Namibia:Women’s Science Camp Concludes – Girls Inspired to Take Up Careers in Science, Tech Fields

The Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM camp ended on a high point last week when Intel Corporation sent 100 ecstatic high school girls home with their own tablet to help them on their road to becoming future scientists, engineers, artists, and mathematicians.
U.S. Ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson, during the closing ceremony at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) said the camp was just a beginning.
“As you return home, I encourage you to keep the spirit of WiSci going. Be an ambassador for all that WiSci stands for: intellectual curiosity, cross-cultural understanding, and support for young women interested in STEAM fields,” she added.
NUST played host to the two week long camp from 17-29 June where about 30 representatives from Google, Intel, and NASA engaged with girls from Ethiopia, Kenya, Swaziland (eSwatini), the United States, and Namibia.
Namibia was represented by 36 girls from 11 different regions. The aim of the camp was to encourage girls to take up ca..

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Tanzania:Udom Plans Introducing Biomedical Science Studies

By Ludovick KazokaDodoma — THE University of Dodoma (UDOM) is planning to introduce a course in biomedical sciences at its College of Health Sciences in order to close the gap of biomedical scientists in the country.
UDOM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Egid Mubofu made the revelation here on Wednesday, pointing out that the programme would provide the country with experts in diagnostics clinical laboratories and biotechnology among other areas of the field.
“This will provide the country with medical and non-medical laboratory technicians for maintenance of laboratory facilities,” said the UDOM Vice-Chancellor (VC) in an interview with the 'Daily News' on his first 100 days in office.
Dr Mubofu noted that plans were underway for UDOM to team up with a Japan-based Nishimura Medical Instrument Company Limited to offer capacity building to its teaching staff members in Biomedical Sciences.
“The company has demonstrated its willingness to offer training to UDOM teaching staff and an o..

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Africa:Bloodless Malaria Test Wins Africa’s Engineering Prize

By Gilbert NakweyaNairobi — An innovative device that tests for malaria without the need for drawing blood and a laboratory technician has won a 24-year-old Ugandan software engineer the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
The non-invasive innovation dubbed Matibabu, which means medical centre in Swahili, is a low-cost, reusable device that clips onto a patient's finger, and can show results within one minute on a mobile phone that is linked to it.
Brian Gitta and his colleagues received the first prize worth £25,000 (almost US$33,000) in an event held in Kenya this month (13 June), and attended by over 100 delegates from academic institutions, governments, and non-governmental organisations. At the event, four finalists from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda pitched their innovations to judges with the audience given a chance to vote.
Gitta said that his team has signed an agreement with the Ugandan government for clinical trials to enable them establish the device&..

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South Africa:4-Million-Year-Old Skull Is Similar to Ours

For 23 years the intricacies of a 4-million-year-old cranium fossil discovered in the Jacovec Cavern in the Sterkfontein Caves remained a mystery to researchers.
But thanks to high-resolution imaging technology, researchers at Wits University have discovered that the skull belonging to the extinct genus Australopithecus is remarkably similar to the human skull.
“Our study revealed that the cranium of the Jacovec specimen and of the Australopithecus specimens from Sterkfontein, in general, was thick and essentially composed of spongy bone,” researcher Dr Amelie Beaudet said.
“This large portion of spongy bone, also found in our own cranium, may indicate that blood flow in the brain of Australopithecus may have been comparable to ours, and/or that the braincase had an important role in the protection of the evolving brain.”
This means that the thick protection provided by the skull may have allowed for the human brain to evolve into what it is now.
The high-resolution scanning techn..

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Africa:No One-Size-Fits-All Solution for Climate Adaptation in Africa

Photo: Jeroen van Loon/Deutsche Welle
Maalim and other Kenyans believe Camels will provide them food security in the future. interview By Melissa BritzCape Town — Adaptation Futures 2018 – one of the largest gatherings of climate scientists, practitioners and business leaders has taken place for the first time on the African continent with the goal of highlighting challenges faced by the global south in dealing with climate impacts. allAfrica caught up with the International Development Research Centre's Georgina Cunhill Kemp to hear her thoughts.
What you are working on at the moment?
I'm a senior programme officer in the climate change programme which falls within our agriculture and environment programme and I specifically work on the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA).
This is a seven-year partnership programme between the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Department for International Development in the UK D..

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