He credits his success to the opportunities provided to him through the Africa Airlift project which was organized by the late and notable Tom Mboya (prominent Kenyan politician) . In 1959 Mr. Mboya organized the Airlift Africa project, together with the African-American Students Foundation in the United States, through which 81 Kenyan students were flown to the U.S. to study at U.S. universities. One of them was Barack Obama's father. In 1960 the Kennedy brothers joined this project, after Mboya visited them for that purpose, and Airlift Africa was extended to Uganda, Tanganyika and Zanzibar (now Tanzania), Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and Nyasaland (now Malawi). Some 230 African students received scholarships to study at Class I accredited colleges in the United States. He often says that without such an opportunity it would have been difficult for a young boy from rural Kenya to experience the world and gain valuable knowledge which he has used to help his country.
Selected Publications :
Wandiga, S.O., M. Opondo, D. Olago, A. Githeko, F. Githui, M. Marshall, T. Downs, A.
Opere, P.Z. Yanda, R. Kangalawe, R. Kabumbuli, J. Kathuri, E. Apindi, L. Olaka, L. Ogallo,
P. Mugambi, R. Sigalla, R. Nanyunja, R. Baguma, and P. Achola. 2005. “Vulnerability to
climate induced highland malaria in East Africa .” In N. Leary, C. Conde, A. Nyong and J.
Pulhin, eds., Dimensions of vulnerability in a changing climate, case studies from the
developing world .
International University-Industry Cooperation: Camomile Project. (2001). B. Boh, D.N.
Kariuki, A Kornhauser, J.O. Midiwo, S.O. Wandiga . In: University Industry Government
Cooperation. How to make it work? Teaching Learning Manual based on examples of good
practice in research, teaching and management from chemistry and related disciplines. UNESCO-ICCS 2001, Littera Picta Ljubljana , pp. 360-388
Biomass Burning in Africa : Role in atmosphere change and opportunities for emission
mitigation. E. Kituyi, S.O. Wandiga, M.O. Andreae and G. Helas. (2005). In: Climate
Change and Africa . Pak Sum Law. (ED). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge . p79-89.
Capacity Building and Institutional Development in Higher Education in Kenya . S.O.
Wandiga, (1997) International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) UNESCO 1997.
Research Training: The Kenyan Experience. S.O. Wandiga. (1996). In: Research Training
for Development - Proceedings of conference on Research Training for countries with
limited Research Capacity. Eds. Erik. W. Thulstrup and Hans D. Thulstrup. Roskilde
University Press p.145-152.
Environment and Development : Proc. of a Public Lectures series of Kenya National
Academy of Sciences (KNAS). S.O. Wandiga and N.L. Abuodha (Eds.) Kenya National
Academy of Sciences Press, 1996.
Shem O. Wandiga and Eric Odada (2001). SCIENCE AND SOCIETY: Africaâ€™S
PERSPECTIVE, in Science and Technology Policy ( OFW ) from Encyclopedia of Life Support
Systems (EOLSS) , Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford,
1976 to 1999 Co-ordinator of the Eastern and Southern African Environmental Chemistry
Network Workshops of the Association of Faculties of Science of African Universities
(AFSAU), Chemistry Committee.
1980 Vice-Chairman of the organizing Committee of the Regional Chemistry Conference in
Africa, The First International Chemistry Conference in Africa, July 28 to August 1, 1980. I
was responsible for the planning and organization of the conference which was cosponsored
by several international organizations and Kenya Chemical Industry Firms. The
conference brought together participants from 32 African and European countries.
1982/83 Chairman, Organizing Committee, Second International Chemistry Conference in
Africa , June 28 to July 2, 1983 .
UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI ACTIVITIES
Member, University Senate, the highest academic body 1973 - 1995. Chairman, Faculty of
Science Brochure and Calender Sub-Committee, Housing Allocation Committee.
1983 Founder Member and Fellow of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences and
Chairman of its Awards Committee.
Member, Board of Directors, Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute.
Member, Natural Science Advisory Research Committee; Mt. Kenya Baseline Monitoring
Station Advisory Panel to the Kenya Government; Chemical Industry Training Committee,
the Ministry of Labour, Kenya Government; Inter-Ministerial Committee on Solving a
Tanning Industry Firms Pollution to Thika Town; Several Advisory Committees to the
June 1967: B.Sc. - Chemistry, Howard University, Washington DC, USAJanuary 1972: M.Sc. - Chemistry, University of Maryland, USAJune 1972: Ph.D.-Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University USANational Honour: EBS- December, 1986. Awarded Order of the Elder of Burning Spear,Second Class
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