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Promotions at UWI

For Release Upon Receipt - June 26, 2012

St. Augustine

Following a recent meeting of the Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GPC) of The University of the West Indies (UWI) at its Cave Hill Campus, six senior academics were promoted to the rank of Professor. The University F&GPC endorsed the promotion of Doctors Christine Carrington, Shivananda Nayak, Christopher Starr, Veront Stachell, Eddy Ventose and Paula Tennant from the rank of Senior Lecturer to Professor.

Christine Carrington is a Professor in Preclinical Sciences at the School of Basic Health Science, Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI, St. Augustine Campus. She holds a BSc in Biotechnology from King’s College at the University of London, England, and a PhD in Molecular Virology from the Institute of Cancer Research, also at the University of London. She has been with the Department of Preclinical Sciences since 1996 and was the Faculty’s Deputy Dean for Graduate Studies and Research for four years until 2011. Professor Carrington’s research interests lie in understanding the evolutionary and ecological factors involved in the emergence of viruses from animal populations into human populations. Her current work focuses on vector-borne RNA viruses such as Dengue, Yellow Fever and Rabies.

Shivananda Nayak is a Professor of Biochemistry at The UWI's Faculty of Medical Sciences, St. Augustine Campus. He received his Master’s degree in Medical Biochemistry at Kasturba Medical College of Mangalore University, India, and his PhD in Biochemistry at the Kasturba Medical College of Manipal University.  He has authored four textbooks and is actively involved in research in the area of type-2 diabetes and wound healing activity of medicinal plants. As a researcher, he has published more than 50 articles in national and international peer reviewed journals and has received several honours and awards for his service in the discipline of Clinical Biochemistry. 

Christopher Starr is a Professor of Entomology in the Department of Life Sciences, at The UWI St. Augustine’s Faculty of Science and Agriculture. He attended Carleton University in Canada, where he received his BA in Biology. He went on to earn his Master’s degree in Entomology at the University of Kansas, USA, and then his PhD in Entomology at the University of Georgia, USA. Professor Starr’s main research interests include the nesting biology and biogeography of social insects, the systematics of social wasps and the history of ethology.

Veront Stachell is a Professor of History and Archaeology at the Faculty of Humanities and Education at The UWI’s Mona Campus. He pursued both his undergraduate and post graduate education at the Mona Campus and holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy and a PhD in Philosophy. Professor Stachell’s research interests lie in the areas of technology and slavery, the historic landscape of Jamaica, as well as Land and Land Tenure in Post Slavery Jamaica.

Eddy Ventose is a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, UWI Cave Hill Campus. He is a highly accomplished academic, Attorney at Law and Notary Public who attained his Bachelor’s of Law Degree at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados and a Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago. He later went on to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice in England, a Master’s of Law with First Class Honours from the Cambridge University in England, and a PhD from the University of Oxford in England. His research interests and areas of legal practice include Intellectual Property Law, Trade and International Economics Law, Public Administration, and Corporate and Commercial Law.

Paula Tennant is a Professor at the Department of Life Sciences, at The UWI’s Mona Campus, where she teaches a graduate course, Plant Diseases and their control, and undergraduate courses including Molecular Biology, Virology and Plant Biotechnology. Professor Tennant is a research plant pathologist working with diseases in fruit crops. Her work involves the identification of viruses that attack vegetables and fruit crops with an emphasis toward developing management strategies using biotechnology, as well as natural sources of tolerance or resistance from diverse germplasm, including domestic and wild species.

Professor Kit Fai Pun, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management in the Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, has been named Campus Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.


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