Higher Education and Development for Archaeology and Environmental Health Research
SUNY at Stony Brook
Monthly Report: July 2004
Objective 1: Management and Administration
A.5 Activity: Reporting and Evaluation
- SBU submitted its first semi-annual program report on 7 Jul
- SBU submitted an interim program update on 27 Jul 04.
Objective 2: Archaeology Project
2.1.2 Activity: Refit Department Libraries
- On 31 July 04, Asst. Dir. Pournelle completed an
inspection walk-through at the Dept. of Archaeology with Neareast
Resources civil engineers. Baghdad U. was represented by Prof. Jaber Kalil Ibrahim, Asst. Prof. Mohammed T. Mohammed al-Adami, and
librarian Niran Muhy al-Din. Niran is transitioning books from old to new
2.2 Activity: Equipment and Facilities Rehabilitation to Support
- Task A: Upgrade Dept. of
Archaeology Facilities, Baghdad. Pournelle’s inspection revealed that
overall contractors had exceeded specified requirements.
- On testing, Neareast’s civil
engineers found that the initially installed emergency power generator, located
inside the walled, gated, guarded university compound, had insufficient
engine capacity for rated power output, which fluctuated outside allowable
tolerances. They therefore replaced the generator with a larger unit,
bolted it to the concrete pad, covered it with a tempered steel anti-theft
shroud, and supplied case-hardened steel locks.
- We approved in principle three
additional air conditioning units for shared faculty offices, as
office/computing equipment to be installed in those offices will not
function at current ambient temperatures. Also remote control units for
the (ceiling-mounted) air conditioners, insulating curtains for the
upstairs computer lab, and washbasin connections to the installed hot
water heater. However, installation must wait for completion of work at Mosul.
- Task B: Establish IT
capacity to support libraries, teaching and research, Baghdad. During
July, Neareast twice attempted to deliver and complete installation of IT
equipment, but the university ws unexpectedly closed. We delivered to IT engineers
MS Windows XP enterprise server and desktop OS, MS Office Pro, and
Symantec network and workstation virus protection software and licenses to
complete set-up of the 25 “Made in Iraq” Pentium 4 desktop computers
purchased last month.
- Task C: Establish IT
capacity to support libraries, teaching and research, Mosul. The Dean,
Faculty of Arts rescinded the decision to move the Department. Work is scheduled
to re-start 2 August, with completion scheduled within 30 days. We delivered
to IT engineers MS Windows XP enterprise server and desktop OS, MS Office
Pro, and Symantec network and workstation virus protection software and
licenses to complete set-up of the 27 “Made in Iraq” Pentium 4 desktop
computers to be installed there.
2.3 Activity: Instruction in Iraq; Task A: Summer Workshops
- The Summer Workshop in Amman Jordan is currently in its
second session. Some of the participants were delayed in their arrival,
but the number of participants has now reached 55. Daniel Snell and Alan
Walmsley have completed their instruction term and returned to the U.S. Professors Marian Feldman from Berkeley and Kathryn Slanski and Eckard Frahm from Yale University have joined the team as workshop leaders. Professor Roger Matthews from London University will also arrive for one week in August. The Dean of the Faculty of Arts
of Mosul University is planning to visit in early August. There has been
marked progress in the participants’ willingness to engage in discussion
in a public forum, and in their computer and internet skills. Informal
discussions are a continuing process.
- The Iraqi
participants are spending most of their free time combing the ACOR library for
relevant references for their research. Discussions have been initiated with
the Chairs of the respective departments regarding the implementation of the
workshop material into their curricula. It has been agreed to prepare Arabic
versions of our PowerPoint presentations so that they can used for teaching in Iraq. High points for the participants so far have been a one-day seminar led by Alan
Walmsley at Jerash, where he is currently excavating an early Islamic Mosque,
and a trip to Petra. Many of the participants have organized a trip to Aqaba on
their day off.
- Session I of the ten-week
summer workshop concluded on schedule on 22 Jul 04.
2.4 Activity: Intensive M.A. Program in Archaeology
(L, C) M.A. students with
English teacher. (R) Prof. P. Zimansky (center) meeting with M.A. students at
SBU’s USAID-Iraq program office.
- All four Baghdad University graduate admittees into Stony Brook University’s MA Program in Mesopotamian
Archaeology arrived as scheduled in New York on July 9th. After
settling into their dormitories and campus life over the weekend, they
began their summer intensive English program on July 12. Within two weeks,
their English comprehension has improved markedly.
- Their fall semester academic schedule is now being prepared.
In addition to their English instruction it will focus on a daily seminar
with Paul Zimansky and Elizabeth Stone, where they learn to read, discuss,
and critique current research in Mesopotamian archaeology. Depending on
their language abilities, they will also attend a class on Landscape
Archaeology, which focuses on work in the Near East.
4.5.1 Activity: Library, Archaeology; Task B: Purchase and Ship Books
- OCLC has received all but a
handful of the nearly 2,000 post-1990 scholarly books on near eastern
archaeology purchased from David Brown and Eisenbrauns distributors, and
has completed cataloguing and shipping (via UPS) a second tranche to
ARAMEX (near JFK airport) for load consolidation and DENTON (military
space-available shipment) inspection.
- After being held up for a week
by U.S. customs at the Canadian border, 1,200 volumes of classic, rare,
out-of-print, and out-of-copyright archaeological and Assyriological books
purchased from retiring Professor of Assyriology A. Kirk Grayson in
Toronto, Canada arrived 28 July 04 at Stony Brook University for sorting and
packing. Some books will be retained for digitization, while the bulk of
the library will be sent to the Baghdad and Mosul university libraries.
A. Kirk Grayson library being
prepped for shipping to Iraq by Archaeology graduate student Brian Bingham. Photo:
Objective 3: Environmental Health Project
- On 28 July 04 Drs. Hailoo and
Marqus met with Iraqi ambassador, Rend Al Rahim, to hear her perspective
on Environmental Health issues in Iraq. This interaction also enabled the program
leaders to gauge how well the program’s intentions would serve their
- Program updates were reviewed
at a meeting in Washington D.C on 28 July 04 with USAID’s Norman Rifkin
and Nuzhat Ahmad.
- A Stony Brook University IT specialist
is preparing a website for the USAID Environmental Health Project at Stony Brook University. The site will be on line in August.
(L) Left to Right: W. Hailoo, N. Ahmad (USAID), M.
Segall (USAID), S. Marqus. (R) Left to Right: M. Al-Muhmaidi, W.
Hailoo, Ambassador R. Al Rahim, S. Marqus, F. Al-Guylanni
3.3.2 Activity: Dean and Coordinators’ Visit
- Stony Brook University is preparing a comprehensive booklet of information based materials presented at the
Stony Brook University workshop in May. When complete it will be sent to
all three EHERC in August. This material will be key in the disbursement
of information on critical Environmental Health practices to environment
health professionals in Iraq.
3.4.1 Activity: Building the Centers’ Infrastructure
- The assignment of office space
has been concluded at the three EHERCs. In July rehabilitation began for
space to house the laboratory equipment and Center activities (i.e.;
walls, floors, air conditioning, plumbing).
3.4.5 Activity: Deliver Environmental Lab Equipment
- On 12 July 04 a meeting was
attended by Dr. Hailoo, Martin Schoonen, Maureen Kotlas, Dr. Marqus and
Bruce Weiner of ESA, inc. regarding the procurement of blood lead testing
detecting equipment. Decisions were made to finalize the equipment’s
- The procurement of 4 hand-held
blood lead testing devices has since been completed. The equipment will be
sent to Iraq in August.
- Lab supplies and equipment specifications
are under final development and will be supplied for use in laboratories when
the renovation of the lab space has been completed.
3.4.6 Activity: Environmental Health Conference
- On 28 July 04 discussion with
Nuzhat Ahmad in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hailoo and Dr. Marqus led to an
agreement on two options for the site of the conference.
3.4.7 Activity: Mini-Grants
- The disbursement of grant applications
to Iraqi University, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment was
completed in Jun-July, 04, and four proposals were received in July. EHERC
The Mosul Coordinator is handling this activity and reporting to Stony Brook
4.5 Activity: Library—Environmental Health
- Book selections have been
concluded. The acquisition of books was completed in mid July. The first
orders sent to Iraq were received on 12 July 04. The remainder of the
orders are with vendors to be sent NY for consolidation and subsequent shipment
to Iraq in August.