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PhD Fellowship Advert: FLYgene Project

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We are seeking to appoint a full-time PhD Fellow to undertake research in a new project on Sustainable and efficient insect production for livestock feed through selective breeding (FLYgene). The PhD fellowship will focus on developing an Internet-of-Things (IoT) based platform for large scale identification and phenotyping of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) in managed breeding sites within Kenya and Uganda. The PhD position will be primarily based at Makerere University (MAK), Uganda, with at least 1 year mandatory stay at Aarhus University (AU), Denmark. The proposed work hypothesizes that it is possible to develop efficient and affordable sensor-based methods, including computer-vision, to identify BSF at family level, and record phenotypes (focusing on traits such as growth rate, protein content and fitness) for selective breeding. Methods and tools combining mechanics, electronics, computer vision systems with illumination at different spectral wavelengths of light, and machine learning for automated recognition will be investigated. Initial experiments will be done at AU in Denmark and validated at MAK. Validated methods will be implemented to generate the phenotypic data at MAK and University of Nairobi (UoN).

The PI is supported with funding from DANIDA. The PI will support the successful PhD Fellow for 3 years. Funds will cover: MAK PhD tuition for 3 years, monthly stipend as per MAK rates, research supplies, conference attendance and other research-related costs such as a visit to collaborators’ laboratories.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Closing date: Friday 15th April 2022 at 23:59 EAT. Expected start date: 1st May 2022, or as soon as possible afterward.

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Integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) into Construction Education; A stake holder engagement held.

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The Construction and Economics Department at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) is undertaking a study to explore the possibilities of mainstreaming Building Information Modelling (BIM) into the curricula.

A study supported by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (MaKRIF) is conducted by a team led by Dr. Pamela Achieng, lecturer in the Department of Construction Economics and Management at CEDAT.  The Research team is comprised of Ms. Wesonga Rachael, Mr.  Semanda Julius, Mr. Odongkara Billy Brian, Mr. Tom Mukasa and the Departmental Head, Dr. Nathan Kibwami.

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MTSIFA gets into partnership with the University of Bergen

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The Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Art (MTSIFA) in the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) Makerere University has entered into a partnership with the University of Bergen (UIB), Faculty of Art, Music and Design to work towards internalizing and nurturing local indigenous knowledge.

The project will contribute to a multidisciplinary internationalization of higher education between global south and north with art, design, music, involving the two universities and independent enterprises linked to these disciplines.

Teams from the two Universities met at the College of Engineering to further discuss the implementation details and paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Principal, Dr. Venny Nakazibwe.

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Janet Goldner Fulbright Specialist Catalogue Department of Fine Art CEDAT Makerere University August 2022

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Janet Goldner

It was a pleasure to spend six weeks teaching in the Fine Art Department of Makerere University as a Fulbright Specialist. I want to thank Dr. Lilian Mary Nabulime and Mr. Edward Balaba for their vision for the project that brought me here, their faith in me, and their guidance during this successful program. I also enjoyed meeting and working with Ms. Fedelis Nabukenya, Assoc. Professor George Kyeyune, and Assoc. Professor Rose Kirumira. 

Dr. Nabulime’s and Mr. Balaba’s idea to focus on found and local materials as art materials is an excellent and timely one. As artists, this focus trains us to be sensitive to our daily surroundings. It guides us to look carefully at the beauty and utility of the “trash” that others discard. It becomes our job as artists to reclaim and repurpose it. The use of found materials as art materials is also important since more traditional art materials are expensive for any art student or artist for that matter. Finding these “gifts from the street” requires highly honed creative skills of observation and transformation. And the use of found materials has an important role in raising awareness about climate change. Use of found and local materials lends itself to examining social issues.  

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