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First Environmental Justice Scholars Cohort Complete Training

First Environmental Justice Scholars Cohort Complete Training

Eleven Allen University students from different communities were selected as the first cohort to undergo training in Environmental issues, justice and laws. It was a nine week-contact training, which was done almost on a fortnight basis on Saturday. In addition, AUEJSP fellows were trained on how to use EJ Screen website to map problem areas in their respective communities, seek agencies for funding and write grants. Facilitators that taught all the modules were ensured to be experienced and versed to teach with practicality. We had three of our faculty members at Allen University invited as facilitators.  All of them were given an agreed remuneration for each module respectively taught. The names of AU students that were in this first training cohort are: Avalon Truesdale, Jessica Smart, Kehinde Adelabu, Taiwo Adelabu, Howard Quattlebaum, Cresha Thomas, Esther Oluwadiya, Tajmah Muhammad, Divinefavour Oladipo, Nyeem McDaniels and Jamal Gibson. Each student was awarded a certificate of completion and a $500 stipend in form of check.

 

May 16-19, 2018: 11th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities (11th NCHD) – Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

Ten Allen University students attended the afore mentioned conference. Three of the ten students conducted research with Dr. Ariyo during the summer of 2017. The abstract of one of the three students, named, ‘David Chime’ was submitted, accepted and selected as the best well written undergraduate abstract for poster presentation at the national level. Eventually, this same student emerged as the best poster presenter of all undergraduate presentations at the conference.  The title of his research presentation, which was absolutely conducted at Allen University was: ‘The effects of crude oil spillage and eventual bioaccumulation in humans’. Furthermore, Dr. Ariyo made remarks on behalf of President McNealey at the conference.

 

June 1 – July 28, 2018

Two Allen students conducted research with me on: “Elucidation of the Impacts of pollutants in streams and lakes on hatchability and growth rate of brine shrimp and fish. One student focused on gasoline as a pollutant, while the second one focused on vegetable oil to mimic what happens due to improper disposal of domestically used oil.

 

June 16, 2018

Oluwole Ariyo, five Allen Summer 2018 Interns and Cresha Thomas our immediate Allen graduate attended the Charleston District Church School and Leadership Conference held at Summerville, SC in collaboration with Reverend Parrott. Cresha Thomas completed the AUEJSP training. Dr. Ariyo presented on: Environmental Issues and ways to tackle them. Cresha Thomas being from that community presented alongside with Dr. Ariyo on, ‘Issues with Shem Creek’. This was an eye-opener to the community members, as the presentation opened up a dialogue on how to tackle and prevent the attendant problems.

 

July 21, 2018

Youth conference on Environmental Justice Issues was held on Allen University Campus. It was an all-day event and we had over seventy youths ranging from elementary to high school ages.

 

July 27-28, 2018

(July 27th at 5 pm and July 28th at 8:30 am): Charleston Community Leaders Institute – Church House of Ministries World Wide, 9659 Jamison Road, Ladson, SC 29456.  The aforementioned community leaders’ institute was conducted in collaboration with Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

 

August 30, 2018

Myrtle Beach Climate Change Video Debut – Pawley’s Island (tentative location), Georgetown, SC. The aforementioned community leaders’ institute was conducted in collaboration with Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

 

Award:

Allen University received a trophy with regard to the TV-made documentary on Sea Change done in collaboration with MUSC. Drs. Oluwole Ariyo and Daniel Hembree’s names were inscribed on this trophy.

 

Other activity outside EJI Grant:

July 27, 2018: Summer Research Engagement under USC SCADAR Grant. Dr. Ariyo serves as the Allen University Campus PI for Nneora Ezeanya, a Senior Biology Major student at Allen. Nneora conducted her summer research at USC School of Medicine with Dr. Singh. Her research title was, ‘Effect of Resveratrol on Gene Expression in Colon Epithelial Cells of Mice with Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis.

 

Most recent presentations:

  1. Chime, David and ARIYO, O. A. (2018). The effects of crude oil spillage and eventual bioaccumulation in humans. 11th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities, Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, May 16-19, 2018
  2. Chime, David, Ezeanya, Favor and ARIYO, O. A. (2018). Effects of Oil Pollution on the Agricultural Crops and Eventual Bio-Accumulation. National Environmental Justice conference and training program, held at Marriot, DC, April 25-27, 2018
  3. Ezeanya, Favor and ARIYO, O. A. (2017). Effect of Agricultural wastes on the environment. National Environmental Justice conference and training program, held at Marriot, DC, March 8-10, 2017
  4. Olukunle, T. O. and ARIYO, O. A. (2016). Differential responses of African Americans and Caucasians to Influenza and its vaccination. Poster presentation at the Ninth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities, held at the Marriot Marquis, DC, March 9-12, 2016
  5. Onwubuya, C. and ARIYO, O. A. (2016). Environmental Injustice: Nitrogen Oxide concentrations within the United States. Poster presentation at the Ninth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities, held at the Marriot Marquis, DC, March 9-12, 2016
  6. Shokfai, T. C. and ARIYO, O. A. (2016). Prevalence of Parkinson’s disease among African Americans. Poster presentation at the Ninth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities, held at the Marriot Marquis, DC, March 9-12, 2016
  7. Olukunle, T. O. and ARIYO, O. A. (2014). Prevalence of Sickle Cell Anaemia among African Americans. Poster presentation at the Eighth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities, held at the Westin Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, November 5-8, 2014
  8. ARIYO, O. A. (2013). From Researching to Teaching with Integration of Current Research Interests. Poster presentation at the Greensboro 2013 Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching held at Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, North Carolina, February 15 – 17, 2013
  9. ARIYO, O. A. (2012). Genetic Engineering and Its Implications on Food Security in Africa. Presented as a KEYNOTE speaker at the Second Biennial International Conference and Exhibition held at YABA College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria, April 17-20, 2012
  10. ARIYO, O. A. (2012). The Pipeline Project. Presented at Southeast Regional Black Male Summit. Closing the achievement gap: “Cutting the pipeline to prison”, held at Doubletree Hotel, Columbia, SC, February 19-20, 2012
Paul Trewhella
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