Bi-weekly academic seminars presentations were launched by the Institute of Mining and Mineral Processing on 27th September 2017 and the inaugural event was graced by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration and Human Resource Development, DVC (ADRM), Prof F. Wachira. During the inaugural event two seminar topics were presented; Changing Mean and Extreme Climate over East Africa by Dr. Victor Ongoma and Effects of Climate Change on African Tea by Prof F. Wachira.


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Prof F. Wachira making his presentation where it emerged that tea growing areas in western highlands of Kenya were diminishing faster than those in the Central highlands. This was attributed to Climate Change.

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Dr. Victor Ongoma presenting his paper on, “Changing Mean and Extreme Climate over East Africa”. His work projected rainfall increase over East Africa region throughout the 21st century. He termed this to be a paradox given that current trends show a decrease in rainfall over the region.

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Mid this year, Vallary Kimatwek and Margaret Njoroge of the Institute of Mining and Mineral Processing had won the competition in the 3rd African Geoscience Student Conference held at JKUAT where they beat the University of Nairobi with whom they had been left in the finals. Their achievement won them a travel grant to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA for the Global finals competition where they represented Kenya and Africa.
In the New Orleans competition, the questions featured intense competition on challenging geosciences questions. It included several rounds of questions with each round having consequent elimination in order to come up with the winner.
The two SEKU students did us proud in the competitions and emerged in 5th position worldwide where the first position was taken by master’s students from Institute of Applied Geophysics in Russia and the second by students from University of Colorado, USA.
The University congratulates Vallary and Margaret for their efforts in helping take the university to the next level and making good use of what they have learnt in the last four years.
The two students are now urging geology students and all other students from different departments to always participate in such activities, and surely, their efforts will not be in vain.


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