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2017-2018 Research Colloquium Series

Since 2009, the U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program brings early career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor for residencies generally lasting six months.  While on campus, the scholars, representing a wide range of disciplines, further their research with a U-M faculty mentor.

Each UMAPS fellow will have the chance to present their scholarly work in a session of an ongoing monthly series. Talks prepared and presented by each visiting scholar are designed to increase skills in effective communications, to promote dialogue on topics, and to share the research with the larger U-M community. All are invited to attend to grasp the range and depth of work occurring through the UMAPS partnerships. 

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10/5, UMAPS Colloquium (#1)—Social Sciences I (Vandenberg Room, Michigan League)

VERONICA DZOMEKU, Nursing, KNUST, Ghana “Exploration of Expectations and Experiences of Mothers toward Childbirth Care”

THELMA FENNIE, Psychology, University of the Westewrn Cape, South Africa “Exploring Psychological Effects of Adolescent Girls’ Experiences of Menarche & Menstruation in School Settings”

AUDREY KALINDI, Population Studies, University of Zambia “Factors that Affect Use of Maternal Health Services, HIV Testing and Linkage to Medical Care in Zambia”

10/12, UMAPS Colloquium (#2)—STEM I (Koessler Room, Michigan League)

DEBELA GEMEDA BEDANE, Pharmacology, St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ethiopia “Pharmacogenetic Predictors of Antidepressant Drug Response”

MTHOKOZISI SIMELANE, Biochemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa “Ursolic Acid Acetate as a Promising Agent for Malarial Chemotherapy”

MESTEWAT DEBASU MOGNHODIE, Biochemistry, St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ethiopia “The Exploration and Utilization of Glycan-Based Biomarkers for Breast Cancer Patients on Chemotherapy in Ethiopia”

11/ 9, UMAPS Colloquium (#3)—Humanities (Koessler Room, Michigan League)

PAMELA KHANAKWA, History, Makerere University, Uganda “Bagisu Men Don’t Cry: Imbalu and the Construction of Masculinities in Uganda”

YIKUNNOAMLAK MEZGEBU, Literature, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia “From Competition to Composition:  Languages, Regions and Religions in an Ethiopian Literature”

PAUL CONWAY & KELLY ASKEW, University of Michigan “Radio, Cyberspace, and the Repatriation of African Musical Heritage”

12/7, UMAPS Colloquium (#4)—STEM II (Koessler Room, Michigan League)

OLUWAKEMI ROTIMI, Biochemistry, Covenant University, Nigeria “The Role of Epigenetics in the Toxicity of Environmental Exposures”

ZEWDU JIMA TAKLE, Physiology, St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ethiopia “The Molecular Signaling Mechanisms in the Vessel Wall after Stroke and Pathways Mediated by Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)”

SENYO ADZEI, Music, University of Cape Coast, Ghana “Processes in Shrine Music of the Awudome People of Ghana–An Ethnomusicolowgical Inquiry”

1/ 11, UMAPS Colloquium (#5)—Social Sciences II (Wolverine  Room, Michigan Union)

ODUR BENARD, Statistics, Makerere University, Uganda “A Retrospective Analysis of Progression in Neonatal and Infant Mortality Drivers in Uganda (1995-2016)”

PRECIOUS NDLOVU, Law, University of the Western Cape, South Africa “The Economics of Mergers and Acquisitions in Africa’s Regional Competition Law Frameworks: An Examination of the COMESA Competition Commission”

SOLOMON ASSEFA, Health Informatics, University of Gondar, Ethiopia “Evidence-Based Public Health Practice for Screening Hypertension in Ethiopian Public Hospitals”

2/8, UMAPS Colloquium (#6)—STEM III (Koessler Room, Michigan League)

KALILU DONZO, Biology, University of Liberia “Advanced Training in Molecular Biology Techniques: Introducing Research-based Techniques at the University of Liberia”

MOSES MUHUMUZA, Human Ecology, Mountains of the Moon University, Uganda “Holistic Community-based Biodiversity Conservation in National Parks in Rural Africa”

MELESSEW NIGUSSIE GEREME, Physics, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia “Investigation of Triggering Mechanisms of Ionospheric Irregularities in the Equatorial Ionosphere”