Archived Issue July 2010

When the explosion occurred at BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20, 2010, unfortunately killing 11 platform workers, injuring 17 others and triggering an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), no one could have imagined its impact.

Now recognised as one of the worst spills in history, estimates from US scientists suggest that approximately 160-380 million litres (between 42 to 100 million gallons) of oil have already entered the GOM.

Two of our scientists, Dr Judith Gobin and Dr Azad Mohammed try to assess the impact of the oil spill on eco-systems, and offer some reassurance to the Caribbean.

“The impacts of this disaster are compounded by the sheer size and scope of it. The picture is indeed grim, not only for the Gulf of Mexico’s environment and proximal areas–their coastal and marine ecosystems–but for the cascading effects, and ultimately on human beings in terms of loss of livelihoods and severely affecting the tourism industry. The longer-term socio-economic impacts are therefore expected to be severe,” they say in their review read article>>.

Caption: OIL SPILL AFTERMATH: Pelicans from the rehabilitation centre in Buras, LA were flown from New Orleans International Airport to the Rockport Airport and were released at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Aransas Pass, TX. 27 June 2010. Image: © BP p.l.c.

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A shake up call
Earthquake consultation
5 receive VC’s award
4 prizes for UWI Today
It’s all about players
SA manager says put them first

UWI Calendar July - October 2010

Mango Festival
Sunday July 25 2010
University Field Station, Mt Hope
COMSOL Multiphysics Workshop
Tuesday August 3, 2010
UWI, St. Augustine
Ayurveda Conference and Exhibition
Tuesday August 3, 2010
Amphitheatre A, St. Augustine
Caribbean Linguistics
Monday 9 to Friday 13 August, 2010
UWI Cave Hill, Barbados
Negotiating the African Presence
Tuesday 17 to Friday 20, August, 2010
UWI Mona, Jamaica
Religion in the Caribbean
Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 September, 2010
UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad
Reflections, Relevance and Continuity
Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 September, 2010
UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad
COTE 2010
Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October, 2010
UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad

Also In This Issue

  BP’s deep troubles: The far and future effects of the oil spill
  From the Principal: A Flood of Initiatives
  A self-study from inside and out
  A shake up call: Consultation delivers an earthquake action plan
  CCDC ’S Child Rights Project
  3 New Projects from School of Education: Reading, Information Literacy and Leadership
  The Far Journey of Wilson
  4 APEX awards for UWI Today
  Five receive Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence
  What the VC’s Award means to me
  Nominations open for prestigious awards
  New Archaeology rep
  Winning Community Health Outreach Students
  This Game is about Players: Unions are not the problem SA manager tells WICB