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Imbert receives Vice Chancellorís Award for Public Service

For Release Upon Receipt - June 30, 2009

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is honouring its best and brightest once again. The university’s Finance and General Purposes Committee recently confirmed the recipients of the 2008/2009 Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. This year Professor Clement Imbert will be honoured with the coveted award for his Public Service.    

Dr. Imbert, a graduate of UWI, is well known for his devotion to steel pan research. Since the 1970’s he has been deeply involved with the instrument and recently, he was a member of the team responsible for the invention and creation of the ingenious Phi Pan. His involvement with pan is very hands-on and he is currently Assistant Manager of Birdsong Steel Orchestra. His contributions to furthering the development and longevity of the national instrument have contributed to the cultural identity of our Trinidad and Tobago.

Among other recipients of the Vice Chancellor’s Awards is Dr. Michael Ponnambalam of the Mona Campus in Jamaica. Dr. Ponnambalam, a senior lecturer in the Department of Physics, will receive his award for Teaching. Ponnambalam who was also recently awarded UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award said, “For me, teaching is a sacred vocation, a proud privilege and a tremendous challenge to lead and guide the students towards enlightenment.”

Professor Anthony Harriott and Dr Affette McCaw-Binns, of the Mona Campus and Professor Robin Mahon of the Cave Hill Campus, will also receive awards for All-round Excellent Performance in Research and Public Service.

The Finance and General Purposes Committee also endorsed a number of promotions from within the organisation. These include Ms Claudia De Four, who was promoted to the post of Deputy Librarian, and Professor Andrew Chadwick, appointed Professor of Coastal/Environmental/ Water Resources. Both of whom are attached to the St. Augustine Campus.