USC Upstate professor selected for visiting scholars program in Kenya

April 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Dr. Bernard Omolo, associate professor of mathematics and statistics at the University of South Carolina Upstate, has been invited to participate in the Visiting Scholars Programme of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) with Strathmore University in Kenya.

The ICTP utilizes the Visiting Scholar Programme to provide assistance to institutes or research groups in developing countries that require expert advice to enhance existing activities or to initiate a new research program. The objective is to establish a permanent link between an outside expert in a particular field of physics or mathematics and the applying institute on a long-term basis.

“The Centre for Applied Research in Mathematical Sciences (CARMS) at Strathmore University recently developed a graduate program in biometry,” said Omolo. “I will be conducting seminars in biostatistics to expose both students and faculty to new directions in the application of statistics to biomedical research.”

As a visiting scholar, Omolo will travel to Kenya three times over the next three years with each visit lasting for one month. During each of those visits, he will be mentoring and advising graduate students in biostatistics and biometry. He will also work with colleagues and students from Kenya and neighboring countries in capacity building and new research initiatives. Omolo’s first trip is scheduled this summer.

Visiting scholars are selected based on their record of scholarly accomplishments in the field the host institution is interested in developing which can be new research programs or capacity building efforts. The ICTP provides some funding to help offset travel expenses.

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