African Innovators Pitch their idea at Microsoft


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Working under challenging conditions, African scientists are changing the face of the continent, conducting vital research with global implications in the fields of agriculture, medicine, and resource management.Seeding Labs and The West African Research Association invite you to hear from our partner scientists about their current research and the challenges and opportunities that working in continent present.
Join us for an inspirational evening of learning and networking, and to find out how you can get involved with our work and upcoming endeavors.
Speakers will include:
Dr. Henry Nii Nmai Bulley, Assistant Professor of Geography, Dept. of Social Sciences and Human Services, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York
Dr. Bulley’s interest is in understanding the interactions between land use dynamics and the natural environment with a focus on sustainable water resource management, and adoption of geospatial science and technology for sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. His work has included water resource applications of GIS and remote sensing, landscape ecology, sustainable development, land use and land cover change at rural-urban fringe, machine learning (classification tree) analysis, spatial modeling, and web-based GIS.

Dr. Peter JeranyamaEnvironmental Physiologist, Extension Assistant Professor, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Jeranyama’s work in the Zimbabwe and The U.S. has been in the crop and soil science fields, and currently focuses on irrigation water management and drainage systems, shade cycling, leaf gas exchange and frost protection related to the cranberry industry, issues which influence production, environmental concerns, costs, and regulations.

Dr. Paul Mireji, Adjunct Scientist, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Trypanosomiasis Research Centre & Visiting Scientist in Tropical Medicine, Laboratory of Public Health and Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health
Dr. Mireji’s work in Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Tropical Entomology, Parasitology and Genomics has included research on malaria and trypanosmiasis (sleeping sickness) and the hosts of the cause of each illness, the mosquito and the tsetse fly, exploring vaccine and control effects for the latter.

The event will be moderated by Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen, whose background in technology, art, and business, and aim to foster a culture of educational excellence, has lead him to leverage local business and educational communities to create experiential learning and professional development opportunities in Cambridge. In one of his latest innovations, he has transformed his City Council Campaign into a pop-up art venue that will also become a mobile lab for science experiments.

Seeding Labs invests in exceptional scientists in developing countries who have limited resources, but limitless potential.  We provide reduced-cost lab equipment and training and foster professional networks in order to enhance higher education, support vital research and create a more connected global scientific community.

Established in 1989, The West African Research Association, (WARA) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit whose mission is to promote research and scholarly exchange and production among West African scholars and their counterparts in the US and elsewhere. WARA operates a major research center in Dakar, Senegal.