Winners of 2018/2019 Chukwuka Cosmas Ezenma – CBSS Research Grant for African Students in Space Science and Astronomy
NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, through the director Dr. Boneventure Okere has announced the winners of the 2018/2019 Chukwuka Cosmas Ezenma – CBSS Research Grant for African Students in Space Science and Astronomy. The grant covers a tuition support award of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only) payable to the winners. The research grant award winners were selected amongst many online applicants whose applications were reviewed based on a competitive selection process. This saw to the emergence of four (4) winners based on merit and best qualification criteria, the selected winners are: Abbey Godson Fortune – Masters Student, Astronomy and Astrophysics department, University of Nigeria Nsukka. Obi Odinaka Patrick-Doctorate student, Department of Physics and Astronomy,University of Nigeria Nsukka. Ojo Taiwo Theophilus-Doctorate student, Atmospheric Science, Department of Physics and Electronics, Rhodes University South Africa and Idowu Temitope Ezekiel-Doctorate student, Environmental Science, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. Further details about the profile of the award winners and different research areas are found below. The award ceremony was witnessed by Prof. Madu, from faculty of education, University of Nigeria Nsukka representing Chukwuka Cosmas Ezenma the research grant donor, two of the award recipients in attendance and the research grant committee members.
It will be recalled that in 2018, NASRDA-CBSS put up the announcement for the application of the research grant. further details on this can be found thus: click here.
ABBEY, Godson Fortune – Masters Student, Astronomy and Astrophysics department, University of Nigeria Nsukka.
Abbey Godson Fortune is conducting research in Exatra-Galactic Radio astronomy, focusing on the Unification of low luminosity radio sources. The project hopes to investigate approximately 100 different low luminosity Radio sources including Blazers and other Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). His research work hopes to characterize these radio sources based on their luminosity and also find some common property amongst them. The result will help scientists in the understanding of AGN. Though the knowledge may seem advance currently, however, this is an area of astrophysics, which will open new Windows to how Galaxies are formed and also enhance our knowledge of the Milky Way Galaxy. The social and economic importance of this work is that our results can be used by the institutions to further understand how galaxies form, This may eventually lead to building Radio Observatories which will save the government huge cost of sending students abroad to do astronomy related observations.
Obi Odinaka Patrick-Doctorate student, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nigeria Nsukka.
Obi Odinaka Patrick is conducting his doctorate research in atmospheric physics in the department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nigeria Nsukka. His research was inspired by the search for the true mechanism between the moving earth system and space events accruing from solar variability. It is intended to contribute to the existing body of knowledge in related areas most especially the climate factor that threatens man and its environment in different parts of the world.
The aim of the research is to study the relationship between ‘solar output and its terrestrial effects’ and the atmospheric dynamics. Solar data, geomagnetic data and Ozone data are primary data to be used for the study, but not limited to them, as other atmospheric data can incorporated for the research. The results from the data analysis will be able to show the relationship between the heliospheric space event and our terrestrial space changes, such as ozone redistribution/variation and climate change.
Ojo Taiwo Theophilus: Doctorate student, Atmospheric Science, Department of Physics and Electronics, Rhodes University South Africa
Ojo Taiwo Theophilus is a doctorate student of Atmospheric Science studying in Department of Physics and Electronics, Faculty of Sciences, Rhodes University. Currently, he is conducting his research work in South Africa National Space Agency (SANSA). His research work is focused on neutral winds and tides over mid-latitudes using ionosonde, satellite, and Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) measurements. He is very passionate towards the research and intends to derive neutral winds using the South African ionosonde network. His research work will extract, verify and analyze tidal variation of the winds and determine their effects on the Ionosphere with the recently installed FPI in Sutherland as well as satellite measurements.
Although neutral winds and their tidal components have been studied for over several decades, this will be the first of such study conducted over the African region, furthermore, the newly installed FPI would be used to derive neutral winds over this African region for the first time. This research will in no doubt contribute immensely to the understanding and study of the behavior of thermosphere-ionosphere dynamics, as well as its effects on radio waves communication, navigation and aviation.
IDOWU Temitope Ezekiel – Doctorate student, Environmental Science, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya.
This doctorate research work is focused on investigating the potentials of seawater intrusion in the coastal aquifers of kenya using a numerical model-based approach
The main objectives of the research are;
- to assess and compare the impacts of sea level rise and groundwater abstraction rates on seawater intrusion in the coastal aquifers of two study areas- Mombasa and Malindi.
- create a numerical model for predicting the impacts of sea-level rise and population induced groundwater abstraction and predicting possible scenarios
- develop a new simulation-optimization methodology for managing possible impacts of sea-level rise and groundwater abstraction in the two study areas.
The study is significant in that the outputs of the models and the new management methodology to be created will be extremely valuable for water resources and pollution management of the coastal region. Also, its objectives fit into the larger UN agenda of “ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water (Goal 6); making cities and human settlements more sustainable (Goal 11); and combating climate change and its impacts (Goal 13)” through providing empirical data that will guide decision making at the local as well as the national level. More importantly, the research will open further doors for advances in coastal water resources management in the region and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
NASRDA-CBSS STAFF WEEK 2018:
The Maiden Staff week for NASRDA-CBSS was held from Tuesday 4th Dec. to Thursday 6th Dec. 2018. The event started with staff sporting activities and lectures. Awards were presented by the Management of CBSS to deserving hardworking staff of CBSS. The event which was also graced by many diginities and founding fathers of the space industry in Nigeria featured interesting moments as captured in these pictures.