Dr. Timothy Biswick Awarded TWAS Research Grant

April 10, 2018   Faculty of Science bimonthly bulletin
Dr. Timothy Biswick, an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the prestigious TWAS Research Grant. The selection of TWAS Research Grants is highly competitive, based purely on scientific merit. Dr. Biswick will use the grant to support his research project entitled Sustainable waste management: production of activated carbon from agricultural and agro-forestry waste. Announcing award of the grant, the TWAS Executive Director in his letter dated 15th January 2018, indicated that Dr. Biswick was select...

Faculty of Science’s Flask Wall Mushroom Team Participates in Tree Planting Day

April 10, 2018   Faculty of Science bimonthly bulletin
Chancellor College’s Faculty of Science through the Flask Mushroom Project led by Dr. Placid Mpeketula participated in a tree planting exercise that took place on 11th January 2018 at Chigumula Forest in Blantyre where 6,000 indigenous trees were planted. The exercise was organised by Weather Chasers, a WhatsApp Group whose Chairperson is Prof Sosten Chiotha. Gracing the occasion was the Vice President of Malawi Dr. Saulos Claus Chilima who encouraged Malawians to combat effects of climate change and deforestation through planting and ta...

Chancellor College and LEAD SEA host ESPA Professional Development Course

April 10, 2018   Faculty of Science bimonthly bulletin
Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) is a 43.9 million Pounds global interdisciplinary research programme that has funded more than 100 projects over eight years, examining how ecosystems function and how the services that they provide support efforts to alleviate poverty and / or enhance well-being for poor people in developing countries. Jointly funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Research Council (NERC), and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), ESPA projects included the ful...

Dyson Moses attends a Training in Japan

April 10, 2018   Faculty of Science bimonthly bulletin
Courtesy of the cordial relationship between Malawi government and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr Dyson Moses Head of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, took part in the Knowledge Co-creation Programme from 29th January to 23rd February 2018 in Tokyo and Kosaka in Japan funded by JICA. The training was organized under the theme “Geological information Management for Mineral Exploration in Africa.” Mr Moses made a presentation on Mineral development in Malawi. The training was beneficial for personal...

GEMMAP Conference Facts and Figures

April 10, 2018   Faculty of Science bimonthly bulletin
  Organizer: Department of Geography and Earth Sciences in Collaboration with Geological Survey Department, 18-19 January 2018 Aim: to disseminate preliminary results from the on-going Geological Mapping and Mineral Resources Assessment Project (GEMMAP). Participation: About 100 delegates drawn from Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining; international geological surveys; exploration and mining companies; The Malawi Polytechnic; Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), and Chanco. Papers: Over 20 papers on prelimin...

EBAFOSA Malawi Chapter Holds a Workshop at Chancellor College

April 10, 2018   Faculty of Science bimonthly bulletin
  On 18th January 2018 the Faculty of Science hosted an Ecosystem Based Adaptation For Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) workshop under the theme Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA): Lessons from ESPA Synthesis. The objectives of CSA are food security, improving adaptation and building farmer resilience to climate change and improving mitigation. In his welcome remarks, the Principal of Chancellor College, Prof R. Tambulasi highlighted a number of projects on food security that the College is implementing, indicating its commitment...

Dr. Chomora Mikeka Appointed a Member of the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council for the AAI

April 10, 2018   Faculty of Science bimonthly bulletin
Description of the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council For the “Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI)”: Supporting the Higher Education of Orphaned Students from Sub-Saharan Africa. Ashinaga, a nonprofit organization named after the 1912 American novel Daddy-Long-Legs, focuses on provid-ing educational funding and emotional support to children who have experienced the loss of one or both parents or guardians from illness, accidents, suicides, and disasters, including the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Dr. Cho...

District Agricultural Development Officer (DADO’s) Visit to Mushroom Project

April 10, 2018   Faculty of Science bimonthly bulletin
On 8th January 2018, the DADO for Chiradzulu District, Mr. Isaac Ali visited the FlaskMush project. The aim of the visit was to encourage the project on the activities it is doing in the district and to also appreciate the plans that have been set for 2018. The officer also provided technical advice for the implementation of 2018 plans. He emphasized that the project should target households and not put much emphasis on women to ensure harmony in the families and that the project should identify ready markets for mushrooms for the farmers and a...

UPGro Hidden Crisis Research in Phase 2 Activities: Detailed Hydrochemical and Residence Time Sampling to Investigate Local water Quality

April 10, 2018   Faculty of Science bimonthly bulletin
Activities in Phase 2 include: dismantling of boreholes, examining the conditions and performance of pump, rising main and borehole using CCTV; detailed local physical hydrogeological investigations and pumping tests; detailed hydrochemical and residence time sampling to investigate local water quality; and finally examining local governance arrangements. The research is funded by UK’s NERC, ESRC and DFID and involves a consortium of leading academic and research institutions including British Geological Survey, Sheffield Universit...