JULIA DAIA BORE
EDUCATIONAL researchers in their various disciplines within the higher education’s science and technology fields now have an outlet to publish their research papers, findings and inventions.
They could now do this through the first-ever journal for the top bracket of the higher education, research, science and technology – expected to be launched during the second week of this month, according to the committee which is spear-heading the publication.
The committee, headed by Prof Alan Quartermain, a professor at the PNG University of Natural Research and Environment in East New Britain, has completed compiling their first issue: Volume 1 of 2009; and awaits its official launch expected to take place next Friday.
The first issue comprises a 100-page fully documented and researched accounts from professors and senior academics and students whose research findings cover 11 topics.
From detailed agricultural researched findings of the “Effects of density of planting spring onion in volcanic soils” by Andrew Judah of the University of Natural Resources and Environment in Vudal, East New Britain province to “Policy issues on environmental concerns in mining and energy industry in Papua New Guinea” by N.S. Parate and Jim Pae Lem of the University of Technology in Lae.
The latter article depicts the tonnes of waste generated from the mining and energy industry and discusses the current mining waste disposal systems, policy issues in PNG and long-term implications for the environment; and also discussed were possible ways to deal with the toxic material in the mining wastes.
The issue of the world’s climate change and its impact with particular PNG experiences were also detailed in the journal by environmental scientist Prof Chalapan Kaluwin and his colleagues Shirlyn Weplu and Peter Samuel.
Editor-in-chief of the ‘PNG Journal of Research, Science & Technology’ Prof Quartermain said the idea behind this publication was that there was little knowledge or appreciation outside of the universities, or even between universities, of the extent and quality of the research being conducted by the university staff and students in the general fields of science.