Monthly Report: May, 2004
Objective 1: Management and Administration
A.5 Activity: Reporting and Evaluation
Objective 2: Archaeology Project
2.2 Activity: Equipment
and Facilities Rehabilitation
- On 15 May 04, Neareast Resources began refitting the library
stacks, library reading room, four classrooms, seven faculty and staff offices,
providing satellite internet access, and outfitting the computer lab in the
department of Archaeology at Baghdad University.
- On 25 May 04, Neareast Resources began refitting the
library reading room, six classrooms, twelve faculty and staff offices, providing
satellite internet access, and outfitting the computer lab in the departments
of Archaeology and Assyriology at Mosul University.
Instruction in Iraq; Task A: Summer Workshops
Preparations for Summer Workshops in Amman.
Stone completed her trip to Amman and concluded agreements and
arrangements for hotel rooms, classrooms, IT, and local transportation at
the American Center for Oriental Research. Planning for the 10-week summer
workshops in Amman is now complete.
US and European faculty will lead the workshops. 56 faculty and graduate
students from Baghdad, Mosul and Qadasiyah Universities will attend.
Fawwaz al-Kraysheh, the Director-General of Antiquities of Jordan has offered
all cooperation with the workshops and will lead off our lecture series.
online journal/bibliography search services JSTOR, Anthropology Plus, and
RLG are all providing us with trial memberships in Jordan for the period of the workshops, so that we can train participants in their use.
- The Glen Dash Foundation is lending a magnetic
gradiometer and buying a Total Station, while ESRI and Leica
Geosystems are loaning software, so that we may conduct orientation
training in electronic survey, remote sensing, and GIS applications in
archaeology during the workshops.
will include trips to Jordanian sites to learn site management, visits to
museums to learn museology and a lecture series with both Jordanian and
2.4 Activity: Intensive
M.A. Program in Archaeology
- Selectees continued intensive English preparation
for their visa application interviews (Mosul) and travel to Stony Brook.
- Four candidates (from the U. of Baghdad) completed visa interviews in Amman and returned to Baghdad to await results.
- The four Mosul candidates traveled
to Baghdad and obtained travel documents for Amman.
4.3 Activity: Teaching
and research labs, Archaeology; Task A: Field Equipment, Baghdad and Mosul
- The Glen Dash Foundation and
BL Makepeace are purchasing a Total Station for Baghdad University.
4.5.1 Activity: Library,
Archaeology; Task B: Purchase and Ship Books
- During May we concluded the purchase of nearly 2,000
post-1990 scholarly titles on Near Eastern archaeology from distributors
David Brown and Eisenbrauns. One set of 1,000 will go to the department of
archaeology library at Baghdad, and the second set will go to the
Assurbanipal (archaeology and Assyriology) library within the Central
library at Mosul.
- Venders shipped all books to OCLC for cataloguing and
spine marking. OCLC has completed cataloguing of the nearly 1,000 titles
purchased from Eisenbrauns.
- During May we also negotiated the purchase of over 1,000
titles of classic, rare, out-of-print, and out-of-copyright books from
retiring Professor of Assyriology A. Kirk Grayson in Toronto, Canada (see encl. 2).
- As the Grayson library includes many works destined for
our digitization program, and will be divided between Mosul and Baghdad
universities based on their current holdings and the works’
appropriateness and match with campus research interests, we will
initially bring it to Stony Brook University for sorting and packing by
- To that end, we also obtained packing, shipping, and
customs clearance bids from three vendors in Toronto.
Objective 3: Environmental Health Program
3.4.3 Activity: Orientation
and Training of Centers Leadership and Staff US. Tasks A and B: Center
Director and Center Coordinators
(L) Dr. Hailoo (C) Dr. Gail Habicht,
SBU VP for Research. (R) Dr. Edelman, VP Health Sciences center and Dean, School of Medicine.
- The Center Directors and Center Coordinators
from the medical colleges hosting the three centers
visited Stony Brook University from May 6 to June 4, 2004 to discuss the
program’s plans and implementation. The visit provided them an opportunity
to meet with the SBU leadership, students and researchers, exchange
information and obtain feedback on issues related to public health in Iraq. The itinerary included an intensive and diverse program of educational activities,
observing clinical and environmental health surveillance programs, touring
SBU’s scientific research projects, and field trips to neighboring public
environmental health agencies.
- Meetings were held with the visiting Iraqi faculty to
discuss specifics regarding the establishment of the EHERC at each of the
Universities. Issues included laboratory and space renovation, equipment
purchases, library development, staffing, training of personnel, and
conference planning. Assignments were made from within the Iraqi team were
made as outlined below:
- Basrah EHERC to provide spaces within the same
specification in two weeks when the coordinator returns from New York.
- The group agreed on details for renovations, and equipment
to be supplied to each of the Centers.
- Each coordinator was assigned responsibility of day-to-day
follow-up of three main activities highlighted by program plan as follows:
specification, rehabilitation, follow up, and writing job description for lab technician,
environmental hygienist and lab supervisor.
Training course of
physicians, coordinating, communicating between different medical colleges,
Ministries of Environment and Health, and reporting to SBU Director Hailoo.
Library and book
selection and finalizing the selection jointly with coordinators.
The three coordinators
will share the procedures and criteria for books selection.
follow-up, day-to-day arrangement, organizing and reporting to Director/SBU on
all steps taken.
- Each coordinator met with member(s) of Advisory Committee
and US staff to brainstorm their assignments.
Highlights from the activities of the Deans/Coordinators Training Workshop
at Stony Brook University
environmental health & sciences libraries
management and budgeting
health teaching and training,
health policies and planning
surveillance & screening
of health professionals & technology in environmental health
contaminants & research
hospital and its plans and opportunities for collaboration with the medical
institutions in Iraq
science laboratory tour
and panel discussion: public health and the environment
investigations and environmental sampling
& environmental health
and water sanitation
& dental health related to the environment
of professional and public organizations in environmental health
occupational & environmental medicine clinic
of nursing in public and environmental health
of center’s coordinator in environmental
consult/computer training program
search/computer training program,
selections for the centers libraries
training/power point training class
observation – how to handle environmental medicine cases
assessment committee/case management
–Environmental medicine cases
3.3.2 Activity: Advisory
their visit the Iraqi Center Directors and Coordinators met with the Environmental
Health Advisory Committee on May 7, 2004.
chairman Dean Y. Shamash welcomed the visitors and highlighted the
importance of such talks for exchange of views and knowledge between SBU
and Iraqi Universities. Tthe importance of the
program to upgrade teaching process in field of
Environment Health and to create national staff oriented to the goals and
objectives of this program was highlighted. The Iraqi group stressed the importance of
meetings with the Stony Brook staff and exchanging knowledge and views on
how the program will be fruitful for Iraqis.
agreed on the importance of the Environmental Program in rebuilding and
upgrading Iraqi Universities.
3.3.1 Activity: Building
the Centers Infrastructure. Task B.3: Identify, appoint, hire technical and
the visit the coordinator for the Mosul Center was assigned to write the
job description for the position laboratory technician to be recruited in Iraq to handle lab duties. The Iraqi group discussed with Professor Martin Schoonen and
Richard Reeder from Stony Brook University the criteria and the background
of lab technician and the teaching program. The report will be submitted
in June report.
4.5 Activity: Library
Marsh, Director of HSC Library met with the Deans and Coordinators through
an orientation lecture and meetings to facilitate the books selection. The Iraqi Chief of Party was assigned to follow-up and finalize the book selection. The group
with the Chief of Party selected books through their stay at Stony Brook University . The process of purchasing and shipment of the books will start in a few