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Dr. Marcia Roye, UWI Lecturer is the First Jamaican to Receive L’Oreal – UNESCO Fellowship Women in Science Prize

Dr. Marcia Roye, Lecturer in Biotechnology at The University of the West Indies, Mona recently returned from Paris where she was presented with the L’Oreal-UNESCO Special Fellowship Grant 2011, to mark the centennial of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Marie Cure is the first woman to have won a Nobel Prize and the only woman to have won in two different sciences, Chemistry and Physics.

Parchment Breaks Sprint Hurdles Record at Gibson Relays

Hansle Parchment, a scholarship athlete at UWI, Mona who is in his second year in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences erased the 110M Hurdles record in a time of 14:09 seconds at the recent Gibson Relays held at the National Stadium. The runner up spot in this race went to Deuce Carter, another scholarship recipient at UWI, Mona pursuing a major in Philosophy.

UWI Mona male and female teams also contested the 4x100 m and 4x400 m relays and finished 6th in the Clubs and Institutions category of the relay carnival.

Professor Shepherd Speaks at 10th UN Human Rights Council Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

Professor Verene Shepherd, University Director, Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) will speak during the tenth session of the UN Human Rights Council´s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. The meeting will take place from March 28 to April 1, 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland.

As the Caribbean and Latin America representative to the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, Professor Shepherd will share on the topic, “Obstacles to the Creation of Afrocentric Societies in the Commonwealth Caribbean”. She will discuss the reasons behind this resistance to the African culture and tradition in the West and the consequences for the people of the Caribbean.

UWI, Mona and Business Community Partner in Annual Graduate Recruitment Programme to Provide Employment Opportunity

Final year students at The University of the West Indies, Mona will be a part of the three week long annual Graduate Recruitment programme starting on Monday, March 21. The programme is organized by the Office of Placement and Career Services, UWI, Mona. It provides an opportunity for students to have a “guaranteed interview” with potential employers while affording employers a convenient and cost effective means of recruiting from a highly qualified pool of applicants.

UWI Conference to Explore Challenges of the Independence Experience of Small Developing Countries

The experiences of Small Developing Countries and the challenges encountered will be explored at the twelfth annual Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) Conference scheduled for March 23-25, 2011, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

The Governor of the Central Bank of Jamaica, Mr. Brian Wynter, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 starting at 5:30 pm. A major feature of the Conference is the Sir Arthur Lewis Distinguished Lecture which will be delivered by Dr. Franklin Knight, Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University on March 24 at 7:00 pm.

The Actuarial Foundation Awards Two UWI Students with Scholarships

The Actuarial Foundation has awarded two students from the Department of Mathematics, UWI, Mona with Caribbean Actuarial Scholarships for the 2010/ 11 academic year. The recipients are Tashai Fung from Jamaica whose scholarship is valued at Two Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars (USD $2500) and Johnathon Craig from Trinidad and Tobago, who received One Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars (USD $1500).

Applications Invited for Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies

The Rex Nettleford Fellowship was established by the Rhodes Trust to mark the centenary of the Rhodes Scholarships in the Caribbean in 2004 and to honour the distinguished contribution of Professor the Honourable Rex Nettleford O.M. to higher education and to the cultural life of the Caribbean.  Applications are invited for the Fellowship valued at ₤10,000 with an associated travel grant of ₤2,000. The closing date for receipt of applications by the Jamaica/Caribbean Secretary to the Rhodes Trust (‘the Secretary’) is April 30, 2011. Applicants are invited to visit the website at www.rhodes-caribbean.com for the terms and conditions and criteria. The prize will be awarded annually.

2012-2014 Fulbright Scholarships Available for Lecturers

UWI lecturers are invited to apply for the 2012-2014 Fulbright/LASPAU Faculty Development Program to undertake master's or doctoral-level study at U.S. universities. The scholarship is applicable to all fields of study with the exception of medicine, nursing, and dentistry. The award covers the cost of tuition, airfare to and from the United States, book allowance, monthly stipend and health insurance.

The scholarship is for one year beginning August/September 2012 and is renewable for a second year. It does not cover expenses for the grantee’s family. Recipients of a previous Fulbright grant are not eligible to apply.

St. Vincent Girls' High School Visits UWI, Mona

A contingent consisting of fifty (50) fourth form students and ten (10) teachers from the St. Vincent Girls' High School in St Vincent and the Grenadines, will visit The University of the West Indies, Mona on Monday, March 14, 2011. The students are studying Geography, History and the Theatre Arts and hope that this visit to Jamaica and the University will engender a greater awareness and appreciation for the rich heritage of Jamaica. While on their visit to UWI, Mona the delegation will take a tour of the campus exploring heritage sites. They will also be given an address by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education, Dr. Swithin Wilmot and participate in a presentation on the Maroon community in Jamaica.

The Confucius Institute at UWI, Mona Hosts Arts Troupe from Beijing

The Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies, Mona, will host a visiting arts troupe from the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) from March 13 – 17, 2011. This troupe includes famous Chinese Film Director, Mr. Xie Fei, Vice-President of the BLCU, Mr. Huo Mingjie, Ms. Wang Yang, an accomplished Chinese painter, as well as Mr. Wang Yuechuan, a Chinese calligrapher.

The tour begins with a public exhibition of paintings on March 14 at 10 am at the Main Library, UWI, Mona. Immediately following the opening, Mr. Wang Yuechuan will demonstrate his calligraphy skills. The BLCU Arts Troupe will have two performances at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), UWI, Mona on March 14-15 at 7 pm nightly.

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