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"Weathering Uncertainty: Understanding climate and
change in the Caribbean"
Prognostics: The Science of Prediction
RSVP: Khadija Collins (868) 642-6112, (868) 471-7865
Parking will be available at Heart Ease car park.
NIHERST's annual, week-long Caribbean Youth Science Forum (CYSF) introduces sixth form science students to new frontiers of knowledge, as they interact with research
scientists, educators and other professionals who work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related--fields, locally or internationally.
The Caribbean is one of the most at-risk regions of the world for
severe weather events, climate variability and climate change.
Preparedness for, and adaptation to, such events necessitates
the implementation of both disaster risk reduction and long-term
resilience strategies. Dr. Pulwarty will discuss research he and
colleagues from the region are conducting to assess the
changes, develop early warnings of emergent risks, and
implement adaptive practices in the face of a changing climate.
A Trinidad and Tobago national, Dr. Pulwarty is one of the world's leading climate
scientists. He has developed several internationally recognised research programmes
and is a lead author on a number of key national and international climate
assessments reports. He is a co-recipient of the 2008 and 2014 NOAA Administrator's
award and the 2010 Department of Commerce Gold Medal for outstanding
achievements in integrating scientific research into public decision-making. In 2013, he
received a NIHERST Award for Excellence in Science and Technology (Gold).
Date: Tuesday 4 August, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM -- 6:30 PM
Senior Advisor for Climate, and Director of the U.S. National Integrated Drought
Information System, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Venue: Teaching and Learning Complex, UWI, St. Augustine.
Venue: Teaching and Learning Complex, UWI, St. Augustine.
Dr. Roger Pulwarty
Prognostics is an engineering term for predicting the
lifespan of an electrical component. In a
technologically dependent world, electronic failure is
unwanted and the ability to predict it is a scientific
breakthrough. Jason Renwick will speak on his
research at NASA on the prognostics of capacitors --
devices that store and dissipate electronic charge --
and how it can be applied, from a basic radio to the
complex functioning of the New Horizons space probe.
Jason Renwick, an electrical and computer engineering student at UWI, St.
Augustine, was one of two local students selected, through a
NASA/NIHERST partnership, to participate in 2014 in the first NASA
International Internship Program (NASA I2) at the Ames Research Center in
the USA. He was invited back to NASA in 2015 for a second internship. He
is the recipient of the inaugural Rudranath Capildeo Young Scientist Award
from the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Jason Renwick
NASA I2 Intern
Date: Monday, 3rd August, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM -7:00 PM
Of the many factors that shape
our lives---geographical location,
family dynamics, resources and
influence, beliefs, self-concept, sup-
port systems, motivation, relation-
ships, luck, karma or fate, our sense
of self-worth is the single most
important determinant of the
health, abundance and joy we allow
into our life.
To the degree we doubt our wor-
thiness, we limit or sabotage our
efforts and undermine our relation-
ships, finances or health. Ever won-
dered, for example, why so many
young actors, who gain sudden
wealth, fame, and celebrity, go on
to self-destruct with drugs and errat-
ic behaviour? Or why many able-
bodied people live on the streets,
reduced to begging for spare change?
Or why some people continue to
accept abusive mates or undesirable
Once we understand the lessons
of self-worth, we are in a better posi-
tion to help such people---but first,
we must help ourselves. So, as we
proceed, note the following points:
No one else can give you an
improved sense of self-worth. Self-
worth comes from doing what is
Your innate worth has never been
lowered, compromised or touched
by fate or circumstance. It exists as
a fact of life, like air and trees, and
doesn t need to be raised, revitalised
To make this topic relevant to your
own life, let s start with:
Self-reflection on self-worth
Consider the following questions,
and answer "Yes," "No," or "Some-
• When fortune smiles on you,
do you think, "This can t last?"
• Do you find it easier or more
natural to give than to receive?
• Does your life feel like a series
• Does money seem scarce or hard
to come by?
• Do you find your work or rela-
• Do you work long hours and
lack leisure time?
• Do you resent or envy people
who take frequent holidays?
• Do you feel driven to work more,
do more, be more than others?
• Do you overeat "comfort" food,
smoke, drink alcohol daily, or use
• Do you feel uncomfortable when
you receive praise, applause, lots of
attention, gifts or pleasure?
• Have you turned down or passed
up opportunities in education, work
or relationships and later regretted
it?• Do you seem to get sick or
injured more than other people?
• If someone asks the cost of your
services, do you price yourself lower
than others in your field to be "fair"?
If you answered "Yes" to a number
of questions, did these circumstances
or situations just happen to you sole-
ly through bad luck? Or is it possible
that the choices you made and
actions you took led to where you
are? By acknowledging your role and
responsibility in your current life,
you find the power to make different
That is not to say that someone
who is robbed at gunpoint or who s
run into by a drunk driver somehow
"attracted" or "drew" such experi-
ences due to low self-worth---such
ideas are superstition or magical
But when we make choices that
lead to difficulties, it is worth under-
standing in this context. For example,
if you were abused as a child, the
abuser was responsible---not you.
But if you are abused as an adult
(say by a troubled spouse), the abuse
itself is not your responsibility, but
the choice to stay with that person
may point to low self-worth. (This
is not about blame, but it is about
acknowledging our role or respon-
sibility which leads to the power to
Discovering your unconditional
worth can help you expand fully into
the world. It begins with a first step---
awareness of the problem is the
beginning of the solution.
Taking charge by
Sometimes bad things just hap-
pen---a toss of the karmic dice: a
hurricane or freak storm or earth-
quake or other natural disaster, we
may become a victim of circum-
stance. We can only make the best
of those circumstances and learn
from them and grow stronger.
But much of the time, our lives
are shaped by the choices we our-
selves make and the actions we take.
So if life isn t going well, ask yourself
this question: "Who s doing this to
me?" If the answer is "someone
else"---your boss or spouse or partner
or another person who appears to
be the cause of your suffering, then
ask yourself: "Who chose to be
around this person? Who chose this
job? Did I truly have no other
options? Or do I believe that beggars
can t be choosers?"
To be continued....
If you would like to share your
experiences, please email me: jan-
Know your self-worth
JANICE LEARMOND CRIQUI CPC, ACC
Ideal Life Associate Certified Coach
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