Master Thesis Defense: Koech Nehemiah Kipkirui

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Koech Nehemiah Kipkirui during his thesis defense
Koech Nehemiah Kipkirui during his thesis defense

Mr. Koech Nehemiah Kipkirui, an MSc student at the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology successfully defended his Master Thesis, “Analysis Of Heavy Metals, Minerals And Radionuclides In Heavy Sands From Tiva And Mwita Syano Rivers, Kitui County”, on 23rd June 23, 2017. His work focused on characterizing sands from Tiva and Mwita Syano Rivers in Kitui County. He carried out analysis of heavy sands for the presence of mineral sands, radionuclides and heavy metals. Samples were analyzed for:

 

  1. Mineralogical content using the X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) technique;
  2. Presence of heavy metals using Energy Dispersive X-Ray Diffraction (EDXRF) technique, and
  3. The presence of radionuclides by high-resolution gamma radiation spectrometry using HP Ge detector.

Training on NDT Methods

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Currently, Kenya is experiencing accelerated growth in infrastructural developments, particularly in real estate, transport and energy sectors. These developments are going to provide an enabling environment towards achieving Vision 2030. It is important that constructions in these sectors be inspected for their structural integrity to ensure quality, safety, reliability and sustainability during the construction phase as well as during their operation period. Failure to use quality assurance methods in the construction phase may result in accidents which in some cases have resulted in the loss of lives as has been recently observed in the housing sector.

Among the various inspection methods, non-destructive testing (NDT) is superior compared to the destructive methods that are currently in use. NDT involves inspection of a structure without necessarily obtaining a sample and taking it to the laboratory for analysis. The major NDT methods include magnetic particle testing, liquid penetrant testing, radiographic testing and ultrasonic testing. Typical applications cover a wide scope that includes the inspection of aircraft, pipelines, roads, bridges, trains and railway lines, power stations, oil refineries, residential and industrial buildings. The Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, a unit within the College of Architecture and Engineering of the University of Nairobi has acquired equipment on these methods. The equipment will be used to train engineers and scientists to give them skills they can use when they join the workforce. The Institute has staff who have the necessary academic and professional skills.

In this regards, we have organised a three-day training on NDT methods from 12th to 15th July 2017 at the Institute’s NDT laboratory. The cost of the training is Ksh 30,000 per participant, which should be paid to College of Architecture and Engineering KCB account 400-634-003

For any queries write to us through: inst@uonbi.ac.ke or dmaina@uonbi.ac.ke.

Training of Academic Staff of College of Architecture and Engineering in Pedagogy

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Training session in progress
Training session in progress

Three staff members from the Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology attended a three days pedagogy training at the Central Catering Unit (CCU) between 19th to 21st June 2017 which was conducted by staff from the Centre for Pedagogy and Andragogy (CEPA).

Right: Wilson Kairu; Second Right:  Susan Karuga
Right: Wilson Kairu; Second Right: Susan Karuga

The purpose of the training was to provide knowledge and skills in pedagogy and thus contribute to professional development of academic staff in the University of Nairobi.

The topics covered included:

  1. Introduction to Pedagogy
  2. Instruction as a communication
  3. Use of media and learning resources in teaching
  4. Motivation and individual differences of university learners
  5. Theories of learning
  6. Nurturing critical and creative thinking through pedagogy
  7. Strategies for Teaching in Higher Education
  8. Preparations for teaching science based subjects in Higher Education
  9. Approaches and strategies of teaching science based subjects in Higher Education
  10. Methods and techniques of teaching science based subjects in Higher Education
  11. Effective lecturing in higher education
  12. Management of teaching and learning environment
  13. Assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes: setting exam papers

Development of Policies, strategies and action plans on industrial involvement for Kenya’s Nuclear Programme Workshop

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Group photo:  Workshop to develop policies and strategies to prepare and facilitate the implementation of a roadmap for Kenya’s Nuclear Program

Development of policies, strategies and action plans on industrial involvement for Kenya’s Nuclear Programme

The Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology participated in a workshop organised by the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board to develop policies and strategies to prepare and facilitate the implementation of a roadmap for Kenya’s Nuclear Program (NPP).  The workshop, held at Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi between 6th-9th 2017, was facilitated by experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The goal of the workshop was to promote the participation of local industries in supplies to nuclear plants for the economic benefit of the country

Ndumberi Girls Career Day

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Ndumberi Girls Students following keenly on motivation talk
Students following keenly on motivation talks

The number of students enrolling for science and technology degree courses in Kenyan Universities remains low despite a majority of girls having done very well in their KCSE exams. The number of those involved in research is even much smaller as you move to graduate degree programmes. The low-level of their involvement in research and science is in most cases attributed to cultural expectations where women are expected to take care of the family and household responsibilities. Science courses are viewed as a masculine subject which should be taken by men only. The Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology, through the funding of International Science Program (ISP), usually organise seminars and talks to sensitise communities on the importance of science and encourage women to take up science courses. On 16th June 2017, a team of Women in Physical Sciences from the Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology, University of Nairobi, attended a career day in Ndumberi Girls, Kiambu and gave motivational talks to encourage the girls to take up courses in Physical Sciences.

Institute of Nuclear Science & Techology Stands In Solidarity with Garissa Terror Victims and Survivors

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Masters Students and staff members of Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology, University of Nairobi.

Masters Students and staff members of Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology, University of Nairobi.

The 2015-16 1st year students, MSc in Nuclear Science, and INST members of staff joined the University of Uppsala in ONE MINUTE SILENCE at exactly 1 PM Local time (12 noon in Uppsala) in expressing our joint condemnation of all forms of violence against education and to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attack at Garissa University College on 2 April, where 147 young Kenyans were killed and 79 injured. Those who support and fund terrorism will pay heavily in different ways and they should know Kenyans are no cowards. Long live Kenya and fight to live in unity, peace and liberty.

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CAE Staff Trained on Plagiarism

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CAE members of Staff were trained on Thursday, 07, 2015 on plagiarism, by a team from the UoN library. The Trained staff was mainly comprised of departmental and unit heads at the college. The objective of the training was to train the participants on how to use the plagiarism software that was donated by a partner to the university, to enable it further its commitment to scholarly excellence.

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