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The UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon 2011

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627974193631/{/gallery} The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus hosted its signature UWI SPEC 8th International Half-Marathon 2011 on Sunday 30th October, 2011, with First Citizens as the presenting sponsor.

USA’s George Towett took the first place position, coming in at a time of 1:06:41. Simon Sawe, from Kenya/USA, came in second at 1:08:03. Coming in third was Cleveland Forde from Guyana with a time of 1:08:55. Stephen Tanui was a close fourth at 1:08:59, and Trinidad’s very own Richard Jones hit the finish line a second later, at 1:09:00, taking fifth place.

The only traffic-free race in the region, the Half-Marathon was one of the most anticipated events on the local athletic calendar.

Since its inception in 2004, the UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon has grown tremendously. This year, over 1,000 local, regional and international athletes competed for over TT$135,000 in prizes. There were also specific categories for UWI students and staff, and wheelchair as well as physically challenged competitors.

Once again, this year’s race was electronically timed and any records broken in this AIMS-certified (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races), and International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF)-accredited race was recognized worldwide.

Open Letter Volume 4 August 2011

Open Letter Volume 4 August 2011

LCI were delighted to be invited to contribute to this month’s edition of the UWI Open Campus newsletter. In June we met with the leadership team to brain storm and design much of the output that formed the foundation of the Employee Retreats that took place in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad over the months of July and August.

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The UWI HEU, Centre for Health Economics named after Sir George Alleyne

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157628020121772/{/gallery} On Tuesday October 25th, 2011, The HEU, Centre for Health Economics at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, was renamed after the University’s Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne.

Sir George has served as Chancellor to The UWI for the last eight years and has been a long-standing friend of the HEU. His contributions to the development of health systems in the region and beyond have been invaluable. In 1995, Sir George became Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) and completed a second four-year term, in January 2003. In 2003, he was elected Director Emeritus of the PASB. From February 2003 until December 2010, he was the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. Sir George currently holds an Adjunct professorship on the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

The building renaming is part of a wider initiative to recognize persons who contributed significantly to the success and well being of the Campus and the University. This initiative falls under the St. Augustine Campus 50th Anniversary commemorations.

The UWI Seismic Research Centre launches photographic book on Montserrat eruption

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627938414722/{/gallery} The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre and the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) launched the book : Island of Fire: The Natural Spectacle of the Soufrière Hills Volcano Montserrat, on Tuesday October 18th at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain. The book launch was part of the University’s Earth Science Week Celebration which ran from October 10th-20th at NAPA and was themed “Our Ever-changing Earth”.

The first of its kind for the Caribbean, the book Island of Fire, is a photographic collection depicting the volcanic eruption in Montserrat which began in 1995. The eruption was one of the most dramatic volcanic events of recent decades and has shown a wide variety of geological phenomena – some of which had never been witnessed anywhere else or on such a large scale within historical times. Extended captions provided additional insight into the processes and dynamics of this spectacular eruption making the book a true synergy of science and art.

“From cover to cover, this volume depicts the multiple moods and colours of the mountain and its environs and the baleful effects of the eruption on people and places,” commented Sir Howard Fergus, former Professor of Eastern Caribbean Studies at UWI. “This publication satisfies while whetting the appetite for research whether in history, volcanology or photographic art,” added Fergus.

Dr. Paul Cole, Editor and Photographer for Island of Fire and Director of Montserrat Volcano Observatory said, "The book is not simply an exhibition of photographs; it also includes an explanation of the science behind each photographs. One of the objectives of the book was to feature photographs that the public rarely gets to see, such as close views of the lava dome and the devastation of Plymouth in the exclusion zone." He also added that, "Island of Fire can be taken at a number of levels, simply enjoying the photographs or taking in the science found in the captions and explanations at the start of each chapter."

The Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence 2011

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627870041100/{/gallery} Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor E. Nigel Harris presented awards to seven outstanding University staff members at the 2011 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. The presentation ceremony was held at on October 5, 2011 at the Daaga Auditorium, St. Augustine Campus.

This year, Professor of Pathology Kathleen Coard received the award for Teaching while two awards each were presented in the categories Research Accomplishments and Service to the University Community. Awardees in the Research category are Professor Minerva Thame, Head, Department of Child Health, Mona, and Professor Vijay Naraynsingh of the Department of Surgery, St. Augustine, while Dr. Anna-May Edwards-Henry, Director of the Instructional Development Unit at St. Augustine and Mrs. Eda Martin, Manager Customer Service, Office of Finance, Vice Chancellery was recognized for outstanding service to the University. Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development, Professor Anthony Clayton was awarded in the category Public Service and Professor Julie Meeks Gardner who heads the Open Campus’ Caribbean Child Development Centre received the award for All-round Performance in two categories: Research Accomplishments and Public Service.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence was established in 1993 under former Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alister Mc Intyre to recognize high achievement by academic and senior administrative staff of The University of the West Indies. This annual award ceremony is a celebration of the University’s core values, and the recipients of these prestigious awards were persons who have proven themselves the perfect examples of a commitment to the pursuit of excellence. Awards are given in the following areas: Teaching, Administration and Research Accomplishments, Service to the University Community, Contributions to Public Service, and All-round Excellence in a combination of two or more of the five core areas. Each award, valued at US$5,000, is made after a rigorous assessment and selection process, first at the campus level, then at a University-wide selection Committee for the final selection. Since its inception, 83 Awards for Excellence have been presented at ceremonies rotated among the UWI campuses. The 2011 Awards take the total of prestigious awardees to 90. In addition to this year’s ceremony, St. Augustine campus has been host of the special event in 1997, 2003 and 2008 respectively.

Conference on the Economy 2011-Opening Ceremony

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627863422614/{/gallery} The Department of Economics, The University of the West Indies, hosted its annual Conference on the Economy (COTE) from October 6-8, 2011 at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Auditorium, UWI.

COTE 2011brought together decision makers, policy makers, technocrats, private sector representatives, academics, students and members of the general public.

COTE is an annual landmark event of the Department through which findings from quality research and other studies are presented to inform economic and social policy. This year’s theme, “Managing for Development in a Volatile Economic Environment: Addressing the Challenges before us”, focused on the challenges facing regional economies through the prolonged volatile economic environment. Sub-themes of the conference included: Macroeconomics Challenges and Policy Prescriptions; Agriculture Opportunities and Challenges; Issues in Labour Economics; Trade & ICT Opportunities; Tourism and Aviation Challenges and Opportunities; Resource & Environmental Economics Issues (Disaster Preparedness); Energy Challenges and Policy Prescriptions; and Issues in Financial Economics to name a few.

This year’s conference, paid tribute to Dr. Eric St. Cyr, former Lecturer and Head of the Department of Economics, UWI. Dr. St. Cyr’s contributions to the world of Economics are broad and far reaching in scope; he has contributed twenty-four (24) academic publications to the field of economics and also acted as a team member advising the Government of Grenada on Public Finances. His experience as a consultant has seen him become a part of a large number of projects with tremendous macroeconomic implications in the Caribbean.

Conference on the Economy 2011- Poster Presentation

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627738175599/{/gallery} The Department of Economics, The University of the West Indies, hosted its annual Conference on the Economy (COTE) from October 6-8, 2011 at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Auditorium, UWI.

COTE 2011brought together decision makers, policy makers, technocrats, private sector representatives, academics, students and members of the general public.

COTE is an annual landmark event of the Department through which findings from quality research and other studies are presented to inform economic and social policy. This year’s theme, “Managing for Development in a Volatile Economic Environment: Addressing the Challenges before us”, focused on the challenges facing regional economies through the prolonged volatile economic environment. Sub-themes of the conference included: Macroeconomics Challenges and Policy Prescriptions; Agriculture Opportunities and Challenges; Issues in Labour Economics; Trade & ICT Opportunities; Tourism and Aviation Challenges and Opportunities; Resource & Environmental Economics Issues (Disaster Preparedness); Energy Challenges and Policy Prescriptions; and Issues in Financial Economics to name a few.

This year’s conference, paid tribute to Dr. Eric St. Cyr, former Lecturer and Head of the Department of Economics, UWI. Dr. St. Cyr’s contributions to the world of Economics are broad and far reaching in scope; he has contributed twenty-four (24) academic publications to the field of economics and also acted as a team member advising the Government of Grenada on Public Finances. His experience as a consultant has seen him become a part of a large number of projects with tremendous macroeconomic implications in the Caribbean.

UWI celebrates World Sight Day

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627736814701/{/gallery} The UWI Faculty of Science and Agriculture and Faculty of Medical Sciences celebrated World Sight Day over two days, October 5th and 6th 2011, with three separate events which surrounded the theme, “Seeing through Learning, Learning through Seeing”. The events included a World Sight Day Prevention of Blindness Workshop, a World Sight Day Prevention Student Exposition and a World Sight Day Prevention Public Lecture.

The event was a collaborative effort between the NGOs working in blindness prevention and The UWI. The key speaker at the event was The Honourable Dr. Fuad Khan, Minister of Health.Specially invited guests included Dr. Juan Carlos Silva, Regional Eye Care Director for PAHO; Dr. Van Lansingh, Regional Director for Vision 2010, PAHO; and Mr. Max Bruss, Vice President of Operations, VOSH SE (Volunteer Optometry Services to humanity, South East).

The Student Exposition and Public Lecture both took place on October 6th and was open to the public. . The speakers at these events were Dr. Juan Carlos Silva, Regional Eye Care Director for PAHO; Dr. Van Lansingh, Regional Director for Vision 2010; PAHO and Mr. Max Bruss, Vice President of Operations, VOSH SE.

Representatives from the Ministry of Health and Ophthalmology and Optometry Associations also attended. Attendees at the exposition had the opportunity to do vision screenings at the event.

Jazz for a Cause

Jazz for a Cause
An evening of Jazz featuring Barbadian saxophonist, Arturo Tappin, and Jamaica’s guitarist and composer, Ernest Ranglin, OD, was held at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland on Friday, September 23.

Jazz for a Cause

Jazz for a Cause
An evening of Jazz featuring Barbadian saxophonist, Arturo Tappin, and Jamaica’s guitarist and composer, Ernest Ranglin, OD, was held at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland on Friday, September 23.

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Conference on the Economy 2011-Cocktail Reception

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627840525810/{/gallery} The Department of Economics, The University of the West Indies, hosted its annual Conference on the Economy (COTE) from October 6-8, 2011 at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Auditorium, UWI.

COTE 2011 brought together decision makers, policy makers, technocrats, private sector representatives, academics, students and members of the general public.

COTE is an annual landmark event of the Department through which findings from quality research and other studies are presented to inform economic and social policy. This year’s theme, “Managing for Development in a Volatile Economic Environment: Addressing the Challenges before us”, focused on the challenges facing regional economies through the prolonged volatile economic environment. Sub-themes of the conference included: Macroeconomics Challenges and Policy Prescriptions; Agriculture Opportunities and Challenges; Issues in Labour Economics; Trade & ICT Opportunities; Tourism and Aviation Challenges and Opportunities; Resource & Environmental Economics Issues (Disaster Preparedness); Energy Challenges and Policy Prescriptions; and Issues in Financial Economics to name a few.

This year’s conference, paid tribute to Dr. Eric St. Cyr, former Lecturer and Head of the Department of Economics, UWI. Dr. St. Cyr’s contributions to the world of Economics are broad and far reaching in scope; he has contributed twenty-four (24) academic publications to the field of economics and also acted as a team member advising the Government of Grenada on Public Finances. His experience as a consultant has seen him become a part of a large number of projects with tremendous macroeconomic implications in the Caribbean.

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