Kioko Ireri

The Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication Dr. Kioko Ireri has published a book chapter detailing how three Kenyan national newspapers framed the Westgate Mall and Garissa University College terror attacks.

The chapter titled, “Media Framing of Westgate Mall and Garissa University College Terror Attacks in Kenya: News Frames, Responsibility and Major Actors”, explored the media frames that were employed by journalists in reporting the two terror attacks. The eight frames explored included attribution of responsibility, conflict, economic consequences, human interest, international co-operation, justice, morality and quest for security.

The research examined any significant variations in the use of the most common media frame between Westgate and Garissa terror incidences. In addition, the study sought to find out whether the coverage of the two terror attacks was episodic or thematic in nature. It examined any significant variations in the use of the most-prevalent framing type (episodic versus thematic) between the two incidences of terrorist attacks.Through the lenses of attribution frame, the study examined who the media assigned the blame for the two terror attacks. Lastly, the research investigated the major news sources (actors) in reporting of the two attacks by journalists from the three newspapers.

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Ms. Sarah Ndegwa (Business Operations Manager) and Mr. Austen Stranahan (Product Manager) from Shortlist Professionals, an international recruiting firm advise students during an Interview Preparation Workshop organized by Placement and Career Services on Friday, November 23 at the Incubation and Innovation Center. PHOTO:DAN MUCHAI

By Minah Kaburu and Cecilia Mweru

The Placement and Career Services department organized a successful interview preparation workshop on Friday 23 November at the Incubation and Innovation Centre. The workshop aimed at training students on skills required to successfully navigate interviews as they seek employment in various sectors.

The workshop was carried out as an experiential event where three students were interviewed by an experienced panel of interviewers in the presence of other students. The students were able to give feedback on the interview session as well as receive valuable coaching on their performance from the panel which comprised of Ms. Sarah Ndegwa (Business Operations Manager) and Mr. Austen Stranahan (Product Manager) from Shortlist Professionals, an international recruiting firm.

The panelist shared valuable tips that they highlighted during the workshop mentioned that an interviewer must be prepared at all times. This can be achieved by conducting a background check on the organization and role before sending an application.

By Cecilia Injugu

Placement and Career Services in partnership with the Alumni Relations launched the second cohort of the USIU-Africa Alumni Mentorship Program on Friday, November 23, at the USIU-Africa Incubation and Innovation Center. The event which was graced by twenty seven mentors and mentees also included the graduation of eight mentors and mentees from the first cohort of ten pairs.

The mentorship program takes a holistic approach encompassing academic, personal and career development of the individuals through a six months structured and formal mentorship program.

Principal Placement and Career Services Officer, Ms. Martha Oigo, together with the Principal Alumni Relations Officer, Mr. Uvyu Mbole, officially welcomed the new graduates into the program and took them through a historical journey of the program.

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Trainees during an IBM Watson Analytics for Social Media Training Workshop in July 2018. The training is part of SIMELab Africa’s monthly training workshop, and was conducted via videolink. PHOTO:COURTESY

By Dr. Patrick Wamuyu

The  Secure Information Management Environment Lab (SIMElab) Africa hosted its monthly workshop on use of IBM Watson Analytics for Social Media Data Analysis on November 22. The training was conducted through video conference facilities at the library’s conference room and facilitated by Nabila Charkaoui, Certified Senior Information Architect at the IBM Dubai, UAE Office.

SIMElab Africa provides faculty and students with an environment to undertake their research in social media analytics using the IBM Watson Analytics for Social Media software and NodeXL.

By Diana Meso

Although narratives about HIV/AIDS pandemic have decreased in Kenya, HIV/AIDS is still a life-threatening experience that needs innovative, creative and continuously improved strategies.

A report by the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) shows that there are 1,493,382 Kenyans living with HIV and out of this 184,719 are youth aged 15-24 years. The report further shows that new HIV infections as at 2018 stand at 52,767, half of the 100,000 new infections recorded in 2014.

It is in the same vein that Counseling Services organized the Voluntary Counseling and  Testing, Sexual Reproductive Health Week (VCT Week) from November 26-30 on campus, where members of the university community received opportunities to be screened and counseled on HIV/AIDS, contraceptives, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and further screened for cervical and breast cancers, at designated tents throughout campus. 

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A visiting member of the Ajira Digital Program describes her training and work experiences to members of the SENEX 4800 class taught by Mr. Philip Machoka (Lecturer of Information Systems and Technology). PHOTO: PHILIP MACHOKA

By Philip Machoka

The School of Science and Technology hosted a team of four guest speakers from Ajira digital initiative to discuss the various opportunities available online where the youth can find work. Timothy Munene, Lila Kiwelu, Teresia Ogamba and Patrick Mbau made presentions during Mr. Phillip Machoka’s (Lecturer, Information Systems Technolgy) SENX 4800 class.

 The Ajira Digital Program is a government initiative driven by the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology whose goal is to empower over one million young people to access to digital job opportunities.

Currently, the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology through the ICT authority is creating awareness on the work opportunities that are available through online platforms. Some of the opportunities available include transcription, database management and support, applications development, website design and support, social media marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), content writing, design, data entry, data analysis, legal consultancy, finance and administration among others.

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Participants at the Work Integrated Learning Conference held from November 21-22 at the Library and Information Center, during a break session of the Conference’s first day.. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Taigu Muchiri

United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), Linking Industry With Academia (LIWA), Cresco Skills Development (CRESCO) and Southern African Society for Cooperative Education (SASCE) held the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Conference in Kenya from November 21 – 22.

The WIL conference which was supported by the Ministry of Education’s State Department of Vocational and Technical Training (TVET) seeks to ignite the employability revolution in East Africa and provide an effective approach to implement Work Integrated Learning and in the process, improve student employability aligned to the needs of industry and East Africa's development agenda.

Speaking during the conference, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza emphasized the importance of investing in graduates and ensuring that they are well prepared to effectively deliver in the job market. He said reports on graduate employability show that there are glaring mismatches between what universities are producing and what the economy needs, resulting in graduates spending years searching for employment, unemployed and underemployed.

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Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Prof. Njeri Wamae, delivers her acceptance speech at the sixtyseventh meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicines and Hygiene, in New Orleans, USA. PHOTO: COURTESY

Taigu Muchiri and Dan Muchai

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTM) has awarded the Dean, School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Prof. Njeri Wamae the 2018 Clara Southmayd Ludlow Medal, during an award ceremony held on October 28 in New Orleans, USA.

ASTM is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health.

According to the Society, the Clara Southmayd Ludlow Medal recognizes honorees for their inspirational and pioneering spirit, whose work represents succcess despite obstacles and advances the field of tropical medicine.

Dr.Clara Southmayd Ludlow (1852-1924) was an entomologist with scientific zeal and tenacity who battled the odds of age, gender and skepticism of women in the sciences to advance the understanding of tropical medicine.

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Representatives of various members of the Global Business School Network gathered for a Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, November 7 at the Chandaria School of Business.. PHOTO: COURTESY OF GBSN

By Ernest Mwanzi

The Chandaria School of Business in conjunction with the Global Business School Network (GBSN) hosted the 13th Annual GBSN Conference in Nairobi. The focus for this year’s conference was transforming traditional sectors by educating entrepreneurial leaders to drive systemic change.

The conference which was held from November 7 - 9, 2018, examined four broad enablers of entrepreneurial leadership namely; technology and big data; responsible leadership; cross-disciplinary collaboration; and teaching the tools of innovation.

The Global Business School Network was formed to foster cross-border connections between business schools and engage members in building capacity in the developing world. The network is also tasked with the responsibility of advancing and advocating for management education impact on development efforts.

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Dr. Emilly Obuya makes her presentation during the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Colloquium held on Monday, November 19 at the Science Center. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Caroline Kahiri, Emily Obuya and Dan Muchai

On Monday, November 19, the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences held its second and final colloquium for Fall 2018, on solar disinfection.

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow from the Sage Colleges New York, Dr. Emilly Obuya, is currently working on a Environmental Protection Agency-funded project that is seeking to develop solar disinfection as a reliable water treatment technology for residents of Obunga informal settlement situated in the northwest part of Kenya’s third largest city - Kisumu, on the edge of Lake Victoria. The region is known for its poor water distribution, poor sanitation infrastructure, and high density of housing.

In her presentation, Dr. Obuya noted that despite water being essential to life, its inequity in distribution has rendered it a very scarce commodity in some regions.

In 2015 according to the World Health Organization, 2.1 billion people are without ‘safely managed drinking-water services’ - that is, improved water sources located on premises, available when needed, and free from contamination.