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Vol 7 No 3 : Sunday, July 31, 2017


Farmer Joseph Williams (left) shows researchers a piece of yam during their field trip to his farm in Manchester on July 18. Looking on from right are Professor Vincent Wright, NCU, Professor Helen Asemota, UWI, Mona, Professor Omowunmi Sadik, SUNY, and Professor Patience Bazuaye-Alonge, NCU.

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Researchers using smart technology to assist yam farmers

SUNY team visits The UWI’s Biotechnology Centre, meets local yam farmers

THE UWI, Mona and the State University of New York (SUNY) – Binghamton have been collaborating to identify the different forms of pathogens that exist in yams in Jamaica. The hope is that the team...more

From left are: Daren Watson, Jhordanne Jones, Joni Hall and Jermaine Young.

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Mona produces 4 Fulbright Scholars

FOUR GRADUATES FROM The UWI, Mona were recently awarded Fulbright graduate scholarships which they will be taking up later this year. They are Daren Watson and Jhordanne Jones, who received...more

McDonald … says strategic public/private partnerships will enable The UWI, Mona to increasing revenues


The UWI, Mona inks LNG deal with New Fortress Energy

THE UWI, MONA Campus will immediately upgrade its existing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant to reduce its energy costs by approximately J$52 million annually and improve its environmental...more

MANSINGH… is responsible for the faculty’s overall academic and administrative management, including its financial affairs


Dr Mansingh to head The UWI’s new Faculty of Sport

DR AKSHAI MANSINGH has been appointed Dean of the new Faculty of Sport at The University of the West Indies. Mansingh was selected following a search for candidates which concluded last month. His...more



Yerodin Richards has two great loves: skateboarding and computer science

SKATEBOARDING IS A sport not often mentioned in Jamaica, and when it is, it is usually in the context of a pastime rather than a serious undertaking. Twenty-year-old Yerodin Richards wants to...more


Sir Roy Augier (right), professor emeritus of History, The UWI, Mona symbolically accepts a copy of the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography from Franklin W Knight, emeritus professor at Johns Hopkins. Knight donated several copies of the dictionary to the Main Library in honour of Sir Roy, his former professor, at a recent function at the Mona Campus. Sharing in the occasion from left are Professor Matthew Smith, Head of the Department of History and Archaeology and Dr Paulette Kerr, Campus Librarian.

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A book a day…

Noted historian gives hundreds of books to his alma mater

FRANKLIN W KNIGHT, emeritus professor at Johns Hopkins University, has no reservations about supporting his alma mater, The UWI, Mona. Knight who graduated from The UWI, Mona in 1964 with a degree...more

Engineering is a popular choice among students. In this UWIMONA Now file photograph these two high school students visit the Mona School of Engineering booth and try on engineering gears during Career Day 2017 at the Mona Campus.

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Mona School of Engineering launches Preliminary Engineering Programme

COME SEPTEMBER 2017, the Mona School of Engineering will roll out its Preliminary Engineering Programme. This programme forms part of the school’s vision to expand its offerings to a wider cross...more

A sample of the range of yam products produced by Asemota and her team.

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UWI researchers helping to transform Jamaica’s sporting industry

BY THE TIME the final leg of a two-day symposium titled, “Athletics Meets Science: Jamaica’s Pursuit of Greatness” ends later today in London, the team of presenters from The UWI, Mona would...more

YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING CHARGE OF THE REGION’S BIOECONOMIC GROWTH: Professor Helen Asemota (2nd left), pose with a group of graduate research students. Front Row: From right are Shivanjali Dondapati, Tamara Grant, Princess Bell, and Lowen Williams. Back Row: From left are Carlton Barrows, Elizabeth Mills, Racquel Wright, Nikolai Lutas and Kenton Logan.


UWI yam research poised to boost bioeconomic growth

FOR PROFESSOR HELEN Asemota, Executive Director of the Biotechnology Centre, The UWI, Mona, and Leader of The UWI Yam Biotechnology Research Group, the Jamaican yam is serious business. Asemota,...more

Dacres… was the first Jamaican to reach the final of a discus event at the 15th IAAF World Championships


UWI student athlete Fedrick Dacres continues to shine

A SELF-PROCLAIMED SKILLED footballer in his early days at Calabar High School, Fedrick Dacres decided to give up the sport as he saw no future in it. He then went on to dabble in badminton and...more



Happy Independence Day!

As Jamaica celebrates 55 years of independence this year there is a lot to be thankful for. Independence is a time for us to reflect on our past accomplishments and refocus our collective efforts...more

As Jamaica celebrates 55 years of independence this year there is a lot to be thankful for. Independence is a time for us to reflect on our past accomplishments and refocus our collective efforts...more


Vamos a Cuba 
 Professor Paulette Ramsay (2nd right), Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at The UWI, Mona Campus shares lens time with a group of students before they jetted off to Cuba on a Spanish Language Immersion trip from June 2 to 16. They were accompanied by their lecturers, Nadine Barnett (left) and Ossain Martinez (4th from right). Photo by Aston Spaulding

Mona retains title as UWI Inter-Campus Games Champs The UWI, Mona Campus retained their hold on the 2017 UWI Inter-Campus Games Championship trophy, beating The UWI, Cave Hill Campus by two points. The defending champions amassed 102 points, The UWI, Cave Hill 100, The UWI, St Augustine 76 points, and The UWI Open Campus 18 points. In this contributed photograph, supporters cheer on their favourites during the competition held recently at The UWI, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.

Prof Leo-Rhynie gets Chancellor’s Medal Sir George Alleyne (right), presents the Chancellor’s Medal to Elsa Leo-Rhynie, Professor Emerita of The UWI at a ceremony at The UWI Regional Headquarters on June 23, 2017.  The Chancellor’s Medal is a special award of distinction made by The UWI Chancellor to a person who “has made a substantial and likely lasting contribution to the welfare and development of The UWI”.

Renewed focus on Engineering Dr Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, calls attention to the new sign at the rebranded Science and Engineering Branch Library (SEBL). Earlier, Wheatley and UWI, Mona Deputy Principal Professor Ishenkumba Kahwa, unveiled the sign at the official opening ceremony held at the Mona Campus on Wednesday, May 17. The facility was upgraded to facilitate a renewed focus on Engineering.

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