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The UWI Honours High Achievement

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, October 24, 2013

On Wednesday, October 23 The UWI Vice-Chancellor, Professor E. Nigel Harris presented the Award for Excellence to the six individuals or units that received the nod from the rigorous selection process. The ceremony was held at the newly built Centre for Teaching and Learning in St Augustine.

Professor Shivananda Nayak of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, St Augustine was honoured for excellence in teaching. Winner of the 2010 UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award and the 2010/2011 Pre-Clinical Medical Sciences Student’s Award for the Most Effective Lecturer, Professor Nayak has made significant contributions to Teaching and Research in the medical field during his tenure of office at The UWI and while in India − testimony to more than two decades of excellent teaching. He has received several fellowships for his outstanding research and contribution in Clinical Biochemistry, has written textbooks for medical, dental, nursing and allied health students and has published numerous research articles on Type 2 Diabetes and wound healing in national and international journals.

In the sphere of research accomplishments, awards were presented to Professor Horace Fletcher of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona, and to Professor Pathmanathan Umaharan, Director of the Cocoa Research Centre, St Augustine. By looking at women at risk of hormone dependent diseases (postmenopausal women, women who use phytoestrogens and women who used depo-provera in the past) as well as women at risk of human papilloma virus-associated cancer (cervical cancer and vulval cancer), Professor Fletcher tries to establish the aetiology of common conditions and introduce new protocols to improve the management of these patients. His aim, as the newly appointed Dean, is also to improve the research capabilities in the Faculty of Medicine at the Mona Campus.  He, along with his team from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, received various Mona Principal’s Awards for Research and, in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2011, Professor Fletcher was awarded most outstanding researcher at The University of the West Indies Mona Campus. 

Three years ago Professor Umaharan became Head of the Cocoa Research Unit and in 2012, under his leadership the Unit was upgraded to the internationally recognised Cocoa Research Centre.  His research continues to impact agricultural policy, agribusiness and the lives of people involved in these activities. He was the winner of The UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award (2002) and recipient of many other awards, including Best Researcher Award (UWI Principal’s Award, 2003), Certificate of Excellence in Research (CARDI, 2005); Vice-Chancellor’s 60 under 60 award (2008). In 2012 he won the Campus award for the most impactful research project; leading the Best Research Team at UWI (Plant Genetics/Biotechnology); the World Intellectual Property Office Best Inventor Award; and the Visionary Innovator National Award.

Honouree from the Cave Hill Campus was the Dean, Faculty of Law, Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine who received the award for public service. Professor Antoine is an award winning author, Cambridge and Oxford scholar and a chaired Professor. She has been described by the Government of Canada and others as the “foremost expert in Labour Law in the region” and as the “leading” expert in the region in International/Offshore Financial Law, Labour Law and the law on HIV. This is the second time that Professor Antoine has won a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. She was so honoured in 2006 for her accomplishments in Research.

Dr Carol Logie, Administrative Director of the Family Development and Children’s Research Centre since 1996 and a tenured University Lecturer since 1998, received the award for University Service and Public Service. Her more recent achievements include the creation of a National Child Development Awareness programme to bring greater Early Childhood Awareness to Trinidad and Tobago and service as Technical Advisor to the Government of the Bahamas and IDB Bahamas: Investing in Students & Programmes for the Innovative Reform of Education (INSPIRE).  Her list of refereed publications and technical reports is vast.

The UWI Seismic Research Centre (SRC) was honoured for Research and Public Service. This regional institution is responsible for the surveillance of and fundamental research into volcanoes and earthquakes for the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean. Since its establishment in 1953, the Centre has become an internationally recognised centre of excellence in its core areas of seismology, volcanology and outreach. Operating the largest geophysical monitoring network in the Caribbean, The UWI-SRC generates 5 gigabits of data daily and provides a national seismological service for nine of The UWI’s 17 contributing countries and a national volcanological service for six of these.  In the past five years, The UWI-SRC has responded to earthquake and tsunami risk concerns of Caribbean countries by upgrading and expanding its geophysical monitoring network.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence were established in 1993 under then Vice-Chancellor Sir Alister McIntyre to recognise high achievement by academic and senior administrative UWI personnel.  The 2013 ceremony took the total recipients of this prestigious award past the century mark, to 101.

A recording of the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence Ceremony can be viewed at http://sta.uwi.edu/streams/vcawards/ or http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/40111179.  










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