Monthly Report: September 2004
Objective 1: Administration
Four weekly employment reports were submitted,
detailing non-U.S. personnel supported by the program.
Objective 2: Archaeology Project
Overall, the intensity and duration of military counter-
insurgency operations in Baghdad limited opening hours, increased travel time,
or prevented movement altogether. Movement to and from Mosul became especially
difficult for on-the-ground personnel. Nevertheless, work did proceed.
2.1.2 Activity: Refit Department Libraries
- PI Stone completed negotiations
with OCLC Online Computer Library center to conduct training for
archaeology librarians from Mosul and Baghdad Universities on use of the
WorldCat online catalog system.
2.2 Activity: Equipment and Facilities Rehabilitation to Support Instruction.
- Task B: Establish IT
capacity to support libraries, teaching and research, Baghdad. Contractors
completed VSAT connection to the server and established live internet
access to the first two user computers. All remaining computers and
networked equipment were delivered, and all computers, printers, and
- The internal telephone system
was connected, tested, and each phone labeled with assigned phone numbers.
However, the local phone company still has not restored service to the
university, so the two outside lines could not be connected.
- Task C: Establish IT
capacity to support libraries, teaching and research, Mosul. Engineers
purchased a generator for Mosul Universityís archaeology/Assyriology
department, with sufficient additional capacity to provide backup power to
the co-located Library and Information Science computer lab.
2.3 Activity: Instruction in Iraq
- PI Stone arranged with Dr.
Benjamin Fostor of Yale University to hold a one month tablet reading and
conservation workshop for Iraqi students following the Rencontre
Assyriologique Internationale meetings next summer.
2.4 Activity: Intensive M.A. Program in Archaeology
- The four graduate students
(two from Baghdad University, two from the Department of Cultural
Properties) currently at Stony Brook all graduated to higher levels of
English following their initial 6-week training program. Three are in
Intermediate English, one in Advanced.
- The students have begun a
seminar in Mesopotamian Archaeology, taught by Professors Stone and Zimansky,
designed to improve their reading, writing and comprehension skills in
their field and to develop critical thinking.
4.4 Activity: Remote Sensing and GIS, Archaeology
- PI Strone arranged to run an
archaeological field school for Iraqi students and faculty for six weeks
next summer, in eastern Turkey.
4.5.1 Activity: Library, Archaeology; Task B: Purchase and Ship Books
(L) OCLC Online Computer Library Centerís Kathy Runnels catalogs one of nearly 1,500 volumes. (Photo: OCLC)
(R) Stony Brook University Graduate student Brian Bingham inventories eight
pallets of archaeology books headed for universities at Baghdad and Mosul in Iraq. (Photo: J. Pournelle)
- OCLC Online Computer Library Center completed processing nearly 1,500 books and catalog records for
shipment to Baghdad and Mosul University (see press
- Over three tons of hand-picked
archaeology books are now boxed and inventoried at our shipment
consolidation facility, and formal application to the Denton program for
Military Space-Available shipping has been made.
Objective 3: Environmental Health Project
3.1.1.B Task: Establish 3 national EHERC
- Three candidates for the
positions of Center Lab Supervisor have been identified. In preparation
for their training at SBU, request for visas are being processed.
- EHERC site preparations are
near completion at the centers in Mosul and Baghdad. Renovations for Basra center has recently commenced.
- A standardized list of
furniture to be purchased locally for each center has been sent out. The
centers have been asked to evaluate the list and customize it as per their
3.4.4 Training of Environmental Health Specialists in Iraq†
- Extensive discussions have
been conducted with Iraqi partners to determine the location and timing of
the training course for Iraqi physicians.
- A list of participants is
being composed by each of the centers in Iraq. Upon completion the names
will be presented to the universityís admissions offices in order to
register the participants for academic accreditation upon completion.
†3.4.5 Delivery of Environmental Laboratory Equipment
- Equipment and supplies for
testing lead exposure have been purchased and are being consolidated for
shipment. This critical resource will be used to conduct a key
environmental health study to be done under the program. The study will
focus on exposure of children and pregnant women to lifeĖthreatening
environmental lead in urban communities in comparison to those in rural
locations. Through this study data will become available to asses severity
and exposure variations.
- Additional laboratory
equipment to screen for other environmental contaminations have also been
purchased according to the Work Plan.
- An environmental assessment
consultant has been hired to assist in the determination of appropriate
air sampling equipment.
3.4.6 Activity: Organize an Environmental Health Conference in Iraq
- Preparation continues with
Iraqi partners for the national environmental health conference for
3.4.7 Mini grants
- A significant number of
proposals for mini grants have been presented and are being reviewed by
the centersí leadership in Iraq as well as by the SBU review committee. Award
of the grants is anticipated to be complete as soon as funding can be transferred
4.1 Information and Communication Tools
- The Coordinators at each of
the EHERC are currently making their final determinations for the purchase
of computers and communication systems. After review in the US the purchase will be coordinated in Iraq.
4.5 Library Resource Development
- The vast majority of the
environmental health and science texts have already been purchased for
each of the centersí libraries. A portion of the books have been shipped
and received in Iraq. The remainder of the literature is being
consolidated for shipment and will be shipped to Iraq as soon as possible.
- Drs. Hailoo and Marqus
attended an event at the Iraqi Embassy in Washington for the Prime
Minister of Iraq, Dr. Ayad Alawi and the Minister of Health, Dr. Alaa
Alwan. The Prime Minister highlighted the constraints and obstacles facing
the new government in rebuilding infrastructure of the country especially
the services sector such as health and sanitation.
- A brochure
, in English and Arabic, was designed, written and printed internally
for distribution in Iraq and the US.
- The SBU-HEAD environmental health program website has been revised.