Post by Her Highness on Dec 29, 2015 20:36:09 GMT
Olaniran, 26, is the founder and CEO of Nigerian gaming company Gamsole. Olaniran founded the company in 2012, and it has venture backing from 88mph, a Kenyan seed fund. The company’s games now have more than 9 million downloads.
A Nigerian mobile game developer, Gamsole, is setting a high standard for future African gaming companies. Six months after its induction, in 2012, and under the leadership of CEO Abiola Elijah Olaniran, the company had already amassed an impressive player base of three million.
"Different markets require different strategies, and as such it does not make sense to import Silicon Valley or Wall Street wisdom wholesale when doing business in emerging African or Asian markets," said Abiola Elijah Olaniran, CEO of Gamsole.
“Different markets require different strategies, and as such it does not make sense to import Silicon Valley or Wall Street wisdom wholesale when doing business in emerging African or Asian markets,” said Abiola Elijah Olaniran, CEO of Gamsole.
Gamsole develops a wide array of entertaining and educational games for Windows Phone and Windows 8, usually around an African theme. In 2014 it was one of five companies to receive a grant from the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, and the company is growing quickly. Today over 10 million Gamesole games have already been downloaded.
Olaniran spoke to How we made it in Africa about his journey as a software developer, the primary ingredient for his success, and his entrepreneurial advice for others.What was the inspiration behind starting Gamsole?
This may sound like your cliché software developer, tech junkie story, but I actually started game development out of curiosity. I say this because my journey into technology only started because I was curious about it. I grew up in Lagos surrounded by all this technology and gadgets, things I kept trying to make sense of. I think my foray into software really started when I began visiting Microsoft for technical insight.
I got involved with Microsoft when a couple of technology evangelists from the company came to my university, and the interactions with them led me to take technology and software programming seriously. In fact to the point that I would go on to represent Nigeria at the Microsoft Imagine Cup in 2010. I participated in and won more competitions after that, but by 2012 I had focused on carving a niche in game development, and the only logical thing to do was to found a gaming company. Thus, Gamsole was born.How did you finance your start-up? How did you turn your idea into a reality?
After validating my idea by winning the Samsung developer challenge, also in 2010, I decided to focus on developing games for different app stores. During that time, I got the idea to join the 88mph accelerator programme, which provided the seed investment for Gamsole.
What was the tipping point for your company and why do you think it has been this successful?
I think the primary ingredient of our success was having strategic advisers very early on in the company which helped us understand the need for monetisation for each game we developed. We quickly became a sustainable venture, and are now profitable.
Of the games you have developed, which ones have been particularly popular? And why do you think that is?
On average, all our games have similar amounts of attention and downloads, and I believe that’s because we decided to focus on a new, emerging and under-served market at the early stage of the Windows Phone platform’s introduction.Your most effective marketing tactic so far?
To be honest, we do little to no marketing. Our downloads are mostly as a result of deep platform penetration. Regions where the Windows Phone platform is popular tend to reward us very well.
Drawing from your experience, what steps do you think African companies can take to become global players?
There are a number of local problems that can unlock tremendous value for the ones who solve them, so not every company needs to do this. However, if a start-up happens [to produce] a product whose relevance transcends borders, then they must turn their attention to quality, and work to ensure their offering can at the very least stand toe-to-toe with comparative propositions across the globe.What is the one thing you wish you knew about entrepreneurship before you got started?
Different markets require different strategies, and as such it does not make sense to import Silicon Valley or Wall Street wisdom wholesale when doing business in emerging African or Asian markets. Entrepreneurial principles are universal, but they need to be utilised in context. I’m glad I learnt that lesson early in my journey.
If you had one piece of advice for entrepreneurs just starting out in Nigeria, what would it be?
Figure out how you’re going to make money from the business before you get started. Even if it requires a bit of runway to achieve profit, ensure there is a viable revenue model underpinning the venture. It is business after all.
Post by Her Highness on Dec 29, 2015 21:52:02 GMT
Prof. Babatunde Ogunnaike
Babatunde Ayodeji Ogunnaike (1956–present) is an American Chemical Engineer of Nigerian descent and the William L. Friend Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University Of Delaware (UD). He also is the dean of UD's College of Engineering.
Babatunde was born on March 26, 1956 in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, Nigeria. He attended the University of Lagos for his bachelor's degree, graduating with First Class Honours in Chemical engineering in 1976. He commenced academic work as a lecturer at the department of Chemical engineering, University of Lagos, in 1982 and became Senior Lecturer and successively, Associate Professor of Chemical engineering. He continued lecturing at the University of Lagos until 1988. He furthered his studies and earned an M.Sc. degree in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Chemical engineering also from the same University in 1981. He was a Research Engineer with the Process Control group of the Shell Development Corporation in Houston, Texas from 1981 to 1982. He worked as a researcher for DuPont and was also a consultant to several companies including Gore, PPG Industries, and Corning Inc. He joined the faculty of the University of Delaware in 2002 and became the Dean of the College of Engineering in July 2011. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja. He is the author and editor of several books, papers and book chapters, used to educate engineers in instrumentation, systems and control at many universities. He was associate editor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology and the American Chemical Society’s Industrial & Engineering Chemistry. His research focuses on modeling and control of industrial processes; the application of process analytical technology for control of pharmaceutical processes; identification and control of nonlinear systems; the interaction of process design and process operability; applied statistics; biological control systems; and systems biology with application to neuronal responses and cancer
American Institute of Chemical Engineers 1998 CAST Computing Practice Award
2004 University of Delaware’s College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching award,
2007 ISA Eckman Award
2008 AACC Control Engineering Practice award.
Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering,
Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers,
American Statistical Association,
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American National Academy of Engineering
Post by Her Highness on Dec 29, 2015 21:53:52 GMT
Dr. Soni Oyekan
Chemical Engineering Graduate Dr. Soni Oyekan receives the Percy L. Julian Award
Dr. Soni Oyekan has received the 2009 Percy L. Julian Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. The Percy L. Julian Award is the most prestigious award presented by NOBCChE. The award recognizes and honors a recipient's scientific contributions and achievements, dedication to research, commitment to the educational development of others and passion for the chemistry profession. Dr. Oyekan was specifically recognized for his contributions in oil refining and chemical engineering. He has 10 patents and numerous publications on a variety of topics in petroleum refining and catalysis.
Dr. Soni Oyekan has over 30 years experience in the field of petroleum refining and associated technologies. Soni came to the United States in 1966 from Nigeria and earned his B.S. degree from Yale University in 1970. He subsequently went on to garner M.S. (1972) and Ph.D. degrees (1977) from Carnegie Mellon University in chemical engineering. Soni is the Reforming and Isomerization Technologist of Marathon Oil Company. Soni's contributions in the chemical engineering profession are notable due to his contributions with respect to the efficient use of reactor engineering and catalysis in the processing of crude oil to meet consumer demands for transportation fuel, heating oil, propane and butane gases and for his extensive volunteer and leadership roles in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Soni has held a variety of positions in AIChE.
The positions include chair of Fuels and Petrochemicals Division (F&PD), chair of the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) and he served as a director of the AIChE Executive Board. He is a member of the AIChE Foundation Board of Trustees and a Fellow of the AIChE. Soni has contributed over the years in technical discussions on petroleum refining at the annual National Petroleum Refiners Association (NPRA) Q&A conferences. He has been honored for his academic achievements and research in petroleum refining. Soni is a member of Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He is a member of the Yale Manuscript Society. He was honored by AIChE's Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) with MAC's Distinguished Service award in 2000. The Fuels and Petrochemicals Division honored him with its Distinguished Service award in 2002. He is listed in the 2000 13th edition of Who's Who Amongst African Americans. Dr Soni Oyekan was named an Eminent Black Chemical Engineer by MAC at the AIChE Centennial Meeting in 2008. He is the recipient of the AIChE MAC 2008 William W. Grimes award for excellent contributions in chemical engineering and mentoring of under represented minority groups.
Post by Her Highness on Dec 29, 2015 21:55:27 GMT
Saheela Ibraheem was accepted to Harvard College at age 15, and arrived at 16. She took ultra-tough Math 55. She was a teaching fellow for Harvard’s largest class, CS50. She introduced President Barack Obama at a reception in March. Now, she is graduating at just 20.
So she’s planning a well-earned rest.
Ibraheem is a Quincy House neurobiology concentrator with a computer science secondary and an aim for a career in academia. That means graduate school is in her future. But first she’s taking a gap year and, for once, has no specific plans for it yet.
Ibraheem, who grew up in Piscataway, N.J., has long been in the spotlight for her academic achievements. At 16, she was named to a list of “The World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers,” which got the attention of the White House. She was invited to Washington, D.C., in early March, where she introduced the president and first lady at a reception to kick off Black History Month.
“She’s like the State Department and the National Institutes of Health all rolled into one,” Obama said during a short speech. “Young people like this inspire our future.”
Ibraheem became interested in neurobiology in high school — which she entered after skipping sixth and ninth grades — when she picked up a copy of “Gray’s Anatomy” at the school library. She fed that interest at Harvard not just in class, but also in the laboratory of Emery Brown, who investigates the neurobiology of anesthesia and holds appointments at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.
Ibraheem’s parents are both numerically inclined. Her father is a quantitative analyst for a New York bank, and her mother is an accountant. She has three younger brothers, two of whom are in their first years at Yale University and Dartmouth College. Lest her academic accolades give her a big head, one brother reminds her occasionally that he got into Yale, and she didn’t.
Being younger than her Harvard classmates didn’t prove too difficult, Ibraheem said, though she recalled that one first meeting with a classmate devolved into an argument about how old she really was. Other than that, she said that being too young to buy some cold medicines or to see R-rated movies were the most significant obstacles.
At Harvard, Ibraheem has been a member of the Harvard Islamic Society, and worked with two other student groups: the Science Club for Girls, which provides after-school mentoring at the Amigos School in Cambridge, and, Dreamporte, which uses 3-D technology to teach geography and world culture to foster children.
When asked what advice she had for incoming students, Ibraheem said that they shouldn’t shy away from challenging classes, but that they also shouldn’t sacrifice sleep and free time just to study endlessly.
“There are so many new people. Meet as many as you can. Maybe try out extracurriculars you didn’t [try] before,” Ibraheem said.
Ibraheem said her Harvard experience transformed her from a shy person to someone comfortable meeting people, talking with them, and listening to them.
Post by Her Highness on Dec 29, 2015 21:57:42 GMT
First female physics professor in Africa
Deborah Enilo Ajakaiye (born 1940) is a Nigerian geophysicist. She is the first female physics professor in Africa
and her work in geophysics has played an important role in mining in Nigeria.
Ajakaiye was born in 1940 in the city of Jos, the capital of Plateau State in Nigeria. She was the fifth of sixth children. Her parents believed in equal education of the sexes and distributed household chores among both the male and female children. In 1962 she graduated from the University of Ibadan with a degree in physics. She received a master's degree at the University of Birmingham in England, and in 1970 received her Ph.D. in geophysics from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. Originally interested in mathematics, Ajakaiye says she chose to pursue geophysics because she believed it could help her country.
Ajakaiye became the first female professor of physics in Africa in 1980. She has taught at Ahmadu Bello University and the University of Jos, serving as the dean of natural sciences at the latter. Her work with geovisualization has been used to locate both mineral deposits and groundwater in Nigeria. She has also created a map of the topography of Nigeria, working with several of her female students. Ajakaiye stated that many male scientists had changed their perception of women scientists after interacting with her and her students.
Ajakaiye has been recognized for both her scientific advancements and her aid to the nation of Nigeria. The Nigerian Mining and GeoSciences Society honored her for her work, making her the first woman to receive the award. She was also the first black African to be named a fellow of the Geological Society of London.
Post by Her Highness on Dec 29, 2015 22:01:25 GMT
Mobolaji E. Aluko (b. 2 April 1955; in Lagos, Nigeria) is a professor of Chemical Engineering at Howard University, Washington, DC, and was Chair of its department from 1994-2002. With an BSc degree (1976) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ife (Nigeria; now Obafemi Awolowo University), he also attended Imperial College, University of London; University of California, Santa Barbara; and State University of New York, Buffalo (for graduate and post-doc studies). He has had sabbatical teaching and research stints at various times at the University of Washington, (Seattle; Materials Science Department); the University of Maryland (College Park; Chemical Engineering), and the Ekiti State University (Nigeria; Mechanical Engineering Department). He started teaching at Howard University in August 1984. His research interests are mathematical modeling, chemical reaction engineering, electronic materials processing, energy systems, information technology and education pedagogy.
He is President/CEO of Alondex Applied Technologies, LLC: one-time Lead Consultant and International Coordinator of the LEAD Program at the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Nigeria; and Principal Academic Consultant and Member of the Board of AfriHUB (Nig.) Ltd., a ICT resource provider for universities in Nigeria.
He is an activist and frequent commentator on Nigerian and African affairs. He was recently (February 2011) appointed as the Vice-Chancellor (i.e., University President) of the Federal University, Otuoke, in Bayelsa State of Nigeria, one of nine new federal universities established by the Federal Government.
He is the uncle of professional footballer Sone Aluko who plays for Hull City in the Premier League, and Eniola Aluko who plays for Chelsea Ladies of the FA WSL.
Post by Shymmex on Jan 14, 2016 14:17:55 GMT
he ultimate goal of any scientist is to discover something ground breaking, to use knowledge to think beyond existing understanding and to develop solutions with real impact for society. New York based Professor of Chemistry, Wunmi Sadik, is doing just this in her work looking at biomaterials. Dr Sadik is developing sensors, which have the potential to do everything from detecting a bomb at an airport to a cancerous cell in the human body.
Dr Sadik’s specialised area of chemistry, concerning synthetic and engineered nanomaterials, is a mystery to the majority, but the outcomes of her work have implications for the global community. Dr Sadik’s work will drive changes in many areas, including early diagnosis of cancer, dentistry, DNA testing, pain management and even homeland security. Her work has repeatedly received recognition as having real impact and significant value for society. In 2003 Dr Sadik’s work was named by the United States Chronicles of Higher Education as one of ten research projects across the world which could keep society safer.
Dr Sadik’s discoveries are the culmination of a long and impressive career in research and development. She received a PhD in Chemistry from UOW in 1994, did her postdoctoral research at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Las Vegas and has held appointments at Harvard University, Cornell University and Naval Research Laboratories in Washington, DC. What sets her work apart is her ability to transform research into real life applications. “The success I have had in attracting funding for my scholarly work is due to my ability to creatively use fundamental information to provide solutions to real-life analytical problems.”
She also currently holds four US patents and has received international awards as well as honoured positions. These include Harvard University’s Distinguished Radcliffe Fellowship, National Science Foundation’s Discovery Corps Senior Fellowship, Australian Merit Scholarship Award, as well as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in Britain.
When Dr Sadik was choosing where to complete her PhD in the 1990s she was attracted to UOW’s international reputation in areas such as Conducting Polymers and Electro-analytical Chemistry. Dr Sadik found the competitive scholarly environment at UOW conducive to her research and it wasn’t long before her work here at Wollongong to be noticed for its future potential impacts.
“The most vivid memory of my Wollongong years was when I received the reviewers’ comments on my first peer-reviewed research article. The reviewers noted that ‘the work had a significant value with a potentially large impact to the field.’ I was very ecstatic when those comments came. I felt then that my decision to come to Wollongong was worth all of the efforts. That work eventually resulted in a United States patent.”
Now as a Professor of Chemistry & the Director of the Centre for Advanced Sensors & Environmental Systems at State University of New York at Binghamton, Dr Sadik is combining her work with mentoring young scientists. “The most rewarding aspect of my current position is the opportunity of a broad impact on the development of career scientists from the crucial undergraduate years through doctorate and post-doctorate levels.”
Dr Sadik encourages aspiring scientists to really think about the bigger picture and potential impact of their work. “I would tell them to be persistent, to have a true love for what they do, and to develop the ability to see beyond their limitations.” Dr Sadik lists among her greatest achievements her role in guiding the work of young scientists and encouraging them to also be innovative in their approach as she has been. “I believe that perseverance, risk-taking and luck play an important role in discovery and as scientists, they should not be afraid of challenging the conventional wisdom.”
Dr Sadik herself still maintains the spark which drove her early work and true passion for research. “For me, I have found out that the enduring desire to know is much more compelling than the short-lived excitement of discovery.”Source
Post by Shymmex on Jan 14, 2016 14:25:35 GMT
Margaret Ebunoluwa "Maggie" Aderin-Pocock, MBE (born 9 March 1968) is an English space scientist. She is an Honorary Research Associate in UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy. Since February 2014, she has co-presented the long-running astronomy TV programme The Sky at Night, alongside Chris LintottPersonal life and education
Aderin-Pocock was born in London, to Nigerian parents. Her name "Ebunoluwa" stems from the Yoruba words "Ebun" meaning "gift" and Oluwa meaning "God", which is also a variant form of the word "Oluwabunmi" or "Olubunmi" meaning "gift of God" in Yoruba.She attended La Sainte Union Convent School in North London. She has dyslexia and, as a child, when she told a teacher she wanted to be an astronaut, it was suggested she try nursing, "because that's scientific, too". She gained four A-Levels in maths, physics, chemistry and biology.
She attended Imperial College London, earning a BSc in physics in 1990 and a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1994. Her thesis was accepted in 1995, entitled "Interferometric Studies of Very Thin Lubricant Films in Concentrated Contacts". This project involved development of an ultra-thin film measurement system (using spectroscopy and interferometry to the 2.5 nm level).This doctoral research involved improving the optical performance and the mechanical design of the system, as well as development of control and image processing software. Other techniques at the time could only operate to the micron level with much poorer resolution. This development work resulted in the instrument being sold by an Imperial College spin-off company.
She discussed her biography on BBC's Desert Island Discs in March 2010, and has been the subject of numerous biographical articles on women in science.
She lives in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband Martin and daughter Lauren, who was born in 2010.Career
Aderin-Pocock has worked on many projects, from private industry to government contracts to academic research. She began in the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency on missile warning systems. She then worked on hand-held instruments to detect landmines. Aderin-Pocock moved back to Imperial College London in 1999 with a fellowship from the Science and Technology Facilities Council to work with the group developing a high-resolution spectrograph for the Gemini telescope in Chile, which probes the heart of stars by converting the starlight gathered by huge telescopes into the spectrum of colours, and then analyses them to work out what's happening billions of miles away.
She was the lead scientist for the optical instrumentation group for Astrium. She is working on and managing the observation instruments for the Aeolus satellite, which will measure wind speeds to help the investigation of climate change. She is also a pioneering figure in communicating science to the public, specifically school children, and also runs her own company, Science Innovation Ltd, which engages children and adults all over the world with the wonders of space science.
Aderin-Pocock is committed to inspiring new generations of astronauts, engineers and scientists and she has spoken to about 25,000 children, many of them at inner-city schools telling them how and why she is a scientist, busting myths about careers, class and gender. Through this Aderin-Pocock conducts "Tours of the Universe", a scheme she set up to engage school children and adults around the world in the wonders of space. She also helps encourage scientific endeavours of young people by being a celebrity judge at the National Science + Engineering Competition. The finals of this competition are held at The Big Bang Fair in March each year to reward young people who have achieved excellence in a science, technology, engineering or maths project.
Aderin-Pocock was the scientific consultant for the 2009 mini-series Paradox, and also appeared on Doctor Who Confidential.In February 2011 she presented Do We Really Need the Moon? on BBC Two. She also presented In Orbit: How Satellites Rule Our World on BBC Two on 26 March 2012.
Since 2006, Aderin-Pocock has served as a research fellow at UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies, supported by a Science in Society fellowship 2010-2013 funded by Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). She previously held two other fellowships related to science communication, including science and society fellowships 2006–08 Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) and 2008–10 (STFC). Also in 2006, she was one of six "Women of Outstanding Achievement" winners with GetSET Women.
In 2009, she was appointed an MBE for her services to science and education. She also was awarded an honorary doctorate from Staffordshire University in 2009 for contributions to the field of science education.
In 2015, she appeared on Series 5 of children's television show Hacker Time.
From its third series, she has appeared on Duck Quacks Don't Echo as one of the verifiers.Awards
2013 — UK Power List, listed as one of the UK top 10 most influential black people
2013 — Yale University Centre for Dyslexia "Out of the box thinking award"
2012 — UK Power List, listed as one of the UK top 100 most influential black people
2011 — Winner of the "New Talent" award from the WFTV (Women in Film and Television)
2010 — Awarded Honorary fellowship from the British Science Association
2010 — Awarded third STFC Fellowship in Science in Society, held at UCL
2010 — Subject of a BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs episode
2009 — Winner of Red Magazine's "Red’s Hot Women" Award in the pioneering category
2009 — UK Power List, Listed as one of the UK top 100 most influential black people
2009 — Awarded honorary degree from Staffordshire University
2009 — MBE awarded in 2009 New Year’s Honours list for services to science education
2008 — Awarded second STFC Fellowship in Science in Society, held at UCL
2008 — Invited to give a "Friday Night Discourse" at the Royal Institution
2008 — The British Science Association Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award Lecture
2008 — Winner Arthur C Clark Outreach Award for Promotion of Space
2006 — UKRC (now WISE, UK) Woman of Outstanding Achievement
2006 — Awarded inaugural Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Fellowship in Science in Society, held at UCL
2005 — Awarded "Certificate of Excellence" by the Champions Club UK (in recognition of efforts at promoting the study of science among young girls, especially those from ethnic minority backgrounds)Source
Post by Shymmex on Jan 14, 2016 14:30:22 GMT
Segun Toyin Dawodu
Segun Toyin Dawodu (born October 13, 1960 in Nigeria) is currently an Attending Interventional Physiatrist with the WellSpan Health, and was previously an Associate Professor of Pain Medicine at Albany Medical College. He has been a major contributor to the peer-reviewed articles on the diagnosis and management of Spinal Cord Injury, Cauda Equina and Conus Medullaris Syndromes, Swallowing Disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury.
He established the first website on Nigeria's socio-political issues, Dawodu.com, in 1998 leading the way to the establishment of other similar websites on Nigeria issues.He also established the first website on the history and people of the old Benin Kingdom, edo-nation.net, in 1998 and provided the first free email service from a Nigerian organization.He was a pioneer member of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) in Nigeria in 1987.
He is a graduate of Medicine (MD) from University of Ibadan, Nigeria, of Law from University of London/Queen Mary (LL.B and LL.M), graduate of Medical Informatics (Master of Science) from Northwestern University and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School with an MBA. He is board certified in the medical specialties of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine, Sports Medicine, Clinical informatics, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is also a diplomate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland.
He is a licensed Physician in the United States in New York and other states , , in the United Kingdom with the General Medical Council, Nigeria with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago. He is also a licensed Medical Informatician as a specialist in Medical informatics/ Health informatics with the United Kingdom Council For Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP).He was previously (2000-2001) a Clinical Instructor of Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital/Medical School in New York City before going into solo private practice.
He has served in many capacities in different professional organizations including being currently a member of the editorial board in the Knowledge NOW publications of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, membership of different committees of the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, etc.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Fellow of the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, and Member/Diplomate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Post by Shymmex on Jan 14, 2016 14:41:15 GMT
Adenike Grange attended high school in Lagos and then at St. Francis' College, Letchworth in the United Kingdom. From 1958 to 1964 she studied medicine at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She worked in Dudley Road Hospital in Birmingham before returning to Nigeria in 1965, where she continued to work in hospitals in Lagos. She returned to the UK in 1967 and became senior house officer (paediatrics) at the St Mary's Hospital for children, and obtained a Diploma in Child Health in 1969. In 1971 she joined the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. In 1978 she became a lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. She became a Senior Lecturer in 1981 and a Professor in 1995.
Adenike Grange acted as a consultant to the Federal Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and USAID. She was WHO Adviser on the Reproductive Health Programme in Nigeria from 1993 to 1999. She is the author of over fifty scientific papers, mainly on diarrhoeal and nutritional conditions in children. She served as President of the International Paediatric Association. In her long career, she became known as a strong voice in the fight to improve the health of children.
Post by Shymmex on Jan 14, 2016 14:54:46 GMT
Adejoke Ayoola, Ph.D., R.N., is an Associate Professor at the Calvin College Department of Nursing (CCDON), in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her PhD from Michigan State University in 2007. Her doctoral dissertation focused on exploring the relationships between time of pregnancy recognition, time of initiation of prenatal care and birth outcomes. Dr. Ayoola received the American Nurses Foundation/Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) and Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation funding to conduct her doctoral dissertation. Dr. Ayoola’s current research is to implement and evaluate an intervention to promote knowledge of reproductive changes and self-efficacy about pregnancy planning and pregnancy recognition in three residential, ethnically diverse low-income communities. These are the partnering neighborhoods with CCDON program. The goal of the project is to reduce the risk of unplanned pregnancy and promote early recognition of pregnancy.
Dr. Ayoola is a member of the MNRS and the CCDON Vice President for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Kappa Epsilon-at-Large. Her research demonstrates that there is a place for research in nursing and that research generation is very important to sustaining effective nursing practice, especially within the constantly changing health care system in the U.S.Research Articles
Contraceptive use among low-income women living in medically underserved neighborhoods
Embedding Research in Undergraduate Learning Opportunities
Conducting Research With Community Groups
In the News MentionsWhy Diversity in the Nursing Workforce Matters
One Result of the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing Report Over Three Years: A BSN to PhD Partnership Program
Adejoke Ayoola, PhD, RN is selected as a Top 20 Medical and Nursing Professor in MichiganSource
Post by Shymmex on Jan 14, 2016 15:33:25 GMT
James O. Adegoke (born 1963) is an award-winning climate scientist and professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) where he served as Chair of the Department of Geosciences (2008-2010). He also served as an appointee of the Mayor of Kansas City Missouri on the city’s Environmental Management Commission (EMC) and has testified before the South Africa Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology and the Climate Change Committee of the Nigerian House of Representatives.
In the United States, he has testified at the United States House of Representatives for the United States House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. He also serves on the Technical Advisory Board of several United Nations (UN) applied science programs, including the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) project on the application of remote sensing for water resources and ecosystem management in Africa.Background
Adegoke majored in Geography, with minors in Physics and Geology, as an undergraduate at Ahmadu Bello University. He attended the University of Ibadan, earning an M.S. in Geography, specializing in Climatology, and a Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University, focusing on satellite climatology. He conducted research at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at the University of Washington.
His work focuses on societal impacts of environmental change, including air pollution studies in rapidly changing mid-latitude urban areas, climate impacts on water resources in the Lake Chad Basin, and coastal ecosystem dynamics in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He is a member of several professional societies including the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Association of American Geographers (AAG), and American Meteorological Society (AMS). He is on the Advisory Council of the African Association for Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE).
He had held research and teaching appointments at the Federal University of Technology Minna in Nigeria, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and the Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was also formerly the Executive Director of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Natural Resources & Environment (NRE) Division, in Pretoria, South Africa. He also served as the Director of the Applied Center for Climate & Earth Systems Science (ACCESS), a Center of Excellence (CoE) of the South Africa Department of Science and Technology (DST) Global Change Grande Challenge (GCGC) program.
Post by Honorebu on Apr 12, 2016 0:01:06 GMT
Makinde Adeagbo: Software Engineer at Pinterest. Challenge seeker. Track coach.
Pinterest's engineering manager, Makinde Adeagbo, talked to TechRepublic about his jobs at Facebook and Dropbox, working best under pressure, and taking breaks from the tech world.
Makinde Adeagbo laughs a lot. It's a great laugh — hearty and genuine, and it comes fairly often as he tells his story, which is a winding, fast-paced, random one.
If one thing's obvious from his tale, it's how much Adeagbo, the engineering manager at Pinterest, enjoys life and all of its experiences, especially the thrill of change and the challenges change brings with it.
"That's what gets me going — some unstructured problem in front of you and you're responsible for figuring it out, and often it hasn't been solved before and it is unique to your situation," he said.
Born in Nigeria, Adeagbo moved around quite a bit because his father was a professor. They made stops in Canada and then Louisville, Kentucky, where he completed high school. He attended MIT, where he ran track.
Adeagbo interned at Microsoft and Apple while in college. After he graduated in 2007, he applied online to be a software engineer at Facebook, and got the job. At the time, Facebook only employed about 300 people.
"My first day my manager was like 'hey, the site's going to go down in a few days if we don't fix this class of issues, so could you just do that?' And walked away. I was fresh out of school, and basically had no idea what I was doing," he said.
But those are the situations Adeagbo said he thrives in. He stayed at Facebook for just over three years, working on various large projects to update the site. After leaving the company, he wasn't sure what to do, so he jumped at the first thing that appealed to him. He moved to Kenya.
Working with Bridge International Academies, which builds and runs low-cost schools in Nairobi, Adeagbo was hired as a software developer for three months. He worked on various projects to streamline the process, like building Android applications for school management.
A theme of his work life seemed to be appearing, and he liked it. "I thought, 'what can I do now that I won't be able to once I work at another startup,' and repeating that pattern has been a lot of fun," he said.
After returning to San Francisco, Adeagbo was ready to immerse himself in the tech world, and was hired as a software craftsman at Dropbox. He worked there a year before realizing he wanted to try his hand at leadership roles, but Dropbox was too small at the time to offer any path to higher level positions.
So what did he do? Became a track coach at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, a tuition-free private college prep school for students who are the first in their family to attend college.
It seems random, but he easily related the coaching job to his previous work at Facebook and Dropbox. He went through a process to solve a problem with a group of people, everyday.
"I didn't realize that's what I'd be doing with the track team, but at the end of the day that's what it is," he said. "You have 20 kids who are all motivated, and some people have goals they know they want to achieve, other people no clue what they're doing, but you put together this puzzle an hour and a half each day and figure out how each person can get the most out of it."
After five months there, Adeagbo considered starting his own company, but wanted to expand his skillset first by learning through a leadership role. He joined Pinterest as an engineering manager in July 2013. Adeagbo heads the "pins" team, which focuses on what people should see in the homepage, in close-ups, and on various boards. Another part of the job is onboarding the engineers Pinterest hires, which is at 150+ and growing every week, to make them comfortable and informed. He's also trying to incorporate an engineering boot camp to integrate them faster.
Adeagbo is passionate about this current gig, so he isn't looking too far in advance, but he wants to expand his horizons even more, so there's no telling what's next.
"What I realize more and more as I go along, is that being in the Valley, it's easy to get sucked into this world where things that matter are pokes and snaps and tweets," he said. "Every time I travel and get anywhere more than 50 miles away from the bay area, and see the real world and more so traveling internationally, so I'd love to focus on regular problems in the world with a more fundamental impact on how people live, and apply these skills to a broader set of problems."
In his own words...
What are your hobbies?
"Running is a big part of my life. In high school and college, as a track athlete, I was a triple jumper — if you rank athletes on laziness, that was pretty high on that list. I ran 83 feet 6 inches, so 100 meters was long for me. [Then] I got more into marathons, triathlons, Ironman competitions. I did one ironman and one 50 mile run. Now I've transitioned into fitness and fun, I go swimming, play ultimate [frisbee], and soccer."What do you like to read?
"I'm looking at my bookshelf right now. There's a fair number of standard business books, some about running, some about poker...I play a decent amt of poker, at each company I've gone to.. Facebook got me into poker, then at Dropbox, I got the company into poker the second week in."What advice do you have for engineers?
"Try not to limit yourself — by that I mean when I applied to Facebook, I read the job description for software engineer and it said you need six years experience with PHP, and these lofty requirements. I wasn't anywhere close, and I applied. When I got the interview, I thought 'they're going to destroy me,' and I did well, and none of that would have happened if i thought that when I read the description [of the job."Techrepublic