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Driving , Texting & Talking on phone, all at once!

Anaongea na kutext na kuendesha gari.
Hii si bure, iko namna, iko tu, atakuwa alikuwa kanywa kitu au kavuta kitu, si bure, mmmh, nakataa, haiwezekani.
Tafadhali, ishia kusoma na kuwaza tu, usijaribu hii tafadhali! Utakufwa! oh oh.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies say 25-year-old Nicholas Sparks of Burt admitted he was texting and talking when his flatbed truck hit the car Wednesday morning in Lockport (N.Y, USA). The truck then crashed through a fence and sideswiped a house before rolling front-end first into an in-ground pool.
The 68-year-old woman driving the car suffered head injuries and was in good condition. Her 8-year-old niece suffered minor injuries.
Sparks was charged with reckless driving, talking on a cell phone and following too closely. It couldn't be determined Thursday morning if he has a lawyer.
News source: AP via Yahoo News

Canon Collins Trust and Edinburgh Business School Distance Learning MBA Scholarships.

Edinburgh Business School (EBS) is working with Canon Collins Trust to select applicants resident in Africa who are citizens of SADC (Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe) and Kenya, for the EBS Distance Learning MBA Scholarship.

Canon Collins Trust will select disadvantaged individuals who have the motivation and capacity to undertake the Distance Learning MBA, but who face funding difficulties. The aim of the Scholarship Programme is to support life long learning amongst communities where it will make a positive contribution towards their development, and give individuals valuable post-graduate education which will enhance their day to day work.

The internationally regarded EBS is providing access to its innovative and flexible distance learning programme using Canon Collins Trust as an experienced partner in the selection and short listing of deserving eligible candidates. Successful candidates will be already in work, or self-employed, and at a point in their life and career where this MBA will make maximum impact for themselves and their community, although they may otherwise have been unable to undertake it due to the lack of funds. The impact of the MBA on their lives and that of their community will be crucial in determining the outcome of their application.

For an application form click here

The application process for UK scholarships runs from August to December, and for South Africa runs from April to August.

Currently accepting scholarship applications for study in South Africa. Enquires should be directed to the Regional Director canoncollins[AT]iafrica[DOT]com

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Tests for killing mosquitoes with DDT lined up - Tanzania

In two different e-groups, I have been defending the wise use of DDT. In one instance, I copied and pasted on a fellow's blog, (Koero Mkundi), who had published a post about Malaria and DDT. Today, I am glad to learn from the news report published on Tanzania's daily news paper, TheGuardian, on the subject mentioned above that the Minister for Health in Tanzania has said what I wanted to hear. Note that, Uganda has also embarked on the DDT project as well. It's my hope that, soon, Malaria will be a long forgotten disease.

And by the way, if you wanted to know what I wrote in those e-groups, make sure you read until the end of this post.

The government announced in Parliament yesterday that it would effective this year, launch tests for killing mosquitoes from their breeding grounds using DDT, which was once in use in the country but later banned by authorities. Health and Social Welfare minister Prof David Mwakyusa said this when tabling the budget estimates for his ministry for the 2009/10 financial year in the National Assembly yesterday. “The ministry will use DDT in its pilot study for Mkuranga District,” he told the National Assembly as he pleaded with the legislators to approve 478,993,078,000/- for recurrent and development expenditure for his ministry.

In the budget, which mentioned little about welfare, the minister said his ministry would improve prevention services and treatment of diseases countrywide. He added that more training would be offered to doctors and nurses, laboratory technicians and physicians on examination and treatment of malaria. “The ministry will collaborate with stakeholders in distributing treated mosquito nets free of charge to all children under five,” he said. A total of 14.6 million nets would be distributed.

SOURCE: Patrick Kisembo of THE GUARDIAN
Here are just two of the many emails I remember sending to two e-discussion groups with reference to subject matter (DDT). They were not without a challenge, however, I can not publish someone's response without their permission thus, I will just publish what is mine. Pardon my poor English.

---------- Forwarded message 1 ----------
One day I said, please, somebody else tell me something new, appealing, convincing and absolutely indisputable that I don't know about DDT vs environment and health effects. May be it wasn't in this e-group but I can surely find it from the other group and a blog that I posted it in. In the end I said and I will say it again, if I have to choose between dying of Malaria and it's side effects or DDT and side effects, I have already chosen DDT. That's my choice, that's my right, and it's my informed decision and I stick to it. Give me one reason not to use DDT and I will use DDT a thousand times for that (arrogant I may sound but that I will certainly do in blink of an eye).

---------- Forwarded message 2 ----------
From: Subi;
Date: Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM
Subject: Re: [MUCHS Alumni] ITN
To: "Dr.George M"
Cc: MUCHS Alumni

Thanks for sharing the study and findings.
I think we still have a war to fight in this. At the moment Malaria seem to be in the winning side. A multi approach is required in eradicating this disease. I wonder why there is no much talk about DDT anymore. Please do not bombard me with it's ill health effects - what's more ill than a death of a child due to Malaria every 1 minute that passes us by? and oh, about the environment concerns - please, give me a break, how much have the third world cared for the environment? and what does the Global Warming report project towards Sub Saharan Countries? - Expect the worst. What good does the environment do if all it does is propagate the breed of more mosquito and other disease vectors? I already know about that, am not ready for a lecture now.

I still defend and advocate for the wise use of DDT in eradicating Malaria. We have used it before at our home in Moshi and for the first 22yrs of my life I never suffered any illness due to Malaria until one stupid day after just a 1 month's field work in Mlali, Morogoro. My kidneys are just perfect, my relatives as well and none had ever been diagnosed with Cancer due to the DDT we carefully used to kill mosquitos. Why did we stop using it? Well, where can we buy it? It's no more in the shops and "Duka la Ushirika" is no more. Politics! Politics! Politics! Too much politics will keep on dividing and killing us even on things that we needed no any tiny bit of it in. Why aren't Italians suffering from the ill effects of DDT? This notion of just agreeing and accepting everything sometimes tickles me off badly big time. Why would they say, "no don't use DDT, it's bad"....after they themselves used it? Puhleez! Alright, say they are right, okay, what difference does it make except changing the mode of death? It's still a death anyway, isn't it?

While others are pushing and making Nuclear Bombs, we on the other end are can not agree to make DDT for safe local use, and we proudly boast that we have distinguished scientists? Yeah, distinguished scientists my foot! Yaani we are debating about making and using DDT carefully as if we are careless? Boy, does anybody need proof what we are. Basically by agreeing with them to not use DDT, we have accepted that we can't be careful. Please give a me a good reason to dispute the benefits of using DDT (and please do not repeat what I said I already know - there is no point of doing that).
What a pity!
I think I am talking to myself too much here.
Have a good week!

Waraka kwa Watanzania kutoka kwa watumishi wa Bunge

Nimeupata ujumbe huu kwa njia ya barua pepe na nimeona vyema kabisa kabisa kuiweka hapa ili ikiwa haya yaliyosemwa humu ni kweli, basi yafanyiwe kazi na tusiishie kuja kulaumia kuwa mbona tulifahamu na tusipashane habari. Ikiwa yaliyoandikwa humu si kweli, basi si neno, hakuna litakalotukia. Na mtu asiniambie tunatumia uhuru wa mawasiliano vibaya, acheni maneno na hulka zenu za kipumbavu za kuzuia kila jambo linaloandikwa kuihusu hii nchi. Ni yetu wote. Mnatuwekea vipingamizi kama vile mlipewa upendeleo sijui na nani kuwanyanyasa wenzenu. Vyeo vyenu ni dhamana, msipokuwa makini ndivyo vitakavyowasimamisha kizimbani siku ya kiama. Mtajuuuta kuvikalia hivyo viti.

Waraka wa wazi kwa Watanzania kutoka kwa watumishi wa Bunge la Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania Ufisadi ndani ya Bunge la Jamhuri ya Tanzania

Ndugu zetu Watanzania. Sisi ni wafanyakazi wa Bunge la Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania , tunapenda kutumia nafasi hii kuwafikishia ujumbe huu muhimu kupitia waraka wetu huu wazi kwenu.

Tunaomba ifahamike kuwa, haikuwa nia yetu hata kidogo kutumia njia hii kueleza mambo ya siri sana yanayofanyika ndani ya Ofisi za Bunge la Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania . Tumelazimika kuchukua hatua hii baada ya jitihada zetu za kufikisha taarifa hizi pamoja na malalamiko yetu ngazi husika kutokufanikiwa. Aidha, mbali na hayo hata juhudi za ziada tulizochukua kuwasiliana na vyombo mbalimbali vya habari hapa nchini kueleza uvundo ulio katika taasisi hii hazikufanikiwa kutokana na nguvu ya pesa iliyotumika na ofisi ya bunge kuwafunga midomo waandishi wa habari na wahariri wao.

Lakini kikubwa zaidi kilichotusukuma kuandika waraka huu kwa Watanzania wote ni baada ya kubaini kuwepo kwa njama za kuchoma moto ofisi ya uhasibu ya bunge ili kupoteza kumbukumbu muhimu kabisa za matumizi mabaya ya mabilioni ya shilingi ya ofisi ya bunge yaliyofanywa Spika pamoja na marafiki zake.. Tunaomba watanzania waelewe kuwa kuanzia sasa ofisi hizo zitaungua moto wakati wowote. Na kama jambo hili litatokea watanzania wote hasa vyombo vyetu vya ulinzi na usalama ndivyo vinavyopaswa kulaumiwa zaidi kwa kushindwa kubaini ufisadi wa kutisha katika ofisi hii hadi njama za kuchoma moto ofisi..

Ndugu zetu Watanzania, tunapenda kuwafahamisha kuwa Ofisi ya Bunge, katika kipindi cha miaka mitatu na ushee, imekuwa ikikaliwa na mafisadi wanaojificha katika jina la vinara wa mapambano dhidi ya ufisadi, na kiongozi wao wa Mkuu ni Spika wa Bunge, Samuel Sitta. Tunajua kuwa wapo baadhi ya Watanzania wenzetu wanaoweza kuona kuwa tunasema mambo ya uongo au tusiyo kuwa na uhakika nayo. Kwa kuthibitisha haya tunayoyasema, tunaomba tueleze mambo machache machafu ya kifisadi yanayofanywa na Spika Sitta pamoja na wabunge kadhaa walio karibuni naye, wakisaidiwa na badhii ya watendaji wenye nyadhifa kubwa katika Ofisi ya Bunge.

*Tangu Spika alipoingia madarakani amekuwa akiiongoza ofisi ya bunge kidikteta. Analazimisha kupatiwa fedha kutoka katika ofisi ya bunge anapokuwa katika ziara zake binafsi katika Jimbo lake la Urambo Mashariki. Ushahidi wa haya upo katika vocha za malipo haya. Tunaomba wakaguzi waje wakague watakuta haya.

*Spika Sitta amekula akilazimisha kukiukwa kwa kanuni za bunge ili tu kuwapa nafasi wabunge wenzaki walio katika kambi moja kuisulubu serikali ili kuwaaminisha wananchi serikali ni ya hovyo bali yeye na wabunge hao ndiyo wana uchungu wa kweli na taifa hili.

*Spika Sitta hafuati taratibu za uchukuaji fedha za ofisi. Huwa anaamrisha apewe hata fedha za kununua vifaa muhimu vya ofisi akiwa hana fedha na anapokuwa akizihitaji. Fedha zilizopotea kwa njia ni mabilioni, lakini hakuna anayemuhoji.

*Spika Sitta hata siku moja tangu aliposhika wadhfa huo, amekuwa hafuati taratibu za kawaida za sheria ya manunuzi umma katika mambo mengi hapa bungeni. Yota haya ushahidi wake upo ofisi ya uhasibu lakini analindwa na kundi la wabunge wanaodai kuwa wanapoambana na ufisadi kwa sababua anakula nao.

*Spika Sitta ameshinikiza kukodishiwa nyumba ya gharama kubwa. Dola za Marekani 8,000 kwa mwezi wakati alikuwa amepewa nyumba nzuri tu ya serikali huko Oysterbay. Baada ya kukodishiwa Nyumba hii, alilazimisha pia Ofisi ya Bunge itoe sh milioni 250 kwa ajili ya kununua samani za ndani alizodai kuwa ndizo zinazolingana na hadhi yake ya Spika.

*Spika Sitta ambaye baada tu ya kuingia katika wadhfa wake alinunuliwa gari jipya aina ya benz. Sasa amelichoka likiwa hata halijamaliza miaka mitatu, anataka kununuliwa jingine na amekwishamuarua Katibu wa Bunge, Thomas Kahililah ambaye ni swahiba wake mkubwa kwa sababu wanakula pamoja kutoa kiasi cha sh milioni 367 kwa ajili ya kununulia gari hilo . Tayari zimekwishalipwa sh milioni 270. wakati haya yakifanywa na Spika, anajua fika kuwa taifa liko katika hali mbaya kifedha na bunge liko katika hali mbaya zaidi kiasi kwamba vikao vyake vinakatishwa.

*Spika Sitta ana sifa mbaya ya ukware. Tangu ameshika wadhfa huo amekwishatembea na wabunge wanawake wa bunge la Jamhuri ya Muunagni ambao ni wake za watu zaidi 12 na ushahidi wa hili upo kwao wenyewe wabunge. Akikanusha hili tunaomba watumwe maofisa usalama waje wafanye uchunguzi kwa siri, watabaini jinsi anavyofanya ufirauni na wake za watu ambao ni wabunge. Anatembea mpaka na wabunge wa upinzani halafu anajitapa kuwa ni Spika wa wote hivyo lazima awalee. Ni aibu lakini huo ndio ukweli.

*Ni mtu anayevidhalilisha vyombo vya ulinzi na usalama kwa sababu amekuwa akisema wazi kuwa hakuna chombo chenye nguvu za kumchunguza yeye na bunge kwa sababu bunge ni dola. Na ukweli sasa umeanza kubainika kwa sababu ni dhahili kuwa serikali inamuogopa Spika na timu ya wabunge wake. Ndiyo maana licha ma malalamiko na ushahidi mwingi tuliokwishatoa toa kuhusu ufisadi wake, si TAKUKURU, polisi waka usalama wa taifa waliothubutu hata kumuhoji.

*Spika amewagawa wafanyakazi wa Bunge wa Idara ya Uhasibu. Wapo ambao amewateua kuwa watu wake ambao wanashughulika na malipo yake yeye, makamishina wa tume ya huduma ya bunge ambao wanakula naye pamoja, pamoja na wabunge kadhaa ambao uchunguzi wa kina ukifanyika watafahamika.

*Wahasibu hawa pamoja na Kashililah ndiyo wanaolipwa mishahara mikubwa, wanalipwa posho hata kama hawakufanya kazi za ziada na wanasafiri na Spika kila anapokwenda nchi za nje. Watumishi hao ni kama ifuatavyo hapa chini.

1-Evance Nkanta- Huyu ni muhudumu wa idara ya uhasibu. Ni mtu wa karibu sana na Spika Sitta pamoja na Mhasibu Mkuu wa Bunge, Bwana Kombe. Cha kushangaza hakifanyi kazi za bunge kama inavyotakiwa, kazi kubwa ni kupeleka fedha katika akaunti ya Spika na Kombe au kupeleka fedha katika miradi yao . Nkata ana miradi mingi na utajiri mkubwa wa kutisha. Anamiliki taksi nyingi mjini Dodoma na Dar es Salaam , ana nyumba za kifahali Dar na Dodoma na anamilioni ya fedha katika benki kadhaa hapa nchini. Ana sauti kubwa kuliko hata baadhi ya maofisa wa ngazi za juu wa bunge. Akataka ufukuzwe kazi anamwambia tu Spika au Kashilalah kuwa kuna matu anafuatilia nyendo zao, kesho mtu huyo anafukuzwa kazi. Hii ndio maana Spika na tume yake ya huduma za bunge imepipitisha sheria mpya tofauti na ile iliyosainiwa ya rais inayompa Spika Sitta na tume hiyo madaraka makubwa ya kuajiri au kufukuza mtumishi yoyote, jambo ambalo ni kinyume na sheria za utumishi wa umma.

2-Rose Mlalase- Huyu ameajiliwa hivi karibuni bila kufanyiwa usaili. Ana uhusiano wa kingoni na Spika Siita. Ndiye mshika mikoba yenye nyaraka za siri za Spika Sitta. Huwa hatumwi na mtu mwingine zaidi ya Spika mwenyewe katika masuala ya kihasibu. Katika muda mfupi usiozidi mwaka mmoja kazini amekwishapa mali nyingi zikiwemo nyumba kadhaa na magari. Huwa analipwa posho za vikao na safari za nje bila kufanya kazi yoyote au kusafiri kwa maelekezo ya Spika mwenyewe. Mhasibu Mkuu, Bwana Kombe. Ana mabilioni ya shulindi katika benki za CRDB, NMB na NBC. Amejenga hotel ya kisasa inafahamika kwa jina la African Dream, mjini Dodoma kwa kutumia fedha za bunge. Hana sifa za kuwa mhasibu mkuu wa bunge kwa sababu ana cheti cha chini kabisa cha uhasibu badala ya NAD. Amefanya mitihani kadhaa ya uhasibu lakini anashindwa.

Bwana Kombe, akitaka pesa kwa ajili ya kupeleka kwenye miradi yake huwa anajiidhinishia hadi milioni 100. ndiye anatoa fedha za bunge kwa ajili ya shughuli binafsi za Spika. Anahusika kulipa yeye mwenyewe malipo yoyote kwa mbunge ambaye Spika ataamuru alipwe bila maelezo yoyote kuhusu kutolewa kwa fedha hizo.

3-Hassan Mohamed-alifeli diploma ya uhasibu mwaka 2005 katika chuo cha uhasibu Arusha. Hivi sasa anasoma IFM. Yuko chuoni lakini ndiyo msimamizi mkuu wa masuala ya fedha katika ofisi ndogo ya bunge mjini Dar es Salaam. Naye ana utajiri wa kutisha ambao haulingana hata kidogo na kipato chake na umri wake kazini.

4- John Joel- Ni mhasibu lakini kwa sasa amehamishiwa katika ofisi ya utawala. Mdiyo msiri mkuu wa Kashililah kiasi kwamba akisafiri ofisi huwa anaiacha mikononi mwake. Ameteuliwa hajamaliza kata miezi minne lakini sasa anawazifdi hata walio na miaka 10 kazini.

5-Bwana Mtenda- Huyu alichukuliwa na Spika mwenyewe na kuwekwa uhasibu pasipo kwa sababu ambazo mpaka sasa haziko wazi. Lakini ndi miongoni mwa watu wanaohusika kushughulikia vocha za malipo ya Spika, makamishina na Tume ya huduma za bunge na kundi la wabunge marafiki wa Spika Sitta. Mtenda ana historia mbaya katika utumishi wa umma lakini inashangaza kuona Spika Sitta akiwa amemng’ang’ani katika kufanya kazi ofisi ya bunge. Alikuwa mtumishi wa idara ya ustawishaji makao makuu Dodoma (CDA) ambako aliondolewa kutokana na kuandamwa na kesi lukuki ambazo almanusura zimpeleke gerezani. Kila mara huwa anachukua fedha kwa ajili ya kwenda semina nje ya nchi lakini huwa anaishia Dar es Salaam kuponda na baadaye kurudi Dodoma . Haifahamiki ni kwanini anafanyiwa hivi na wakubwa.

6- Bwana Ndalo- huyu ndiye anayechukua masurufu yote ya Spika Sitta. Anahusika kuwalipa wote walio katika orodha ya kulipwa na Spika, iwe wanasiasa au watu binafsi. Ni kama kichwa cha Spika. Huwa anavchukua masurufu mengi hadi anashindwa kurudisha. Kwa ufupi sana hii ndiyo timu ya Spika Sitta hapa bungeni. Timu ambayo inashirikiana nayo kujitajilisha kupitia bunge.

Tunawaomba Watanzania mfahamu kuwa Serikali inamuogopa Spika Sitta kwa sababu amefanikiwa kuwa na nguvu kubwa ya wabunge wenye uwezo mkubwa wa kuongea na kujenga hoja zao. Inafahamu fika ufisadi unaofanyika hapa kuwa ni mkubwa kuliko hata ule wa Richmond lakini kamwe haiwezi kuthubutu kumgusa Spika Sitta kwa vile anaweza kuiangusha. Hivyo kwenu Watanzania wote kama tunaamua kukaa kimya huku haya yakiendelea sawa au tuchukue hatua ya kushinikiza uchunguzi huru kufanyika.

Kama wafanyakazi wa kawaida, kwa kizingatia baadhi ya wabunge akiwemo Spika wanavyohuburi vita dhidi ya ufisadi na mambo yanayofanyika hapa tumeona bi bora kuyaweka wazi ili watanzania waamke na kushinikiza kuundwa tume huru ya kuchunguza ufisadi ndani ya ofisi ya Spika.

Waraka huu tunaomba ukikufikia upeleke kwa mtanzania mwenzako ili sote tujue jinsi wakubwa wetu tuliowachagua kwa kura zetu wanavyoishi maisha ya utukufu huku wakituhadaa kuwa wanapambana na wanatumia jasho letu kihiana kuishi maisha ya utukufu. Tuwezalo tumefanya kwa faida ya taifa letu. Mungu ni shahidi yetu.

Huu ndio ujumbe wetu.
Asanteni sana.
Mungu Ibariki Tanzania

Tangazo kwa WaTanzania waishio Afrika Kusini

Mkutano wa kuanzisha jumuia ya watanzania katika Jimbo la Gauteng

Watanzania waishio katika Jimbo la Gauteng (Johannesburg na Pretoria) wanatarajia kufanya mkutano wa kuanzisha jumuia yao tarehe 22 mwezi wa Agosti 2009 jijini Johannesburg.
Mkutano huu utatoa fursa ya kujadili mambo mbali mbali yatakayohusu jumuia hii pamoja na kuchagua viongozi wa kudumu.

Watanzania wanaoishi kwenye miji ya Johannesburg na Pretoria ambao wangependa kuwa wanachama na pia kushiriki kwenye uchaguzi wa uongozi wa jumuia wanakaribishwa kuwasiliana na wajumbe wafuatao kwa maelezo zaidi:
  1. Brian Mshana [ [email protected] ]
  2. Laurean Rugambwa [ [email protected] ]
  3. Faustine Ndugulile [ [email protected] ]

IAPAC Abstract Submission Deadline Extended, August 7.

IAPAC and amfAR Invite you to submit an abstract to IAPAC 09

All abstracts must be submitted online no later than August 7, 2009. Submitted abstracts, including late breakers, will be considered for oral and poster presentations. Submitted abstracts should report information not previously published, or intended to be published, prior to November 29, 2009. The Abstract Review Committee will review all abstracts for the quality and originality of their research, scientific content, and presentation. Accepted abstracts will be in one of two categories: oral presentation or poster presentation.

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Various Postdoctoral Research Positions at the University of Rochester, US

Positions in Our Department

The Department offers a wealth of opportunities for postdoctoral research in the wide range of scientific disciplines represented in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences. The centrality of the department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences among associated programs in Visual Science, Computer Science, Linguistics, and the many branches of Neuroscience represented in the University makes the department a particularly attractive place for interdisciplinary research. Postdoctoral fellows often work with more than one member of faculty.

Admission and Support

Scientists interested in postdoctoral study should in the first instance contact the faculty member (or members) with whom they might wish to work. Postdoctoral fellows are supported from a variety of sources: some receive support through individual investigator's research grants; some receive stipends from training grants held by members of the Department; some are supported by individual fellowships.
Positions at Brain & Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester
Post-Doctoral Position in Decision Making, Learning and Video Games, University of Rochester

The University of Rochester seeks an outstanding postdoctoral fellow with research interests in the field of decision making and learning to work as part of a multi-investigator and multi-institutional program on transfer of learning. The overarching goal is to characterize the features of a training regimen that improve decision making and promote learning transfer across tasks and domains in adults (see

The successful candidate will help design and implement decision making and statistical learning paradigms using behavior and brain imaging, as well as work in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Pouget on computational analyses of these tasks. The candidate will work primarily with Professor D. Bavelier and A. Pouget within the Center for Visual Sciences and the Departments of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the U. of Rochester. The successful candidate should have a strong background in vision, and in particular in issues related to decision making. A strong programming background in C++ is highly valued.

Applicants should send a letter describing their graduate training and research interests, a vita, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to [email protected] . Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Learn more about the faculty, students, and training facilities of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the Center for Visual Science, and the Center for Language Sciences, as well as links to other affiliated departments and programs by visiting our web sites at and
Post-Doctoral Position in Learning, Amblyopia and Video Games, University of Rochester

The University of Rochester seeks an outstanding postdoctoral fellow with research interests in the field of virtual reality-based learning and vision in humans to work as part of a multi-investigator and multi-institutional program on critical period and brain plasticity using amblyopia as the model case. The overarching goal is to develop better behavioral training for treating amblyopia in adults. The successful candidate will help design and implement a VR-based video game to rehabilitate depth perception and will design and run experiments on plasticity and learning in stereopsis. The candidate will work primarily with Professor D. Bavelier and D. Knill within the Center for Visual Sciences and the Departments of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the U. of Rochester. The successful candidate should have a strong background in vision, and in particular in issues related to depth perception. A strong programming background in C++ and 3D graphics is highly valued.

Applicants should send a letter describing their graduate training and research interests, a vita, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to [email protected] . Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Learn more about the faculty, students, and training facilities of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the Center for Visual Science, and the Center for Language Sciences, as well as links to other affiliated departments and programs by visiting our web sites at and
Postdoctoral Position: Tadin Lab, University of Rochester

A postdoctoral position to conduct behavioral, TMS and fMRI studies of visual perception and attention is available in Dr. Duje Tadin's lab at the Center for Visual Sciences, University of Rochester. Initial appointment is for one year, with possible extensions. Start date must be before 8/31/2009.

Tadin lab uses psychophysics, TMS, fMRI, and eye-tracking to investigate neural mechanisms of visual perception in normal and special populations. Current projects are focused on motion perception, visual adaptation, binocular rivalry, contextual interactions, perceptual learning, visual working memory and attention.

For more information see:

Essential requirements:
  • strong research background
  • strong programming skills (MATLAB/Psychtoolbox preferred)
  • a PhD and/or MD (either completed or expected in 2009)
  • position is restricted to US citizens/permanent residents
Highly preferred qualifications:
  • background in vision research or related fields
  • strong computational skills
  • experience with psychophysics, fMRI, TMS and/or eye-tracking
  • experience with and/or interest in collaborative, multi-method research approaches
To apply, send CV, one paragraph research statement and names of 3 references to: [email protected]
Initial salary will be funded by an NEI training grant and will follow NIH guidelines. Applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Prospective applicants are encouraged to email Dr. Tadin with any questions.

Post-doctoral position in visual perception or visuo-motor control Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester

The lab of David Knill at the University of Rochester has post-doctoral positions open in two areas: 3D visual perception and visuo-motor control. The lab uses both psychophysical and computational methods to study how humans use visual information to perceive the 3D layouts of scenes and to guide goal-directed hand movements. Problems of particular focus in the lab are Bayesian, robust sensory cue integration, causal modeling applied to perception, statistical learning applied both to perception and motor control, feedback control of hand movements, and the role of visual short-term memory in planning hand movements in complex scenes. The lab has available a large stable of technical tools to support these studies include real-time motion tracking systems, eye trackers, a 180 degree field of view display and a haptic-visual virtual reality environment incorporating two Phantom haptic feedback devices and a large-field of view stereoscopic display. Interested applicants should send CVs and contacts for references to David Knill at [email protected]

Postdoctoral Positions in Learning and Plasticity, University of Rochester

The University of Rochester seeks outstanding postdoctoral fellows working in the area of Learning and Developmental Plasticity. Applicants should have interests in human or animal research on learning and developmental plasticity, in computational modeling of learning, or in cognitive neuroscience including fMRI. Contributing faculty are in the Departments of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Computer Science, the interdepartmental Neuroscience cluster, and the Center for Visual Sciences, and study learning ranging from perceptual learning to motor learning, language learning, and bird song acquisition. We seek applicants from any discipline with interests in the study of learning and plasticity within an interdisciplinary community.

Applicants should send a letter describing their graduate training and research interests, a vita, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to:

Professor Elissa L. Newport
Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Meliora Hall
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627-0268

Review of applications will begin on January 15 of each year and continue until the positions are filled, with expected start dates ranging from June to September 1.

Learn more about the faculty, students, and training facilities of the Center for Language Sciences, the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, and their affiliated departments and programs by visiting our web site:

Postdoctoral Position in Language, U. of Rochester, NY

The Center for Language Sciences at the University of Rochester seeks one or more outstanding postdoctoral fellows for a NIH-funded training grant. The Center brings together faculty and students with interests in spoken and signed languages from the Departments of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Computer Science, Linguistics, and Philosophy, as well as the interdepartmental program in Neuroscience. We encourage applicants from any of these disciplines who have expertise in any area of natural language.

The training faculty has combined expertise in formal, behavioral, computational and brain-imaging approaches to understanding the structure, processing and acquisition of natural language. We are particularly interested in postdoctoral fellows who want to contribute to an interdisciplinary community. NIH fellowships are open only to US citizens or permanent residents.

Applicants should send a letter describing their graduate training and research interests and a curriculum vitae, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Professor Michael K. Tanenhaus, Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Meliora Hall, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627-0268; [email protected]. Review of applications will begin on February 15 of each year and continue until the positions are filled. The start date is flexible.

Computational Neuroscience

A postdoctoral position is available starting immediately in the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester.

Candidates should have hands-on experience in computational neuroscience and a keen interest in cognitive neuroscience at large. The research will focus on models of Bayesian inference in neural circuits with applications to decision making sensory-motor transformations and multisensory integration in humans and monkeys.

The Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester offers a variety of laboratories in the field of neuroscience, cognitive science and computational neuroscience.

To apply, send a CV and 3 letters of recommendation to:

Alexandre Pouget
Meliora 402
Brain & Cognitive Sciences
University of Rochester
Rochester NY 14627-0268

Phone: 585-275-0760
Fax: 585-442-9216
Email: [email protected]
Web Page:
Visual Science

Please visit the positions available page on the Center for Visual Science website for more information on postdoctoral opportunities in vision science.

Applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially welcome. The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Positions at Related Institutions and Programs

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PhD internships - UNU-WIDER, Finland

The UNU-WIDER PhD Research Internship Programme aims to provide PhD (doctoral degree) students registered at a university and similar research institutions the opportunity to utilise the resources and facilities available at UNU-WIDER for their PhD thesis research to produce papers suitable for publication in the Research Paper series and elsewhere to work jointly with UNU-WIDER researchers in areas of mutual interest.

Selection criteria (essential)

Applicants should
(a) be currently enrolled into a PhD programme.
(b) have shown ability to conduct research on developing or transition economies. Candidates working in other social sciences may apply but should keep in mind that UNU-WIDER is an economics-focused institute.
(c) be fluent in oral and written English.
(d) possess good quantitative and statistical analysis skills.

Selection criteria (desirable)

Preference will be given to applicants
(a) who are living or working in developing or transition countries.
(b) whose research topics are linked to UNU-WIDER’s current programme.
(c) who are willing to work jointly with UNU-WIDER researchers for mutual benefit.
(d) who are at later stages of their PhD.

Selection procedure
1. Applications will normally close on 30 September of each year.
2. Short-listed applicants will be asked to contact interested/relevant UNU-WIDER researchers to work out a revised research proposal and research timetable. Only those endorsed by UNU-WIDER researchers are to be considered for final selection.
3. Final selection is to be made by mid-November, taking into consideration issues of office space, gender balance, regional coverage, and relevance to current UNU-WIDER projects.
4. Short-listed applicants will be informed of the final decision by the end of November.
5. The selected applicants must confirm their decision to take up UNU-WIDER’s offer by 15 December.

The selected interns are expected to
(a) spend 2-6 months in Helsinki and return to their home institution afterwards.
(b) pursue research on a mutually agreed topic.
(c) contribute to UNU-WIDER’s research-related activities.
(d) give seminars on their research findings.
(e) complete one or more research report(s).
(f) acknowledge UNU-WIDER’s support in their theses, reports, or papers whenever appropriate.
(g) provide research assistance amounting to 30% of their time (about 1.5 days per week), if required. This is subject to prior discussion with the responsible UNU-WIDER researcher(s).

The selected interns will
(a) receive supervision in the field of their research.
(b) have access to the research and computing facilities of UNU-WIDER.
(c) be provided with office space (most likely shared).
(d) be provided a travel grant, travel and accident insurance, and a stipend to cover living expenses in Helsinki during the period of their internship. Health insurance should be arranged privately by the candidates. The programme does not cover expenses related to dependants.

The application form can be downloaded from this website. If the form cannot be accessed applicants should provide the following information:
1. full name, date of birth, sex, citizenship, office address, phone, fax, and e-mail details;

2. present PhD status (institution where candidate has registered for PhD, name of supervisor, date of registration as a PhD candidate, title of thesis, present stage, and expected date of submission);

3. education and work experience (university education, languages, principal publications, employment record, scholarships/fellowships received for overseas study);

4. work proposal for internship (research proposal including research outcomes, reasons for seeking to come to UNU-WIDER, potential contribution(s) to UNU-WIDER’s research activities, period of internship sought for, a research timetable, and relevance/links to UNU-WIDER’s ongoing projects).

Applications, to be accompanied by a letter of reference from the supervisor(s), should be received at UNU-WIDER by the 30 September each year (applications will not be assessed until after the closing date) by regular mail at the following address:

PhD Internship Programme
Katajanokanlaituri 6 B
FIN-00160 Helsinki

Inquiries only (not applications) by e-mail may be made to intern programme or to the Programme Director Wim Naudé. UNU-WIDER will only clarify questions on the application procedure and application form.

We will NOT enter into exchanges regarding topics and how to prepare applications. Responses will be provided only to candidates who qualify for the programme.

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Visiting scholars - UNU-WIDER, Finland

Closing date is 30 September 2009.

For more information on how to apply, see Opportunities Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars
The UNU-WIDER Visiting Scholars Programme is intended to give qualified scholars an opportunity to undertake research on topics related to development and/or global economic issues, to participate in UNU-WIDER activities, and to contribute to UNU-WIDER publications. It is also designed to aid the dissemination of UNU-WIDER research and to contribute to the UNU-WIDER outreach programme.

For some places in the programme, preference will be given to females and to applicants from developing countries.

Successful applicants are expected to
  • have a PhD degree in economics or a related discipline.
  • have a good publication record.
  • pursue research on development or global economic issues.
  • spend between 2-6 months at UNU-WIDER.
  • interact with the academic staff at UNU-WIDER.
  • prepare one or more papers to be considered for publication in the WIDER Research Paper series.
  • present a seminar in their field of research.
  • acknowledge UNU-WIDER's support when appropriate.
Financial assistance
UNU-WIDER typically provides a monthly stipend of 2,000 euros as a contribution towards travel, accommodation, medical, and other out-of-pocket expenses. Developing country scholars may apply for a supplementary grant to cover high travel costs.

Application procedure
  • There is no standard application form. Those interested in this programme should submit
  • a written letter of application which includes the preferred period for the sabbatical.
  • a research proposal, bearing in mind UNU-WIDER's current research focus, and
  • a detailed curriculum vitae, including contact details and a list of publications.
Applications should be received by the 30 September each year (applications will not be assessed until after the closing date) by regular mail at the following address:
Visiting Scholars Programme
Katajanokanlaituri 6 B
FIN-00160 Helsinki

Inquiries only (not applications) may be made by e-mail to sabbatical programme, or the Programme Director Wim Naudé.
Please read the above guideline before making any inquires.

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Senior FP/RH Specialist, Futures Group International - Kenya

For the above mentioned job, you will need to meet the following REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must have a minimum of a Masters Degree in social sciences, population studies, public health, or a related field plus at least 9 years work experience in policy and advocacy formulation and implementation. Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, particularly using population-based models, are highly desirable. Excellent interpersonal, communications, writing, presentation, and organizational skills as well as strong networking skills and the ability to form and work with strategic alliances for high-level advocacy in repositioning FP/RH are desirable.

All interested Candidates are required to submit:
  • A comprehensive CV and three contactable references. Please do not send all diplomas and certificates at this application.
  • A letter of motivation stating why you are a qualified candidate.
  •  Please email your CV and motivational letter to: [email protected]
  • Subject Line: Senior FP/RH Specialist
Closing date for all applications: Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible but no later than August 7, 2009.

Please follow this link for this job's complete description:

A downloadable copy is available here: Senior_FP__RH_Specialist_-_Kenya.doc

The Dan David Scholarship 2010

Scholarship 2010 General Information and Procedures

The deadline for scholarship applications is March 31st , 2010.

The Dan David Prize laureates annually donate twenty scholarships of US$15,000 each to outstanding doctoral and post-doctoral students of exceptional promise in the chosen fields.

Ten scholarships are awarded to doctoral and post-doctoral students at universities throughout the world and ten scholarships at Tel Aviv University.

The Dan David Prize is granted according to merit, without discrimination based on gender, race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation.

Criteria for scholarship application:
  • The applicant's doctoral or post-doctoral research is in one of the selected fields for the year in which the application is being made.
  • The applicant is a registered doctoral or post-doctoral student at a recognized university at the time of receipt of scholarship.
  • For doctoral students applying: The research proposal must be officially approved by the university department in which he/she is studying.
Required documents (in ENGLISH only, doc rtf or pdf format, Ariel or Times New Roman Font, minimum size 12):
  • To be sent by email to [email protected] :
  • Application form (completely filled-out).
  • Full Curriculum Vitae.
  • A one-two page description of the applicant's doctoral or post-doctoral research project and a list of applicant's publications (if relevant).
  • Three separate, official letters of recommendation by recognized scholars in the field, one of which is the doctoral/post-doctoral supervisor, signed in PDF format.
  • Authorization by the university that the applicant is a registered doctoral/post-doctoral student in the stated department and university, signed in PDF format.
Originals To be sent by post to:
Ms. Smadar Fisher, Director, Dan David Prize, Eitan Berglas Bldg/119
Tel-Aviv University, P.O.Box 39040, Ramat Aviv, Tel-Aviv 69978, Israel

Confirmation of receipt will be sent by email.
  • Tel Aviv University applicants are requested to note the following:
  • The scholarship will be granted in bimonthly payments during the forthcoming academic year until payment of the scholarship amount is completed.
  • Scholarship applicants who are the recipients of other Tel Aviv University scholarships/grants are requested to contact the Dan David Prize office to receive further information.



Scholarship for Diploma in International Research Ethics - S.Africa

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IRENSA, in association with the University of Cape Town Bioethics Centre, received a generous grant from the Fogarty International Center of the US National Institutes of Health to support international bioethics education in Southern Africa for the period 2003-2006. Renewal for a further four years is allowing the programme to run until 2010. The first seven cohorts of trainees have completed or are now completing their programme and we are now recruiting our 8th and final cohort of 10 – 12 students. The course will begin early in 2010 and run over an academic year. It will comprise three, two-week on-site intensive educational activities, a home based practicum and a course guided reading programme between modules. Our revised curriculum for the second four years of this Diploma course includes a new module that provides training to facilitate meeting the challenges of a growing volume of public health research on infectious diseases and the principles of public health ethics. Successful trainees will be awarded the Diploma in International Research Ethics.

Course Modules
All students will complete the following training modules:
Module 1: Research Ethics: Philosophical, Professional, and Legal Perspectives (80 hours): 1 Feb – 13 Feb 2010*
Module Directors: T Fleischer, L Doyal
Faculty: D Benatar, S Benatar, W Landman, P Roux, A van Niekerk
The purpose of this module is to examine the duties of care by which physicians and researchers seek to conduct themselves and to fashion relationships with their patients and with research subjects. The sessions will be oriented around the Declaration of Helsinki, the fountain- head document that has guided research since the end of World War 2. A basic foundation will be provided in ethical theories and methods of moral reasoning. An historical perspective will be provided on research ethics and the ethical issues that arise in the development, conduct, and dissemination of research resulting from scientific investigation. We will link concepts and standards of professionalism to legal and regulatory guidelines and rules that in turn seek to set ethical and sometimes legal standards. Among topics discussed are the history and formation of the Declaration, the doctrine of informed consent including the therapeutic misconception, conflicts of interest, law and bioethics, resource allocation and concepts of professionalism. Lectures will be complemented by illustrative cases, usually focusing on issues that arise in the context of biomedical research. The module will end with students conducting a ‘mock’ REC meeting that must decide whether several controversial research protocols meet ethical standards.

Module 2: Research on Human Subjects in a Cross-cultural Context (80 hours): 17 May – 28 May 2010*
Module Directors: L Henley, J Comaroff
Faculty: R Ashcroft, M Parker, J Comaroff, P Roux, G Tangwa
This module will include the following topics: scientific and ethical review of quantitative and qualitative research, research ethics committee structure and operation, moral decision making on RECs, informed consent, recruitment and incentives; risk; benefit analysis and minimal risk, randomized and placebo-controlled trials, research among children (including the ‘407’ process) and the decisionally impaired, and genetic and stem cell research. In addition, discussion will examine contemporary international research codes; contemporary challenges in regulating international, cross-cultural research; justice and research ethics; and harmonization of international codes. We will expect trainees to raise theoretical and practical concerns related to the interpretation and implementation of the codes, and to consider areas of conflict and agreement between various codes and perspectives. Practical issues will include policies for handling scientific misconduct, dissemination, transfer and sharing of data and tissue samples gathered in research, and responsible authorship. Discussion of these issues will focus, wherever possible, on research in developing countries, taking contextual concerns into consideration. Trainees will analyze ethical issues that arise as Western systems of medicine and science encounter African cultures. Where Western science and technology appear to clash with African worldviews, students will seek to incorporate an understanding of other cultures and the moral sensibilities of traditional Africa into their medical and ethical analysis, and to formulate an approach to bioethical issues that, where appropriate, accommodates African cultural norms, recognizing that these are not uniform throughout Africa and are in the process of evolving.

Module 3: Global Health, Public Health Ethics & Public Health Research Ethics (80 hrs): 11 Oct – 22 Oct 2010*
Module Directors: S Benatar, A Robertson
Faculty: J Lavery, R Upshur
The reduction (if not eradication) of major infectious diseases, in particular AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, in Sub-Saharan Africa is an indisputable common good. However, research-generated and public policy solutions to this catastrophic burden of disease may entail interventions that require limitations on individual liberties, such as rights to privacy and voluntary, informed participation. Similarly, threats posed by newly emerging disease such as SARS and pandemic influenza, are common harms at an international level. To better address the ethical challenges posed by infectious diseases research at the local (i.e. African) as well as global level, we aim during this module to broaden the mindset of trainees to include essential public health considerations, and ethical dilemmas in conducting public health research. The shift in focus to include ‘populations’ rather than considering only individuals will add to the thorough grounding in clinical research ethics provided in previous modules. We aim to develop trainees’ ability to identify, articulate and analyze ethical issues arising in public health research, such as vaccine development. Other topics in this module will include controversial issues in international collaborative research ethics, global health and global equity, essential national health research, and the potential of genomics and biotechnology for the health of developing countries.

Project to be agreed and completed under supervision of an IRENSA faculty member and a mentor assigned at the student's home institution.

* Above dates for 2010 may be changed. See for details.

Our highly diverse, expert faculty are drawn from the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Toronto and Yaounde, the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EISA), University of London, Chicago University and Oxford University. The Program Director is Solomon R Benatar (Department of Medicine, Director, Bioethics Centre, UCT). The Associate Program Director is Theodore Fleischer (Faculties of Law & Medicine, Deputy Director, Bioethics Centre, UCT). Other faculty include: Richard Ashcroft (University of London), David Benatar (Philosophy & Bioethics Centre UCT), Jean Comaroff (Anthropology, University of Chicago), Len Doyal ( Medical Ethics, St Bartholomews, London), Lesley Henley (Social Sciences & Bioethics Centre, UCT), Willem Landman (Philosophy, EISA), Jim Lavery (Bioethics University of Toronto), Michael Parker (Bioethics, Oxford University), Paul Roux (Paediatrics & Bioethics Centre, UCT), Ann Robertson (Public Health Sciences University of Toronto), Godfrey Tangwa (Philosophy University of Yaounde, Cameroon), Ross Upshur (Bioethics University of Toronto), and Anton Van Niekerk (Philosophy & Centre for Applied Ethics, Stellenbosch University).

Educational Environment
Our programme will comprise a case study based, learner-centred, approach. Trainees will be guided through the process of developing case studies, presentations and papers, which draw upon their experiences, and address issues relevant to research in their home countries. Small-group learning will take place in an interdisciplinary, interactive learning environment, where sharing experiences and information foster the development of professional relationships.
Mentorship will be provided by faculty members and home institution mentors in educational and research endeavours.
Students will be encourage and assisted in networking and the assumption of positions of leadership.

Recruitment of Candidates
We are looking for mid-career professionals who have potential to provide leadership in bioethics at their home institutions and in their home countries. Consistent with the policy of the University of Cape Town, we aim for gender balance in recruitment and selection of candidates. Up to four of 12 places are assigned to candidates from southern African countries other than South Africa.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants should have a background that reflects significant interest in bioethics or research ethics, broadly construed as a multidisciplinary enterprise.
  • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of scholarly ability and personal maturity. Students who have not obtained a degree at an English speaking university must fulfil relevant University of Cape Town English requirements in order to demonstrate fluency in both oral and written English. Basic computer literacy is expected.
  • Members of a Research Ethics Committee or other institutions or agencies involved in regulation and monitoring of biomedical research will be given preference.
  • Candidates should display a high likelihood that they will provide significant leadership in research ethics and bioethics in his or her home country upon completion of the Diploma programme.
  • Trainees are sought not only from health care disciplines, but also from candidates trained in other fields, such as philosophy, law, theology and social sciences. We encourage representatives of government, businesses, and NGOs who have a professional interest and involvement in some aspect of research ethics to apply.
Application Process
Applicants must submit:
  • A letter of application that includes a brief summary of the candidate’s reasons for seeking entry to the programme, together with the following:
  • Description of experience and interests that suit the applicant to the programme,
  • Description of research ethic activities, such as teaching of research ethics or membership on a Research Ethics Committee, or a position in which regulation, administration or monitoring of research activities is a primary function,
  • Indication of any special needs, and
  • Anticipated ways in which applicant intends to use the skills and expertise gained by the course of study;
  • A formal UCT Application Form (This can be downloaded from the UCT website: - On the left hand side under ‘Prospective Students’ click on ‘Post-Graduate’. At the top of the page click on ‘Application Forms’. Go to the bottom of the page and click on the link to get the Adobe Acrobat format); Choose the first bullet to get the form
Curriculum Vitae;
  • Transcripts of all academic work at a post-secondary level;
  • Two letters of recommendation certifying applicant's academic qualifications and suitability for the program;
  • Name of a qualified person who would be willing to serve as home institution mentor, if such a person can now be identified, together with a letter from the proposed mentor confirming a willingness to supervise applicant's practicum (if no such individual can now be identified, other arrangements will be made upon admission); and
  • Letter from applicant's Dean or supervisor certifying that the student will be granted leave to attend all course activities without interruption or distraction, for preparation for course work, for completion of the Practicum project at his/her home institution, and a commitment by the institution to assist to develop the student’s career in bioethics and research ethics. Students who live and work in the Cape Town area must in particular obtain a firm commitment from their Dean or supervisor that the student will have no responsibilities or duties that interfere or require absence from attendance or preparation during the three two-week training sessions at the UCT campus.
Financial Assistance
All candidates who are admitted will receive scholarships to cover the following:
  • Trainees living outside the greater Cape Town metropolitan area will receive return travel expenses (at the equivalent of economy air fare) from their home institutions to Cape Town for attendance at the three two-week course sessions;
  • All trainees receive their full tuition fees for the Diploma course;
  • Candidates living outside the greater Cape Town metropolitan area will receive a stipend of approximately R10,000 to cover temporary accommodation for 3 X 2 week periods of on-site participation;
  • All trainees receive a subsistence allowance of about R1,200 per week of on-site attendance in Cape Town.
  • Foreign students will be reimbursed their visa costs and single health insurance coverage for the time they spend in South Africa.
Deadline for Application
The final deadline for applications is 30 September 2009.
Because we expect to receive many more applications than we can accept, we encourage early submission of applications and all accompanying information. We intend to select and notify successful candidates by early November 2009.

For further information and updates on the programme schedule, please see IRENSA website: or contact:

Joy Hunter
Secretary to Prof SR Benatar
[email protected]

Dr Theodore Fleischer
Associate Director
[email protected]

Tel: (021) 406 6115
Fax: (021) 448 5653

Funded by the Fogarty International Center of the US National Institutes of Health

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Job opportunities with UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya.

This list is availabe at UN-Habitat's website via this link:

There are a total of 18 jobs in this list. Click on the highlighted words to open the corresponding job details, the link will take you to the original website.
  1. Administrative Assistant, G/6 (Nairobi), Deadline: 21 Aug 2009
  2. Human Settlements Officer, P/4 (New York), Deadline: 14 Sep 2009
  3. Human Settlements Officer, P/4 (Nairobi), Deadline: 14 Sep 2009
  4. Programme Management Officer, P/3 (Nairobi), Deadline: 14 Sep 2009
  5. Programme Management Officer, P/3 (Multiple D/S), Deadline: 14 Sep 2009
  6. Legal Officer, P/3 (Nairobi), Deadline: 14 Sep 2009
  7. Director, Global Division, D/2 (Nairobi), Deadline: 13 Sep 2009
  8. Director, Human Settlements Financing Division, D/2 (Nairobi), Deadline: 13 Sep 2009
  9. Chief, State of Cities Section, P/5 (Nairobi), Deadline: 08 Sep 2009
  10. Head Urban Development Branch, D/1 (Nairobi), Deadline: 31 Aug 2009
  11. Human Settlements Officer, P/4 (Rio de Janeiro), Deadline: 23 Aug 2009
  12. Human Settlements Officer, P/4 (Nairobi), Deadline: 23 Aug 2009
  13. Human Settlements Officer, P/4 (Bangkok), Deadline: 23 Aug 2009
  14. Programme Management Officer, P/4 (Nairobi), Deadline: 16 Aug 2009
  15. Head of Design and Publications, P/3 (Nairobi), Deadline: 14 Aug 2009
  16. Human Settlements Officer (Disaster Management Specialist), P/3 (Nairobi), Deadline: 03 Aug 2009
  17. Programme Officer (Resource Mobilization), P/4 (Nairobi), Deadline: 07 Aug 2009
  18. Human Settlements Officer, P/4 (Nairobi), Deadline: 07 Aug 2009

Master and Doctor Scholarships in S.Africa

— These scholarships are made available to students who are in possession of at least an honours degree, and wish to obtain a masters or doctoral degree in the health sciences.
— Preference will be given to candidates who will undertake their research under supervision of MRC-funded researchers.
Prospective applicants must be South African citizens or in possession of a permanent residence permit issued by the government department concerned.

Application forms and further information may be obtainable from the university administrative office or Research Administration Division at the MRC.

The closing date for applications is 30 September.

The closing date of individual institutions will be considerably earlier than this date.

Applicants are therefore advised to ascertain the applicable closing date from their respective institution.

Applications must be submitted through the university where the studies will be undertaken, and not directly to the MRC.

Closing Date:
Applications must be returned to the Postgraduate Funding Office by no later than the 31st August 2009 for onward forwarding to the MRC.

For further information, please contact Paula Foley or Sacey-Lee Harrison.

Tel: (021) 650-5075; email: [email protected]

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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships

Application for Mellon Fellowships - Deadline October 15

With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dartmouth is pleased to accept applications for two postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for the 2010-2012 academic years. These fellowships foster the academic careers of scholars who have recently received their Ph.D. degrees, by permitting them to pursue their research while gaining mentored experience as teachers and members of the departments and/or programs in which they are housed. The program also benefits Dartmouth by complementing existing curricula with underrepresented fields.

Applicants must focus on materials customarily associated with research in the humanities or employ methods common in humanistic research. This year, we shall not be accepting applications in, at least, the following areas/disciplines: Anthropology, Art History, Film & Media Studies, and Music.

Terms of appointment
Fellows are expected to teach two courses in their home department(s) or program(s) in each year of their residency. At least one of the four courses should contribute something new to the Dartmouth curriculum, and at least one should be an introductory lecture course. Fellows will not, however, be asked to teach basic language courses.

Fellows appointed will enjoy full use of such college resources as the library, computing center, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, the Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Hopkins Center. The 2009–2011 Fellow receives an annual stipend of $51,500 plus benefits, an annual research allowance of $2,000, and a first-year only computer allowance of $2,500. The terms for the 2010–2012 fellows will be similar.

Application and selection process
Applicants for the 2010–2012 fellowships must have completed a Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2008. Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2010 should supply a letter from their home institution corroborating such a schedule.

Applications (hardcopy only) for the 2010–2012 fellowships must be received in the Administrator's office before October 15, 2009. Incomplete dossiers will not be reviewed. In addition to a completed application form, three letters of reference, a CV, and relevant academic official transcripts, candidates should submit a personal statement (of no longer than 2,000 words) outlining their completed research (including dissertation), work in progress, professional goals and plans for publication, and any other information relevant to their candidacy.

Fellowship applications and departmental requests to house a fellow will be evaluated by the Leslie Center's Advisory Committee, in consultation with the Associate Deans of the Faculty for the Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary & International Programs. Strong fellowship applications will be circulated to relevant departments and programs, which will then be invited to apply for one of the candidates. Departments and programs will be expected to justify requests for a fellow by detailing the benefits expected from, and afforded to, that fellow, and by indicating how the fellow might contribute something new, or currently lacking, to the intellectual life of the college. There is no requirement that the fellows be U.S. citizens, but the Mellon Foundation does want to see the fellowships awarded to individuals who seem likely to make their careers in the United States.

Should you have questions, please direct them to [email protected]

All application materials and other correspondence should be addressed to:

The Administrator
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships
Dartmouth College
Leslie Center for the Humanities
6240 Haldeman Center Room 263
Hanover, NH 03755

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"Mwendawazimu" Anney Anney apelekwa kwa Pilato

Hii picha aliipiga bro Msimbe wa Lukwangule Ent. siku chache zilizopita. Leo mambo yamekuwa si mambo, soma habari yake hapo chini

Raia wa Irak kizimbani kwa kuwakashifu Mwinyi, Mkapa

Raia wa Irak, Anney Anney (59), amefikishwa katika Mahakama ya Wilaya ya Ilala, jijini Dar es Salaam kujibu shtaka la kutoa maneno ya uchochezi yenye hisia za kusababisha uvunjifu wa amani. Anadaiwa kutoa maeno hayo wakati akiwakashifu viongozi wastaafu wa Tanzania.

Mshtakiwa huyo alifikishwa mahakamani hapo jana na kusomewa mashtaka na Mrakibu wa Polisi, Naima Mwanga, mbele ya Hakimu Samwel Maweda.

Mrakibu Mwanga alidai kuwa Julai 23, mwaka huu katika eneo la Ikulu jijini Dar es Salaam, na kuanza kumshutumu Rais Mstaafu wa Serikali ya Awamu ya pili, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, akisema aliuza Azimio la Arusha.

Aliendelea kudai kuwa kana kwamba haitoshi, mshtakiwa huyo alimshutumu Rais Mstaafu wa Awamu ya tatu, Benjamin Mkapa, akisema aliuza mashirika ya umma na ardhi ya wananchi wa Tanzania kwa waarabu na wazungu bila kujali utu na utaifa. Mwendesha mashataka huyo aliongeza kudai kuwa mshtakiwa huyo baada ya kuwakashifu viongozi hao, alihitimisha kwa kutoa maeneo ambayo pia yanaweza kusababisha vurugu na uchochezi nchini pale alisema: “Udumu ujamaa na kujitegemeana, zidumu fikra za Mwalimu Nyerere."

Vilevile Mwanga alidai mshtakiwa huyo katika matamshi yake alidai Rais Jakaya Kikwete amekuwa analinda ardhi ya Watanzania, utaifa na uzalendo.

Mshtakiwa huyo alikana mashtaka hayo na kupelekwa rumande baada ya kushindwa kutekeleza masharti ya dhamana. Kesi hiyo itatajwa tena Agosti 10, mwaka huu.

News: Tanzania port’s offer to Uganda sent threats to Kenya

Biashara hiyo. Mteja ameshaonesha nia. Kazi nje nje. Sijui tunatakaje tena...
So when officials of Mombasa Port’s main regional rival, the Tanzanian Ports Authority (TPA) visited Uganda mid July on a mission to divert transit goods from Mombasa to Daresalaam, KPA officials took notice.

The Tanzanian’s have undertaken to improve both their rail network and road infrastructure and the recent announcement by the Chinese to fund them to develop further their transport infrastructure is likely to worry the more the Kenyans. Tanzania has several advantages over the Kenyans including a stable political atmosphere, low costs of cargo handling and less non tariff barriers.

Gagawala Nelson Wambuzi the Uganda state minister for trade told The Independent, “We are developing the central route because it’s the original trading route way back to the time of the explorers. The northern corridor to the port of Mombasa was built to develop the port of Mombasa. Rail transport and construction through Tanzania is cheaper because there is no rift valley. Its plain land and trains can attain faster speeds than through the northern corridor to Mombasa .We already have the Germans, Americans, Japanese, Chinese and Indians all expressing interest in developing the central corridor. The whole development will be done under the private public partnerships (PPP).

“It takes a month for goods to arrive from Mombasa because of its congestion and here we are looking at the ports of Tanga and Dar es Salaam which are not congested and have a low capacity thereby making them efficient. Today we are not importing goods but efficiency and time. We have to arrive in the markets early, clear and clean. That is what modern business is all about,” he said.
Read the uncut story as written in The Independent of Uganda

Tanzania to mark 50 years of milestone discovery of origin of man

DAR ES SALAAM - Tanzania is set to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the milestone discovery of the skull of the oldest man in the world that was made by Africa’s famous archaeologists, Dr. Louis Leakey and his wife Mary, in the excavation area of Olduvai inside Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA).

Celebrations and a conference that will take place in mid-August of this year will attract famous historians, archaeologists, and natural history scientists from all over the world to visit the excavation site at Olduvai Gorge where the Leakeys discovered the skull believed to be of the earliest man on earth, dated over 1.75 million years ago.

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Financial Services Volunteers Corps - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

This position will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and may begin as early as October 15, 2009. Please note that this position has not yet been funded.

Note by: Successful candidates will meet the following criteria:
  • Minimum of 10 years' professional experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Credit Risk Management, with a strong focus on financial and investment analysis credit analysis, loan product development, and risk assessment techniques;
  • Strategic planning and program development specialist with strong knowledge of MSME development and entrepreneurship development; and/
  • SME Finance, with a demonstrated focus on innovative products relevant to SMEs, including guarantees, bonds, equity/debt financing options, venture capital, and other financing products and delivery mechanisms relevant to SMEs;
  • Strong knowledge of Agricultural Lending and Financing;
  • Regional knowledge of and/or working experience in East Africa is an asset; and
  • Fluency in English is required, Swahili is a plus.
Subject to a successful bid, this position will be competitive in salary and benefits.

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter by email to Sherr Lo at [email protected] or by fax to +1212.771.1462. Please indicate in the subject line: Resident Advisor-Tanzania. No phone calls please. Application deadline, close of business: Thursday, August 6, 2009.

Full details for this job can be obtained from this site:

Programme Management Officer with UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya

For this job you need to have the following QUALIFICATIONS

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Finance and Accounts, Business Administration, or another field deemed relevant to Programme Management/Finance - related discipline and/or certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) or equivalent is most desirable.

Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of relevant working experience, of which at least three with an international organization. Thorough knowledge of project management and practices and procedures in accounting and budgeting.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is essential. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an advantage.

Other Skills
Good computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets and other statistical applications).

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.

To start the application process, applicants are required to register by opening a "My UN" account. Go to Login, and Register as a User. Fill in the form and choose a User Name and Password.

After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future applications.

In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed.

UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reposts to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.
E-mail: [email protected]

Fax: 254-20-762-4212

For full details about this job, please visit the UN site at:

Call for nomination: The AU Scientific Awards Competition

The AU Continental Award
The AU Continental Award is open to both outstanding  African Scientists.

The Commission of the African Union is committed to support the use and development of science in Africa and has initiated with its key development partners the AU Continental Scientific Award open to ALL outstanding male and female African Scientists. The objective of this programme is to award Cash Prizes and Recognition Certificates to excelling African researchers for their achievements in Earth and Life Sciences, and Basic, Science, Technology and Innovation sectors. This award programme is being implemented by the AU Commission through the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology.

Two prizes each of 100,000 USD will be given to successful candidates.

Applications should be sent to the AU Commission on or before the deadline date, 9 September 2009 either as hardcopies or electronically (For electronic copies please ensure authenticity of all documents): please do not hesitate to contact:

H.E. Prof. J.P. Ezin
Commissioner for Human resources,
Science and Technology
AU Continental Scientific Awards
African Union Commission
P.O. Box 3243
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Fax: +251 115 517 844
email: [email protected]

  1. AU - Scientific Awards Brochure.pdf
  2. AU Continental Scientific Awards Application Form-2009.doc
Source: AU Continental Scientific Award - AU HOME

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program

Georgetown University Law Center
Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program
Application for 2010-2011 Fellowship Year 

Application deadline is: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Use this link to download the application form the original info site:

The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program was founded in 1993 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in order to train women's human rights lawyers from Africa who are committed to returning home to their countries in order to advance the status of women and girls in their own countries throughout their careers. Over 50 women's human rights advocates from Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe have participated in the LAWA Program, and we hope to include Fellows from additional countries in the future.

The entire LAWA Fellowship Program is approximately 14 months long (from July of the first year through August of the following year), after which the LAWA Fellows return home to continue advocating for women's rights in their own countries. The LAWA Program starts in July, when the Fellows attend the Georgetown Law Center'sFoundations of American Law and Legal Education course. From August through May, the LAWA Fellows earn a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at Georgetown with an emphasis on international women's human rights and complete a major graduate paperon a significant women's rights issue in their home countries. After graduation, the LAWA Fellows then have an opportunity to engage in challenging work assignments for several months at various public interest organizations to learn about different advocacy strategies to advance women’s human rights, before returning home to continue advancing women's human rights in their own countries.

Throughout their time in Washington, D.C., the LAWA Fellows also participate in bi-weekly seminars and professional development training with their American counterparts in the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, where they discuss key women's rights issues with prominent government and public interest leaders. They attend related events, such as Supreme Court and Congressional briefings on significant women's rights issues. The relationships that the LAWA attorneys build with their American contacts and government leaders, together with their legal training and enhanced computer research and technology skills, provide the ability to draw upon vastly expanded legal networks and resources upon their return to Africa.

The results of the LAWA Program have been extremely compelling and rewarding. Upon completion of their Program, our LAWA Alumnae have returned home to assume prominent leadership positions enabling them to focus on women's rights issues in non-governmental organizations, government agencies, law schools, courts, legislatures, and private firms. They have formed their own non-governmental organizations, such as the Women's Legal Assistance Center in Tanzania and Legal Advocacy for Women in Uganda (LAW-Uganda) to promote women's human rights in their countries (e.g., by bringing impact litigation under their countries' statutes, constitutions, and the human rights treaties that their countries have ratified). The LAWA alums also retain and build upon the relationships they have developed during their time in Washington, D.C. For example, many subsequently work in partnership with the International Women's Human Rights Clinic at the Georgetown University Law Center to draft new legislation and to bring test cases before their courts.

The LAWA Program helps defray the costs for women's rights attorneys from Africa who would not otherwise be able to afford a Master of Laws degree focusing on international women's human rights and the additional leadership training. The LAWA Fellowship provides the tuition for the Foundations of American Law and Legal Education Course (a U.S. $2,200 benefit) and for the LL.M. degree (a U.S. $42,065 benefit) at the Georgetown University Law Center, as well as professional development training. Candidates who are admitted to the LAWA Program must be prepared to cover the costs of all additional expenses (such as their visas, travel, housing, utilities, food, clothing, health insurance, books, etc.), and must be able to demonstrate to the U.S. Embassy for visa purposes that they have the funds available to cover those expenses (approximately $25,000). Due to the intensity of the LAWA Program and academic studies, LAWA Fellows are not permitted to work throughout the academic portion of the program. They must also affirm that they will return home after the LAWA Fellowship and continue to promote women's human rights in their countries throughout their careers.

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Two Americans among passengers killed in MVA in N. Tanzania

News update following the motor vehicle accident (MVA) that occurred in Korogwe, Northern Tanzania in July 26 in which 30+ people were killed says:
Two Americans were among the passengers killed in a road accident when a bus crashed into a truck in northeastern Tanzania on Sunday afternoon, local media reported on Tuesday.

One of the dead Americans has been identified as Kathryin Baxter, holder of passport number 089355273 issued in New Orleans, the United States, in December 2000. But the other dead American has not been identified.

Similar news was also reported in the MaineToday website:
A top student of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine has been killed in a bus accident in Tanzania, according to a press release issued by the school this morning.

Kathryn Brooke Baxter, 32, who went by the name Brooke, died July 26.

She recently completed her first year as a medical student, said UNE spokeswoman Kathleen Taggersell. Baxter was in Kenya this summer conducting research on prenatal services for expectant mothers co-infected with HIV and malaria. The trip was funding by a UNE Student Government Association Carman Pettapiece Student Research grant.

"A recent resident of Philadelphia, PA., she graduated from New Hope-Solebury Jr/Sr. High School in New Hope, PA. She attended the Univ. of Florida at Gainesville, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and African Studies in 2000," Taggersell said in the press release. "Her undergraduate education included an independent living experience in a rural farming community in northern Tanzania."

"Brooke received her Master in Public Health from Tulane University in 2002, and studied at the World Health Organization Centre for International Health Economics at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

"From 2003-2007, Brooke continued post-baccalaureate pre-health studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University and Temple University. During this time Brooke was involved with significant research, advocacy, and education initiatives for numerous global health issues, such as HIV/AIDs. She was committed to raising public awareness and changing lives through her hands-on dedication to important international issues."

"Brooke received the F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program through the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Medical Corp. She was studying at the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine on this scholarship, in the Class of 2013."

Baxter is survived by her parents, Ret. U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Harry and Jeanne Baxter, two sisters and two brothers-in-law.
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May their souls rest in eternal peace.