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UWI To Receive IDB Support For Child Cohort Study

Between 1986 and 2003, the University of the West Indies (UWI Mona) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) collaborated on a series of Birth Cohort Studies in Jamaica.  The Jamaica Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality Survey was a national study designed to identify modifiable risk factors associated with poor maternal and perinatal outcome. Follow-up studies of this 1986 birth cohort were conducted at ages 11-12, 15-16 and 20-21 years to better understand the factors that impact child development, behaviour and academic achievement in Jamaica’s children.

Caribbean Child Research Conference to Explore Status of Development Goals

Jamaica’s achievements for children are under severe threat of being reversed by the impact of violence and slow economic growth, according to organizers of the fifth Caribbean Child Research Conference to be held October 20-21st at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

The conference will unveil the latest research on issues affecting children, conducted both by academic researchers and children themselves. The theme of this year’s conference is “Five Years Before 2015: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Child Rights in the Caribbean”. 

UWI, Mona Joins In Observance Of International Rural Women’s Day 2010

Jamaica will join other countries around the world to observe October 15 as International Rural Women’s Day. The theme for 2010 is "Building a Sustainable Future with Rural Women".

As part of the efforts to commemorate the Day the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) on the Mona Campus at UWI will stage an exhibition at the UWI, Mona Main Library.  The IGDS supports this global observance and commends the work of rural women, and the institutions that support them in building the Jamaican economy and contributing to family and social life.

 The impact of Tropical Storm Nicole, and news of increased levels of poverty, highlight the special vulnerability of rural women to natural hazards, poverty and unemployment.

Severe Weather Bulletin 2

There is an area of Low Pressure System across the south western Caribbean. The area of Low Pressure is expected to remain nearly stationary at least until Monday with its associated Trough also expected to linger across Jamaica during this period.

The forecast is for it to be Partly cloudy with isolated showers across sections of northern parishes in the morning with outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms across most parishes, lingering into the evening in the afternoon of Friday, October 8, 2010.

Tonight, lingering showers are expected mainly across northern parishes, partly cloudy elsewhere.

Excellence in Teaching Recognized Through UWI/ Guardian Life Teaching Award

In recognition of excellence in teaching and learning the University of the West Indies, Mona and Guardian Life Limited will host the fourth UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Awards Ceremony. The Ceremony takes place on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 6 pm at Guardian Life located at 12 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10.

Severe Weather Warning Bulletin 1

Conditions are favourable for development of the Low Pressure System. Although the long term track is uncertain at this time, the computer models show the system moving in the general vicinity of Jamaica over the week-end

Locally, the forecast is for showers and thunderstorms on Saturday/Sunday.

The university community especially is encouraged to monitor the media as the situation could deteriorate rapidly. Take the necessary precautions to prevent water ingress. Elevate furniture, books and equipment. Cover electronic equipment with plastic. Upon departure at the end of the day ensure windows and doors are properly closed and suspend power supply to the facility.


20 Jamaican students get a share of US $1.1 million awarded in UWI Open Scholarships

In an announcement by the UWI Board for Undergraduate Studies, 20 Jamaican nationals are named among the beneficiaries of prestigious UWI Open Scholarships awarded to new undergraduate students for the academic year 2010/2011.

The Jamaican Open Scholars are Stephen Barnes, Andre Bascoe, Jhoelle Beckford, Knakita Bent, Shantel Brissett, Melissa Campbell, Monique Colquhoun, Novia Cotterel, Shenae Cunningham, Matthew Davis, Roxanne Ffrench, Jody-Ann Gaff, Jeremy Hall, Aston Hamilton, Auvarhenne Howell, Danya Marshall, Paul McFarlane, Kharif Thomas, Krystn Trowers and Tone Wilson. Of these, six are pursuing studies in the Medical Sciences; six are enrolled in the Faculty of Pure & Applied Sciences, five in Law and three in Social Sciences.

Appointment of General Manager, Universal Media Company Ltd. (NewsTalk 93 FM)

The Board of Directors of Universal Media Company Limited, operators of NewsTalk 93 FM, is pleased to advise that Ms. Jennifer Cheesman has been appointed General Manager of NewsTalk 93FM with effect from Monday, September 20, 2010. 

Ms. Cheesman brings a wealth of executive management, media and communications experience to the position, having served as Head of the Office of Planning and Institutional Research at the UWI, Mona since 2003 and, prior to that, in other executive management positions both locally and regionally. 

Normalcy Returns at UWI, Mona on October 1

The University of the West Indies, Mona will resume normal operations tomorrow, Friday, October 1, 2010. All members of staff are requested to report to work at their usual times and classes will be held as scheduled.

A further advisory will be issued if necessary.

7th Caribbean Reasonings Conference Opens on September 30

The 7th Caribbean Reasonings Conference begins with an official Opening Ceremony on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge under the theme, "Freedom and Power in the Caribbean: The Work of Gordon K. Lewis". The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Paget Henry, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Brown University, Rhode Island. The presentation is entitled, “Gordon Lewis, UWI and Our Changing Philosophy of Education.”

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