Research News June Edition
University of Benin Distinguished Research and innovative Achievement Award.
The Vice Chancellor Professor FFO Orumwense (FNSE) institutes the University of Benin Distinguished Research and Innovative Achievement Award. The Senate of the University of Benin also approved the commencement of the award.
The University of Benin Distinguished Research and Innovative Achievement Award is intended to give recognition to an academic staff member of the University of Benin who has achieved national and/or international recognition in his or her field. It is aimed at scientists in their mature years who have made a significant contribution with a record of innovative, creative and transformative research.
Nominees should have distinguished careers and currently be engaged in scholarly and/or creative activity and should also demonstrate evidence of encouraging the scholarly and/or creative works of others. In addition, nominees should have participated in leadership roles in scientific and professional societies. Nominees must be an associate or full professor and must have been continuously employed full-time by the University for a minimum of 8 years.
Award recipient will receive a certificate, monetary prize and a personal plaque. It will be offered every year.Recipient will be given the award during the University’s convocation/founder’s day ceremony.
Details on this award will be circulated soonest.
BRIGHT ETINOSA EGUASA: He has been awarded the prestigious Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad University Development Cooperation (VLIR-UOS) scholarship by the Belgium Federal Government for the 2016/2017 academic session. He is to undergo training for a master’s degree in Biostatistics in Hasselt University, Belgium.
B.OSHIORIAMHE AINERUA: Mr Ainerua was successful in the 3rd edition of the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID) in 2015, TETFUND staff training 2016 and now the Petroleum Technology and Development Fund (PTDF) Scholarship 2016.These scholarships will afford Mr Ainerua the opportunity to embark on a doctoral study (PhD) at the University of Manchester. His research focus will be investigating the effect of PAHs on cardiac function (Cardiotoxicity).
The work will take a comparative approach, investigating a number of fish species (both marine and freshwater), aquatic invertebrates and mammals thereby employing electrophysiological and ion imaging techniques. This aspect of toxicity is quite new and he is hoping to use data obtained to create models which will be essential in risk characterization and impact assessment.
C.DR. JACINTA CHIAMAKA NWAKA:She has been awarded an individual Research Grant – Social Science Research Council (SSRC), African Peacebuilding Network(APN) 2016.
The grantwill enableher to execute six months research project entitled “The Ambivalence of the Sacred”: Religion, Peace and Conflict in North Central Nigeria) with funding from APN. Her area of research interest is Social/diplomatic History) with special focus on the History of Religion, Conflict and Conflict Management.
Dr. Nwaka is also a recipient of Doctoral Fellowship Award 2008 to 2010-United Nation’s University for Peace(UPEACE)/IDRC and also a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award 2011/2012 – American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) African Humanities Programme (AHP). Under the auspices of ACLS/AHP.
Dr. Daniel Okuonghae, of the Department of Mathematics, has emerged the winner of the 2016 edition of Professor Aderemi Kuku Young Scientist Prize in Mathematical Sciences.
The award, which is a Nigerian Young Academy (NYA) National Prize in Mathematical Sciences in collaboration with the Nigerian Academy of Sciences,is designed to recognize the scientific achievements of young researchers working in the different fields of Mathematics and living in Nigeria; and to encourage them to continue to strive for excellence in their research in the Mathematical sciences. Award winners have evidence of involvement in scholarly research in the Mathematical Sciences and must have a good record of research publications in reputable peer-reviewed Journals.
According to the letter of award, the NYA received a pool of applications from Young Scholars in the field of Mathematical Sciences for this prestigious Prize. The selection process for a winner was particularly rigorous and challenging. The review process was thoroughly and dispassionately handled by experts in the fields of Mathematical Sciences. Pursuant to Reviewers’ report and ratification of the Executive Board of the Nigerian Young Academy, Dr. Daniel Okuonghae was named the winner of the Prize.
Dr. Daniel Okuonghae is an Associate Professor of Mathematics, Faculty of Physical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City.