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American Nanotechnology Professor Visits Scientists in Tanzania

July 3, 2007

The Tanzania science community is hosting American Dr. Osama O. Awadelkarim, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and Associate Director for the centre of Nanotechnology Education and Utilisation at Pennsylvania University. Prof. Awdelkarim is in the country from July 1 to July 4, 2007. According to a statement from the U.S. Embassy, Prof. Awadelkarim will conduct lectures and discussions with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), the University of Dar es Salaam's College of Engineering and Faculty of science. Prof. Awadelkarim hopes to meet students from various schools around the country and encourage them to pursue the sciences to advance their futures. Prof Awadelkarim will discuss topics on mathematics, science education for science and technology based development in Africa, and prospects for nanotechnology (which allows for the control of matter at one billionth of a metre) research and education in Africa. He will also discuss 'Globalisation of science and technology (S&T) and opportunities for Africa to address the role of S&T in economical and social development as well as on the eradication of poverty. Prof. Awadelkarim will also offer ways on global collaboration on S&T and how countries can negotiate agreements with the U.S. Department of State and other U. S. agencies.

Prof. Awadelkarim is currently a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Khartoum in his native Sudan and a doctoral degree in physics from Reading University in the United Kingdom. Prof. Awadelkarim has authored/coauthored nearly 200 journal articles, book chapters, books, and conference proceedings. He is a recipient of Shell and the University Prizes from the Sudan, and Fellowships from the International Seminars in Physics and Chemistry (Sweden) and the International Center for Theoretical Physics (Italy).

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