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Four UWI Lecturers Appointed Professors

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, July 12, 2013

UWI REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS, Jamaica – The Office of Administration in the

Vice-Chancellery of The University of the West Indies (UWI) has announced the promotion to Professor of the following Senior Lecturers:

Dr Moawia Alghalith, Economics Department, Faculty of Social Sciences at the St Augustine Campus

Dr Rosemarie Wright-Pascoe, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Mona Campus

Dr Michael Taylor, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science & Technology at the Mona Campus

Dr Wendel Abel, Department of Community Health & Psychiatry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona Campus  

These professorial appointments took effect on May 29th, 2013.

About the Professors

Professor Moawia Alghalith obtained the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University in the USA. He joined the academic staff of The UWI in 2008 and is currently the Graduate Coordinator for the MSc Economics Programme. His service to the University is highlighted by the design of a new course - Advanced Financial Economics - and his contribution to the development of a new MSc Programme in Financial Economics at the St Augustine Campus.

Professor Alghalith is also a prolific researcher with publications featured in prominent international journals. He has served as Editor/Guest Editor of top journals such as Journal of Optimisation Theory and Applications, and Annals of Operations Research. His numerous contributions to academic scholarship include the authoring one book and sixty-six articles in refereed journals, including many pioneering articles. His research spans mathematical finance, decisions science, operations research, stochastic models, financial engineering, hedging theory and pricing theory.

Professor Rosemarie Wright-Pascoe is a UWI Alum, having obtained her Doctor of Medicine (Internal Medicine) degree in 1990 at the University. She is a Commonwealth Scholar having done a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Edinburgh at the Western General Hospital.

Professor Wright-Pascoe has had an integral role in curriculum development at The UWI, Mona Campus. She developed both the curriculum and the evaluation instrument for the Introduction to Medical Practice course for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme, organised the final Clinical Examination for finals in Internal Medicine and Community Health, also for the MBBS programme, and designed the postgraduate programme in the Doctor of Medicine Programme for Endocrinology and Metabolism. Professor Wright-Pascoe extends her passion for teaching and education to physicians and health professionals. She is a renowned speaker for continuing medical education activities in Jamaica and the Caribbean.                                         

For her meritorious service in the fields of medicine, endocrinology and metabolism,

Professor Wright-Pascoe has been appointed Fellow of several eminent colleges, including, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology. 

Professor Michael Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics of the Faculty of Science and Technology at The UWI Mona Campus. His academic specialisation lies in Environmental Physics. He attained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at The UWI Mona Campus in Jamaica and his PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the USA. 

Professor Taylor joined the Faculty of The UWI in 1999, as a Lecturer in the Department of Physics and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008. His accomplishments include the START International Young Scientist Award (2004), the Scientific Research Council Young Scientist/Technologist Award (2005), and the Third World Academy of Science/Caribbean Academy of Science Young Scientist Award (2008). His service to the University is underscored by his notable record of accomplishment – he is the Director for the Climate Studies Group, Mona; head of the Department of Physics since 2009, has organised several regional conferences and workshops on climate change and is a member of a number of academic boards of The UWI. During his tenure, Professor Taylor has maintained an impressive record of publishing, with 12 book chapters, 25 journal articles and five peer-reviewed technical reports among his vast repertoire of published work. He is also a member of a number of international and regional professional bodies including the Science Panel, CLIVAR, World Climate Research Programme; the Steering Committee, Pilot Program for Climate Resilience and the Advisory Panel on Climate Change for the Ministry of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change, Jamaica.

Professor Wendel Abel is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Health & Psychiatry and also Heads the Section of Psychiatry at The UWI Mona Campus. His research is focussed on mental health policy and service system development. He has authored 25 subject specific technical reports on aspects of that research for The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other countries in the English Speaking Caribbean. 

Professor Abel received his undergraduate and postgraduate education at The UWI Mona Campus, where he attained his MBBS in 1986 and his Doctor of Medicine in Psychiatry degree in 1994. He was awarded the Masters in Public Health and Certificate in Addiction Studies from the Johns Hopkins University in 1991 and the Advanced Diploma in Psychiatry from The University of the West Indies Mona in 1989. He holds membership in professional associations including the Medical Association of Jamaica, the Jamaica Psychiatric Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the Researcher Cochrane Mental Health Research Group. Professor Abel has been the recipient of several honours and awards for his work in the field. These include The Order of Distinction, Officer Class (2007) the PAHO Awards for Mental Health Promotion (2005) and for Excellence in Health Journalism (2006). Professor Abel’s contributions to the University also include his position as Assistant Editor of the West Indian Medical Journal, Chairman of the Specialty Board for Psychiatry and a member of The UWI Accreditation Committee. It was agreed that the title of his professorship would be: Professor of Mental Health.


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