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RESEARCH 08 en-GBAward Celebration en-GBRecognising the Researchersen-GB HUMAN RIGHTS 10en-GBJasmine Rand en-GBAdvocate for Trayvonen-GB CAMPUS NEWS 11en-GBUndersea Exploration en-GB6,000 Feet Deepen-GB OUR PEOPLE 12en-GBFond Farewell en-GBProfessor Aiyejina RetiresA depiction of the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago, the Scarlet Ibis, painted in the traditional Chinese impressionistic style on display at e UWI, St. Augustine. e work was painted by Zhao Yanbin, a well-known Chinese artist who, along with equally renowned calligrapher, Yang Chongguang, was in Trinidad from September 23 for a two-week exhibition and workshop hosted by the Confucius Institute.A G iftIFT of C uU LturTUR E
SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY en-GB3 In late August and early September, I had the privilege of travelling to Apia, Samoa to participate in events related to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). While in Samoa, I attended both the Private Sector Partnership Forum on August 30 to 31 and the Third United Nations Conference on SIDS from September 1 to 4. I attended these events in my capacity as Vice Chairman of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), an international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacic (ACP) States and the E E uropean Union (EEU). Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa, chaired the forum on August 30, which brought together participants from government, business/industry, international organisations and others. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations was also in attendance. Forum participants engaged in discussion on seven key topics oceans, natural resources, connectivity (ICTs and transport), sustainable agriculture, disaster risk reduction, renewable energy and sustainable tourism. The CTA, under the leadership of EE xecutive Director Michael Hailu, led the forum on sustainable agriculture, which focused on the role of the private sector in reinvigorating the agricultural industries of SIDS. As Principal of The UWI, St. Augustine, I spoke on the need to bring technology and entrepreneurship to bear on agricultural production, so as to make it more attractive, sustainable and protable, especially for young entrepreneurs. I spoke of the development of an Agricultural Innovation Park at Orange Grove in Trinidad that can demonstrate the convergence of agriculture (particularly protected agriculture), food production and consumption, agri-tourism, research and innovation and private sectorled entrepreneurship. At the SIDS conference, again chaired by the Prime Minister of Samoa and with the participation of several Caribbean prime ministers and ministers, the speeches of all 51 SIDS leaders focused on topics like sustainable tourism, climate change, sustainable energy, disaster risk reduction, oceans and seas, food and nutrition security, social development and many others. CARICOM citizens can certainly identify with many of these issues, but in the Pacic the isolation of islands and the threat of extinction due to rising sea levels and natural disasters are very stark. In going forward, the leaders of SIDS and others present declared their continuing support for the enabling efforts of such states to meet the challenges identied and to request the Department of E E conomic and Social Affairs (UN) to maintain a partnership platform focused on the SIDS and to regularly convene the inter-agency consultation group to report on the full implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action, the Mauritius Strategy and the Samoan Pathway. For those of us living in SIDS, complacency is not an answer. We should not wait another 12 years to restate some of the same issues and add new ones that will undoubtedly arise, but as countries we must develop the will to tackle many of the issues raised. The UWI, with its talented sta and students, has a major role to play in the development of creative solutions to our current challenges. I could not write about my attendance at SIDS 2014 and not mention three developments that came out of the conference. Firstly, the launch of the online Masters Degree in Sustainable Development of SIDS a proud moment for e UWI, as we partnered with six other universities to develop this timely academic programme. Those wanting more information on this relevant programme can contact Dr. David C. Smith at email@example.com. Secondly, I visited the National University of Samoa (NUS) and met with its President and Vice Chancellor. I was pleasantly surprised to be joined by two students from Trinidad and Tobago studying at the NUS as well as Samoan students who studied at e UWI. ese exchanges were all facilitated by the CARPIMS E EU Scholarship programme. For those seeking more information on CARPIMS, contact Sharan Singh at firstname.lastname@example.org u irdly, on my way back from Samoa and passing through Fiji, I met with the Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacic (USP), Professor Rajesh Chandra. USP, with whom we are collaborating on a few projects, is very much patterned aer e UWI and is approved by 12 Pacic Island countries. It is only the second regional university in the world after The UWI. Meeting with him and seeing the progress of USP, I could not help but feel that in the far o Pacic Islands, e UWI is spreading its wings.en-GBEDITORIAL TEAM CampusAMPUS Principa RINCIPAL en-GBProfessor Clement Sankat Dir IREctorCTOR of OF MarkARKEting TING and AND Communications OMMUNICATIONS en-GBDr. Dawn-Marie De Four-Gill EE DITOR en-GBMr. Joel Henryen-GB CONTACT USen-GB e UWI Marketing and Communications Oceen-GB Tel: (868) 662-2002, exts. 82013 / 83997 Or email: email@example.com Innovation is en-GBOur Responsibility FROM the THE PrincipalRINCIPAL is past October, en-GBe University of the West Indies en-GB (UWI) St. Augustine Campus held its second UWI-en-GB NGC Research Awards Ceremony, entitled Celebrating EE xcellence in Research. This event recognised the en-GBoutstanding research conducted by our faculty members, en-GB departments and graduate students; a vital exercise for en-GB the university, one which we look forward to hosting en-GB every two years.en-GB In order for e UWI to make the greatest possible en-GB contribution to the development of our region and the en-GB world, we must intensify our eorts in the areas of research, exploration and en-GB scientic inquiry. e Caribbean is young, and it is our responsibility to build upon en-GB the foundation of knowledge laid by those who came before. We must leverage en-GB our youthful dynamism and unique regional identity to bring forth our innovative en-GB capacity, thereby powering development and claiming a place for ourselves on the en-GB global stage based on our creativity, ingenuity and ability to nd new solutions en-GB for the worlds challenges. en-GB is October, e UWI also had the privilege of hosting Secretary General en-GB Jos Miguel Insulza of the Organisation of American States (OAS), as part of our Distinguished L L ecture Series. In his presentation, the Secretary General pointed en-GBto education, science and technology as keys to greater productivity and economic progress for the region. We also hosted His E E xcellency, Michel Martelly, President en-GBof the Republic of Haiti, who spoke about his nations education policy and the en-GB critical role of education in their rebuilding eorts.en-GB For education to truly engender sustainable development, it cannot be en-GB static. It has to grow and learn, just as it has to teach. We have to be committed en-GB to discovering new information, creating new processes and systems, inventing en-GB new technologies and rening those that are in current use. is is why we are pleased to highlight the participation of Dr. Judith Gobin of the Department of L L ife en-GBSciences in a deep-sea exploratory mission in the waters to the east of Trinidad and en-GB Tobago. is mission has provided valuable insight into the thriving communities en-GB that exist on the sea oor 6,000 feet below the surface. en-GB In closing, on behalf of e UWI, I would like to congratulate all of our en-GB Research Awards winners and encourage them not only to continue their work, en-GB but to see their results translated into practical tools for the benet of society. I en-GB salute you for your accomplishments and remain committed to working for greater en-GB recognition and support for the research eorts of all our students and sta. CLEMENT K. Sa A Nka KA T en-GBPro Vice-Chancellor & Principal en-GBOUR CAMPUSSmall Island States, Shared PurposePro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat on his journey to Samoa for SIDS 2014
4 en-GB UWI TODAYen-GB en-GB SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2014 LL adies and Gentlemen I am extremely honoured to be among you this aernoon. Here I am at this University of regional fame that has trained so many leaders of our sub region to tell you about my vision of education which, as you know, is a factor of human development and necessary for the progress of our country. As soon as I was sworn in on May of 2011, education became one of the priorities of my administration. During the past three years, with the political will, the vision and the dynamism of my governmental team, Haiti has resolutely launched universal schooling. Parents whose children benet from the universal schooling programme, free and compulsory, no longer have to pay school fees for their children. e Haitian Government assumes the cost through its public treasury. e educational policy which I have launched meets the pressing need to endow all of Haitis children with capital required for their growth and their full social and cultural integration. ey will become full-edged citizens and will be easily capable of taking their responsibilities as citizens. By providing schooling for all children with the nancial support of the National E E ducation Fund which I have created, my administration seeks to repair wrongs and promote social justice. Universal schooling is a major asset made available to the population to increase its freedom of action and, through its objectives, is a mechanism that enables the State to play its role of supporting the people whose lack of education is part of the weakening of public powers and pushes to adhere to republican values. Universal schooling also helps the State to arm its authority by training the population to express a modern and real democratic discourse. By allowing children so far excluded from the educational system, to acquire basic skills and receive a serious education, they will become better integrated adults in the chain of production of goods and services. EE ducated citizens are better integrated on the job market and better able to negotiate their employment contracts. ey are also better socially integrated. So, providing universal schooling is making sure these children, when they become adults, have an opening on the future, better working conditions, higher salaries, better contracts, and altogether, better living conditions. E E ducated citizens are more productive and more apt to take part in economic and social activities. LL adies and Gentlemen, I am convinced that the progress of countries must necessarily involve the implementation of a school system capable of training the citizens they need for their economic and social development. During the past few years, my government has deployed eorts to achieve this. New public schools have been constructed or repaired and today, the net rate of schooling is of approximately 88%. Given that 5% of the countrys GDP is devoted to education on a yearly basis, Haitis wish is to catch up with the regions countries, in view of the delays it has accumulated on the issue of education. Our educational system has not been the subject of such major legislative reform for the past 54 years and my wish was to implement this reform for the sustainability of the public policies that I have undertaken for the sector. My administration has developed three dra laws to drive higher education by reviewing our strategies on the issue that date back 54 years oering our youth the opportunity to complete high level studies on the home front. Other than public institutions, I rmly believe that the State has a moral and strategic obligation to support private institutions of higher education, because, by nancing such institutions the State is in fact nancing the training of its citizens. Increasing the availability of higher education is a must to contain the ow of Haitian students forced to travel abroad for their college education. With the reform of higher education, private institutions and non-prot research centres may receive nancial support from the State according to their needs and their level of academic excellence. e establishment of the National Agency for Higher E E ducation and Scientic Research will enable the State to coordinate its eorts and means to modernise higher education. LL adies and gentlemen, education is our priority, we have mobilised the means necessary and we are happy to report that the results are becoming obvious. E E ducation is a public right and our governments have the obligation to increase their quality for the well-being of our people. ank you for your attention. en-GBOUR REGION MMichel MM artelly, President of the Republic of Haiti, was recently in TT rinidad and TT obago for the 2014 VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum. While here he paid a special visit to e University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus. In a small but well-attended gathering at the Main Salon of the Campus Principals Oce, President Martelly outlined his vision for rebuilding and improving Haitis education system and discussed the importance of education for the overall rehabilitation of the society, which has been devastated by political and economic turmoil and the destructive eects of the 2010 earthquake. Here is an excerpt of President Martellys address:Education is Key to rR EBUi I LDiI Ng G Hai AITi I e Haitian President with DD eputy Principal of e UUWI, en-GBSt. Augustine Campus, Professor Rhoda Reddock. PHOTOS: ANeelEEL KariARIM President MM artelly speaks with two Haitian students attending e UUWI.
SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY 5 It was the best feeling in the world, says Andre EE arle, captain of the Confucius Institute (CI) at e UWI St. Augustines Dragon Boat racing team. Andre and his teammates have good reason to celebrate aer their rst place nish in B division of the Ambassadors Cup. e race was part of the Chinese Arrival Dragon Boat Festival held in mid-October in Chagville, Chaguaramas to commemorate the history and culture of Trinbagonians of Chinese descent. e UWI team defeated all competition in their division, quite an achievement considering they had only begun practising as a team two days before the race. e team (made up of UWI students and sta) really only started training about ve weeks prior to the regatta. Two days before the race we actually met and put together the ten-person squad for the race, Andre said. We had ve sessions. e people unfamiliar with dragon boat racing learned how to row and the people who were familiar learned to row together. Yet amazingly they were able not only to win their race but to do so by two boat lengths, one of the longest recorded at the regatta. Andre, a second-year student at the Faculty of Medicine and a seasoned dragon racer, credits the attitude of the entire team (20 people in total including reserves). E E verybody came with the right mindset, he says. We were all open to working together. We wanted to work together. We wanted to be a team. en-GBOUR CAMPUS e U UWI will be introducing a new co-curricular course Ethics and Integrity: Building Moral Competencies scheduled to begin in Semester 2, 2015. e latest research ndings have shown that traditional methods in delivering programmes and courses in ethics have proven to be essentially ineective in infusing ethics in the culture. e problem is that such training only reaches the head (cognitive) but not the heart (aective). When asked what is the most admirable trait or moral competency they would like to see in people, most people identify integrity as the leading characteristic. Integrity is easy to recognise but dicult to dene. Persons of integrity are consistently honest and trustworthy, maintain privacy and condentiality, perform high quality work regardless of pay incentives, follow through on commitments, decline to participate in gossip or spreading rumors, give credit where it is due, and so on. Recently, there has been a growing eld in Positive Organisational Scholarship which advocates a philosophy of promoting what is good or positive (for example, mental wellbeing) rather than focusing on what is harmful or negative (for example, mental illness). In a positive sense, integrity can be dened as a state of being complete or whole, in short, a state of fullment or happiness resulting in improved quality of life and performance. In a recent Harvard Business School Research Paper (2014) entitled Putting Integrity into Finance: A Purely Positive Approach Werner E Erhard and Michael Jensen argue that the almost universal assignment of false causes of the actions that result in damaging eects actually obscures the real source of those actions, which is out-of-integrity behaviour attributed to a veil of invisibility that hides the actual source of this behavior: a moral disorder of self-deception or delusion. is co-curricular course addresses this veil of invisibility in promoting integrity by developing moral competencies (ethical principles and moral virtues). When we fail to abide and be guided by ethical principles and moral virtues, the quality of performance goes down and the cost of doing business goes up. A commitment to doing what is ethically right (that is, the very denition of personal and professional integrity) demands continuous reection in building moral competencies. e course prepares you for your journey in life by helping you recognise that nature and experience provide the raw material to complete or perfect yourself. We are discussing no small matter, but how we ought to live (Socrates in Platos Republic ). While we recognise that we are imperfect beings capable of doing the most horrendous or atrocious of human acts when placed in situations that can encourage out-of-integrity behaviour, the course provides a psychological mirror that encourages self-reection in gaining knowledge of our moral strengths (and how we can build on them) and recognising our moral weaknesses (in other words, growth in humility) which are necessary for human maturity and personality development. According to the Greek philosopher, Socrates, who advanced the rst view on personal integrity ( to thy own-self be true): e greatest way to live with honour in this world is to be what we pretend to be. Ethics and Integrity: Cocurricular or Core-curricular? e time is always right to do what is right (Martin LL uther King, Jr). e co-curricular course on Ethics and Integrity will be facilitated by Surendra Arjoon, PhD, Professor of Business and Professional Ethics, Department of Management Studies. Professor Arjoon is one of the leading international scholars in Business and Professional Ethics and is currently serving as Editor on Work, Virtue and Happiness for the Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management, Springer. Can EE thics be TT aught? UWI introduces new Co-Curricular Course on promoting Happiness ByY Prof ROFEssorSSOR Sur UREndraNDRA ArjoonRJOON ViI CTor OR Y! CI DDragon BB oat Racers BB eat the Odds
SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY 7 Professor Sir Robert Worcester, Chairman of the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee, makes a point at a Distinguished L L ecture on October 18, 2014 at the L L earning Resource Centre of the St. Augustine Campus. Sir Robert was in Trinidad to launch a project titled e Impact and Inuence of Magna Carta on the Commonwealth Caribbean which is being led by Dr. Hamid Ghany, Senior LL ecturer in Political Science and Coordinator of the Constitutional Affairs and Parliamentary Studies Unit (CAPSU) of the Faculty of Social Sciences. e project is funded from a grant by the Anniversary Committee, which is seeking to promote the understanding of Magna Carta in the Commonwealth Caribbean. OAS Secretary General celebrates the regions season of plenty, warns of challenges to come Ten years of growth, economic stability and democratic governance was how Jos Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS), described the fortunes of the Caribbean and L L atin America. Speaking at the Teaching and L L earning Complex of e UWI St. Augustine Campus, the OAS Secretary General focused on both regions remarkable progress and the numerous and critical challenges it faces today and into the future. L L atin America and the Caribbean must go back to the many, many successes that we had in the past decade, Secretary General Insulza said before a university audience on October 7 in the complexs L L ecture eatre E E, but at the same time recognise we are faced with many challenges in a time in which the world economy will not be as favourable to us as it was in the past decade. e OAS head was speaking at e UWI as part of the universitys Distinguished L L ecture Series. Apart from Secretary General Insulza, Foreign Aairs Minister Winston Dookeran, e UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal Clement K. Sankat and Director of the Institute of International Relations Professor Andy Knight, spoke as well. In the past decade, I would put that decade from 20032012, our countries achieved a combination of high growth, macroeconomic stability, poverty reduction, even some improvement on income distribution. And democracy became the normal form of government all over the Americas, the Secretary General said. He pointed to the eects of unexpected and incredible economic growth which was more than that of the two previous decades combined. At the beginning of the 21st century, 43.2% of the regions people lived below the poverty line, Insulza described. Today that gure has been whittled down to 28.8% with around 70 million people crossing over the poverty line. Alongside these economic and social strides were political stability and democratic governance, Insulza added: It is around 25 years that the last dictatorships ended in LL atin America and around 20 years that the civil wars ended. e result is well-known. We should not lose sight of that. When we came to Trinidad some years ago for the Summit of the Americas, every elected leader sitting at that table had been elected democratically. ese have been two impressive decades of democracy. ChaHALLENgi GINg G co CO NDi ITioIO NsS Despite all this progress however, the Secretary General spent the second portion of his lecture highlighting several challenges to the Caribbean and L L atin Americas wellbeing across the economic, social and political landscapes. Challenges, he says, which make the regions democratic systems vulnerable. MagMAGNa A CarAR Ta A in the M M odern Caribbean en-GBTHE REGIONPrepare for WiINTErR Insulza pointed to a slowdown in the regions average economic performance. Regional economies growth gure fell from 6.1% in 2010 to 2.75% in 2013, with a projected gure of under 2% for 2014. e economies that are slowing down have slowed down faster and the economies that are supposed to grow, have grown less than they should have, he said. I should say that the Caribbean, with very few exceptions, has experienced relatively low growth; the result of the same competitiveness problems that are largely shared by many countries in the hemisphere. Insulza said one of the core economic productivity and competitiveness issues was the growth of the middle class through people moving out of poverty and the increased expectations of these people for greater equity in their working and living conditions. ere was a time unfortunately when some governments felt the best way to increase competitiveness was to reduce wages and cut down on sta. Now we know thats not possible. Most people would not stand for that. erefore the issue here is education, science and technology. L L atin America and the Caribbean still invest one h of what OE ECD countries do in science and technology, he said. e Secretary General pinpointed three areas that could hinder or damage democratic systems in the Americas: Inequality Despite the decline in poverty, we are still the most unequal region in the world.... It is impossible to grow and have a democratic society in a region in which the degree of inequality is as high as ours. A lack of social mobility, lack of opportunity, are incompatible with democratic rule. Violence Some of our countries are some of the most violent in the world. is is a problem for democracy.... We have segments in our society (the poorer parts) that are governed by dierent rules. LL ack of consensus on moving society forward Many of our countries do not have a general consensus in the political area on to move forward. Where do we want to go? What is our national view? What role is our country going to play in our region rst and then in the world. Secretary General Insulza also spoke of the need for political campaign nance reform, which he said, was necessary to protect regional democracies from the perverting inuence of wealthy campaign donors. He also stressed the need more important than ever for economic unity: Our markets are our main opportunity. It is no longer necessary but absolutely imperative that we undertake serious regional integration. We have to create powerful internal markets to help us withstand external economic pressures. Despite the challenges however, Secretary General Insulza voiced optimism for the regions ability to face the challenging environment: We have much better possibilities. We have stronger economies. We have stronger democracies. We have an improved condition of our people. OAS Secretary General celebrates the regions season of plenty, warns of challenges to come
8 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2014 en-GBENERGY UWINGC Research ESEARCH Awards WARDS Ceremony EREMONY 2014 This was the statement by Professor Clement K. Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of The UWI St. Augustine Campus. Speaking at the UWI-NGC (National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd.) Research Awards Ceremony, Professor Sankat celebrated the achievements of the universitys top researchers and called for encompassing and dedicated support for research-driven development. Before an audience made up of participants in academics, industry and government on October 1, 2014 at the Learning Resource Centre Auditorium, the Campus Principal congratulated the awardees, vocalised The UWIs commitment to supporting research, and voiced the need for greater local, regional and international participation in the universitys research eorts. I encourage you in the public and private sectors, and the international community to engage us more, E XemEMPLars ARS oOF eE XCeELLenENCeE to challenge us to develop new products, propose new processes and systems for your industries and companies and to work with you to gather and analyse data to formulate new policies, he said. With increased partnerships and resources, we can achieve so much more! Entitled Celebrating Excellence in Research, the 2014 Research Awards included remarks from Mr. Jamal Mohammed, advisor to Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training, Senator Fazal Karim; Mr. Mulchan Lewis, Director of NGC; Professor Wayne Hunte, Pro Vice Chancellor Research, The UWI; and Professor Sankat, who gave the closing remarks. To all our awardees, I extend heartfelt congratula tions, said Professor Sankat. You are exemplars of excel lence at The UWI. Speaking on behalf of NGC, Mr. Lewis described the companys commitment to academic-industry partnerships and development through research and innovation: The enterprise of research plays a pivotal role in progress, and is especially vital to the modernisation of our industry, he said. It is therefore imperative that we, as an industry leader, encourage this enterprise and reward the achievements and breakthroughs of its intellectual vanguard. With the support of companies like NGC, governments, international agencies and a university determined to create an environment where research can ourish, the 2014 Research Awards Ceremony awardees have made their own contributions to The UWIs 60-year legacy of regional intellectual inquiry.To achieve impact in research, we must build critical mass. Principal Sankat presents the Campus Award to MM ost en-GBOutstanding International Research Project team leader, en-GB Professor Carlisle Pemberton. TT eam leader, Professor Surujpal TT eelucksingh receives the Campus Award for MM ost Outstanding Regional Research Project from NN GC DDirector, MMr. MM ulchan LL ewis. en-GBPro Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Wayne Hunte, congratulates MM ost Impacting Research Project team leaders Professor Rhoda Reddock (centre) and DDr. Sandra Reid.
SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY 9 Faculty Awards Most Outstanding ResearcherDr. Michelle Mycoo Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, Faculty of Engineering Dr. Michelle Mycoos award-winning research focuses on natural hazard risk reduction, climate change adaptation and water resources management and governance. Dr. Jerome DeLisle School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Education For the last three years, Dr. De Lisles work included (among others) evaluating the Ministry of Educations Continuous Assessment Programme and identifying high and low performing primary schools. Professor Shivananda Nayak Department of Pre-Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences Professor Shivananda Nayak is an award-winning Professor of Biochemistry who has done extensive research in the area of type-II diabetes. Professor Dave Chadee Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Agriculture Professor Dave Chadee serves as Professor of Environmental Health. This second-time recipient of the Most Outstanding Researcher Award has done extensive research on Dengue and Chickungunya epidemiology and control. Professor Patricia Mohammed Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Patricia Mohammed is a leading regional expert in gender and development studies. Over the last three years her most signicant research has been in national gender policy making, implementation and intervention. Most Productive Research DepartmentDepartment of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: Professor Edwin Ekwue The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is a second-time recipient of the Most Productive Research Department award. The Department specialises in a wide range of research areas including renewable energy, asset management and quality engineering. Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Agriculture HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: Professor John Agard This Departments research specialisations include ecophysiology, aquaculture, and plant taxonomy and physiology. This is the second consecutive time the Department has received the award. Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: Mr. Martin Franklin The Department of Economics covers a wide range of research specialisations including mathematical optimisation, micronance and climate change. Graduate Student and Research Mentor Awards Most Outstanding Graduate Researchers 2012Dr. David Anthony Adeyanju PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Dr. Adeyanju focused his dissertation, entitled Thermal Performance of a Simultaneous Charging and Discharging Packed Bed Energy Storage System, on creating a system to provide an uninterrupted supply of energy during uctuations in the availability of solar energy. Dr. Meena Rambocas PhD in Business Administration, Department of Management Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences Dr. Rambocas investigated the role customers thoughts and feelings played in their preference in retail banks. Her dissertation is titled Modeling Service Brand Equity through Cognition and Emotions: An Examination of Aspects Driving Customers Knowledge. Most Outstanding Graduate Researchers 2013Dr. Richard Bachoo PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Dr. Richard Bachoos doctoral research, entitled The High Frequency Vibration of Fibre Reinforced Composites, focused on predicting the high frequency vibration of anisotropic materials. Dr. Henry Hugh Bailey PhD in Economics, Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences Dr. Henry Baileys research, titled, A Framework for the Prioritisation of Health Programmes for Trinidad and Tobago, examined means of optimising resource allocation decisions among health treatments and programmes. Awards for Outstanding Research MentorshipDr. Krishpersad Manohar Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Dr. Krishpersad Manohar was mentor to Outstanding Graduate Researcher (Sciences) Dr. Anthony Adeyanju. Dr. Manohar believes that Dr. Adeyanjus research has opened new opportunities for an application that was generally viewed as impossible. Mr. Errol Simms Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Emeritus VH Manek Kirpalani Chairman, Centre for International Business Education and Research Mr. Errol Simms, together with Visiting Scholar, Professor Emeritus VH Manek Kirpalani, served as the supervisor for Dr. Meena Rambocas. Mr. Simms felt the study not only had theoretical importance, but also had practical signicance to the nancial community. Dr. Jacqueline Bridge Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Dr. Jacqueline Bridge served as supervisor for Dr. Richard Bachoo. Dr. Althea LaFoucade Health Economics Unit, Faculty of Social Sciences As the mentor of Dr. Henry Bailey, Dr. LaFoucade kept him reminded of the economic dimensions of his ideas. Principals Special AwardThe Oral Health of Pre-school Children in Trinidad Project TEAM LEADER: Dr. Rahul Naidu School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences The rst of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago, this research project examined the oral health of pre-schoolers in central Trinidad. The multidisciplinary team consisted of researchers from Trinidad and Tobago and Ireland. Campus Awards Most Impacting Research ProjectBreaking the Silence: A Multisectoral Approach to Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse and Incest in T&T Project TEAM LEADERS: Prof. Rhoda Reddock Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences Dr. Sandra Reid Department of Clinical Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences This years Most Impacting Research Project, titled Breaking the Silence: A Multisectoral Approach to Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse and Incest in Trinidad and Tobago, aimed to deepen the understanding of child sexual assault and incest, and its implications for risky sexual behaviour and HIV. Most Outstanding Regional Research ProjectThe Caribbean Regional Non-Communicable Diseases Surveillance System Project Project TEAM LEADER: Prof. Surujpal Teelucksingh Department of Clinical Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences This years Most Outstanding Regional Research Project sought to develop a Caribbean Regional Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Surveillance System that would improve the collection and analysis of data.Most Outstanding International Research ProjectStrengthening the Caribbean Scientic Community in Natural Resources Management and Developing Integrated Watershed Management Plans Project TEAM LEADER: Prof. Carlisle Pemberton Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Food and Agriculture The Most Outstanding International Research Project sought to bolster the regional scientic community in natural resource management and developing watershed management plans. It drew participants from Europe, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago. UWI-NGC Research Awards Recipients
10 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2014 NN o incident better denes the condition of modern race relations in the United States of America than the killing of Trayvon Martin and its subsequent handling by the justice system. e 2008 election of Barack Obama to the US Presidency had allegedly heralded a new post-racial age; and while the accomplishment was amazing and there certainly has been change in the countrys racial dynamic, observers could argue quite convincingly that the shi had not been so profound. Four years later, in February 2012, the notion of a post-racial America died on a sidewalk in Sanford, Florida alongside 17-year-old Martin. Since then, Jordan Davis, E E ric Gardner, Michael Brown and others have utterly dispelled that notion. But despite the jarring reality that these incidents force us to face, there are still people willing to work and confront the system to try and bring society closer to that dream; not just of a place where race is not a factor but one in which true justice protects the interests of all people, no matter their dierences. One of the ironies of the death of Trayvon Martin is that it brought about the emergence of such a person, a truly erce and eective advocate for human and civil rights Jasmine Rand. Its not just race, Ms. Rand explained, sitting with me in the dining room of e UWI Inn. Sometimes its class, gender, religion. It is about the manner in which you are able to hold your government accountable for its actions. Followers of the Trayvon Martin case would recognise Ms. Rand as one of the attorneys for the Martin family. She regularly discussed the case on behalf of the family on networks like CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. On the day of the verdict for George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, she appeared on CNN wearing a hoodie. She would also create the I am Trayvon Martin campaign. en-GBHUMAN RIGHTS I was relatively young, she recalled her experience. I had only been out of law school for two years when the case rst started. It was incredible. Ms. Rand was in Trinidad and Tobago for a panel discussion entitled Trinidad and Tobagos International Obligations regarding Race Relations, Gun Violence and Human Rights Assessing the Trayvon Martin Case, hosted by the Faculty of LL aw on October 21, 2014. Young and attractive in an immaculate business suit, at rst impression she doesnt seem like the type to make a career as an advocate for social justice, travelling around the world campaigning for things like the rights of Rastafarians in Jamaica, voting rights for ex-convicts and against human tracking. But within a few minutes of interacting with her it is easy to sense both her plainspoken devotion to the many causes she has taken up and her iron determination to succeed. How big is her ambition? Ms. Rands visit was part of her I Am the Change World Tour, a quest essentially to encourage people to fight against oppression and mistreatment in their countries. I am not committed to any particular human rights cause, she said, because her commitment is to all. Already her work has taken her to Colombia, Jamaica and Morocco, where she is consulting with the Supreme Court Justices to implement human rights throughout their national judiciary. Her resume is expansive, professor and lecturer at several universities, including the prestigious Harvard L L aw School (as guest lecturer). She is a member of the National Bar Association of the US, where she holds the position of National Chair of the Human Tracking Task Force and Deputy Chief of Sta to the President. Under the HoodieJasmine Rand Trayvon Martin familys dynamo attorney By Y JoO EL HEnry NRY When asked about the source of her driven nature she points to her grandparents: ey didnt have a lot but they sacriced everything they had to give me an opportunity to go to school and become a lawyer. ats why I dont take education for granted. rough their actions I was given an understanding of Christ. He sacriced what he had for others. at is what I believe people should do and it is what I do. I give what I have to others. Apart from Ms. Rand, the Faculty of L L aw event included two other panellists Mr. Khafra Kambon, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Reparations and Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Dean of the L L aw Faculty and a powerful advocacy attorney in her own right. Ms. Rand spoke on the Trayvon Martin case and the political situation in Trinidad and Tobago, focusing specically on the divisions created through race and religion. When I go somewhere I want to see how the people live, she said. I love going to places and learning about the culture. But what of the case that started it all? Although the Martin family won a civil suit, Zimmerman received a not guilty verdict and is a free man today. How does a champion for social justice cope with what is quite oen an unjust world? Getting the not guilty verdict le me numb. Its really the love of the people that got me out of bed aer that, she said. You have to stand up for whats right, win or lose. I have to humble myself and work for Gods earthly purpose. eres a piece of me that probably gives up hope every day. Sometimes I feel inadequate. Sometimes I feel the world cant change. But its not about me. At the end of the day, God is love and I have to believe light conquers darkness. Professor Rose-MM arie BB elle Antoine, Jasmine Rand (centre) and Khafra Kambon at the Faculty of LL aw panel discussion.
SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY 11 en-GBOUR CAMPUSe world is a very dierent place at 6,000 feet under the sea. Cold, lightless and with crushing pressure, one could easily assume that few creatures could survive at such a depth. But in certain places, not only can creatures survive the abyss; they have formed thriving undersea communities of exotic mussels, tube worms, prehistoric sh, crabs, shrimp and other species that are unearthly as they are beautiful. ese oases of life in the deep dark void are known as cold seeps, and thanks to an international team of explorers, including two Trinidadians and one faculty member from e UWI, one such seep has been discovered in the waters to the east of Trinidad and Tobago. Its called a siphonophore, Dr. Judith Gobin, L L ecturer in Zoology at e UWIs Department of L L ife Sciences in the Faculty of Science and Technology tells me. We are watching a short video clip of a sea creature that the crew of the E E xploration Vessel E/V Nautilus captured on their expedition of the Southern Caribbean. e creature is unreal, a column of seemingly both gas and solid with two long elegant feathers protruding from it. Up close the feathers arent feathers at all, more like structures made of transparent ower petals moving independently of each other. Strangest of all, the siphonophore is a colony animal, made up of many individual organisms living together as one slow driing creature. It was an amazing experience, Dr. Gobin says, perhaps seeing the wonder in my eyes. For one week, Dr. Gobin and fellow Trinidadian, deep-sea biologist D. Diva Amon, joined the crew of the Nautilus e Nautilus carries out research and exploration of the sea oor on expeditions all over the world, using advanced technology, 24-hour live streaming and inviting scientists, geologists and other researchers to partake in or even suggest missions. e ship is part of the Ocean E E xploration Trust, which was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard, who led the team that discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985. It is an incredible operation and it is so well done, so precise, Dr. Gobin says. From October 2, 2014, she served as a member of the Nautiluss science team, working and forming friendships with crewmembers of various ages, races and genders from around the world. We all had to work two four hour shis up in the Van (the ships command centre where the video is viewed and decisions are made as to what images should be captured). E E very shi there was eight or nine of us in the Van looking at six video screens. at number included two scientists, videographers and the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) pilots (the Nautilus team comprises 28 people while the ships crew is about 13-14), she describes. I was really impressed by the amount of women that were on the crew doing everything the men did. Some of the ROV operators were women. For Dr. Gobin, the ROVs, because of their sophisticated technology and the intricacy of their operations, were particularly fascinating. When you watch them pilot the ROV Hercules it is extraordinary. It has arms, it has cameras, it has thrusters that allow it to move in every direction. e arms can pick up samples and store them in containers. And this is a multimillion dollar piece of equipment, so the pilots cannot make mistakes with it, she says. LifLIFE i IN ThHE DEEpP Dr. Gobin joined the team in Grenada, where they were continuing work they had begun last year exploring Kickem Jenny, the Caribbean Seas most active deep-sea volcano. e UWI lecturer had been a member of that 2013 team as well, which she hoped would be able to explore Trinidad and Tobagos undersea terrain at that time. However, circumstances prevented it from happening and were it not for the frantic eorts on Dr. Gobins part and support from several Government ministries it would not have happened this year either. e area, about 17 nautical miles east of Tobago, is oil and gas exploration territory, and is primarily the domain of the multinational energy companies. It took a major eort to get the necessary permissions for the expedition in the short timeframe. We knew there were seeps but there isnt much documentation, Dr. Gobin explains. We know the oil companies have some information on it as well but we do not have access to that. ats why this was such a breakthrough, it was the rst time we have underwater video being taken of a cold seep in our waters. It was exciting for me because it was all about Trinidad and Tobago. It was about exploration and understanding what we have. And what did they nd? In the words of Dr. Gobin, an amazing array of life. Cold seeps are formed by seismic activity, the shiing of the earths plates on the sea oor. rough that activity, substances like methane and hydrogen sulde seep through ssures into the water, creating pools. Bacteria metabolises these substances, in other words they use it as a source of fuel to survive. e term for this is chemosynthesis obtaining energy from chemicals. is is dierent from photosynthesis obtaining energy from light, which is the basis of life as we know it, but which is impossible in the lightless environment of the deep sea. ese bacteria form the base of the cold seep food chain, either as bacterial mats that other species can feed from directly, or through symbiotic relationships with species like mussels. At the Trinidad cold seep the Nautilus crew found a massive community of mussels and tubeworms. We found the largest mussels ever recorded last year at KickemJenny (the species Bathymodiolus ), Dr. Gobin said. is year the scientists were saying that here in Trinidad, it was the largest community of mussels that they had ever seen. The cold seep food chain can include snails, crabs, shrimp, certain species of deep-sea sh and octopus. is is all remarkable because these creatures are living in a lightless environment in temperatures as low as 4 degrees Celsius and 120 atmospheres of pressure (120 times the pressure we are accustomed to). ese deep-sea organisms have to be adapted to the pressure, the lack of oxygen, light and food. Many of these animals are blind, Dr. Gobin said. So whats next for Dr. Gobin aer this enormous nd? For a coastal person (Dr. Gobin specialises in marine biology) this experience made me very interested in the deep sea. I will denitely do more deep-sea work. My trip last year (to Kickem Jenny) was the highlight of my career and this year was outstanding because it was in Trinidad and Tobago. LL ooking at the siphonophore, gliding along in that hidden world so far beneath the waves, who wouldnt want to know more? Secret LL ife on the Sea Floor Dr. Judith Gobin takes part in landmark expedition to T&Ts cold seep en-GBChemosynthetic en-GBBathymodiolusen-GB mussels with en-GBAlvinocarisen-GB en-GB shrimp and amphipods. DDr. Judith Gobin (le) and DDr. DDiva Amon (right) in front of en-GBROV Hercules DDr. DDiva Amon (le) and DDr. Judith Gobin (right) en-GBmeasuring some of the en-GBBathymodiolusen-GB mussels sampled en-GB from the cold seepsen-GB An overview of one of the cold seep sites found o TT rinidad and TT obago.
12 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2014 en-GBOUR PEOPLE UT: Professor Aiyejina, whats the next step for you? FA: Im going to return to my creative writing. I will still do some teaching for the Department (of Literary, Cultural and Communications Studies) such as the Creative Writing programme which I started in 2004 and I want to see continue. Im back on post-retirement contract to keep that going. That and my own writing is what I will be doing. UT: So we can look forward to a new anthology? FA: Hopefully soon. UT: What do you think Dr. Cateau will bring to the position of Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education? FA: Dr. Cateau has been part of the management team in the faculty since I became Dean and she has worked very closely with me. She knows the ins and outs of the faculty. She is a very dedicated worker, very focused and she shares the vision that all of us have at the faculty. So I am positive that she is going to take the faculty forward to greater heights. I have total condence in her leadership. UT: And what is that vision of the faculty? FA: We want to remain central to the intellectual, philosophical and cultural development of the community. As the Faculty of Humanities and Education, we see ourselves as the ethical centre of the society. We believe we should lead the way in making the community better able to assess itself, to understand the details of its identity they need to cultivate in order to develop as a multicultural society. When you look at all the various disciplines within the faculty and their role in society you realise that while we may not be seen as a dollar and cents faculty like engineering and medicine and so on, without us the society would be empty. We would have all the material but we would be lacking the ethical and intellectual understanding of what is of vital importance to the society. That is just one area in which I am particularly happy with the kind of synergy between our faculty and the Faculty of Engineering for example. The dean of that faculty, Professor Brian Copeland is very aware that the best engineers are those who are culturally grounded. We are always talking about how we can collaborate. I dont know how many people know that in the development of the G-pan and the PHI (innovative, electric versions of the steelpan developed by Professor Copeland) he had the help of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA). That synergy is very important. The more the society recognises that we should not have a dichotomy between the hard sciences and the humanities, the better we will be for it. UT: You spoke about the overall vision for the faculty, but Im sure you as dean brought your own stamp to that vision. FA: Youll have to ask other people that (laughter). Everything I touched on before is in line with my outlook for the faculty which is in essence the centrality of the humanities to the development of society. When this country celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence, one of the things the History Department did was to take all the discussions to the various communities instead of keeping them on the campus. We were all over the country having seminars Tobago, San Fernando, Caroni, Port of Spain. I always believe personally that any intellectual who wants to be eective has to be a public intellectual. Not a closet intellectual, not an ivory tower intellectual. And I have practised that in my involvement with education all my life. I started the Campus Literature Week, which has grown from strength to strength over the years. I started the (Master of Fine Arts in) Creative Writing programme. I am very involved with the Cropper Foundations workshop for emerging writers. I am part of the team that started the Bocas Lit Fest. That is my way of taking the university out there and making the community feel the impact of what we do. Its not just a question of coming here and teaching students on campus. It is also about asking what do we as a university have that we can take out there to the community. In all these initiatives you will see a similar collaboration between the university and the larger world. My colleagues, such as Dr. Merle Hodge, who has worked with me on the Cropper Foundation since 2000, understand the power of that collaboration. If you want me to typecast my vision, it has always been that the university must always be relevant to the community it serves, what I call the enabling community. The community out there enables us to be who we are and we must always be relevant to them. It doesnt mean that we will always do exactly what they want us to do. We are in a community of ideas and we have to work together to ensure that the ideas we go forward with are good ideas. UT: Are there things you would have liked to have done during your tenure that you were not able to do? FA: Oh yes. My greatest regret, my greatest sadness that I have in leaving the deanship is the fact that the Department of Creative and Festival Arts does not have a suitable home. It is something that we have tried over and over to get done. I wouldnt put it down as a failure it is just something I could not get done because of the cost and the nancial situation on campus at this moment. It is the saddest thing I can think of that up to now we have not been able despite all the eorts of the faculty and the university that we have not found an appropriate home for the department. I would like to add however that we have not stopped. We are continuing and the new dean is going to ght to get it done. UT: Retirement must be bittersweet for you. You have been at The UWI for the last two decades. FA: I believe in process. The process is clear: Im 65 and it is time to retire. So I was ready for retirement at 65. Anything other than that would be defeating the process. And retirement is not going to stop me from doing any of the things I do anyway. I did exactly the same things I did at the university that I did before I got to the university. I have always been in the arts. I was always about seeing how best to help other people. It doesnt mean now that I am retired that I cant be instrumental in the development of the arts. Not at all. The Cropper Foundation is outside of my university commitment, Bocas is outside of my university commitment and I will continue with them. As a matter of fact, it means that I now have more time to devote to these things and more time to devote to my own creative writing. I havent written any signicant work for awhile now. My last collection of poems would have been published in 2006 or so. It is time for me to go back and do my own writing. Also, one thing that I am happy for with my retirement is thank God I have no more meetings to go to (laughter). We have too many meetings. UT: Professor Aiyejina, is there anything you would like to add? FA: Yes. I believe in The UWI. I believe UWI is a great institution. I think that anybody in a leadership position at UWI must always keep that at the forefront of their mind this is a great institution that people have sacriced to build and we have to make our own sacrices to ensure that the future inherits something that is greater than it is now. I tell people all the time that the only constituency I have is The University of the West Indies. I do anything to make sure that that constituency remains relevant and self-respecting, that we do not prostitute ourselves for anything, because as an intellectual institution we must set the bar for others to follow. The moment we forget that, we are destroying a great legacy that has been given to us. Its time to say goodbye. Its time to say goodbye, the children sang, mimicking the clapping of the teachers and guardians leading them in song. It was T T eacher Appreciation D D ay, and e U UWIs Family D D evelopment and Childrens Research Centre (FDD CRC) had two special visitors. Seated in front of a performance troupe of energised four year olds was the new Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and E E ducation, DDr. Heather Cateau and her predecessor, Professor Funso Aiyejina And though the childrens song was meant as a farewell to their guests, it carried another meaning for Professor Aiyejina, who aer six years as Dean and well over two decades as a member of the Humanities Faculty, is retiring this year. Award-winning short ction writer, poet, playwright, educator and intellectual, the professor has arrived at the retirement age of 65. He looks almost identical to when he taught me creative writing some 20 years ago. Still as vital, still driven by his deep love of the humanities and his condence in their importance to society, he spoke with UUWI TT oday. ThTHE PUBLicIC INTELLEcCTUa AL Professor Funso Aiyejina on retirement, writing and his university Professor Aiyejina receives a farewell gi from a student on behalf of e UUWI FDD CRC. PHOTOS: ANeelEEL KariARIM
SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY 13 en-GBOUR STUDENTS In the theatre world especially the smaller productions, the informality of the proceedings can mean actors dont know if and when they are getting paid. It is not uncommon for newcomers to be oered exposure or experience in lieu of payment. e idea that an art should be pursued for the love of the thing and not money sometimes translates into a ippant approach towards the nancial needs of those who choose to pursue it. It can be a daunting task to challenge the standards of worth placed upon Caribbean artists by an unappreciative society, but a young theatre production team, made up of UWI students and alumni, have taken up the challenge. Hannah Sammy, production manager and half of the duo behind Halqa Productions, sums it up as, We want to give people a chance young artists, newcomers. e practitioners of the arts have found themselves in a business culture where their trade oen goes underpaid and underappreciated. In no other business in the world do you treat people like that, laments Sammy. Matterof-factly, she establishes that her priority is making sure Halqa (pronounced hal-kah) protects the rights of aspiring Caribbean thespians. She figured out the legal jargon herself to put together contracts ensuring everyone is being properly compensated for their time, and, in her words, being treated like a person. ey need to know they have rights. I worked so hard on these contracts. But the actors come on time, they perform well, they bring good energy all the time. You just feel like this is a healthy environment. Of course, this is only the business side of their operation, and these priorities feed into a larger ideal that the young company stands for. Simeon Chris Moodoo, founder of the company and anc of its other member, stresses that their focus is on community. E E ven the name of the company reects this. I came across the word Halqa when I was studying Asian and African theatre, and it means ring or circle in Arabic, he explains. e circle calls to mind oral traditions, where the storyteller is at the centre and the community gathers around them. e idea of telling stories in a circle, the idea of unity and community, thats where the name came from. Retracing cultural roots seems to be a central part of this project, and naturally their rst play is heavily steeped in local culture. e team of two has expanded to ten for their upcoming production, Under the Mango Trees written by Moodoo himself. MaMA NgoGO SEaso ASO N Young theatre company runs it like a business for the benet of the artists By Y Amy MY LiLI Baksh AKSH e work that we do is Caribbean, not only in content, but in essence, he explains. Traditional mas characters, rich with the histories and struggles of our ancestors, have a weighty inuence on his work, but like all modern creators he must nd a channel to translate these images and ideas into the setting that we inhabit now. ese traditional elements, he says, are being used to thread the story along, to work through the issues of politics, gender roles, domestic violence; preoccupations of modern society that come out in the play. ese things arent written down but we are pulling from dierent academics and practitioners to piece together something that is Trinbagonian; that captures the essence of who we are, he says. is is uncharted territory for these young creators, both UWI alumni graduating with the class of 2014, and as such there is a lot of experimentation. e aggressive visuals of the traditional stick-ght are translated into tension between characters, and there is an abstractness to the setting itself. Director of the play, another UWI alumnus Marcus Waldron, describes it as happening in a space where the issues of time and place are less relevant. Waldron considers the play a work in progress, and even the actors are involved in the creative process. For someone who borrows so heavily from traditional ideas, Moodoo has chosen an untraditional method to convey them. But, as Sammy notes, the entire company is a work in progress. Were all learning, he says. But thats what makes Halqa so close-kniteverybody, from the leadership go down is learning. Were making a lot of mistakes, but I like where were going. Under the Mango Trees, which runs from the 14th to the 23rd of November at the L L ittle Carib eatre, is the rst of many projects being planned by the couple, who hope to expand into the realm of teaching. eir idea is to incorporate theatre in education with other aspects of learning not focused on in the schooling structure; areas like adult literacy, catering to those that the current system does not. As far as helping the community, I think as big as the Caribbean, says Moodoo. But you need to start somewhere. You need to start at home Were trying to foster a sharing of energy; that idea of being aware that there are other people in your space; youre not alone on this island. Simeon Chris MM oodoo and Hannah Sammy, 2014 UUWI en-GBgraduands. PHOTOS: ANeelEEL KariARIM
14 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2014 en-GBOUR CAMPUS Fluid strokes ow scarlet across the page. It is the national bird in ight, a familiar symbol rendered in a most beautiful and unfamiliar form by the hand of Chinese painter Zhao Yanbin. Mr. Zhaos piece was a gi to the President of Trinidad and Tobago, Anthony Carmona, and his visit to the nation, alongside calligrapher Yang Chongguang, is both gi and cultural exchange to art lovers and learners from the Confucius Institute (CI) at e UWIs St. Augustine Campus. As part of their 10-year anniversary, CI brought the highly accomplished and acclaimed Chinese artists to Trinidad and Tobago in late September for a two-week Calligraphy and Painting EE xhibition. e purpose of the visit was to hold an exhibition, do a lecture series and hold workshops, explains Meghan Ghent, Secretary of CI. ey exhibited their work and conducted activities at both e UWI and NAL L IS (the National L L ibrary) for students interested in learning Chinese calligraphy and painting. e artists were given an opportunity to meet with President Carmona (an art enthusiast himself) and presented him with both the scarlet ibis painting and a work of calligraphy with the character longevity. What was intended to be a 20-minute visit between the President and the contingent from CI lasted over an hour. Both Mr. Zhao and Mr. Yang are extremely respected artists and teachers in China. Mr. Yang, a professor at Beijing University, gave workshops on the basics of calligraphy and bang shu, a style appropriate for writing large script. Mr. Zhao gave workshops on the freehand, owing and impressionistic style of Chinese painting. During their 15day stay they taught an array of people, including students from e UWI, primary and secondary school students and art lovers of all ages with an interest in these exotic (to the region) styles. Professor Hu Youzhen, Chinese Director of CI at the St. Augustine Campus, says activities like the exhibition are an excellent way of strengthening the ties between China and Trinidad and Tobago: Cultural activities are a very good way to engage an audience in T&T. Culture is a very good way to learn about people, she says. BB rush Stroke DDiplomacy Confucius Institute holds Chinese calligraphy and painting exhibition and workshop On October 1, 2014, e University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus, in partnership with the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago L L td. (NGC), held the UWI-NGC Research Awards Ceremony. Apart from recognising the outstanding research achievements of e UWI, the ceremony was also used to give L L etters of Award to recipients of the UWI-Trinidad and Tobago Research and Development Impact Fund (RDI Fund). EE stablished in 2012, the RDI Fund supports research in the areas of Climate Change and E E nvironmental Issues; Crime, Violence and Citizen Security; E E conomic Diversication and Sector Competitiveness; Finance and EE ntrepreneurship; Public Health; and Technology and Society. e fund supports projects which address some of the more urgent developmental issues and possess the capacity to make an impact in the short and medium term. EE leven research teams received RDI Fund awards totalling just over $5 million at the ceremony. Speaking at the Research Awards Ceremony, Professor Clement K. Sankat, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, said: L L et me say that our RDI Fund, in its conceptualisation and execution, is a model, the rst of its e Research and DD evelopment Impact Fund kind here in Trinidad and Tobago that others may well wish to follow. Despite its modesty in terms of capitalisation, the concept must be the way of the future to build responsible, competitive societies. e successful projects include, among others, research on the decision-making and economic livelihoods of school dropout, volcanic emissions monitoring, smart grid technology, mitigating dementia and neurobehavioural development in school children. This was the second call for proposals in the RDI Funds brief history. e 2014 call for proposals was recently concluded on October 17. Recipients of the 2013 RDD I Fund awards at e UUWI-NN GC Research Awards Ceremony. en-GBCalligrapher Yang Chongguang en-GB presents a piece of art toen-GB President Carmona.
16 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY is printed and distributed for e University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, through the kind support of Trinidad Publishing Co LL td, 22-24 St Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies. en-GBUWI TODAY welcomes submissions by sta and students for en-GB publication in the paper. Please send your suggestions, comments, en-GB or articles for consideration to en-GBuwitoday@sta.uwi.edu UU WI TT OD D AY waWA NTs S To O hH Ear AR froFRO M yoYO U UWI CaALEndarNDAR en-GBof Ev EVEntsNTS NNOVEMBE EMBE R DE DE CEMBE EMBE R 2014 HarnessingARNESSING ScienceCIENCE en-GBNovember 21-23, 2014en-GB Magdalena Grand Resort, Tobagoen-GB The Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS), in en-GB collaboration with the Tobago House of Assembly en-GB hosts its 19th general meeting and biennial en-GB conference, Harnessing Science and Technology to Create Knowledge-Based E E conomies and Preserve Caribbean E E cosystems. One of the main objectives en-GBof the conference is to assemble regional and en-GB international natural scientists, social scientists and en-GB engineers to deliberate and focus their thoughts on en-GB the two areas identied in the theme.en-GB For more information,en-GB please visit the Campus Events Calendar aten-GB www.sta.uwi.edu/news/ecalendaen-GB ren-GB Long ONG TermERM Evolution VOLUTION LTE NetworkETWORK DesignESIGN and AND OptimisationPTIMISATION BootOOT Camp AMP en-GBDecember 8-12en-GB Faculty of Engineeringen-GB CelPlan Technologies, Inc. and The UWI, St. en-GB Augustine Campus have renewed an Academic Programme Courseware L L icence Agreement by en-GBwhich CelPlan provides training materials on radio en-GB communications and Radio-Frequency (RF)-based en-GB systems, standards and technologies to e UWI. en-GB e 4G Technologies Boot Camp is designed to give CE E Os, CTOs, managers, engineers, and technical sta the practical knowledge and expertise on L L TEE en-GBand WiMAX 4G networks.en-GB For further information, please contacten-GB the Faculty of Engineering at Tel: (868) 662-2002 CMOS Image MAGE Sensors ENSORS in IN Every VERY Camera AMERA : A Story TORY of OF Technology ECHNOLOGY Invention NVENTION InnovationNNOVATION and AND EntrepreneurshipNTREPRENEURSHIP EricRIC FossumOSSUM en-GBNovember 10, 2014en-GB Lecture Theatre 1,en-GB Faculty of Engineering,en-GB The UWI, St. Augustineen-GB e UWI, St. Augustine hosts a Distinguished Open LL ecture by E Eric R. Fossum, Professor at the ayer School of E E ngineering at Dartmouth. His work en-GBon miniaturising NASA interplanetary spacecra cameras at Caltechs Jet Propulsion L L aboratory in the en-GBearly 1990s led to his invention of the CMOS image en-GB sensor camera-on-a-chip that has touched many here on E E arth, from every smartphone to automobiles en-GBand medicine, from security and safety to art, social en-GB media and political change. e lecture takes place en-GB at 5.30pm and all are invited.en-GB For further information, please contacten-GB Ms. Christine Nanton,en-GB Marketing and Communications Oce,en-GB UWI, St Augustine at 662 2002 ext. 83726. DCFA Events VENTS en-GBCultural Research Colloquiumen-GB November 17 | 9:00am School of EE ducation Auditorium en-GBFestival of Plays November 20 23 | 8pm & 6pm | LLRC Auditorium DD CFA MM usic Sta in Concert en-GBNovember 26 | 8pm | Daaga Auditorium Holiday DD ance Recital November 29 30 | 7pm | JFK LL ecture eatre UUWI Guitar EE nsemble in Concert November 29 | 6:00pm | CLLLL Auditorium UUWI Arts Chorale and Steel (Christmas) en-GBDecember 6 | 7:30pm | Daaga Auditoriumen-GB December 11 | 7pm | Santa Rosa RC Churchen-GB December 14 | 6pmen-GB Presidents Grounds (Chorale + NSSO) ChallengesHALLENGES of OF ProjectROJECT EngineeringNGINEERING en-GBDecember 5-6, 2014en-GB Faculty of Engineeringen-GB The UWI, St. Augustine e ird Industrial E Engineering and Management Conference 2014 (IE E M3-2014) will be held at the Faculty of E Engineering of e UWI, St Augustine, en-GBfrom December 5-6, 2014. In keeping with the past two IEEM Conferences in 2006 and 2010, the theme en-GBof the 2014 Conference is e Challenges of Project EE ngineering and Management in a Sustainable en-GBWorld. Submission deadline was October 1, 2014. en-GB Conference registration for authors and participants en-GB is US$100 per person, and for student authors/en-GB participants, US$50 per person. en-GB For further information please contact: en-GB Professor Kit Fai Punen-GB c/o the Faculty of Engineeringen-GB Email: en-GBKitFai.Pun@sta.uwi.eden-GB uen-GB en-GB Tel: 662-2002 exts. 82068/82069