Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program 2015 The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to bring back experts of African descent living in the U.S. and Canada, to share their knowledge and expertise in select African Universities. Under this program the Chemistry Department, Makerere University is privileged to host Professor Peter Nkedi-Kizza, a renowned soil physicist from the University of Florida, U.S.A. Professor Nkedi-Kizza has expertise in soil physics and management, fate and transport of pesticides in the environment, and in modeling. He will spend three months at Makerere University collaborating with a group of Lecturers from Makerere, developing a course that will be taught to local and regional graduate students. The interactions of Graduate students with Professor Nkedi-Kizza over such a relatively long period may be invaluable in shaping their future research programs and in enriching their graduate experiences. Course Title: Fate and Transport of Agrochemicals Used for Crop Production in Lake Victoria Watershed Dates: Venue: Registration: Contact: Award: June 15 – July 31, 2015. Department of Chemistry, Makerere University Kampala. Free (Limited Slots available, first come first serve basis). Dr. Gabriel Kasozi, Department of Chemistry, Makerere University Kampala. Certificate of Participation. Course activities and outline: Survey of pesticides and fertilizers imported into Uganda and used on selected crops Elemental cycles (C, N, P, and K) Sorption kinetics and equilibria: Kinetics models and equilibria models. Environmental pesticide transformation: Degradation pathways and Models. Experimental design and laboratory analysis of pesticides. The Solvophobic theory: Use of mixed solvents for extraction and analysis of strongly hydrophobic organic chemicals - sorption on container walls and instruments’ liners. Theory and principles of Extraction, cleanup and analysis of pesticides using HPLC, GC and GC-MS. Process oriented modeling of agrochemicals in the environment. *** Mode of delivery: Lectures and Laboratory experiments *** Project Objectives: To develop curriculum for a cross-cutting course to be taught to graduate students from Chemistry, Agriculture, Material Sciences Engineering and Environmental Sciences. To develop research collaboration between the University of Florida and Makerere University To train Graduate student in studies related to the fate and transport of agrochemicals used for the production of Ugandan cash crops. Project Impact: The engagement of graduate students from Makerere University and other Universities in the region with Professor Nkedi-Kizza will help them acquire knowledge and skills, which knowledge is expected to reshape their graduate research. The curriculum of the developed course will be submitted to the University council for approval and inclusion in the regular graduate courses taught at Makerere University and other interested regional universities may replicate the course. Research Forum – Paper Contest: During the course, graduate students will have an opportunity to present their research in a forum meant to honor the Late Professors Bernard T. Kiremire, R.I.P (Makerere University Kampala) and Henry Kishimba, R.I.P (University of Dar es Salaam) for their enormous contribution in the field of pesticides analysis. Presentations will be 15 min and presenters will compete among their peers for 3 awards: First Place US$ 250, Second Place US$ 150 and Third Place US$ 100, plus a certificate of recognition.