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Disappearing Architecture is the title of a current exhibition at the Alma Jordan Library, featuring some of the work of artist, Jackie Hinkson. is building on the site of e UWIs Health Education Unit at Warner Street, was once the residence of the DMO for the St. Augustine area. It was later converted into the rst Law School building (run by the Council of Legal Education). For more on the exhibition, please see Page 13. PHOTO: SAFIYA ALFONSO. The Life We Left BehindECONOMY 04Building Resilience COTE 2012 EDUCATION 07Transforming Minds Premium Teaching Awards HONORARY GRADUAND 10Playful Science Maureen Manchouck PUBLIC HEALTH 14Walk for Sight Free Eye Care Symposium


SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 UWI TODAY 3 EDITORIAL TEAMCAMPUS PRIN CIPAL Professor Clement Sankat D IRECTO R OF MARKETING AND C OMMUNICATIO NS Mrs. Dawn-Marie De Four-Gill D IRECTO R OF MARKETING AND C OMMUNICATIO NS Ag.) Mrs. Wynell Gregorio EDITOR Ms. Vaneisa Baksh CO NTACT US The UWI Marketing and Communications Ofce Tel: (868) 662-2002, exts. 82013 / 82014 Or email: uwitoday@sta.uwi.edu CAMPUS NEWSIts Half-Marathon Day!e ninth annual UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon presented by First Citizens, got o in the wee hours of this morning, and by the time you read this, the challenge between the K enyan athletes and the cream of Caribbean distance runners would have been decided. e lead-up to this premier running event had been rife with speculation over the potency of what was deemed the K enyan challenge on the mens side, led by defending champion George Towett, who stopped the clock last year at 1:06:41, and Stephen Tanui who nished fourth in 2011. Leading the Caribbean pack was top G uyanese Cleveland Forde T&Ts Richard Jones who has always nished in the top ve, St. Vincent and the G renadines Pamenos Ballantyne, who was crowned T&T Marathon champion seven times, and Miami-based Ronnie Holassie who holds the national record for the 5,000m and the Marathon. e mens course record of 1:05:07 was set in 2006. e womens race was expected to be an exciting contest between the K enyan pair of 2012 T&T Marathon champion Mary Akor and Judy Jesire Kimuje, and T&Ts Tonya Nero and G uyanas Alika Morgan. N ero recently set a new national record of 1:15:13 at the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in Bulgaria. e queen of local long distance running now holds four national records: her other records are in the 5000m, 10000 and the Marathon. e female course record of 1:12:08 was set by Jemima Sumgong of K enya in 2006. Sumgong has since gone on to make a name for herself and in April this year placed second at the prestigious Boston Marathon. e male and female champions are guaranteed US $2,000 with an additional US $1,000 for breaking the course record. e race started at 6am outside UWI SPEC at St. Augustine Circular, headed east on the trac-free Priority Bus R oute up to La R esource, DAbadie, where runners have to turn around and head back to the start. Our photos from last years event show two of the race stalwarts Granny Luces and Charles Spooner. What Sets Us Apart FROM THE PRINCIPAL Just yesterday we bid adieu to the nal graduating class of 2012. I am condent that our graduates will do well in their chosen careers, once they continue to have faith in themselves, to be humble and open to learning new things and bring the focus and discipline they have honed at UWI to whatever tasks they may face. This year, our graduates totaled 3,643: 2,710 at the undergraduate level and 933 at the postgraduate level (a 6% increase here). We conferred doctoral degrees on 22 PhD students, an unprecedented gure! As an institution that has traditionally distinguished itself in the area of research, the UWI St. Augustine campus salutes all our young scholars and we encourage them to keep pushing the frontiers of inquiry, knowledge creation and knowledge transfer. Continuing to excel in the areas of research and teaching and learning are key strategic priorities for our Campus and at graduation time, we not only share in the celebration of our students and their families, but it also renews the commitment of our sta to engage in the very highest levels of scholarly work and service to our country and region. I have no doubt that this is what sets the UWI apart. I am extremely proud of all of our graduates and look forward to seeing them blaze new trails for the region, and distinguishing themselves in their respective elds as our eight honorary graduands have done. Just this morning, we witnessed several athletes from around the world set out with a fervent spirit in the annual UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon. I am always inspired and awed by these athletes who push themselves to the limits of endurance through sheer willpower. It is another example of what can be achieved through dedication, perseverance and hard work. It is also a reminder that as the incidence of non-communicable diseases increases in the Caribbean and our population ages, we must also dedicate time for physical exercise, to challenge ourselves not only intellectually but physically. Health and wellness are the foundation of healthy families, a healthy workforce and healthy societies. N ext week, the UWI St. Augustine Campus will host its Family Day and I am looking forward to this event bringing together all our sta members and their families, in a relaxed setting of healthy, fun-lled competition and camaraderie.C L E M E NT K. S ANKATPro Vice Chancellor & Principal Granny Luces Charles Spooner


4 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 ENERGY CAMPUS NEWS For two days in October, e UWIs Conference on the Economy (COTE) brought together students and sta from each of its Campuses, as well as academics, researchers and representatives from universities and other institutions around the world. Established by the Department of Economics in 2007, COTE has become an annual event, now in its sixth year. It endeavours to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and the presentation of new and innovative research in key areas related to the eld of economics, said Professor Clement Sankat, UWI St. Augustine Campus Principal, during his address at the conferences opening. This year, motivated by the 50th independence anniversaries of both Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica, the conference followed the theme 50 years of Managing for Development in an ever changing Economic Environment: Lessons Learnt and the way forward. Today, Caribbean islands are faced with the challenges of high debt/ G DP ratios, high levels of unemployment, negative balances of international trade, slow or negative growth, the high cost of energy, little or no progress in the diversication of their economies, crime, a perceived human resource mismatch, prolonged brain drain, climate change, a CARICOM that seems at times to have lost its way, a high food import bill, and N CDs (non-communicable diseases) and their impact on both the quality of life of citizens and on the demand for health care, just to name a few, stated Martin Franklin, Head of the Department of Economics, in a welcome address that laid it out straight. And so, through its panel discussions and poster presentations, he explained, COTE 2012 revisited the experiences of Caribbean countries in managing their economies for development over the past 50 years with a e second armchair discussion (October 12) focused on Civil Society and Social E conomics Transformation for Development and was chaired by Mr Gregory McGuire. Panellist Dr Asha Kambon made a very spirited contribution. Other members of that panel were Mr Glen Ramjattan and Ms Sunity Maharaj. PHOTOS: ANEEL KARIMTHE PANEL DISCUSSION: Education and Work force Development was led by Dr Nicole Smith, Research Professor and Senior Economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; Mr Peter Mitchell, Senior Planning Ofcer in the Socio-Economic Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Planning and the Economy; Mr Keith Thomas, Group Senior Vice President, Executive and Investment Committees member, and Executive Chairman of the Information Technology, Communications Business Unit of Neal & Massy Holdings Limited; and Mr Ossie Warrick, Chief Education and Research Ofcer of the Oilelds Workers Trade Union (OWTU). COTE 2012We still dont know what kind of society we are building view to identifying the lessons learnt and suggesting a way forward. is theme echoed through each session, in particular the armchair discussion which ended the conferences rst day: Education and Workforce Development. e session was chaired by Dr. R alph Henry, Consultant in the capacity of team leader of research teams on various projects, as well as Individual Consultant for a number of regional and international organisations in the Caribbean and South Africa. at night interested members of e UWI Campus community and the general public gathered at the Learning R esource Centre to listen to and participate in a lively discussion on the performances of new university graduates just entering the workforce. While each had their own experiences to inform their part in the discussion, there was consensus on one point new graduates arent performing One of the several questioners at the lively discussion that closed COTE 2012. to their full potential in the workplace. Maybe theyre not sure of exactly what their newly earned degree will aord them in terms of employment, suggested Dr. Smith. Or, as Dr Henry pointed out, do they need more time to adapt to the new skills theyve gained? Mr. Thomas lent his own observation to the discussion students dont leave university with enough of a sense of self worth. However, Mr. Warrick defended these new entrants to the workforce, we havent as yet come to terms with what kind of society we are building, and it only makes sense that if you dont feel like youre part of a society, you fend for yourself. It seems that people are trained to work as individuals as a lot of workers we see coming out are individualistic and materialistic, he said. R egardless, Trinidad and Tobago and the region need to keep pace with the world and to do this, we must be competitive. If the workforce is being lled with underperforming university graduates, said Dr Henry, the older workers will have to pick up the slack, which could result in an older retirement age. Are we prepared for this? All the panellists agreed that Trinidad and Tobago has put some things in place to ensure that we graduate students fully equipped with the skills they need for their chosen professions. For example, the GATE programme, pointed out Mr omas. With its new policy stating that any student benetting from the programme must attain a GPA of at least 1.0, it has tried to put in place a system to weed out students who dont work consistently. Each point led to another important point and the time just never seemed to be enough; thats why this has to be an annual event.


SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 UWI TODAY 5 ENERGY CAMPUS NEWS A total of 17 awards were presented on a glittering night in a ballroom on September 29, at the ceremony for the N NIHERRST Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology. e awards are co-hosted with the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) and are part of N N IHER R STs wider mission to foster a national culture of science, technology and innovation. e awards were presented in various categories, and ve people, including St. Augustine Campus Principal, Prof Clement Sankat received gold, with silver for 12 other outstanding scientists. e R R udranath Capildeo Award for Applied Science and Technology went to Prof N N eela Badri: microbiology (specialising in food science and technology) and Prof Anil K K okaram: electrical and computer engineering (specialising in signal processing). e Julian K K enny Award for N N atural Sciences was given to Prof John Agard: environmental management and sustainability. e Emmanual Ciprian Amoroso Award for Medical Sciences was given to Prof Vijay N N araynisngh: medicine (specialising in surgery), and the Fenrick De Four Award for Engineering was given to Prof Clement Sankat: mechanical engineering (specialising in agricultural engineering) e awards are presented in seven categories. e Fenrick De Four Award for Engineering is named aer Fenrick De Four, the lead author of almost every national engineering code and standard in Trinidad and Tobago. e Emmanuel Ciprian Amoroso Award for Medical Science is named for Professor Emmanuel Ciprian Amoroso, a distinguished professor in the eld of medical science research and education. e R R udranath Capildeo Award for Applied Science & Technology is named for Dr R R udranath Capildeo, renowned for his intellectual contribution to the elds of applied mathematics and physics. e Julian K K enny Award for N N atural Sciences is named for Professor Julian Stanley K K enny, zoologist, author and columnist. He taught for over 25 years at UWI, St. Augustine and was highly regarded internationally for his extensive knowledge and seminal research on the ecology of Trinidad and Tobago. e Anthony Williams Award for Technological Innovation in Arts & Culture is named for Anthony Williams, an early steelpan innovator. The Frank R R ampersad Award for Junior Scientist is named aer N N IHER R STs rst president, Frank R R ampersad, a brilliant economist who supported indigenous research and development, and human capacity-building in elds of science and engineering that were critical to economic development. e R R anjit K K umar Award for Junior Engineer is named aer R R anjit K K umar, a well-known legislator and civil engineer. Front from le: Dr Patrick Hosein, Prof Aab Khan and Jo-Anne Sewlal. Back from extreme le: Prof Brian Copeland, Dr Sanjeev Seereeram, Dr David Prevatt, Prof Anil Kokaram, Prof Clement Sankat, Prof Vijay Naraynsingh, Prof Samuel Ramsewak, Prof Indar Ramnarine and Prof John Agard. PHOTO: STeEVeE McCPHieIEAlsoLSO honouredHONOURED forFORoutstanding OUTSTANDING contributionsCONTRIBUTIONS Prof Stephon Alexander theoretical physics Dr Stephen Blizzard aviation medicine Prof Brian Copeland electrical engineering/innovation Dr Wayne Frederick medicine (oncology) Dr Indra Haraksingh physics and renewable energy Dr Patrick Hosein electrical engineering and computer science Prof Aftab Khan geophysics Dr David Prevatt civil engineering Prof Indar Ramnarine applied ichthyology/aquaculture Prof Samuel Ramsewak medicine (obstetrics and gynaecology) Dr Sanjeev Seereeram computer and systems engineering Ms Jo-Anne Sewlal zoology (The Frank Rampersad Award for Junior Scientist)NihIHErstRST Awards for 17


SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 UWI TODAY 7 The Postgraduate Certicate in UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND LEARNING ( CUTL)The I nstructional Development Unit (IDU), at UWI St. Augustine piloted the Postgraduate Certicate in University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) in 2008. Since then the four-course, 15credit programme has been offered annually to new teaching sta, and is now a contractual requirement. New teaching sta must show that they have started the programme before the end of their rst contract with The UWI. Currently, there are 73 graduates of the CUTL programme and 34 sta members are enrolled this year. The programme aims to provide sta who are well-versed in content knowledge and skill in their respective disciplines, with a broad foundational set of teaching knowledge and skills to enhance their teaching eectiveness. It can improve faceto-face and online teaching skills and techniques, and it works to develop a community which focuses on learner-centred teaching. It introduces the jargon and terminology of teaching and learning, and opportunities to build knowledge and skills in the primary areas of eective teaching. The four courses of the programme are as follows: Teaching and L earning: Theory-practice, which focuses on instructional design and delivery for higher education. The course also allows participants to consider their personal philosophies of teaching and learning as well as what it means to be an educator in the postmodern era, especially in the Anglophone Caribbean. A ssessment in H igher E ducation. This course considers the questions of accuracy and appropriateness of assessment in the context of issues such as power, diminished student self-esteem and conditions of testing. A dvancing Teaching and L earning with Technology. This course focuses on the use of innovative and learner-centred techniques in approaching teaching and learning by incorporating a variety of online instructional uses of appropriate technologies. Reflective Teaching for L earning. This is perhaps the most innovative of the courses in the programme and is designed to allow participants to develop a critically reective teaching practice which empowers and aids them in applying acquired knowledge and skill in responding to various learning contexts. Reective practice in this course includes investigating ones own biography, and reflecting on learning to teach and personal teaching philosophies. ENERGY CAMPUS NEWS Looking back on my year in the CUTL Programme, I am amazed by the complete transformation of my attitude towards this training. My enrolment was reluctant. I felt it was unnecessary as I produced fairly successful students. I had completed the Diploma in Education while I was still in the secondary school system. I did not have the time for the ursday classes and the online assignments, and I was annoyed by the implication that the programme questioned my competence as a lecturer. Initially, the only reason I signed up was because personnel in administration advised me that successful completion of CUTL was tied to securing tenure at the institution. N ow, I am almost ashamed of the mental and aective opposition I had staged. I am not exaggerating when I say that CUTL was the greatest boost I could have given my teaching career. I enjoyed it thoroughly and its benets cannot be overstated. Perhaps chief among the advantages of pursuing CUTL was the opportunity to cra my personal teaching philosophy. I cant imagine now how I operated for over 20 years in education without consciously considering my perspectives on teaching and learning styles and methods, about the manner in which the classroom space was utilized and about the different characteristics of my learners. Developing my teaching philosophy over the year was an empowering and enriching experience that gave purposeful direction to the path I plotted to meet the needs of my learners. R eflecting on teaching and learning was another valuable dimension of the CUTL journey. Through videotaping classroom activities, through peer observation sessions and through critical analysis of the events that both videotaping and peer observing revealed, I became more cognizant of the learning needs of my students as well as of the strengths and weaknesses of teaching and was able to make the necessary adjustments to bring about the desirable outcomes. CUTL catapulted me from being lecturer centred to being a student centred facilitator. It was my belief that I was fully responsible for all the teaching that took place in my classroom. I insisted on assessing only what I have taught and in marking all my scripts by a rubric unknown to my students and without any input from them. I now appreciate the value of collaborative teaching and learning and of students participating in think-and-share group activities. e more open the assessment method and the more responsibility that students are allowed to take for their own learning, the more liberating, meaningful and lasting will be the quality of their education. Yet another feature of the CUTL programme that I must mention was the high premium it placed on outlining for students learning objectives and tailoring lesson presentations in keeping with these objectives as well as ensuring that assessments were aligned to the stated learning objectives. is strategy streamlined the teaching and learning experience, furnishing it with focus both for the teacher and the student. Finally, CUTL has created a community of practitioners in education who, through their common training in teaching and learning at the university level, are now willing and able to support their colleagues. It has brought isolation to an end for we are now able to draw on our collective strength in areas such as education and technology, assessment and pedagogy.BY DR. GELIEN MATTHEWSLecturer, History DepartmentNow Im a Believer! Dr Gelien Matthews collects her award from St Augustine Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat, while Group President, Life, Health and Pensions at Guardian Life of the Caribbean Ltd, Ravi Tewari looks on. PHOTO: PIPS PHOTOGRAPHYREAD Y TO LEARN: Five members of UWIs academic sta were presented with the UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award in September. e 2012 awardees are Dr. Geraldine Skeete, Dept. of Literary, Cultural & Communication Studies; Dr. Gelien Matthews, Dept. of History; Professor Surendra Arjoon, Dept. of Management Studies; Dr. Sandra Reid, Psychiatry Unit, Dept. of Clinical Medical Sciences; and Dr. Chalapathi Rao, Pathology and Microbiology Unit, Dept. of Para-Clinical Sciences.


8 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 In partnership with the N ational Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, e UWI held its Research Awards Ceremony on October 3, at the Daaga Auditorium. This ceremony was hosted by the Office of the Campus Principal and celebrated some of the outstanding and accomplished researchers at the Campus within the past three years. It was themed Celebrating Research Excellence and comprised two primary award categories, the Faculty Awards and Campus Awards, which each had their own sub-categories. Additionally, graduate students who completed their dissertations in the academic year 2010/11 and received high commendation were acknowledged, along with their academic supervisors. is ceremony evolved from discussions as far back as 2003, when the rst R esearch Day was held in April. It stemmed from an understanding that if the University were to develop its research capacity and output, it needed to encourage and inspire external support for its eorts. ose early R esearch Days and awards were meant to provide structured opportunities for the university to both highlight its research priorities and clusters and to celebrate the work of researchers. Faculty Awards Most Outstanding R esearcher P ROFESSOR KIT F AI PUN Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Faculty of Engineering D R B ATRIC E B OUFO YB ASTICK Department of Liberal Arts Faculty of Humanities and Education P ROF E SSOR V IJA Y N ARA Y NSINGH Department of Clinical Surgical Sciences Faculty of Medical Sciences P ROFESSOR D AVE CHAD EE Department of Life Sciences Faculty of Science and Agriculture D R M OAWIA ALGHALITH Department of Economics Faculty of Social Sciences Best Research Team Encouraging Multi-disciplinary R esearch MFISHERIES M OBILE FISHERIES P ROJECT TEAM Team Leader Dr. K im Mallalieu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering T ROPICAL ME DICIN E C LUST E R : I NF E CTIOUS D IS E AS E S Team Leader Professor Abiodun Adesiyun, School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences P LANT GE N E TICS / B IOT E CHNOLOG Y G ROUP Team Leader Professor Pathmanathan Umaharan, Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and AgricultureThe winners of this years Research Awards were: Most Productive Research Department DE PARTM E NT OF ME CHANICAL AND M ANUFACTURING ENGIN EE RING F ACULT Y OF ENGIN EE RING Head of Department, Professor Edwin Ekwue DEPARTMENT OF LIB ERAL ARTS, F ACULT Y OF H UMANITI E S AND EDUCATION Head of Department, Professor Valerie Youssef DE PARTM E NT OF P R E CLINICAL S CI E NC E S F ACULT Y OF ME DICAL S CI E NC E S Head of Department, Professor Jonas Addae S IR ARTHUR LEWIS I NSTITUT E OF S OCIAL AND ECONOMIC STUDI E S SALIS E S, F ACULT Y OF S OCIAL S CI E NC E S Director, Professor Patrick Watson ENERGY CAMPUS NEWSAN EX CELLENT NI GHT FO R RESEAR CHis ceremony was hosted by the Oce of the Campus Principal and celebrated some of the outstanding and accomplished researchers at the Campus within the past three years.


SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 UWI TODAY 9 Graduate Student and Research Mentor Awards M OST OUTSTANDING G RADUAT E RE S E ARCH E R D R ST E PH E N N IG E L GE OFRO Y PhD in Education (2011) School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Education D R A LB E RT A UGUST E PhD in Molecular G enetics (2011) Biochemistry Unit, Faculty of Medical Science Outstanding Research Mentorship MR CAROL KELLER School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Education P ROF E SSOR C HRISTIN E C ARRINGTON Department of Pre-Clinical Sciences, School of Basic Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Science Campus Awards Most Impacting R esearch Project I MPROVING TH E C OMP E TITIV E N E SS OF TH E A NTHURIUM I NDUSTR Y Team Leader Professor Pathmanathan Umaharan, Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Agriculture Most Internationally Successful R esearch Project P ROJ E CT FOR ECOS Y ST E M SE RVIC E S P RO ECOS ERV Team Leader Professor John Agard, Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Agriculture AN EX CELLENT NI GHT FO R RESEAR CHis ceremony was hosted by the Oce of the Campus Principal and celebrated some of the outstanding and accomplished researchers at the Campus within the past three years. T OP LEFT : e awardees. T OP RIGHT : Musical Director, Jessel Murray conducts the UWI Arts Chorale in one of their stirring performances on the night. ABOVE LEFT : Chairman of the Campus Council Ewart Williams presented an award for the Best R esearch team to its leader, Dr K im Mallalieu for the mFisher ies Project. A BOV E RIGHT : Professor Pathmanathan Umaharan receives a Best R esearch team award from Ewart Williams for the Plant genetics/biotechnology group. LEFT : Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat, poses with Professor John Agard, who received the Campus Award for the Most Internationally Successful R esearch Project, and Vice-Chancellor, Professor N igel Harris.


10 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 ENERGY UWI GRADUATION CEREMONIES 2012HONORARY GRADUAND MAUREEN MANCHOUCKThe UWI St. Augustine Campus conferred an honorary LLD on Maureen Manchouck, during its graduation ceremonies in October 2012. Mrs Manchouck discussed her ideas on science education with UWI Today. You have been a strong advocate for popularizing science education through a number of innovative programmes; if you had the resources what else would you do? For the last 20 years, my big, unfullled dream for science popularisation has been to see the building of a world-class, purpose-built national science centre. is should be the physical backbone or platform for all the programmes we oer: a tting house to invite our people into and make them feel more at home with science and technologyan environment that inspires and showcases the very best of science and scientists local, regional and international. And I am pleased to say that it seems that that this dream will nally come true. In March of this year, Cabinet approved a 52-acre plot of land in Couva for the construction of a new national science centre. is centre is envisaged as a complex of facilities (viz. a science city) and will be built in phases. e building itself will be constructed as a giant exhibit and will serve as an exemplar of environmentally sustainable practice in building design. e facilities will include, in addition to the permanent exhibit galleries, an innovation centre purpose built for 14-24 year olds; a green outdoor space of relaxation and educational entertainment with experiments, an amphitheatre, etc. for use by the public; open-ended, safe learn-throughplay science experiences and programmes geared to young children from toddlers to eight-year-olds; an Ideas G allery dedicated to blurring the boundaries between science and the arts and exploring the roles and relevance of new technologies; and scientific laboratories. The Caribbean should have had a network of science centres by now, as was recommended in an IDB report almost 20 years ago by consultant, Prof Errol Miller. Twenty years ago, despite the fact that all around the world developing countries were recognising the important role of science centres, science popularisation here in Trinidad and Tobago was seen, at best, as the so side of building scientic capability and, at worst, a luxury for only wealthy countries to invest in. N IHE R ST still managed to create the only science centre in this region. South Africa started o at the same time as we did with science popularisation and now has at least 25 science centres. e same goes for India. It established the N CSM in 1978 and that is today the largest network of science centres/museums under a single administrative umbrella in the world, with 27 facilities across the country and more on the horizon. And now, not coincidentally I think, these are two of the emerging B R ICS countries. e establishment of science centres vital education avenues in themselves was reective of a wider policy, which was being adopted in those countries, of embracing and investing in science education and scientic research. ey are reaping the fruits of those policies today. In terms of science education, how do you feel the secondary school curriculum can be rened? R enement of the curriculum in science education at the secondary level cannot be taken to mean tinkering primarily with subject matter/content, as important as this is, but it must also occur at the system level. Meaningful curriculum renement in science, and in many other subject areas, must arise from the understanding that all students can benet from relevant and appropriate science education experiences. But what is taught should not just be for the purpose of passing an examination. N or should science subjects be options to drop halfway through secondary school if the student will not be pursuing them at higher levels. Science should be mandatory up to h form as is Math, English and Spanish. Every student should be leaving secondary school with a basic solid understanding of science that would be of some value to them later in their lives. is will be a stronger base for shaping a more scientically literate society to fuel growth and innovation. e secondary school curriculum is still largely a one-size-ts-all entity. What is clearly needed here is a science curriculum at the secondary level with explicit learning outcomes for all students, including the very able as well as those who are not likely to go The quest to build national capacity MAUR EE N MANCHOUCK


SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 UWI TODAY 11 to tertiary education. e learning outcomes can be made compatible with CX C requirements as well as providing clear achievement challenges for a range of learners who may not be either interested in or capable of achieving the learning outcomes at CX C level. An important aspect of this approach is the need for the secondary system to establish clearly what secondary school graduation in this country means. e unsatisfactory performance in science at the secondary level can be attributed to weak teaching as good and experienced science teachers are not to be found in large numbers throughout the school system. The importance of teacher education at UWI and in other tertiary institutions cannot be overstated. It is now widely understood that tertiary education accreditation and quality assurance are key reform elements in this area. A growing sense of professionalism in science education is an important prerequisite. I also believe that in science education, as in many other curricular areas, a major renement would be to put the curriculum on a credit basis including minimum credit requirements in science education and mathematics, which all students are required to meet. Of course, a number of students will exceed these requirements but we are concerned here with the education system being better able to enable all students to achieve their full potential and, in the process, provide the right type of output required for business, industry and responsible citizenship in a global context. Additionally, students of all subjects but especially science should work on projects and in teams to better prepare them for the world of work generally and of scientific research or innovative activity especially. ere is increasing understanding of these new imperatives as evidenced by the growing interest in the development of a seamless system of education and training from the preschool to the tertiary level, informed by a long-term perspective on the whole teaching/learning process, and characterised by fresh and innovative approaches to teaching, learning and curriculum development at all levels of the system. ere is an urgent need for us to wean ourselves from rote learning in curriculum design and instruction. is reform cannot be conned to the secondary level and has to be complemented by reform throughout the system and, in particular, at the elementary and preschool levels. From the earliest ages, students need to learn to work in ways that will better prepare them for real life situations, especially as scientists. ese are basic skills for future scientists: working on projects and in teams; exploring solutions to problems in the community; the application of abstract concepts; as well as design and engineering principles. It is clear to most educators globally that in science education there is a need to move beyond the traditional approach. I believe that considerably more resources need to be devoted to ne-tuning the science curriculum, conceptualised and operationalized in seamless system terms. Would you say that at 50, Trinidad and Tobago has earned an international reputation for innovation? N o, I would not. Certainly not in terms of the understanding or context of innovation as a key driver of the global economy, i.e. innovation as knowledge, products and services that the world will want to buy from us. But to be fair, that is a relatively recent phenomenon of the past three decades or so, following the accelerated pace of technological development, and the birth and growth of knowledge economies. All countries, industries and businesses are striving to win at the innovation game, including giants like the United States, which from several indicators, is losing ground to other economic powers in terms of leading innovation. So I would say that, at 50, we are at an awakening or turning point to reposition our economy, which is of course, what the current diversication thrust is all about: shiing the national mindset and attitudes away from the traditional economic and employment staples, towards wealth generation and finding solutions to our particular socio-economic and environmental problems, through greater innovation as well as entrepreneurship. Many things need to be in place for this to occur. e education I spoke about is key. But there also needs to be the development of a national innovation system, as well as, or rather including, much greater investment in scientific research and development (both basic and applied) in identied priority areas and sectors. But we also need to remember, as we move forward, that we gave the world the steelpan. And we also need to remind the world that we did! e basis of any strong internal and international reputation for innovation that we develop in the future can certainly start there. We have such a salient example or icon to show us that we can do it. We can and should believe in ourselves and we must align our resources and eorts with a new vision of who we are and what we are capable of doing, individually and collectively. If we dont understand the precious value of that instrument we created, then we cannot understand our future, what our particular path or patch in the global marketplace should be. We should not only be teaching our children how to play pan but we should ensure they understand the marvellous home-grown science, technology and innovation that went into its creation and evolution, which continued with the more formal research into the G-pan. If we can do it with pan, we can do it with other things. is is not just about national pride and heritage. is is about the creative process, and the discipline required to take new ideas to the commercialisation stage. We have failed to really capitalise on the true economic potential of the steelpan and to turn into a more viable national industry with already existing markets all over the world. So we have to have the collective understanding that greater innovation is what is needed for our survival and sustainable development down the road and we have to have the will to create the infrastructure for it. How do you feel about the conferral of this honorary degree? It is certainly a great personal honour and I am very grateful to the University for this recognition coming at the end of a 35-year career that has been devoted to building national capacity in science and technology. What is really good about awards of a certain distinction, particularly for people whose work or eld is not well known or fully appreciated by the wider public, is that in drawing attention to the recipient, it draws attention to the arena in which that person has achieved. So by honouring me, UWI is also honouring science and technology. It is making a statement to our population of what it considers to be valuable to society. It raises the prole, however momentarily, of the importance of science popularisation, and of the persons and agencies that have been working alongside the formal education system to lay our countrys science and technology foundation and framework for the future. Twenty years ago, despite the fact that all around the world developing countries were recognising the important role of science centres, science popularisation here in Trinidad and Tobago was seen, at best, as the so side of building scientic capability and, at worst, a luxury for only wealthy countries to invest in.


12 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 UWI GRADUATION CEREMONIES 2012 HONORARY GRADUAND DAVAN MAHARAJThe UWI St. Augustine Campus conferred an honorary DLitt on Davan Maharaj, during its graduation ceremonies in October 2012. Mr Maharaj is managing editor of the LA Times, but began his journalism Trinidad. He shared some of his formative experiences with UWI Today.What was your childhood environment like? I was fortunate to have the best of both worlds. My mother and father were two people who valued and practised hard work. ey also believed in friendships, public service, in being generous and charitable, and in making their community a better place. What or who was the biggest inuence in that period? My parents, of course. My school principal, Winston K rishna Bhola, introduced us to dierent worlds by making learning fun. He taught us to dream big. When did you know you wanted to be a journalist? Was it before you went to work at the Express? I wanted to be a journalist the moment I stepped into the Express San Fernando oce. On my second day on the job, I wrote a story about broken cold storage facilities at the San Fernando Wharf. e next day I picked up the paper, saw my story, felt that proud excitement that comes with seeing your work published and said to myself: ey pay you for this? Since that, I feel like Ive never worked a day in my life. Journalism has given me a passport into peoples lives and stories around the world. Its hard to replicate that access to the poor and rich alike in any other profession. In your career you have been involved in substantial journalism campaigns, such as the Living on Pennies series; you followed the (US) mortgage meltdown from early, and somehow managed to often be on the inside of breaking news and trends. For those of us who knew you from the early years, that nose for the news was your trademark. What extra sensory devices should a journalist have? Curiosity and the will to satisfy it. A good journalist must be prepared to be disappointed but also relish when hard work leads to the scoop. Journalism is the sort of cra that if you put in the time, work hard, and put serving readers as the main goal, youll improve your chances of success. Youve spanned quite a range of areas in the eld of journalism: reporting, writing, editing, managing, in which domain do you feel most comfortable? I love it all. I think Im most satised when I gather the best journalistic minds in a room and talk ideas: how to cover a hard-hitting story, how to write it eectively and hopefully, how to enjoy the fruits of the results. What do you think can be done to improve the quality of journalism in the region? e owners and practitioners in the media should constantly strive for professionalism. Telling peoples stories and writing the rst dra of history are important obligations. We have to get it right. What does this honorary degree mean to you? Im humbled, especially since it comes from an institution like UWI. Its a tribute to my parents, my colleagues and my early journalism mentors, many of them who took the time with me at the Express. ey taught me what striving for excellence was about. MR DAVAN MAHARAJOur 6 valedictorianse St. Augustine campus of e UWI named six valedictorians for the Graduation Ceremonies which took place from October 25 to 27, 2012. Kiron Neale (Faculty of Science and Agriculture), Denilson Christopher (Faculty of Engineering and Law), Sameer Alladin and Nara Anderson-Figueroa (Faculty of Social Sciences), Nayaatha Taitt (Faculty of Humanities and Education) and Maryam Mohammed (Faculty of Medical Sciences) spoke on behalf of their graduating classes. e previously named eight honorary graduands also addressed the ceremonial gatherings. e honorary Doctor of Law degree (LLD) was conferred on Ronald Harford, Fr. Clyde Harvey, Alloy Lequay, Maureen Manchouck, Michael Mansoor and Deokinanan Sharma. Davan Maharaj and erese Mills received the Doctor of Letters degree (DLitt). Ive never worked a day in my life KIR ON NEALEFaculty of Science & AgricultureNA Y AA THA TAITTFaculty of Humanities & EducationSAMEER ALLADINFaculty of Social SciencesMARY AM MOHAMMEDFaculty of Medical SciencesDENILSON CHRIST OPHERFaculty of EngineeringNAR A ANDERSONFIGUER OAFaculty of Social Sciences


SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 UWI TODAY 13 ENERGY RESEARCH Disappearing ArchitectureDisappearing Architecture is the title of an exhibition currently running at the Alma Jordan Library of e UWI, which features work from Donald Jackie Hinkson, noted artist. e N ational Museum of Trinidad and Tobago had commissioned Mr Hinkson to produce a series of paintings on the architecture of Trinidad and Tobago in the 1980s. This significant body of work comprising 70 pieces, documents vernacular architecture, destroyed buildings and provides a resource to examine the use of buildings in Trinidad and Tobago. The curators tried to present private dwellings (humble and grand), public buildings (regal and derelict), multi-purpose facilities, our agriculture heritage, and our everyday visual experiences such as the village shop. The exhibition at the Alma Jordan Library highlights 14 pieces from this national collection along with sketches from the artists private collection. Hinkson is one of the Caribbeans leading visual artists. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1942, he devoted his life to the creation of a body of art which reveals his abiding concern for Caribbean humanity both past and present. In 1963, Mr. Hinkson received a scholarship from the French G overnment to study painting at the Acadmie Julien in Paris. He went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, with distinction, from the University of Alberta. On his return to Trinidad in 1970, Hinkson became the rst art teacher at his alma mater, Queens R oyal College (Q R C), until he resigned in 1986 to become a full-time professional artist. In 2010, the Donald Jackie Hinkson collection was inscribed into U N ESCOs Trinidad and Tobago Memory of the World Register. e UWI conferred an honorary degree on Hinkson in 2011. e CRC celebrates its 50th Anniversary and World Cocoa and Chocolate Day 2012 with Spirit of Chocolate Fte de la cocoa, on N ovember 2-3, at the JFK Auditorium. is celebration will highlight the long history of cocoa in Trinidad and Tobago and its contribution to the world, the unique place that local cocoa occupies in the world and cocoas role in the economic diversication eorts of this country. It also aims to garner support for the creation of a new cocoa industry based on the pillars of sustainability and value creation. F R IDA Y 2ND N O V E M BE R 9 10am ICG,T bar Chocolate Haven 10am 6pm A Food and Beverage Challenge S A T U R DA Y 3 R D N O V E M BE R 10am To nd out more, please contact the CRC at 662-2002 ext. 82115 After fifty years of existence, the Cocoa R esearch Unit has had its university status changed and is now a campus centre, henceforth to be known as the Cocoa R esearch Centre (CR C). e Unit goes back a long way, if you consider its birth in 1930 as the Cocoa R esearch Scheme under the Imperial College of Agriculture. In this sense, the Cocoa R esearch Unit has supported the global cocoa industry for 82 years. Much of the worlds pioneering work on cocoa propagation, shade and nutrition, fermentation, genetics, self-incompatibility system in cocoa, cacao pathology was done at this institution. The C R C is custodian of the International Cocoa G enebank, Trinidad (IC G,T) regarded as the largest and most diverse collection of cocoa varieties, globally. e collection consists of over 2,400 varieties of cocoa planted in plots of 16 trees in 35 hectares of land. We have supported research work in plant breeding, pathology, genetics and value addition. We work closely with several chocolate companies such as Cadburys, Mars, Hersheys, Lindt and Sprungli, Valrhona and G uittard to address contemporary problems. Current projects include one which deals with cadmium bioaccumulation of cacao, a problem beginning to aect the export of cocoa into Europe, improving resistance to black pod and witches broom diseases, and improving quality, branding and value addition. We provide training internationally on a needs basis. During the last few years we have trained researchers and technicians from Honduras, Uganda, G hana and Panama as well as from G renada, St Lucia and St Vincent. We are implementing a farmer eld school programme (four years) with support from the Centre for Development of Enterprise (ACP/EU) in six countries in the region. We are also implementing a partnership in conservation programme involving 50 farmers across Trinidad and Tobago, where we are duplicating small subsets of the genebank. Current research focuses on genome-wide association studies, functional genomics and genomic selection. With renewed regional interest in cocoa, the CCR has revamped its support system to support local and regional research institutions and farmer organisations. e C R Cs work involves continuously seeking new avenues for funding, and disseminating its research ndings in various local and international conference proceedings, newsletters and peer-reviewed journals. BY PR OFESSO R P ATHMAN ATHAN U MAHAR ANHead, CRUAt 50, Fine Cocoa only gets BetterCocoa Research Unit upgradesFor more information, please visit our website www.sta.uwi.edu/cru and do visit our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/cocoacentre


14 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 ENERGY CAMPUS NEWS Another PAHO head from UWIA Caribbean national has been elected as the new Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Dr. Carissa Etienne, a native of Dominica, was elected on September 19 by PAHO member states to lead the worlds oldest and foremost public health organisation. A graduate of e UWI, Mona, Dr. Etienne will begin her ve-year term in February, 2013, succeeding Dr. Mirta R oses Periago, who has been PAHO Director since 2003. She follows in the distinguished footsteps of UWI Chancellor, Sir G eorge Alleyne, who served as PAHO director from 1995 to 2003. Vice Chancellor of e UWI, Professor E. N igel Harris, said, It is really gratifying to hear news of another of our graduates achieving the commanding heights of their profession. UWI has managed to produce so many leaders from so many Caribbean countries in so many elds. We are hopeful that Dr. Etienne will achieve the considerable successes in PAHO of another UWI graduate who became Director of PAHO, our Chancellor, Sir G eorge Alleyne. is is a proud moment for the Caribbean and for our University! Dr. Etienne is currently Assistant Director G eneral, Health Systems and Services, of the World Health Organization (WHO) in G eneva. From 2003 to 2008 she served as Assistant Director of PAHO, WHOs R egional Oce for the Americas. In her native Dominica, she served as Chief Medical Ocer, Director of Primary Health Care Services, Disaster Coordinator, and N ational Epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health. She also served as Coordinator of the N ational AIDS Program and as Chairman of the N ational AIDS Committee. In her acceptance speech, Dr. Etienne said it was a great honour for someone from such a tiny island as Dominica to lead such an important entity as PAHO. For a woman from one of the smallest nations in the world to be elected to the helm of our distinguished and beloved PAHO is truly an honour and a privilege for me and my country, Dominica, she told delegates to the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference, where she was selected ahead of four other candidates. Diabetic eye care, childhood vision, eye injuries, corneal transplants and thyroid eye disease were among the subjects discussed when the Faculty of Medical Sciences of e UWI hosted a free symposium at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex earlier this month. Lecturers in ophthalmology and optometry discussed various aspects of eye care, and testimonials were given by members of the public who had been aected by conditions such as glaucoma and cataract. e theme of this third annual UWI World Sight Day symposium was e Integrated Eye Care Team Working Together to Eliminate Avoidable Blindness. It is one aspect of the FMS association with World Sight Day observances, which are touched by its undergraduate Medical programme (established 1948), postgraduate Doctor of Medicine (DM) in Ophthalmology programme (established 2004) and Minister of Health Fuad Khan joined Volunteers for World Sight Day at the eighth annual Walk for Sight around the Queens Park Savannah on October 7.undergraduate Optometry programme (established 2009). Members of the Faculty as well as Minister of Health Fuad K han joined Volunteers for World Sight Day at the eighth annual Walk for Sight around the Queens Park Savannah on October 7. World Sight Day aims to reduce the prevalence of avoidable blindness and low vision through patient education and health promotion. Three-quarters of the worlds blindness is avoidable either treatable or preventable and 90% of avoidable blindness occurs in the developing world. People in developing countries are ten times more likely to be blind or visually impaired than those in the developed world. e World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that if no action is taken, 100 million people globally will become needlessly blind by the year 2020.T O ELIMINATEAVOIDABLE BLINDNESS Principal of the St. Augustine Campus, Professor Clement Sankat at the free UWI Symposium with Bhawani Persad, CEO of PAVI (Persons Associated with Visual Impairment) and Sharon Campbell, its First Vice President. e UWI World Sight Day symposium, e Integrated E ye Care Team Working Together to E liminate Avoidable Blindness, was hosted by the Faculty of Medical Sciences.


SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 UWI TODAY 15 ENERGY BUSINESSDance Ensemble in TaiwanThe UWI Festival Dance Ensemble attended the rst Global Dance Summit in Taipei, Taiwan, in July. The Summit combines the work of two major international organisations, Dance and the Child International (daCi) and World Dance Alliance-Asia/Pacic (WDAAP) providing a forum for discussion between dance educators, teachers, researchers and students to advocate for dance education and arm the role that dance plays in young peoples lives. The Ensemble presented workshops on folk dances of Trinidad and Tobago, a performance of Reminising Haiti and a paper presentation in Dance Dialogues titled Community Dance Tradition, Identity Competition. ECONOMY EDB SB DL GE RP GC PI PT T AB EC DI A ntigua & B arbuda 57 80 21 16 124 98 29 135 71 70 81 The B ahamas 85 73 79 105 177 78 111 56 48 123 34 B elize 93 152 9 53 137 98 122 55 107 168 29 Dominica 65 48 18 65 116 78 29 73 88 167 98 Grenada 73 60 11 39 154 98 29 91 40 162 119 Guyana 114 87 28 144 104 166 79 115 82 73 138 Haiti 174 180 139 75 131 159 166 118 145 96 162 Jamaica 88 23 49 112 103 98 79 172 97 126 26 S t. Kitts & N evis 95 64 16 33 164 126 29 133 44 114 183 S t. L ucia 52 53 13 13 115 98 29 52 110 165 58 S t. Vincent & the Grenadines 75 58 6 21 141 126 29 73 38 101 183 Suriname 158 173 98 38 170 159 181 34 105 178 157 Trinidad and Tobago 68 74 93 24 175 40 24 65 52 167 98 DR 108 140 105 123 105 78 65 94 45 83 154 C osta Rica 121 122 141 43 46 98 166 138 73 129 121 Singapore 1 4 3 5 14 8 2 4 1 12 2 I reland 10 13 27 90 81 8 5 5 21 62 10 Malaysia 18 50 113 59 59 1 4 41 29 31 47Some of the most important factors affecting the competitiveness of Caribbean businesses include relatively low productivity, especially that of labour; small market size; low investment in research and development for product innovation; a relatively underdeveloped institutional framework to support business development; strategic mistakes by major corporations and a sometimes convoluted business environment. Moreover, the international industrial and business standards driving rms ability to participate and compete in markets means that businesses now have to modernize and restructure their business processes and management systems. Using indicators from the World Banks Doing Business Report 2012, (which ranks 183 countries on a range of attributes important to successful business operations) the R egion did not perform well relative to some of the more successful economies in terms of the general business environment (See Table 1). is is not surprising given that businesses in the region have always complained about the bureaucratic process, the standards and rules they endure just to conduct business in national jurisdictions. You can imagine how much more complicated it gets trying to step across borders! e complaints are that these bureaucratic processes are unnecessarily complicated with parts of the process oen controlled by a multiplicity of different, poorly staffed agencies. is results in a convoluted and lengthy process for business activities which require approvals or assistance from the State. Businesses also complain about a lack of transparency and inconsistency in the application of standards and rules. There have been some improvements recently in areas such as dealing with construction licences (DL) and protecting investors (PI) but the region continues to do poorly in terms of enforcing contracts (EC), dealing with insolvencies (DI), registering property ( R P) and getting credit ( G C). Very importantly, the region also generally did poorly in terms of trade across borders (TAB). is implies that the legal/administrative framework in the areas of contract enforcement, business closure, property registration and trade facilitation needs to be simplied. Oen, even if the legal framework for these activities is clear and well developed, the problem lies in the fact that government agencies charged with administering these processes are poorly nanced and staed, which leads to the approval process being unnecessarily lengthy and costly. ese indicators seem to corroborate the ndings of a survey of very large rms by the CARICOM Secretariat in December 2009. e one exception in this regard was in the area of access to nancing, which was not agged as a binding constraint by the large rms surveyed. e development of a regional nancial market based on large regional nancial institutions, particularly from Trinidad and Tobago has made nancing of large projects easier. e development of a nascent regional bond market has also helped in this regard. N evertheless, small and medium enterprises, especially those engaged in non-traditional business activity, are still disadvantaged in this area and very likely contributed to the poor scores in the area of getting credit for many countries in Table 1. ese large rms also identied bureaucratic hurdles and the variety of dierent national rules, regulations and standards they must deal with when conducting business across the region as a major constraint. Issues agged as Is there a CARICOM business environment? BY D AVE S EER ATTANNotes: EDB denotes the ease of doing business, SB denotes starting a business, DL denotes dealing with construction licenses, GE denotes getting electricity, RP denotes registering property, GC denote getting credit, PI denotes protecting investors, PT denotes paying taxes, TAB denotes trading across borders, EC denotes enforcing contracts, RI denotes resolving insolvency. being important included transparency and predictability in the application of rules and standards. Other important constraints included the simplication and standardisation of customs procedures, speedier customs clearance and the standardisation of non-tari standards such as labelling requirements and sanitary and phytosanitary standards. e rms surveyed also indicated that the harmonisation of legislation needed to be expedited in the areas of company laws, nancial regulation, the licensing regime and intellectual property rights.Dave Seerattan is an economist attached to the Caribbean Centre for Money & Finance. The 5th Biennial International Business, Banking & Finance Conference (BBF5) will be held over the period May 1-3, 2013 at the St. Augustine campus of The UWI and at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad. It is being jointly hosted by the Department of Management Studies, the Caribbean Centre for Money & Finance and SALISES, and will feature discussions such as the above. Table 1: e Business E nvironment in Caribbean Countries 2012 SOURCE: DOING BUSINESS 2010, WORLD BANK


16 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER, 2012 UWI CALENDAR of E VENTSO CTOB E R NOV E MB E R 2012UWI TODAY is printed and distributed for e University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, through the kind support of Trinidad Publishing Co Ltd, 22-24 St Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies. T&T: 50 YEARS AHEAD Mid-November Shaw Park, Tobago In commemoration of Trinidad and Tobagos 50th Anniversary, the Open Lectures Committee hosts a panel discussion titled, Trinidad and Tobago: the N ext 50 Years. Panellists include Dr R ita Pemberton, Senior Lecturer, Department of History; Dr Hamid G hany, Senior Lecturer, Department of Behavioural Sciences; and Dr Winford James, Lecturer, School of Education. The discussion will be chaired by Professor Stephan G i. For further information, please contact Ms. Patricia J. Sampson at 662 2002 Ext. 82392 or patricia.sampson@sta.uwi.edu, or contact Ms. Shelley-Ann Patrick-Harper at 662-2002 Ext. 82635 or shelley.harper@sta.uwi.edu. K OREAN FILM WEEK 7-10 November, 2012 Centre for Language Learning UWI St. Augustine Campus e Centre for Language Learning collaborates with the Embassy of the R epublic of K orea to host K orean Film Week. Five K orean language lms will be screened over the four days at the CLL Auditorium, exposing patrons to the language and culture of the R epublic of K orea. F ILM S CHEDULE 7th N ov: 6.30-8.30pm Pacemaker 8th N ov: 6-8pm Scandal Maker 9th N ov: 3.30-5.30pm (for secondary school students) 6-8pm A Barefoot Dream 10th N ov: 2-4pm Papa 3-5pm Le G rand Chef For further information, please contact Vanessa Williams at 662-2002 Ext. 83896 or Vanessa. Williams@sta.uwi.edu.FTE DE LA COCOA 2-3 November, 2012 JFK Auditorium The Cocoa R esearch Unit (C R U) celebrates its 50th Anniversary and World Cocoa and Chocolate Day 2012 with two days of games, competitions, exhibitions and a tour of the International Cocoa G enebank. is celebration aims to raise awareness of the public prole of cocoa by highlighting the long history of cocoa in Trinidad and Tobago and its contribution to the world. For further information, please contact the CRU at 662-2002 Ext. 82115. UWI SPEC INTERNATIONAL HALF-MARATHON Today Sports and Physical Education Centre UWI St. Augustine Campus Today the ninth UWI SPEC International HalfMarathon, sponsored by First Citizens takes place. e 13.1 mile race is run along the trac-free Priority Bus R oute (PB R ) to the La R esource junction in DAbadie, before doubling back to UWI SPEC. e course is complete with markers and water stops at every mile for the running convenience of the athletes from around the world including the Caribbean, USA, Latin America and Europe. For further information, please contact e UWI SPEC at 662-2002 Ext. 82660, or 83556 or specinfo@sta.uwi.edu. HEALTH AND GENDER LECTURE SERIES 7 November, 2012 Institute of International Relations UWI St. Augustine Campus The Institute for G ender and Development Studies (I G DS) hosts the rst in its Lunchtime Seminar Series titled Introductory Lecture Series on Health and G ender. is is a joint initiative between the I G DS and the Faculty of Medical Sciences. e seminar begins at 12.30pm, and features Dr. Paul K adetz, Lecturer at UWIs Masters in Public Health programme, who will speak on the topic Paternalism and R esistance: problematising global maternal health policies at local levels. For further information, please contact the IGDS, at 662-2002 Ext. 83573/83577 or igds@sta.uwi. edu. SOLUTIONS TO C OMPETITIVENESS CHALLENGES 5-6 November, 2012 Hyatt Regency Trinidad Port of Spain e Caribbean Centre for Competitiveness (CCfC) hosts the regions first Competitiveness Forum, themed a Solutions Agenda to K ey Competitiveness Challenges. This forum will address the critical competitiveness challenges facing the Caribbean, including unlocking financing for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), human capital development models for competitiveness and the internationalization of SMEs. For further information, please contact Karen Lee Lum, Project Ocer, CCfC, at 662-2002 Ext. 83938/9 or ccfc@sta.uwi.edu. HEALTH C ARE QUALITY AND DELIVERY 17-19 January, 2013 Hyatt Regency Trinidad Port of Spain In light of the countrys recent challenges regarding quality health care, the Faculty of Medical Sciences recognises the need for the creation of a committed workforce within the Caribbeans health sector. As this is one of its major responsibilities, the Faculty will address these challenges with its conference, titled Improvement in Health Care Quality and Delivery: Making a Dierence. For further information, please contact the Conference Secretariat, at 663-6311, 645-3232 Exts. 5020 or 5025 or conferencehcq@sta.uwi.edu. UWI TODA Y WANTS TO HEAR FROM Y OUUWI TODAY welcomes submissions by sta and students for publication in the paper. Please send your suggestions, comments, or articles for consideration to uwitoday@sta.uwi.edu