Archived Issue April 2012

A circular rainbow is not something you often see, but it happened on April 14, triggering a flurry of interest and speculation. It happened during the Postgraduate Open Day taking place at the St. Augustine Campus (see Postgraduate Choices Article) and fortunately, one of the faculty members helping students make their decisions, Professor Ramsey Saunders, a professor of medical physics was on hand to shed some light.

He explained that it is a simple optical phenomenon where light is dispersed by the clouds and because of the dispersion one would see the various colours.

As it was midday, with the sun directly overhead, the symmetry would create a circular rainbow, he said. If the sun were further to the east or the west, the result would be more of an arc, “what we got is a midday rainbow,” he said.

As is typical of the times, several people captured the sight and posted it online, but we particularly liked this one taken by Joshua Brizan from his home in Trincity.

Other Top Stories

Taking out the plastic
Picnic on the greens
The journey of a cocoa pod
Beautiful beans
Food technology pioneer
George Moon Sammy
Kites and computers
Bonds that fly

UWI Calendar May - June 2012

Canada's Govenor General Visits UWI for a panel discussion
2 May, 2012
UWI St. Augustine
“Trinidad and Tobago: Our place in the region”
3 May, 2012
Naparima Bowl, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
Seminar on the future of the pension industry in the Caribbean
4 May, 2012
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
SALALM LVII Conference
16-19 June, 2012
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Hydrocarbon Economies
20-22 June, 2012
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Poeciliid Biologists
25-28 June, 2012
UWI St. Augustine
7th Caribbean Creative Writers’ Residential Workshop
8-19 July, 2012
Trinidad and Tobago
Shifting the Geography of Reason IX
19-21 July, 2012
UWI St. Augustine

Also In This Issue

  Reporting to the Council
  Message from the Principal: Two New Faculties
  Loitering at Death's Door
  New Guild of Students executive
  Postgraduate choices
  Ways to reduce plastic use
  A long love story
  Bean to bar
  Substance and mortality
  Language Matters
  A founding father
  Patent Drafting
  CITS Flies high
  Visual Arts winners
  T20 champs