UI professor wins global science award

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A professor at the University of Ibadan, Olanike Adeyemo, has won the Scientist of the Year 2020 Award.

The award, which is from the International Achievements Research Centre, Chicago, Illinois, USA, is in the Natural Sciences/Earth and related Environmental Sciences competition category.

Adeyemo is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships) at the UI.

According to the Centre, Professor Adeyemo’s research provides credible trans-disciplinary research-backed evidence on the complex linkage between Environmental, Animal and Human Health (One Health), including data on environmental pollution, food safety /anti-microbial resistance, and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases (global public health) with significant policy implication for the African Continent.

UI Vice Chancellor, Idowu Olayinka described the development as a demonstration of the excellence his deputy represents.

Olayinka said, “The impressive accomplishments she has been demonstrating over the years along with her commitment to excellence, as well as the scientific value and impact of her works on the modern world and human being, contributed in no small measures towards this recognition”.

Professor Adeyemo has over 110 publications including chapters in books, journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports and mjonographs; supervised 28 DVM, 22 postgraduate students (MVPH and PhD), and is currently supervising 12 postgraduate Students.

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She has obtained funding and awards towards research and professional development from several organisations, including MASHAV, Israel (2005); START/PACOM, USA (2006); USDA/USAID, USA (2006); USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service, USA (2008); NUFFIC Fellowship Program Grant, Netherlands (2009); IFS, Sweden (2010-2012) and Schlumberger Foundation, USA (2013-2015); USAID (2019-2022).

She is a member of 10 Academic Societies, and is an elected Fellow of Academies of Science(s), including Nigerian Academy of Science, African Academy of Sciences, The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in the Developing World, African Scientific Institute (California, USA), Eisenhower Fellowship Programme and Leadership for Environment and Development, UK.

She is happily married to Abiodun, a pharmacist, and the union is blessed with 3 boys and a girl.

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