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The management and Academic and Support Staff of the College of Science, Bahir Dar University visited the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the biggest infrastructure project in Africa, on Saturday, May 17, 2014.  It was really an honor to visit this historical project. The visit was planned to create awareness about this grand dam project and to show our solid commitment to support the project, financially and in any other way, until its full completion.

This project is a proof that we Ethiopians are able and ready to do grand projects like this one and it is our duty to continue to support this project until its completion.

It is to be recalled that Bahir Dar University, in collaboration with Centre for Development Studies, has conducted intellectual convention, on 28th and29th of April, 2014, with a focus of mobilizing Ethiopian intellectuals toward the Blue Nile cause under the banner of “The role of Intellectuals on Ethiopia’s rights to use the Blue Nile for development purposes”. 

Dr. Maru Alamirew Guadie of the department of Mathematics at Bahir Dar University (currently in Norway) donated 20 more mathematics books to the College of Science Library. Dr. Maru added that he is still planning to donate more books.

 

During the handover, the Dean of College of Science, Dr. Essey Kebede acknowledged Dr. Maru’s dedication to his university and called upon other faculty members and alumni of the university to donate books and laboratory equipments.

The College of Science, Bahir Dar University, has conducted the Second Annual Science Conference (ASC 2014) on the theme “Science, Sustainable Development and Global Challenges” from 2- 3 May 2014 in the University’s Auditorium.

The dean of the College of science, Dr. Essey Kebede, while addressing the audience has indicated that the conference focuses on the recent developments in the field of science, and the contribution of science to development and its side-effects to global challenges.

The Director General of Ethiopian Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, Dr. Gemedo Dalle, said in his keynote speech that maintaining biosphere through scientific assessments of global, regional and local realities is crucial to poverty reduction and sustainable development through enhancing scientific understanding. He added that providing high quality education in science and technology provides good opportunity in the global competition.

Four plenary lectures were delivered by eminent Professors within and outside Ethiopia.

  • Unique Bio-resources from Ethiopia with Applications in Food, Medicine and Cosmetics: Professor (Emeritus) Ermias      Dagne, Addis Ababa University.
  • The imperatives of research universities in Ethiopia: Professor Masresha Fetene, Addis Ababa University.
  • Solar Energy for Sustainable Development: Professor Teketel Yohannes, Addis Ababa University.
  • Challenges in teaching chemistry laboratories in some universities in Ethiopia: Professor Zewdu Gebeyehu, Columbus State University, USA.

More than 150 research articles, from different universities and organizations in the country on:

  • the basic sciences (biology, chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics, physics, statistics)
  • applied sciences, (agriculture, health and medicine, material sciences, industrial chemistry, technology)
  • green science,
  • sustainable development, and
  • global challenges

were submitted for oral presentation at this conference. Of these 60 were selected by peer review process. About 50% of the selected papers are from Bahir Dar University. The remaining portion of the presentation comes from more than 13 universities in the country. These research papers were presented in seven parallel sessions.

The two days conference brings together the expertise of the presenters and other participants from all over the country to discuss the above mentioned issues of common concern, have a common understanding on our responsibilities in working towards development and promoting environmentally friendly discoveries of science and technology and propose alternatives and solutions.

The conference was also intended to inspire high school and preparatory school students towards science and technology fields. Accordingly 100 students selected (by academic merit) from 12 schools were invited to attend the conference and to visit the different laboratories in the college. Dr. Baylie Damtie, president of the university has delivered a lecture to them.

More than 450 participants have attended the conference.

The Academic Council of the College of Science, Bahir Dar University, in its regular meeting held on 29 January 2014 has endorsed the list of editorial team of the Ethiopian Journal of Science & Technology (EJST) proposed by the college management. The team consists of one Editor-in-Chief, 11 Associate editors and 30 International advisory board members indicated below. For more read the attached file

Dr. Maru Alamirew Guadie, a staff in the Department of Mathematics at Bahir Dar University, who has recently completed his PhD study at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, has donated six different mathematics books to the College of Science, Bahir Dar University. During the handover of the books, the dean of the College of Science at Bahir Dar University, Dr. Essey Kebede, said that the books donated by Dr. Maru are of high importance to the department and will be reserved in the College of Science Library.

He has been working as lecturer of Statistics in BDU since April, 2006. He has served as Central statistician at university level from September 24 –August 23, 2010 and Chief Registrar of Bahir Dar University since August 24, 2010. He is working as a member in different committees such as Academic and Standard Review Committee and Graduate council committee. Ato Awoke has published a research article entitled “Impact and Treatment of the Evaluators’ Effect on Employees’ Performance Appraisal” . He is also an active participant in different ocmmunity services.

Dr. Mulugeta Kibret is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, College of Science, and he is one of the renowned researchers and senior faculty members in Bahir Dar University. He has over 19 publications which are published in peer reviewed national and international journals.

 

It is to be recalled that Management of EJST is transferred from the Office of Vice President for Research and Community Services, Bahir Dar University, to the College of Science in September 2013.

A tripartite Grant Contractual agreement was signed among The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology, Bahir Dar University and the principal Investigator/Dr. Ayalew Wondie/ at colorful ceremony organized by the Ministry on June 07, 2013 at Addis Ababa.

 

 The purpose of the project is to introduce Rice-based fish farming as a means of double crop production from the unit land, is cost-effective practice for poor farmers. The lack of adequate knowledge and support to farmers keep them away from the benefits of rice-based fish farming in Lake Tana floodplains. Thus, rice farming becomes the single most important livelihood for a vast majority of the rural poor in the study area. None of the farmers use fish in integration of rice so far. However, rice and fish cultivation have been an essential part of the life of Bangladeshi, Singapore, Thialand and China people from time immemorial.

 

 According to the finding of several studies carried out across the world, Fish farming in rice fields offers a solution to places that have huge population and limited farmland, contributing to food production and income generation.

 

 During the agreement it was learnt that the project will be conducted in selected individual farm landowners to improve food security and income which eventually would inspire farmers to take up rice-fish farming in the selected areas. Nevertheless, a number of community based Fish Culture pilot site studies are important for a system to upscale. This study will investigate the potential rice-fish farming so as to maximize the productivity of the areas