UGGS hosts ‘Guardians of the Earth’ Climate Change Rally

 

 

 

The University of Guyana Geographical Society partnered with Policy Forum Guyana and UG Female Empowerment Movement in order to sensitise the public on the need for climate action in Guyana. This issue is close to the heart of the Society as it embodies the ideas of sustainable development and as we see the effects of climate change and sea level rise in our country.

 

The project falls under the larger theme of the ‘Global Climate Strike’ held under the leadership of Miss Greta Thunburg. Millions of students, parents, scientists, people of all backgrounds, ages, regions and faiths came together in all corners of the globe calling for climate action. More than 6,100 events were held in 185 countries. See link: https://globalclimatestrike.net/7-million-people-demand-action-after-week-of-climate-strikes/

 

 

This local event involved a march from the Bank of Guyana to the Kingston Band Stand. Short talks and cultural events were held to engage and educate participants. Some participants included Namilco, GIT, Marion Academy, Bishop High School among others. Approximately 500 persons took part in the successful event. It is our hope that Guyana’s youths be resolute in the pursuit for climate action.

 

 

 

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GEOUGGS hosts ‘Guardians of the Earth’ Climate Change Rally

Seminar on Tepui Robotics PhD Project Research

On September 12, 2019, the FEES invited Mateusz Wrazidło to present his PhD thesis work as part of a research group specialised in robotics applied to environmental monitoring. His research topic is “Conservation through Cultivation. TEPUI-SAT: Autonomous environmental monitoring and simulation system for habitat research and cultivation of vulnerable tropical flora species.”

 

This research is made possible through the support of a MOU between UG and the Institute of Fundamentals of Machinery Design, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland.

 

 

Wrazidło’s research focuses on creating devices for remote study of environmental conditions of the habitat of tepuian HeliamphoraDroseras, and other species that are important to and part of the biogeographic richness of high table mountains. The study also considers fragile wetland ecosystems in water-saturated peatlands that are key for the hydrology of the Guiana Shield River Basins.

 

 

The main objective of the project is the development of a prototype of an environmental monitoring probe and using it for field measurements of various environmental particulars in given locations of the Guyanese Pakaraima mountains, especially with the aim of collecting long-term measurements at given locations characterized by the presence of the highland Pantepui environment and its endemic flora species.

 

His chamber design is intended to be under controlled environmental conditions determined by the original ecosystems that remotely send the signals to the internet cloud. This interesting research idea opened the enthusiasm of several lecturers and students at the University of Guyana.

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GEOSeminar on Tepui Robotics PhD Project Research

FEES Students represent Guyana at International Events

The Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences is pleased to announce the remarkable achievements of several of our undergraduate students on the international stage!

Ms. Suphane Dash-Alleyne represented Guyana at the inaugural United Nations (UN) Youth Climate Summit in New York on Saturday, September 21, 2019. She was among 7,000 students selected to attend from across the world based on her environmental advocacy and demonstrated leadership on climate issues. She also participated in the Fifth Annual Youth Parliament in Guyana in August 2019, where she assumed the role of Minister of Natural Resources. Ms. Dash is presently a second year student pursuing a degree of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.

 

Ms. Natoya Robinson was the outstanding athlete from Team Guyana 2019, which participated at the Annual NAPF Pan-American and FESUPO South American Classic Powerlifting Championships in Piriapolos, Uruguay from September 17-22, 2019. Her exceptional performance earned her 6 Gold, 2 Silver, and a Classic Deadlift Record of 195 kg/429.9 lbs. Ms. Robinson is a second year student pursuing a degree of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.

 

Mr. Patrick Benjamin-Huntley (at right) was part of the University of Guyana representatives at the Global Entrepreneurship Exchange (GE2), which was held at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in July 2019. He was also one of the grant awardees at the fifth Annual National Youth Awards in Guyana in September 2019, in recognition of his service in environmental volunteerism. Mr. Benjamin-Huntley is a final year student pursuing a degree of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.

 

   

Learn more about the students’ recent activities in the news:

Environmental Activist to represent Guyana at inaugural UN Youth Climate Summit 

Natoya Robinson lands FESUPO Deadlift record 

Exemplary youths honoured for contributions to society

 

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2019 OAS – Government of Chile Scholarship and Training Project for CARICOM Countries – Water Quality Monitoring Training at University of Guyana

 

The Regional Coordinator of the Global Water Partnership- Caribbean (GWP-C), Ms. Simone Lewis, shared with the University of Guyana (UG) a request for proposals from universities and community colleges in the Caribbean to provide training in one or more of specific areas. In response to this request, a proposal was submitted on behalf of the UG by Ms. Denise Simmons, Lecturer, FEES with assistance from Dr. Dawn Fox, Lecturer, Faculty of Natural Sciences through the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Engagement (DVC, AE). The proposal was to provide training in Water Quality Monitoring at the UG, Turkeyen Campus to Guyanese citizens.

 

The University was subsequently informed that the UG was one of the institutions that was selected to participate in the “2019 OAS-Government of Chile Scholarship and Training Project for CARICOM Countries”. Through this Project the University received funds to implement an Introductory Water Quality Monitoring course over the period August 13 – 16, 2019. The UG also contributed in-kind assistance towards the offering of the course. The learning outcomes of the course were upon successful completion of the course, participants should be able to:

 

  • describe different water pollutant groups and selected water quality parameters;
  • describe how to collect surface and ground water samples;
  • collect surface water and tap water samples, observing the necessary protocols;
  • use field equipment to measure selected water quality parameters; and
  • apply basic statistical techniques for water quality data evaluation.

 

The 4-day course provided an introduction to water quality monitoring and it covered topics on water quality concepts, and water quality sampling and analysis, and practical/hands-on exposure to sample collection and field-based measurement of selected water quality parameters. On the first day of the training, lectures which aimed at establishing the fundamentals of water quality analysis were delivered. Day 2 consisted of lectures on water quality analysis, collection of water samples and field-based analysis.  The third day involved a field exercise to the East Demerara Water Conservancy to demonstrate and collect water samples. Additionally, selected water quality parameters were also measured in the field.

 

Participants and facilitators of the Water Quality Monitoring training

Dr. Dawn Fox, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Natural Sciences, UG facilitating a training session

Participant sharing the group’s response to a small working group exercise

 

The course concluded with an introduction to data handling and reporting. The training was an interactive one which required the participants to deliver oral presentations on their current involvement in water quality monitoring on the first day. On the last day, the participants were also required to make oral presentations on the analysis of the data that they obtained from the field exercise.

 

Twenty five individuals from all of the ten administrative regions of Guyana were selected and participated in the training. The selected applicants are employed by or work with the following entities: the Ministry of Natural Resources; the Ministry of Agriculture; the Guyana Sugar Corporation Limited; Regional Environmental Health Departments; the Ministry of Education; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission; the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development; and an indigenous peoples’ non governmental organisation (NGO).

 

The training was delivered by Dr. Dawn Fox, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Ms. Denise Simmons, Lecturer II, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences. In order to receive a Certificate of Achievement, the participants were assessed based on their participation during the training, analysis of field data and a quiz. All participants acquired the pass rate (above 50%) to be awarded with the certificate. On the final day, the participants also completed an evaluation of the course.

Mr. Inniss, Engineer, NDIA                                             Participant using a Secchi disc 

Participants preparing to use a colorimeter to measure the concentration of phosphate in water sample

Field exercise to the East Demerara Water Conservancy

 

 

 

 

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FEES Annual Orientation 2019/2020

The Faculty of Earth & Environmental Sciences (FEES) held its Annual Orientation Exercise on August 29, 2019 in the SEBI Building.  Approximately eighty (80) new students from the Undergraduate and Graduate levels attended the session and listened to a presentation by the Guest Speaker – Dr. Mark Bynoe. Other presentations were made on Plagiarism and a Desirable Approach to your Programme of Study. Students were also informed of the two existing clubs/societies (UGGS and Eco Trust) in the FEES.

Read more about Dr. Mark Bynoe’s remarks at the FEES Orientation in the news:

https://motp.gov.gy/index.php/2015-07-20-18-49-38/2015-07-20-18-50-14/3754-critical-thinking-and-research-skills-integrity-key-to-success-dr-bynoe-says-at-fees-orientation

https://dpi.gov.gy/make-the-investment-today-dr-bynoe/

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GEOFEES Annual Orientation 2019/2020

Teleconference Activity – Research Exchange with Mexican Students

On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, The FEES hosted a successful teleconference with Centro De Investigación En Ciencia Aplicada Y Tecnología Avanzada Del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CICATA – IPN) Querétaro, Mexico.

Six students from the University of Guyana presented their research and received feedback from both the staff on the ground and the academics from Mexico. Similarly, five (5) researchers (MSc and Ph.D. students) from CICATA-IPN presented their research at the conference and they also benefitted from questions, views, and comments from the academics on both sides (see photos).

Minister Jorge Luis Hidalgo Partida was present to deliver opening remarks. In his remarks, the Minister emphasized the importance of collaboration in strengthening academic research.

 

The topics presented by the University of Guyana’s students were:

  1. An Investigation of Selected Metals in Soils and Food Crops Grown on the Mined-Out Bauxite Soils of Guyana by Brijesh Singh
  2. An assessment of the ameliorating effects of different rates of Biochar on Tiwiwid Sand and the growth and production of Capsicum chinense Jacq by Basudeo Dwarka
  3. Macrophytes Wetland Communities along the Upper Berbice River Basin of Guyana: Relationships with sediments and selected water chemistry parameters by Gregory Hodge
  4. Evaluation of the changes in the Demerara River channel morphology using Remotely Sensed and Topographical Data by Alana Norville
  5. Spatio-temporal Features and Impacts of Floods along East Bank Canje, Berbice from 2008 to 2018 by Muzzammil Mohabir
  6. Microalgae biodiversity in Marine Coastal and Estuarine environments of Guyana by Seon Hamer.

The topics presented by CICATA-IPN’s students were:

  1. Estimation of Forest Carbon from Aerial Photogrammetry by Dagoberto Pulido
  2. Soil temperature estimation through aerial multispectral and thermal images by Daniela Basurto
  3. LiDAR and camera sensor fusion through deep learning for urban tree geolocalization by Omar Montoya
  4. Terrain thermal mapping using small UAVs by Othon González
  5. Molecular and visual markers to detect the presence of phytopathogens fungus on Vitis viniferafields by Mayra Candido

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GEOTeleconference Activity – Research Exchange with Mexican Students

FEES and GTI host National Seminar on Problem-Based Learning and Urban Challenges

 

The Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with the Government Technical Institute, hosted a one-day national seminar on Problem-Based Learning and Urban Challenges on Thursday July 25, 2019 at the Education Lecture Theatre, Turkeyen Campus.

 

The seminar was one of the planned events under the CITYLAB CAR project, which is being executed in collaboration between 15 European and Caribbean Higher Education Institutes. The aim of the CITYLAB CAR project is to stimulate innovation in teaching in higher education through Problem-Based Learning in the Caribbean, to make higher education institutes and students better prepared to deal with contemporary urban problems and challenges.

 

The seminar brought together approximately 40 participants, including key stakeholders, students, and members of academia in discussing Problem Based Learning as a teaching innovation in response to urban sustainability challenges through a multidisciplinary approach.

 

Opening remarks were delivered by the University of Guyana’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement Professor Paloma Mohammed. Additionally, presentations were made by invited CityLab Project expert partners and notable planners and academics, namely Dr. Asad Mohammed of UWI, St. Augustine and Ms. Angelika Namdar of Anton de Kom University, Suriname. A special session on Problem-Based Learning as a teaching technique was delivered via Skype by University of Trinidad and Tobago Professor Dr. Betty McDonald.

 

University of Guyana Urban Geography students Mr. Muzzammil Mohabir and Ms. Alana Norville delivered a presentation that was derived from their Urban Geography class group work on the issue of urban informality in central Georgetown. This presentation was introduced by Lecturer Mr. Rawle Edinboro who explained how Problem-Based Learning techniques were being infused into the Course.

 

Participants at the seminar also engaged in group work specifically geared to garner feedback on how the experience of stakeholders can help to support the infusion of problem-based learning approaches into the delivery of relevant courses at the University of Guyana.

 

At the end of the seminar, closing remarks were delivered by the Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Temitope Oyedotun who also awarded presenters with tokens of appreciation.

 

View images from the seminar below:

The CityLab Project Partners: U.G; GTI; UWI and Anton de Kom University

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Paloma Mohammed delivering opening remarks

Government Technical Institute Principal Ms. Renita Duncan delivering remarks

Ms. Angelika Namdar of Anton de Kom University, Suriname

Dr. Asad Mohammed delivering a seminar presentation

Group working session at the seminar

Student presentation by Muzzamil Mohabir and Alana Norville

Rawle Edinboro, Local CityLab Project Coordinator Chairperson of Session 1

City Council representatives

Students of the Guyana Technical Institute in attendance

The Dean, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences delivering closing remarks

Seminar participants pose for a photograph.

 

 

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FEES Annual Students’ Awards Ceremony 2019

The FEES Annual Students’ Awards Ceremony was held on May 31, 2019 at the Education Lecture Theatre, in recognition of the outstanding performances and service by our students during the 2017/2018 academic year.

This year’s guest speaker was Ms. Onika Stellingburg, a former student of the then School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. She is Guyana’s first trained climate change negotiator and the first Guyanese selected to participate as the Caribbean Representative in the prestigious Climate Change Fellowship. Ms Stellingburg, who holds the position of Stakeholder Management Coordinator within the Ministry of the Presidency – Department of the Environment, delivered uplifting remarks to the awardees and encouraged them to apply their skills towards the task of nation-building.

 

See below for a complete list of awardees, along with a few photos from the ceremony. The Faculty extends sincere gratitude to this year’s sponsors.

 

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Academic Awardees

Best 1st Year Student: David Prince (Sponsor:  Conservation International Inc.)

Best 2nd Year Student: Mr. Michael Morrison (Sponsor: Environmental Engineering Solutions)

Best 2nd Year Student (GEO): Ms. Alana Norville (Sponsor: FEES)

Best 3rd Year Student: Ms. Nikita La Cruz (Sponsor: Shell Service Station)

Best 4th Year StudentMs. Benita Davis (Sponsor: Environmental Management Consultants)

Best Research Project: Ms. Benita Davis (Sponsor: Development Policy & Management Consultants)

Best Graduating StudentMs. Benita Davis (Sponsor: E&A Consultants Inc.)

Best All Round Student: Mr. Nkofi Hodge (Sponsor: Austin’s Book Store)

 

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FEES Volunteer Recognition Awards 2018

First Year

Ms. Stacey Codogan

Mr. Gordon Nedd

Second Year

Ms. Alana Norville

Mr. Patrick Benjamin-Huntley

Third Year

Ms. Nikita LaCruz

Fourth Year

Ms. Madhavi Indarjeet

Mr. Nkofi Hodge

 

FEES Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year 2018 Awards

Ms. Kim Chan 

Mr. Cubator Stephen 

 

 

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GEOFEES Annual Students’ Awards Ceremony 2019

Department of Geography awarded the Special Achievement in GIS 2019 Award

The Department of Geography, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences has been awarded Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) 2019 Award.

The department was nominated by Esri’s regional provider, Spatial Innovision, in recognition of user sites around the world to recognize outstanding work with GIS technology, and was selected from more than 100,000 others.

More information on the award can be found on Esri’s website.

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GEODepartment of Geography awarded the Special Achievement in GIS 2019 Award