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ACQUISITION 0423 Years of Broadcasts BBC Caribbean at UWI CONVERSATION 15A Leader Remembers Arthur N.R. Robinson NEW CENTRE 06 Mission to Raise the Bar Centre for Competitiveness RESEARCH 08Living with Fear Prof. Gerard HutchinsonSINGLE wild FEMALEScientists discover how a little Trinidad guppy is colonising the world (See page 11) Male Guppies
SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 UWI TODAY 3 Picking Up the Pace FROM THE PRINCIPAL EDITORIAL TEAMCAMPUS P RINCIPAL Professor Clement Sankat D IRECTO R OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICA TI O NS Mrs. Dawn-Marie De Four-Gill E DI TOR Ms. Vaneisa Baksh C O NT ACT US The UWI Marketing and Communications Ofce Tel: (868) 662-2002, exts. 82013 / 82014 Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Following a hectic year, the S t. Augustine Campus said thanks to its sta members for their dedication and hard work by hosting an end-of-year reception, which was enjoyed by all. Already, 2012 has found this Campus humming with activity. Just last weekend the Development and Endowment F und hosted its annual UWI F ete themed Zangalewa Its time for Africa to raise funds for bursaries to students in need. I am grateful to all our loyal patrons for their generous support. is was once again a great success! A few days ago, the O pen L ectures Committee and the Department of History hosted the second of the series Conversations with Prime M inisters, this one featuring Basdeo Panday, as part of the commemoration of 50 years of Independence of T rinidad and T obago. Various conferences have also taken place this month: the International T ourism Conference, a S eismic M icrozonation Project Workshop, and the Caribbean O pen Data: Developing the Caribbean Conference and Code S print. By bringing key issues such as these to the fore, the UWI is engaging in nding innovative solutions to development issues in our societies. We are also in the nal stage of preparation of our Universitys S trategic Plan 2012-2017. As we seek to position e UWI in a future that will undoubtedly be shaped by intense competition, we have been carefully trying to assess the needs of our region as a primary factor of the planning process. As Campus Principal, I have been engaging our sta, students, government M inistries and the private sector for feedback and input into our planning process. We remain committed to strengthening the relevance and impact of our work and to reaching out to all our communities in both T rinidad and T obago, and the region. is is an ongoing process and we also welcome your feedback! In order to achieve our strategic objectives, there is much work to be done this year and we have already hit the ground running. It is my sincere desire that you too have begun the year with the spirit of accomplishing your goals and nding your dreams. Best wishes to all for 2012! C LEMEN T K. S ANKA TPro Vice Chancellor & Principal CAMPUS NEWS e Master of Science Degree in Petroleum E ngineering of T he UWI was recently reaccredited by the U K -based Institute of M aterials, M inerals and M ining (I OM3) for a ve-year period: 2010-2014. e programme had also earned accreditation from the UKbased Energy Institute for the period 20092013. is makes the UWI MS c in Petroleum E ngineering (P E ) the only accredited P E programme, but even more distinctively, the only dually accredited programme in Petroleum Engineering in the West Indies. Accreditation means that the UWI M asters degree in Petroleum E ngineering fully meets the requirements for further learning for Chartered E ngineer (C. E ng.) status the highest level of practitioner engineer certication required for international practice of the discipline. e practice of Petroleum E ngineering is at the intersection of four critical forces. e rst is the growing world demand for petroleum, which is fuelled by increases in population, and expectations of the high quality of life made possible by the use of petroleum by growing masses of people. is demand is expected to continue to grow for at least the next 20 years, but the demand will continue to exist for at least another 50. e second major force is that the easy petroleum has been found and exploited. F urther discoveries will be found in more hostile environments and in deeper waters oshore, and the necessary wells and facilities will have to be deeper and more complex to nd and exploit more hydrocarbons. e third major force is the increasing worldwide sensitivity to the need for environmental protection and preservation, and increasing concerns for health and safety in the workplace. T his places additional demands on operators of the extractive industries to implement more complex technologies in their operations to ensure all requirements are honoured at levels that meet both national and international standards T he fourth major force is what is termed the great crew change. A 2011 study predicts that the international oil and gas industry will lose 5000 experienced geoscientists and engineers petrotechnical professionals (PTPs) over the next three years, into 2014, due to natural attrition. e older, more experienced people have reached retirement age and are leaving. is MS c programme ensures that UWI can deal with the two challenges that arise out of this situation. Firstly, UWI is producing a cadre of highly educated P E s through proven and accepted curricula and processes, and secondly, through accreditation, UWI is ensuring that these graduates can progress quickly through further learning to qualify for the C.Eng. status.MSc IN P E TRO LEU M ENGINEERING REACCREDITED BY I O M3Accreditation means that the UWI M asters degree in Petroleum Engineering fully meets the requirements for further learning for Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) status the highest level of practitioner engineer certication required for international practice of the discipline.
4 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 ACQUISITION Excitement abounded among the four Campus L ibrarians of our regional institution, who coincidentally were all together in Jamaica for UWI Cross-Campus meetings in early F ebruary 2011 when we received word from the Vice Chancellor, Professor E Nigel Harris that e UWI was being oered the Archive of BBC Caribbean programmes for the period 1988-2011, in view of the imminent closure of the BBC Caribbean S ervice on M arch 25, 2011. Debbie Ransome, veteran broadcaster from T rinidad and T obago and Head of the BBC, Caribbean S ervice had made this generous oer, recognizing that UWI was indeed the most suitable regional organization to preserve and make the les available for research for all of the Caribbean. As University and Campus L ibrarian, the task was entrusted to me to manage the process of the transfer of this important and rich archive to e UWI. e Head of the Information T echnology S ervices at the Alma Jordan L ibrary, F rank S oodeen, went immediately to L ondon in the second week of M arch to consult with the BBC technicians and to manage the process of download and transfer before the actual closure of the oces. His visit was followed by that of Claudia de F our, Deputy Campus Librarian who, with Ransome and Roanna Gopaul, counsellor at the T rinidad and T obago High Commission in L ondon, ensured the on time completion of the le transfer and safe delivery of the digital les to the Alma Jordan L ibrary. ere followed months of anticipation and preparation as the University Counsel, Dr. Beverley Pereira liaised with the BBC to arrive at a mutually agreeable L egal Deposit Agreement which was eventually signed by the relevant parties. In the Agreement, the UWI undertakes to preserve the BBC Caribbean S ervice archive, make it accessible to UWI stakeholders and bona de researchers and develop an index to the collection. e initial F ebruary 8, 2011 acceptance culminated in an ocial handover ceremony that took place on November 4, 2011 at the M ona Campus, where the originals will reside. At that ceremony, Professor Harris noted that a university is not only about education and research, but a university is a repository of a civilisations history. He expressed his gratitude to the BBC for choosing the UWI as the institution to preserve and make accessible this rich resource of major news stories and current aairs to researchers and the Caribbean at large. e library sta at S t. Augustine has been leading the project to transfer the historic material to a digital platform that researchers could use to nd the various stories. e process involves the digitization of the recordings into formats that can be streamed over the Internet, and also in formats that will ensure the long term preservation of the original content. e L ibrarians will be indexing each recording to allow users of the resource to get an immediate sense of the contents of a programme before actually listening to it. In total, the UWI received 3,000 hours of audio covering 12,000 15-minute programmes of the BBC daily Caribbean news. ese programmes tell the story of the happenings in the Caribbean for the years spanning 1988 to 2011. ere are the stories and details of the hurricanes and how they aected us, that fateful earthquake in Haiti that occurred in January 2010 and a myriad of other events in our history.Debbie R ansome, Head of the BB C Caribbean Service, poses with the archived material from 1988-2011 she had just presented to e UWI with Professor Wainbinte Wariboka, acting Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the Mona Campus, Jennifer Joseph, U niversity and St. Augustine Campus Librarian and Vice Chancellor, Professor E. Nigel Harris.BB C Caribbean Archives nd a HomeUWI gets 23 Years of RecordingsM r S oodeen has indicated that the material also covers the attempted coup in T rinidad and T obago, the death of leaders such as M ichael M anley, and Cheddi Jagan, the Allen S tanford saga and the CLIC O nancial issues. It also contains a number of special programmes aired by the BBC Caribbean S ervice, including a series on the use of drugs by Caribbean youth, a tribute to the Jamaican cultural icon, M iss L ou, an analysis of Caricom, and a look at the lives of Caribbean war veterans living in the UK. Jennifer Joseph is University and Campus Librarian at e UWI.BY JENNIFER JOSEPHe L ibrarians at UWI have many hours and, I daresay, years of work ahead of us as we build an index that would identify each news report, each news clip, the speakers, etc. so that researchers can nd that special story that is of importance to them. is work will be done by librarians at our campuses in Jamaica, Barbados and T rinidad and T obago. Hopefully, in about three years time, with the appointment of sta to this project, all the material would be available for use. In total, the UWI received 3,000 hours of audio covering 12,000 15-minute programmes of the BBC daily Caribbean news. ese programmes tell the story of the happenings in the Caribbean for the years spanning 1988 to 2011.
SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 UWI TODAY 5 Like Alice in Wonderland, I wandered through the supermarket aisle, wondering which new miracle product would make cleaning easy, while being environmentally friendly and living up to the hype. And, if you are neurotic about cleanliness, you may have at one point or the other almost gassed yourself to death overdoing it with the chlorine bleach, especially when tackling white bathroom tiles, gasp! Or even worse, being smart enough to mix cleaning products to get rid of stained tiles a foolhardy and dangerous experiment that should not be tried at home, or anywhere else for that matter! Y ou therefore end up with a cupboard full of cleaning products for every cleaning dilemma, many of which contain dangerous chemicals which should be sold with a hazmat suit. S o that was the beginning of my search for safe and environmentally friendly cleaning solutions that did not bust my pocket, and could be used safely without trying to knock me out. K eeping porcelain, ceramic, hardwood and laminate ooring clean can be a chore. F irst you sweep, then lug around the mop bucket with some added cleaning solution, then giving it the once over with plain water to remove the residue oen le by most cleaners. I even tried the fancy expensive cleaning pads with solution but found that apart from the expense and waste of throwing out the pads, my oors were le with a dull lm. While plain water with vinegar (a great antibacterial cleaner and deodorizer) is the best solution for ceramic and porcelain, sometimes greasy kitchen tiles need something extraand theres still the mop and bucket problem. It was then I discovered the marvel of cleaning with steam! is is good news for those suering from allergies who may not tolerate the harsh smell or eects of some cleaning products. After a great deal of research, I decided to purchase a oor steamer (lightweight, with reusable oor pads) and hand steamer with attachments. Im happy to report that these purchases were well worth the price. Not only have the results been fantastic, but I have greatly reduced the use of chemical cleaners good news for the planet. Cleaning is done with steam vapour (extremely hot at over 100C) great at getting rid of viruses, bacteria and mould spores while sanitizing and deodorizing. Ha! I feel so much cleaner and greener. I no longer have to haul around the old mop and bucket (which is great for my back), and degreasers are no longer required for the kitchen oor oh yeah! Ive used the hand-steamer to sanitize the kitchen and bathroom, as well as mattresses and pillows (against dust mites). Ive even removed grease build-up from teak cabinetry around the stove and used the squeegee attachment for cleaning mirrors, glass doors and windows. S o lets see, out goes the glass cleaner as well! Apart from using steam, there are a number of natural and green products which are becoming more popular as people become more environmentally conscious. F or other great green cleaning solutions check out http://www.videojug.com/tag/clean-green Evelyn Ferreira is a member of the UWI environmental committee ENVIRONMENTGREEN STEAM CLEANINGBY EVELYN FERREIRA CAMPUS NEWS e UWI Development and E ndowment F und put on its annual UWI F ete to a large and enthusiastic crowd this past weekend. emed, Zangalewa Its time for Africa, the popular fete attracted many seasoned party people with interesting takes on the motif.
6 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 CAMPUS NEWS e Caribbean Centre for Competitiveness is a special project of T he UWIs University O ffice of Planning and Development. O ver the next two years, it will become a landmark institution, facilitating practical and implementable solutions to the regions competitiveness challenges. As a centralised hub, it will work towards making academia more responsive to market needs by connecting it with private and public sectors in a collaborative drive towards nding sustainable interventions and solutions to the regions growth malaise. In its initial phase, the project is cofunded under the Compete Caribbean Programme by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Department for International Development (D F ID) of the United K ingdom. It began operating from the 2nd Floor of the Institute of Critical inking at the S t. Augustine Campus in S eptember 2011 when I was appointed the rst E xecutive Director. THE GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE CENTRE ARE TO increase the institutional capacity of the CARIFORUM region to generate and share world-class and Caribbean-specic knowledge products on private sector development and competitiveness, and upgrade the technical capacity of academics as well as public and private sector ofcials in cutting edge approaches to competitiveness, business climate reforms, clustering and Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). S pecifically, the Centre will support research and the establishment of a knowledge repository on private sector development and competitiveness; support the development of academic programmes and train a cadre of academics from tertiary institutions in cutting edge approaches to competitiveness and business climate reforms, clustering initiatives and SME development; and support the implementation of training programmes for public sector ocials and private sector executives, facilitate closer linkages between the private and public sector and provide policy guidance on issues of competitiveness and private sector development in the region. O ver the next two years, the CCfC will serve as coordinator of a network of institutions studying competitiveness in the region. T o strengthen competencies, the Centre will partner with leading international universities and institutions such as the H KS G-Institute for S trategy and Competitiveness at Harvard University; INCAE L atin American Center for Competitiveness and S ustainable Development (C L ACD S ), and the L ondon S chool of E conomics S patial E conomics Research Centre to offer training programmes for academics to deepen the regions knowledge capacity in areas such as S tructural T ransformation and the M icroeconomics of Competitiveness, S ustainable Cluster Development, SME Development and Public/Private S ector Dialogue. ese programmes will then be rolled out to executives in the private and public sectors within the region. Stepping U p to the Platee Caribbean Centre for CompetitivenessBY IND ERA SAGE WANALLIF urther, the Centre will develop a Flagship E xecutive Programme on Competitiveness and E conomic Growth in the Caribbean. is will be a comprehensive training programme on competitiveness including innovative contents and methodologies and incorporating case studies and best practices from the region. It will be oered by the CCfC to regional universities, public ocials and private sector executives. E-learning products on competitiveness will also be designed and oered to a wider audience. In this period also, the CCfC will host two regional conferences on competitiveness for academics, public and private sector executives. e Centre will host a database and information hub on competitiveness and growth of the region; collaborating with regional universities and other institutions to develop and maintain a linked network of knowledge and research on competitiveness. e CCfC will also play an important role in providing an independent forum for public and private sector dialogue on issues of competitiveness and growth. T o this end, the Centre will be the technical secretariat for Compete Caribbeans Conversations on Growth Initiative. is is intended to be a series of high level public-private dialogues in CARIFO RU M member countries to better understand the economic structures of the countries, the historical and potential future drivers of economic growth and the microeconomic underpinnings of high levels of debt and work towards dening new approaches and interventions to enhance economic growth. e outputs of this initiative will consist of individual national private sector development reports, an OECS private sector development report and a CARIC OM private sector development report. In essence, the Caribbean Centre for Competitiveness is poised to play a catalytic role in enhancing regional private sector competitiveness towards sustained economic growth. It is intended to be an institution which synergizes its activities with other institutional arrangements already in place and as such will focus heavily on building strategic partnerships and networks. M ore than ever, the University must play a transformative role in the economic future of the region. e challenges of global recession, declining traditional export earning sectors and competitiveness constraints call for innovative solutions which can best be driven by research and development through the regions intellectual capacity. e CCfC is committed to playing its part in building on existing platforms and forging new strategies to engender sustained regional competitiveness. Indera Sagewan-Alli
8 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 RESEARCHe reality of criminal behaviour and particularly violent criminal behaviour has become the Caribbeans most pressing social problem. Jamaica and T rinidad and T obago are among the countries with highest murders per capita rate across the world, while S t K itts, S t L ucia and Belize are reporting sharply increasing rates of homicide and violent behaviour. It is no surprise that crime is the most socially destabilizing feature of this part of the world. Criminal behaviour ourishes when the systems set up to organise, structure and protect society are unable to do so. is generates hopelessness and instability, simultaneously entrenching fear and encouraging crime by subtly changing the norms under which we operate. en criminal behaviour is needed to cope with crime, hence more police killings and media superstars who can indulge the widespread fear with a by-any-means-necessary approach. is is validated precisely because there is no legitimacy from the traditional arms of the S tate. Widespread crime becomes a reection of a pervasive political hostility. e gang world, living within its own codes of belonging, replaces the codes and norms of the wider society and becomes more attractive to the disenfranchised. is power is further enhanced by the weakness of the policing system, and the apparent impotence of the symbols of authority. With crime comes the fear of crime compared to 76% of Americans and Canadians who feel secure walking in their neighbourhoods at night, this gure falls to 42% in L atin America according to a Gallup poll (59% in subSaharan Africa and 52% in the S oviet Union). Accordingly, crime and crime-related stories have become the most newsworthy. Daily, more than 50% of local and regional news items relate to crime and crime-related stories, including the legal and judicial correlates. In his 2007 book, Governing through Crime: How the War on crime transformed American democracy and created a culture of fear, Jonathan S imon found that this has led to an almost perverse attraction of crime control as the basis for executive power. It explains why some have called for a permanent state of emergency in T rinidad and T obago. T he medias representation of crime and criminal behaviour may be contributing to the accelerated growth by simultaneously catering to the garish and brutal as well as desensitizing society to the lived reality of criminal behaviour. It creates a cinematic and ultimately caricatured representation of human suering. It diminishes compassion but increases the need for protection. Power brokers in the society can then justify ever-increasing manipulation of control over lives through the use of more draconian measures of surveillance and punishment; hence the almost evangelical embrace of the death penalty through hanging as a cure. In a way, it is a demand for our institutions to act, for they appear to have become helpless. S igns of lawlessness also increase fear of crime as they reect the failure of social institutions, for instance, vandalism, trac oences and petty crimes that largely go unreported because of the ineectual relevant institutions. S o, does governing through crime make us more afraid or is it because we are more afraid we seek to be governed through crime? L iving in the S hadow of FEARe Brutal Impact of Crime on Public HealthBY P R OFESSO R GERARD HUT CHINSO N e health of children is being compromised as they are forced to spend more time inside homes and have consequently become more obese and neurotic.
SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 UWI TODAY 9 Professor Gerard Hutchinson is the Head of Department, Clinical Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, EWMSC, UWI Baudrillard drew attention to the essential separation of meaning from reality and representation. In T he T ransparency of E vil, he argued for recognition of the need to look beyond the obvious meanings being applied to violent and destructive events. Are these events more material signs of our self hate? Are we destroying ourselves? E verybody thinks they are right and everybody is wrong so ngers are always pointed in one direction or the other; leaving no room for middle ground, or compromise or resolutions. F ear and anxiety seem rampant and are themselves a cause for a decreased threshold for violence even against ourselves. Rates of self harm have exponentially increased in the last decade in T rinidad, with cutting now a common and almost normal feature of adolescence in some areas. While suicide rates have declined, this is still high when compared with the rest of the Caribbean apart from Guyana, S uriname and Cuba. High rates of self harm are thought to reect poor mental and cognitive health in a country; this may also be true of criminal behaviour. Poor fear conditioning in children is associated with adult criminal behaviour (Gao et al, 2010) and the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a statement suggesting that exposure to media violence does lead to aggressive behaviour in children, desensitization to violence and a fear of being harmed. T his leads us to focus on the functioning of our institutions to address the social ills that might contribute to this burgeoning violence and simultaneously a willingness to let executive power override our liberty. E ducation, health, law and social services have all failed to deliver on their promise despite increasing allocations from annual budgets. As one example, our E xternal E xaminer in Clinical Psychology always exclaims in astonishment that adolescents in our school system are for the rst time being diagnosed with learning and other developmental disabilities in secondary school. T hey are usually only referred for assessment when they exhibit behavioural problems. Another factor is the pervasive distrust of our institutions. O nly 20% of medical students believed that institutions functioned in their best interest and were not somehow rigged to benet insiders or people who knew somebody. T his kind of environment encourages impulsive behaviour because of the association with fear, and distrust of the social mechanisms designed to protect. ere is also a decreased threshold for enduring potentially stressful situations. F ear of crime has been associated with poorer health because of several mechanisms: less social activity leading to decreased social support, less outdoor activity leading to less physical exercise, increased levels of anxiety leading to decreased stress thresholds. O ther negative health concomitants include heavier drinking, decreased resistance to pathogens and diminished psychological well-being and life satisfaction independent of personal achievements. e health of children is being compromised as they are forced to spend more time indoors and have consequently become more obese and neurotic. ey have also been given enough incentive to stay inside with the proliferation of games and technological gadgets. Initiatives to decrease the fear of crime can improve health functioning, but the fear must rst be acknowledged. ere must also be an accompanying decline in criminal activity which in turn demands a reduction in the social ills that lead to increased criminal activity. It must also be established that the fear of crime is a separate issue from the occurrence of crime. ey are both related though to the idea of consumption and material possession and acquisition as the ultimate ideal of modern life. People are afraid to lose the possessions that have come to dene their social status. Road rage in response to minor accidents is a consequence of this phenomenon. Individuals also commit crimes to engage in the act of consumption without the equivalent investment of time or energy. ey are not willing to work hard to acquire. e loss of a community ethos, that is, the rise of individualism, the attainment of self worth and psychological well-being through object accumulation and the loss of that self worth through object loss also aect both the phenomenology of crime and the associated fear. E ven crimes of passion are related to social status with regard to being rejected and the inability to satisfy the social and economic demands of a romantic relationship again related to the capacity of a particular kind of consumption (Baudrillard e Consumer S ociety). Y uh L ooking for Horn and No M oney No L ove are songs that have expressed this ethos for some time. is is a direct consequence of the use of GNP and GDP as a countrys measure of success, which has been questioned in recent years by many high prole economists. e loss of a community ethos is a factor in this process, as criminal behaviour is more easily benecial in an atmosphere where there is a lack of community involvement, which in itself is a function of the fear of crime, hence the phenomenon of bystanders looking on and not intervening while crimes are perpetrated, or the reluctance of such witnesses to come forward when suspects have been apprehended. F ear of crime may reect a range of political and social anxieties, which in turn are linked to perceived vulnerability to victimization. ese issues may inuence how the fear becomes disproportionate to the actual risk. It appears that societies in transition are more vulnerable to these eects and social consequences. e frequent experience of personal and institutional incivilities, causing a perceived loss of control, a continuum of minor crimes and personal harassment all contribute to an increased vulnerability and an increased fear of crime. It also contributes to a fracture of relationships between older and younger people since the latter are frequently seen as the purveyors of crime and the former as the victims. In multi ethnic societies, it can also serve to reinforce stereotypes and justify ethnic separatism. ere is also a strong correlation between worklessness and both the fear of crime and the occurrence of crime. With high crime rates, it is clear that something should be done to address both, in other words, crime ghting cannot address only the occurrence of crime; it must also address the fear of crime. If the fear of crime is diminished, the law enforcement system could expect more active involvement of witnesses, increased reporting of criminal intent and a more actively involved citizenry. S imon concluded his book with a call for passive citizens to become engaged partners in the management of risk and the treatment of social ills. O nly by coming together to produce security, can we free ourselves from a logic of domination by others, and from the fear that currently rules our everyday life. Initiatives such as urban greening, community education and facilitation and increased cohesive community activity can serve to mediate both the fear of crime and the occurrence of crime. Changes in the way the media report stories, such as following up on issues, diminishing sensationalism, and highlighting crime prevention eorts (like neighbourhood policing), would also contribute. It has been argued that crime and public health are coterminous, with the same factors contributing to both and therefore improvements in one would automatically improve the other. ere must be a reconstruction of social relationships if there is to be a direct challenge to crime and the fear of its occurrence. e preoccupation with the body with an accompanying neglect of the mind is a further manifestation of this whirlwind of social competition masquerading as concern for health. L ifestyle choices informed by anxiety will always have the confounding eect of increasing the risk of chronic lifestyle related diseases because of the impact of stress. e life expectancy in T rinidad and T obago for males is the third lowest in the Caribbean, above only Guyana and Haiti in spite of our oil and gas wealth. It is not related to homicide, because Jamaica and Belize, with comparable homicide rates, have higher life expectancies. e crisis of legitimacy that has facilitated both the growth of crime and its accompanying fear is also compromising personal health. S igns of lawlessness increase fear of crime, as they reect the failure of social institutions, for instance, vandalism, trac oences and petty crimes that go unreported because of the perceived helplessness of the relevant institutions.
10 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 Student Advisory Services ( S A S ) remain committed to supporting the unique needs of all university students through various programmes and services. O ver the past two years, the oce under the directive of Dr Deirdre Charles has been appealing to faculty and corporate organizations to donate nancially towards their Christmas initiative. is project was designed to meet the needs of regional and international students who are unable to return home for Christmas. O n December 22nd, 2011 these students were treated to a dinner at the Valpark Chinese restaurant. S tudents also received tokens of mobile cards so that they can contact their loved ones on Christmas Day. S ome students were given the opportunity to be hosted by university staff during the Christmas season at their homes. is was done to ensure that our regional and international students feel at home while they are away from their families. e oce of SA S would like to publicly thank university sta for agreeing to host students and the following persons and organizations for their invaluable contribution towards the success of this project: Ansa Automotives L imited, Berment Caterers, F aculty of E ngineering, F aculty of S ocial S ciences, F aculty of S cience and Agriculture, M r. Roopnarine Samaroo, Narine S ound Company, Pat and M ax L imited, Personal Image Photo S tudio, Republic Bank L imited, T iny & S on, UWI Nectars, UWI Development and E ndowment F und, Y vettes Creole F ood. CAMPUS HISTORY During the celebrations to mark the ieth anniversary of the S t Augustine Campus in 2010/11, it was decided to rename some buildings to honour sta members for their outstanding contribution to S t Augustines development. e rst to be ocially renamed was e Alma Jordan L ibrary (previously e M ain L ibrary) at a function on F ebruary 28, 2011. In O ctober 1960, the Imperial College of T ropical Agriculture (IC T A) was merged into the UCWI as its F aculty of Agriculture located at its second campus, S t Augustine. E nter a youthful Alma Jordan. S he was not yet Campus L ibrarian UCWI had only one L ibrarian, at M ona but whatever the formal titles she held, she was eectively in charge of the new Campus L ibrary from 1960 until her retirement in 1989 (by then she was both Campus and University L ibrarian). It fell to her to lead the transformation of the small, highly specialised IC T A collection into a library for a growing campus serving many hundreds, soon thousands, of students reading for degrees in several faculties and departments. With the opening of the F aculty of Engineering (1961) and even more the College of Arts & S ciences (1963), almost suddenly, with very little lead time, the L ibrary had to cater for about 2,000 students and teaching sta (1966) in many dierent subjects never before taught at S t Augustine. e size of the overall collection doubled between 1960 and 1966, but the book collection more than trebled. All this in the same place, the grand old Administration Building, which got so hopelessly overcrowded that the Registry and Bursary had to be temporarily evicted in 1967-69 so that the L ibrary (previously only on the top oor) could occupy the ground oor too. Jordan and her devoted staff in the 1960s had to scramble to acquire the materials needed for all the new degree programmes, oen bearing the brunt of hardly fair criticisms from the academics with their usual high expectations. It had to be done with inadequate funds, sta, and basic bibliographical tools. M oreover, Jordan had to create a management structure and units with specic functions from scratch, for the IC T A L ibrary had really been a one, or at most two, woman show. e IC T A collection had to be reorganised, reclassied, and partially integrated with S HARING CHEER WITH S TUDENT Sis was done to ensure that our regional and international students feel at home while they are away from their families.Some of the students at the Christmas dinner. PHOTO: OWEN BRUCEthe new Natural S ciences division. A crazy time (Jordans phrase) indeed; but, as a postgraduate student on campus in 1968-72, I can testify that the challenge was met more successfully than anyone had a right to expect. No section of the S t Augustine community was more relieved when the J FK Complex was completed in 1969 than the L ibrary. Jordan had been closely involved in the design of the new building, and she managed the complicated logistics of the move from the Administration Building, which took place during the long vacation of 1969. With minimal disruption of service during the move (again, I distinctly remember this myself), the new building opened its doors to students in O ctober 1969. S t Augustine nally had a university L ibrary worthy of the name, and it has remained the agship of the Campus ever since. If anyone thought that with the beautiful new L ibrary up and running, Jordan and her sta could relax in the next decades, they were wrong. S t Augustine was in permanent expansion mode, especially in the buoyant years of the rst oil boom and just aer, and the L ibrary was forever playing catch up. e rst of two major extensions took place in the early 1980s, catering mainly for increased student numbers in engineering and the sciences. Jordan recalled the rst extension, which she and Zaar Ali as campus planning ocer managed, as a huge headache, especially as the L ibrary had to remain open all through. Another headache was automation, which began in the 1970s and continued through the 1980s in an oen painful trial and error process. Gradually loans and other key operations were computerised using the V TLS soware. S tudent and sta unrest was another potential headache in the 1970s and 1980s, with nervous days for Jordan and her sta especially in 1970, and on several occasions then and later the L ibrary had to be closed to protect its precious contents. All in all, Alma Jordans 30 years at the helm of the Campus L ibrary were both extraordinarily challenging, and extraordinarily fruitful. A true institution builder, when she retired in 1989 she could look back with pride on her many achievements, and forward with condence that her successors as top managers would continue the tradition of dedicated service she had established, and that our L ibrary would continue to be the heart and soul of the campus.L AD Y O F T HE L I BR A RYBY P R OFESSO R B RIDGET B RERETO N Dr Alma eodora Jordan ENERGY CAMPUS NEWS
SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 UWI TODAY 11 RESEARCHCO MMUNITY HEAL TH O UTREACH e Community Health O utreach and F amily S tudies Programme, takes place in Y ear T wo of the ve-year programme for medical students in the F aculty of M edical S ciences, UWI, S t. Augustine. e programme exposes students to an early clinical experience which many medical schools see as very important in the training of their students. e programme provides students with an opportunity to meet real patients as opposed to simulated patients, early in their training. is enables them to confront some of the common public health issues which are present in the neighbouring communities. ey are also able to practise their interviewing and communications skills. S tudents meet in small groups with pregnant women in antenatal clinics in east T rinidad, aerwards they write two reective pieces and a brief family study. E ach year the best performing students are rewarded with certicates and book prizes. T wenty students were specially recognised for their work in the last academic year. T en were given certicates of excellence and three were given prizes. Two of the three prize-winning students (le) Shashi Maharaj (second prize) and Cara Mohammed (rst prize) with Programme Coordinator Dr. Joan Rawlins. PHOTO: DEXTER SUPER VILLEe release of a single female guppy into the wild can generate entire new populations, even with no males present, according to new research. Research by biologists at the University of S t Andrews (Dr Amy Deacon and Professor Anne M agurran) and e UWI (Professor Indar Ramnarine) on this popular ornamental species, reveals how its ability to keep on reproducing has earned the guppy its reputation as one of the worlds most invasive sh. e study, published recently in the journal P L o S O N E reports that the apparently harmless release of guppies into the wild has led to the sh being found in every continent with the exception of Antarctica. e guppy, whose native home is T rinidad and the north-eastern fringe of S outh America, is now present in over 70 countries worldwide. S ince a single female guppy can establish a viable new population, the research demonstrates that even well-intentioned releases of unwanted pets can contribute to the loss of biological diversity. S t Andrews lead researcher Dr Amy Deacon commented, O ur ndings show that the range of the guppy has expanded dramatically since the early 1900s. e scientists began by surveying hundreds of sh biologists around the world. Responses conrmed that the two most important routes of guppies nding their way into the wild are the escapes of ornamental sh, and deliberate introductions designed to control the larvae of mosquitoes that spread malaria. In places such as S outhern India, guppies are routinely released into water troughs, wells and small ponds for mosquito control. Although self-contained at rst, heavy rains and ooding mean that the sh eventually nd their way to streams and rivers where they come into contact with native sh. Dr Deacon continued, Usually only one or a few sh are released. We know that the vast majority of species introduced to a new habitat in this way are unable to survive, let alone establish a population, which le us with a huge question mark. T o try to solve this mystery, the researchers conducted a simple experiment at UWI, in which single wild female guppies were placed into outdoor tanks. Aer two years, S INGLE WILD FEMALEScientists discover how a little sh from Trinidad is colonising the worldthey discovered that almost all of the tanks contained populations of guppies, each founded by just one female. Dr Deacon explained how this nding might explain their success as an invasive species, S perm storage is an excellent adaptation for living in constantly changing habitats, and it might also explain the guppies global success. F emale guppies can store sperm in their reproductive tracts for many months aer mating, and this enables single sh to establish populations, even when no males are present. We also found that these populations kept all of the important behaviours that wild guppies have, so they would be well-equipped for surviving in a new environment. Dr Deacon continued, O ur study shows why we should be cautious when releasing exotic species. S eemingly harmless activities such as a child freeing a few pet sh can ultimately contribute to the reduction of biodiversity in freshwater habitats across the world. e research, published by the journal P L oS O NE in S eptember 2011, was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the E uropean Research Council. Male and female guppies Mating guppies Professor Indar R amnarine
12 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 e UWI has joined the University of Porto, Portugal in a partnership with the E uropean Commission that will fund graduate studies in countries such as Belgium, F rance, Germany, Italy, Portugal, S pain and S weden. e E rasmus M undus 2009-2013 Programme facilitates cooperation and mobility in higher education through partnerships between higher education institutions (HEIs) in E urope and African, Caribbean & Pacic (ACP) countries. e M undus ACP II project, which falls under the umbrella of Erasmus M undus is managed by the University of Porto. e scheme will see the disbursement of approximately 4 million E uros for the movement of graduate students and researchers from H E Is in ACP countries to study at M undus ACP E uropean partner institutions. ere are approximately 12 scholarships exclusively available to UWI alumni as well as current students and sta. ey include eight full M asters scholarships, two scholarships for mobility within doctoral programmes and two academic/administrative sta scholarships. F unding will comprise a monthly scholarship ranging between 1,000 and 2,500 E uros, return airfare, health, accident and travel insurance and tuition fees to the host institution, where applicable. E ligible are nationals of ACP countries Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, S t. K itts and Nevis, S t. L ucia, S t. Vincent and the Grenadines, S uriname and T rinidad and T obago. Candidates must not have resided for more than a total of 12 months over the last ve years in one of the partner E uropean countries and must submit applications before January 31st, 2012. The UWI has been designated a NVIDIA CUDA T eaching Centre for educational and research eorts in the eld of High Performance Computing. CUDA stands for Compute Unied Device Architecture, a platform to develop parallel soware. e designation came about as a result of work done in the Department by Dr Ajay Joshi, L eader of the Computer Systems E ngineering group. e centre will be based in the Department of E lectrical and Computer Engineering at UWI S t. Augustine, and Dr Joshi will be a principal investigator. is Centre will be the rst and only one of its kind in the Caribbean (as will be the upcoming High Performance F acility. T he Institute of E lectrical & E lectronic E ngineers (I EEE ) has developed a novel curriculum to teach parallelism within undergraduate Computer S cience curricula and the new Centre plans to adopt this curriculum and develop it further. S tarting with shared-memory parallelism of 4, 6 or even 46 multicores in modern CPUs, the Centre will employ massive multicores with more than 5000 cores in graphics processing units (GPUs). is eort reects current trends in computer architecture and requires novel educational paradigms to prepare students for this challenge and associated changes in the M ultiprocessor architecture, design and implementation of algorithms. is is just a beginning and hence incoming students will go through an initial tutorial training in Computer Architecture and O perating S ystems. T he NVIDIA C T C at UWI is currently targeting classes at graduate curriculum in the Department of E lectrical and Computer E ngineering, including a planned outreach to other disciplines. T he curriculum will be continually updated and will focus on hands-on activities. e Centre is in the process of deploying a Cluster X-PARC 2, an HPC cluster with NVIDIA F ermi hardware, to foster research and education in massive parallel processing as well as large computational simulations. e Department has established an area in its L aboratory to accommodate this activity and Dr Joshi has started a web page where information about the programme will be disseminated. NVIDIA link http://research.nvidia.com/content/cudateaching-centers#T rinidad Web page: http://www.rndrepository.com/padlab Under M undus ACP II, 16 core elds of study are approved for funding: Agriculture S tudies; Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning; Art and Design; Business S tudies/ M anagement S cience; E ducation, T eacher T raining; E ngineering/ T echnology; Humanities; L anguages and Philological S ciences; L aw; M athematics/ Informatics; M edical S ciences, Natural S ciences; S ocial S ciences and Communication and Information S ciences.AL U MNI ELIGIB LE FOR4 MILLI O N EUROSCH O LARSHIP FUNDING ENERGY CAMPUS NEWS For application forms or further information on the Mundus ACP scheme, please visit http://mundusacp2.up.pt/ or contact The International Ofce, UWI, St. Augustine Tel: (868) 662-2002 exts. 84184 or 84206 Email: email@example.com International Ofce, UWI, Cave Hill Tel: (246) 417-4972 / 417-4656 Fax: (246) 417-4542 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org International Student Ofce, UWI, Mona Tel: (876) 702-3737 Fax: (876) 977-4178 Email: email@example.com CUDA Teaching Centre a rst
SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 UWI TODAY 13 ENERGY CAMPUS NEWSPRINCIPAL S PA RTYOn December 23, 2011, S t. Augustine Campus Principal, Professor Clement S ankat hosted an end-of year-reception for all sta. UWI folk came out in large numbers to wind down the year with good food, drink and music. Aneel Karim captured some moments.
14 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 rough its services the Academic S upport/Disabilities L iaison Unit (A S D L U) has been able to successfully become the rst and most important stop for high quality academic support for the diverse populations of students throughout the University including mainstream students full-time, part-time and evening, international students and especially students with disabilities. The functions/operations of ASDLU are twofold: 1. Providing of Academic Support to students of the UWI, St. Augustine at all levels of their academic career. 2. Providing and ensuring equal access (infrastructure/academic) to all students who enter the University system with a disability. S ince the establishment of A S D L U in 2006 the provision of accommodations such as aids and devices and classroom and examinations accommodations have grown in keeping with the increasing demand of the population of students with disabilities. In the academic year 2011/2012 the number of registered students with disabilities stands at ninety-ve (95). F or the first time in celebration of its student population with disabilities, the Academic S upport/ ENERGY CAMPUS NEWS Disabilities L iaison Unit (A S D L U), in collaboration with the S chool of E ducations M asters in E ducation Programme, commemorated the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2011 with an informational booth at the F aculty of Humanities and E ducation Undercro on December 2, 2011. e booth highlighted information on the dierent types of disabilities which have been identied among our students, while enlightening our visitors about the achievements of some of our students with disabilities. O ther features included a board highlighting famous persons with disabilities and their achievements, a display of some of the aids and devices used by physically disabled persons (on loan from the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities) together with activities and games which were geared towards sensitisation and awareness of the issue of disability in our present day society. e celebration ended with an exhibition, themed Disability and Postsecondary E ducation, with a focus on disabilities experienced at our Campus was also set up at the Alma Jordan L ibrary from December 5-9. Despite being organised during the end of semester examination period there was a great turnout of visitors to the booth. Hopefully, this will become an annual event.ASDL U marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Since the establishment of ASDLU in 2006 the provision of accommodations such as aids and devices and classroom and examinations accommodations have grown in keeping with the increasing demand of the population of students with disabilities. UWI to manage 2 million Euro Scholarship GrantAt the beginning of 2012, the Caribbean-Pacic Islands M obility S cheme (CARPIMS) began its call for scholarship applications. e scheme, funded by approximately 2 million from the E uropean Union under its Intra ACP M obility S cheme, is designed to facilitate the movement of M asters and PhD students and sta between a consortium of Universities from the Caribbean and Pacic regions, with its primary goal being to build the research and teaching capacity of each participating institution and their respective regions. In its inaugural year the Caribbean-Pacic grant has been awarded to e University of the West Indies which, as the coordinator of CARPI MS is joined in the Caribbean by the University of Guyana, the University of Belize, and the Universite D E tat DHaiti. T he mobility scheme targets two main categories of applicants; target group one refers to nationals and/or residents registered as students or sta in one of the eight CARPIMS partner institutions while the second target group consists nationals and/or residents registered at a higher education institution in Caribbean or Pacic countries which is not a member of CARPI MS e competitive scholarships provide M asters and PhD candidates opportunities to pursue qualications in various elds including Agriculture S ciences; Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning; Art and Design; Business S tudies and M anagement S ciences; E ducation and T eacher T raining; Engineering and T echnology; Geography and Geology; Humanities; L anguages and Philological S ciences; L aw; M athematics, Informatics, M edical S ciences; Natural S ciences; S ocial S ciences; Communication and Information S ciences. T he scholarships cover all expenses (tuition, monthly stipend, health insurance, travel, etc.) for full masters programmes (up to 22 months), up to 10 months of Doctoral research (must already be enrolled in a Doctoral programme) and one month for sta exchanges. For more information and for assistance with applying, please contact CARPIMS Coordinators: Bianca Beddoe or Miguel Dindial Tel: 868-662-2002 ext 84464 or 868-224-3708; Email: CARPIMS@sta.uwi.edu www.sta.uwi.edu/carpims ENERGY CAMPUS NEWS
SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 UWI TODAY 15 Late last year, Arthur N.R R obinson made one of his few public appearances. It was at a November evening entitled Conversations with Prime M inisters, which was meant to facilitate reection and a discussion of his long career in politics and social activity. It also raised awareness of the launch of Robinsons biography, In the M idst of It which has since been published. Despite the limitations presented by his frailty, the glimpses one got of his life really gives the image of the man who was once President and Prime M inister of T rinidad and T obago, a man whose political career was forged by sheer will and determination for success. Robinson was born in Castara in 1926 to a humble background. With his early education in T obago, he went on to study in the United K ingdom where he was trained in philosophy, politics and economics. He was Deputy Political L eader of the political party, the Peoples National M ovement, for a time under Eric Williams. He broke away from the PN M in 1970 in the wake of the Black Power disturbances and formed his own political party, the Democratic Action Congress (DAC). ence, Robinsons political career was opposed to the politics of the PN M with 1986 being the eventual triumph over the party that provided him with his rst taste of politics. Reections such as these by men who served in the realms of power are quixotic but fascinating. F or them life was victory aer victory, a contribution and a legacy to be etched into the history books, or in an autobiography; and so the reections take on an, I did it my way kind of theme. Victories, defeats, blunders, and regrets are seen as necessary parts of the journey. Judgements of actions are le to those who write or comment on it and inevitably shape the memory of the man but do not shape the man. Robinson served as Prime M inster during one of T rinidad and T obagos most dicult periods. He is known for standing up against radical fanatics during the coup dtat of 1990, deantly instructing security forces to attack with full force. He is acknowledged as a pivotal person in the formation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and was instrumental in the establishment of the T obago House of Assembly. Alongside the THA, the ICC was a professional and personal triumph for someone who strongly believed in the principle of human rights. In 2000, he made a decision not to appoint certain senators chosen by then elected Prime M inster, Basdeo Panday. And he made a controversial decision in 2001 in appointing Patrick M anning as Prime M inister on the basis of moral and spiritual values rather than constitutional principles. Perhaps in trying to understand, we deconstruct the In the Glare of So LightTales of a turbulent past through the lens of timeBY SHANE J. P ANTIN Shane J. Pantin is a graduate studies student with the Department of History at e University of the West Indies. His area is the intellectual history of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean with the focus of his research being the inuence of nationalism, socialism, and identity in the region. CONVERSATIONS WITH PRIME MINISTERS man, his career, and his work. His humble beginning in T obago presents the image of a hard worker. It is not easy for a person to move from depressed socio-economic conditions to a socio-economic position of status, wealth, and erudition. It takes an admirable degree of determination, which means that the choices made were life changing ones. e choice to pursue education, social action, and political activity, over mediocre or forgettable choices by someone coming from depressed conditions is not a simple one. S o I, for one, respect and admire his struggle to achieve what he has gained in life. In reecting on his years as a member of the PNM, we see someone living in the shadow of its powerful and enigmatic leader, Eric Williams. Robinson was successful within the party mainly because of his skills as an economic analyst. He served as M inister of F inance and he took this job as a challenge. Breaking with the PN M was not easy. As the most well organized and disciplined political machine the nation had ever seen, it was almost an eort in futility. But challenge it he did; he broke with the PNM because of his disagreement over the handling of the Black Power disturbances. One can guess there was more in the background. F rom here on, it was political wilderness until 1986 with the grand triumph of the NAR led by Robinson over the PNM. e euphoria and political turmoil between 1986 and 1991 have already been explored twentyfold. A shattered political alliance and a wave of discontent with economic austerity looms large, not only in Robinsons career, but many associated with the NAR. T rinidad and T obagos experiment with coalition party politics came at an inopportune moment given the tumult of the global nancial crisis. And the bitter legacy was one that haunts politics up to today. It was not one of Robinsons strongest periods. But he held on, returning in 1995 to the centre of the political stage by coalescing with the United National Congress led by Panday, and he was promised the Presidency if he lent his support. It is a mixed bag; Robinson was a political and a public gure from whose life much can be learnt. In exploring the life of a politician or public gure there is never a neat sequence; the best moments are weighted against the challenges and how that person confronts those challenges form intriguing parts of the story. At times in confronting a challenge decisions are made controversially, as we note in Robinsons decisions in 2000 and 2001. As a student of history the lasting impression that I got from attending this event was the manner of his rise, fall, and return which provides one of the more inspiring biographical narratives in the nations history; a remarkable story indeed.e choice to pursue education, social action, and political activity, over mediocre or forgettable choices by someone coming from depressed conditions is not a simple one. So I, for one, respect and admire his struggle to achieve what he has gained in life.This is the rst of a series of four lectures arranged by the Open L ectures Committee of UWI. A few days ago, on J anuary 26, B asdeo Panday was scheduled to speak and Patrick Manning and current Prime Minster Kamla Persad-Bissessar will follow at later dates.
16 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY, 2012 UWI CALENDAR of EVENTSFEBRU ARY JUNE 2012UWI TO DA Y is printed and distributed for e University of the West Indies, S t Augustine Campus, through the kind support of T rinidad Publishing Co L td, 22-24 S t Vincent S treet, Port of S pain, T rinidad, West Indies. U WI TO DA YWANT S TO HEAR F RO M YOUUWI TO DA Y welcomes submissions by sta and students for publication in the paper. Please send your suggestions, comments, or articles for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.orgW ORLD OF W ORK (WOW) 2012 11 February-23 March, 2012 UWI St. Augustine Its time, once again, for the annual World of Work (W O W) programme, hosted by e UWI, the UWI Alumni Association (UWIAA) and Republic Bank L td. WOW 2012 Schedule WOW Seminar 11 February WOW Mock interviews Faculties of Science and Agriculture, Medical Sciences and Engineering 3 March WOW Mock interviews Faculties of Humanities and Education and Social Sciences 10 March WOW Recruitment Fair 22-23 March For further information, please contact Mr Chandar Gupta Supersad at 662-2002 ext. 2360, or via email at Chandar.Supersad@sta.uwi.edu. THE OLD Y ARD 12 February, 2012 Noon-6pm DCFA, Agostini Street Compound, St. Augustine T he Department of Creative and F estival Arts (DC F A) hosts e O ld Y ard, its annual Carnival masquerade heritage fair, from 12-6 pm. Visitors will experience a dynamic mix of a journey into cultural history and a carnival masquerade showcase within the format of a heritage fair. For further information, please contact Roberta Quarless at 663-2222, or via e-mail at Roberta. Quarless@sta.uwi.edu. DCFA 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS 1-28 April, 2012 UWI St. Augustine T he Department of Creative and F estival Arts (DC F A) celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a series of events, including concerts and a tour to Barbados. DCFA 25TH ANNIVERSARY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES IN C ONCERT 1 April, 2012 Daaga Auditorium UWI St. Augustine is concert features the UWI Percussion E nsemble and the UWI Drumming Ensemble. is concert is carded for 6 pm. UWI ARTS CHORALE AND UWI STEEL T OUR TO BARB ADOS 7-15 April, 2012 B arbados e UWI Arts Chorale and UWI S teel visit Barbados and perform at the F rank Collymore Hall and the UWI Cave Hill Campus. UWI GUITAR ENSEMBLE IN C ONCERT 21 April, 2012 Department of Creative and F estival Arts, Gordon S treet, S t. Augustine. is concert begins at 4 pm and features a guitar ensemble repertoire. MUSIC OF THE DIASPORA 28 April, 2012 Daaga Auditorium UWI St. Augustine M usic of the Diaspora begins at 6 pm. It incorporates a variety of the Departments musical groups, including the UWI Intermediate S t eel E nsemble, the UWI Indian Classical Ensemble and the UWI Caribbean Contemporary Ensemble. For further information, please contact Josette Surrey-Lezama at 645-0873, or via e-mail at Josette.Surrey-Lezama@sta.uwi.edu. SAL ALM L VII C ONFERENCE 16-19 June, 2012 Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago e Alma Jordan L ibrary hosts the S eminar on the Acquisition of L atin American L ibrary M aterials ( S A L A LM ) L VII Conference. T his conference follows the theme Popular Culture: Arts and S ocial Change in L atin America. For further information, please contact Ms Elmelinda Lara, SALALM Conference Coordinator, at 662-2002 Ext 83414, or via e-mail at elmelinda. email@example.com. 5TH EUROPEAN C ONFERENCE OF POECILIID BIOL OGISTS 25-28 June, 2012 Daaga Auditorium UWI St. Augustine T he Department of L ife S ciences hosts the 5th E uropean Conference of Poeciliid Biologists. is conference is held every two years and this year, for the rst time since its inception, it will be held outside of E urope. Approximately 100 delegates from USA, Canada, M exico, S outh America, Britain, E urope, India and Australia will visit e UWI S t. Augustine Campus to attend the conference, scheduled to take place from 8 am-5.30 pm each day. For further information, please contact Dr Amy Deacon or Professor Indar Ramnarine via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.