinformed by a very active grapevine that somehow
brought news to the gunmen and the hostages. There was
talk of a surrender being negotiated; of the granting of an
amnesty; of various important persons coming to negotiate;
and as the hopes of the hostages went up and down, there
was the unwavering determination of the army to overpower
by sheer force and capture the insurgents. Pantin skillfully
conveys the tension in T&T in those roller coaster days and
his concern for the safety of the sixty-nine hostages.
As one would expect from Pantin, the journalist, the
humour and irony of the situation is highlighted.
The image of Bakr using his AK-47 rifle as a microphone
singing along with a popular calypso on the radio joined by
two or three other gunmen one of them using his rifle butt
as a drum and the other strumming an imaginary guitar.
The calypso is Sniper's Portrait of Trinidad "Trinidad is
my land and to love it I am proud and glad"; Bakr inviting
the hostages to dinner at Mucurapo Road when they all
get back home.
The young fundamentalist gunman asking Pantin, the
hostage, to buy a TV set, A video Set, A Washing Machine
and a Fridge for his wife from the profits of the book he
will write about the coup.
More striking, and at times ellusive, are the writer's
constant explanations of the characteristics of the
Trinidadian. He seems to be doing more than just clarifying
the expressions and behaviour for the foreign reader. Near
the end of the book he writes, "In more ways than one I
believe even to this day, 17 years after the fact, that the vast
majority of the laid-back, fun-loving, party-going, creative,
Nine-Day-Wonder, Carnivalesque people of Trinidad and
Tobago have little or no idea what we really managed to
elude in 1990". He really seems to be asking How could
this happen in T&T, how could we Trinidadians behave in
This seems to be Raoul Pantin's dilemma and indeed
that of the nation. For the author it seems there is a constant
need for recall, for the facts to be laid bare and examined, or
else the old, much beaten adage'Those who forget the past
are doomed to repeat it" will remain an imminent threat.
A SLICE OF HISTORY
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* OXFORD AND GSB COLLABORATE
The recent partnership of The UWI Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (GSB) in Trinidad with Oxford University, U.K., underscores its commitment to strengthen-
ing international linkages with quality institutions. The Oxford Said Business School is one of Europe's most highly recognized, rapidly growing business institutions. The
recent collaboration has resulted in a landmark programme, the Oxford-Lok Jack GSB Scenarios Programme. This five day workshop, taught by Faculty of the Oxford Said
Business School, will be held in July at the GSB. Tailored for those seeking to develop skills and techniques for scenario building and strategic engagement, the programme
will be administered by the Arthur Lok Jack GSB to CEOs and other executives in the public and private sector. "Because of this partnership, Executives will no longer have to
leave their families and pay exorbitant travel fees to participate in such a programme," explained Joy-Roma Santo, Manager, Conferencing and Executive Education, Arthur
Lok Jack GSB. "At the same time they will be receiving a quality international education." For more information please contact the Communications Unit: 662-9894 ext. 154.
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UWI CALENDAR ofEVENTS
National Agricultural Expo
Wednesday 16th -Sunday 20th April, 2008
Agritech 2008 is landmark initiative focused on as-
sisting in the restructuring and revitalization of the
agriculture industry in the region. At the University
Field Station the latest technologies driving agriculture
globally will be presented in a modern farm setting.
This exhibition will focus on several fundamental
themes from Crop Farming Systems to Alternate
Agriculture Livelihoods, and Plant & Animal Health.
Primary, secondary and tertiary level students, stake-
holders within the Agricultural Industry as well as
the general public are all invited. The Agricultural
Society of Trinidad and Tobago and the Ministry of
Agriculture, Marine & Land Resources are the major
sponsors for Agritech 2008. The event is part of the
60' anniversary celebrations of The University of the
For further information please call 662-2002 Ext. 2318.
60th Anniversary Celebration
UWI Family Day
Thursday 22nd May, 2008
As part of the 60' Anniversary celebrations, UWI will
host a Family Day on Thursday 22nd May, 2008 from
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sport and Physical Edu-
cation Centre (SPEC), St Augustine. Open to all staff,
the Day will be filled with fun activities and special
games for the entire family to enjoy.
For more information please contact the
UWI Marketing and Communications Office
at 662-2002 ext 2014.
Milestones in Computer Algebra
Thursday 1st -Saturday 3rd May, 2008
This landmark conference in honour of Keith Geddes'
60t Birthday, the co-founder of the Maple computer
algebra systems, will take place at Stonehaven Bay,
Tobago. Here's an opportunity to share ideas and
experience presentations by renowned specialists in
For further information please visit:
Wednesday 16th Friday 18th April, 2008
Get connected at Communication Research Day (17')
where final year students showcase their research
projects; then get answers to those burning questions
at Communication Studies Open Day (18h) at the
Atrium, Centre for Language and Learning (CLL).
You can also enjoy the book drive hosted by the Com-
munication Studies Association, an academic club
associated with the host of Communications Week,
the UWI Communication Studies Section, Faculty of
Humanities and Education.
For further information contact:
Ms. Crista Mohammed at ext. 3867.
For information on the Book Drive
please call Ms. Jamilla Bannister at 737-8900.
or Adding Complexity?
The Association of Commonwealth Universities
3rd Biennial Conference
Friday 23rd -Sunday 25th May, 2008
Examine the challenges currently facing University
Human Resource professionals at this upcoming UWI/
ACU conference at the Hilton Hotel, Tobago. The
Conference will examine three key areas: Developing
Leadership and Management capability, Managing
Performance, and Enhancing the Institution.
For further information please contact:
Mrs. Deborah Souza-Okpofabri at
Archaeology and Geoinformatics:
Case Studies from the Caribbean
Friday 2nd May, 2008
Uncover our history through the latest publication by
leading UWI archaeologist, Dr. Basil Reid. The Depart-
ment of History will host the launch of"Archaeology
and Geoinformatics: Case Studies from the Caribbean"
edited by Dr. Basil A. Reid and published by the Uni-
versity of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, U.S.A. at Lecture
Room 2, UWI Learning Resource Centre.
For further information please visit:
or contact Dr. Basil Reid at Basil.Reid@sta.uwi.edu
or ext. 3306.