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SU grad students’ abstracts accepted for conference presentation

Recently, three SU graduate students, John Bosco, Ronald Okwemba, and Kelvin Kiwale, in the University’s Department of Urban Forestry and Natural Resources within the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, had their abstracts accepted for presentation at the 26th Annual Association of African-American Studies (NAAS) and Affiliates Conference in Dallas, Texas, February 12-17, 2018.

Together, these three students are presenting the following four accepted papers:

  • Geomodeling of Temporal Spread of Urban Heat Islands and their Mitigation by Urban Trees in Baton Rouge, LA
  • Modeling Soil Loss on Scott’s bluff and number of years the soil movement is expected to destabilize nearby structures.
  • The Impact of Weather on Crime and use of Urban Forests for Crime Mitigation for Baton Rouge, LA

Analysis of Temperature trends in Kenya from 1970-2015

“Having these abstracts accepted is a powerful opportunity for Southern University,” expressed Dr. Yaw A. Twumasi, associate professor of hydrology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). “By participating in this presentation, these students will have the opportunity to network with peers and faculty from other universities and minority groups. They will participate in conversations and provide solutions resolutions for pressing issues.”

Twumasi, along with Kamran K. Abdollahi, professor of forest ecophysiology, and Yemane T. Ghebreiyessus, professor of cropping systems and water quality research, are the faculty mentors included on these works.

This year’s conference will jointly host the following organizations: National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, National Association of Native American Studies, International Association of Asian Studies, Center for Islamic Studies, National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc., Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and International Center for Management Training & Research. To date, NAAAS is the only multicultural research organization in the United States whose board and general membership represent the four largest minority groups in the United States.

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