Profiles of Makerere new PhD graduates
Makerere University will today hold its fourth session of the 72nd graduation ceremony. Topic: Role of blood lead on the anemia status of malaria-infected children. Mr Mukisa investigated the effect of concomitant exposure to both lead pollution and malaria infection on the anemia status of Uganda’s urban children. Mr Kusemererwa investigated self-employment among the youth in Uganda using a multi-theoretical approach. He further established that business self-efficacy plays a partial mediating role in the relationship between social capital, learning behaviour, and initiative conduct in self-employment among the youth. Topic: Application of process technologies for improved salt production from Lake Katwe, Uganda Eng Lwanyaga designed a process that selectively extracts salt from the brines of Lake Katwe coupled with a techno-economic analysis to foster commercial exploitation of the Salt Lake. His study further revealed that the salt pan should be as shallow as practically possible with an optimal depth of 0. Topic: Ground deformation modelling based on causal factors in landslide-prone areas. Mr Makabayi undertook a study to model ground deformation in Bududa landslide-prone area. He developed a model for predicting ground deformation hence the occurrence of landslides resulting from a number of casual factors such as rainfall, soil, slope and infiltration. This model can be used by stakeholders such as the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees and local authorities to predict ground deformation as a precursor to landslides. Mr Mazimwe studied how to manage semantic barriers to data sharing and integration in disaster situation awareness systems for early warning purposes. Such barriers arise from the fact that stakeholders manage information using different policies and interfaces while at the same time describing data using different vocabularies and conceptualisations.
As a solution, the study adopts the use of patterns (best practices) as building blocks for interoperable architectures that address semantic barriers in line with Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) principles. Ms Nakitto investigated the morphological characteristics, bioactive compound contents (BCC) and antioxidant activity (AA) of 14 accessions of Solanum anguivi Lam. Topic: Social sustainability and the ugandan haute couture visual aesthetic: Articulating the contemporary value of past tradition Ms Nakisanze interrogated haute couture artefacts which exhibit Uganda’s traditional cultural heritage fused with aspects of contemporary dress to produce haute couture as a visual language representing social sustainability. MrMugumbu Ismail developed a Localised Geometrical Alignment Technique (LGAT) for Updating Geo-spatial databases. This helps to minimise geometrical errors emanating from openings or overlaps of objects. Topic: Kiswahili at crossroads: cultural politics and language policy in Uganda. Ms Arinaitwe studied historical narratives of different language policies and factors that impacted Kiswahili growth across the different historical periods; the pre-colonial period (1840-1894); the colonial period (1894-1962); and the post-colonial period (1962-2019). A blend of three approaches to language policy and planning (LPP); the Historical-structural model, the neo-classical model and language management theory (LMT). Constant shift in cultural and political leadership meant that whoever held power determined the language policies that favoured their leadership ideology. Topic: A comparative analysis of land ownership and land conflicts in post-conflict areas of Luwero and Amuru Districts, Uganda: A gender perspective Ms Atwagala analysed the effects of landownership and land conflicts on gender perspectives in post-conflict areas of Luwero and Amuru Districts in Uganda. Topic: Female survivors’ experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) and access to justice in Uganda Ms Asiimwe investigated female survivors’ experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) and access to justice in Uganda, with a focus on relationships involving male police officers.
The study was carried out in Jinja police barracks in eastern Uganda. Topic: Sociocultural exploration of children’s experiences and perspectives on gender-based violence in primary schools in Busoga Sub-region, Uganda Mr Balikoowa explored the experiences and perspectives of primary school children regarding gender-based violence in and around schools and its impact on their schooling; in Uganda’s Busoga Sub-region. Topic: Myth and mythmaking in the narratives about Mwalimu Julius Nyerere among the Banyakyusa. Mr Fredeo studied the recreation of Nyerere’s personal life and political career in Banyakyusa myths. The myths were interpreted based on Banyakyusa traditional beliefs and their life experiences. Topic: Career Stereotypes and aspiration as predictors of students’ independence in career choice at education transitional levels in Uganda Ms Ampaire examined the extent to which career stereotypes and aspirations predict students’ career choice at education transitional levels in Uganda. This was motivated by the continued challenges that impact on students’ independence in career choice and the extent to which career decisions are based on the available facts. Overall, the results revealed that reliance on personal independence and career choice facts, is decreased by the prevailing career stereotypes, across the education transitional levels. Topic: The representation of women in selected plays of Euripides and selected Ghanaian playwrights. Ms Antwiwaa employed feminist and postcolonial theories to interrogate the representation of women in selected classical Euripidean plays and selected Ghanaian playwrights to examine the ‘universalist’ view that the Classics are models for others to learn from. The research questions the hegemonic elevation of the classical/western values to examine African experiences. The study recommends that African scholars need to adopt Afrocentric epistemology to examine African experiences in order to shift and balance the centres of knowledge production and circulation.
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