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The Ugandan government is expected to receive US $20 million under the World Bank's Millennium Science Initiative. The funds will be used to increase the quality, quantity and relevance of Uganda's scientific and technological output and skills base. According to World Bank documents, the funds will also encourage Uganda's best researchers to remain and work in the country by establishing good working conditions.

A new study by Joseph Nguta, whose work toward his PhD is funded through the Carnegie Corporation of New York-supported Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE), documents medicinal plants that are traditionally used to treat malaria by Kenya’s Msambweni community on the country’s south coast, where the disease is endemic.

The world's least developed countries (LDCs) are also the world's least scientifically proficient. They could benefit greatly from South-South cooperation on research projects and, even more importantly, through educational and training programs. This would provide the next generation of scientists with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Young scientists in LDCs should take advantage of these opportunities to help their countries build a strong foundation in scientific excellence.

Prof Lesley Cornish and Dr Tanya Capecchi attended the second Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) from 28 – 29 September 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya.

The meeting was most useful from interactions with the sponsors of the program, as well as discussions with other members of the African materials Science and Engineering Network, AMSEN. Prof. L.A. Cornish also took this opportunity to meet with the students at the University of Nairobi who she is co-supervising. Newsletter here.

SIG board member Jacob Palis received the Balzan Prize for Mathematics from the President of the Republic of Italy on November 19, 2010 in Rome. The award was given in recognition of "his fundamental contributions to the Mathematical Theory of Dynamical Systems." The International Balzan Prize Foundation’s aim is to promote culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and brotherhood among peoples throughout the world.

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