Presentation of lab equipment has been made to the Physics Department at the Fendell Campus of the state-run University of Liberia or UL. At a combined program marking the dedication of the Physics Learning Center and presentation of equipment were the Dean of the College of Science and Technology, Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks, Department Chair Dr. Bobby D. Sebo and NOCAL Geophysicist Mr. Jusu Hena, among others.
Among items presented were assorted books, paper cutter, Capacitor Inductor Analyzer, Spectrophotometer Oscilloscope, Tripple Beam Balance, Cole Palmer and Temperature Guage. Other items unveiled were glass funnel, Evaporating Dishes Frequency Standard and Audio Oscillator, respectively.
In remarks at the dedication held on Thursday, May 15, the College Dean Dr. Weeks recalled that prior to the war “we had this [kind] of thing before, but used to call it physics reading room with computers and books.”
She extended call to others who might want to make contributions in helping the Physics Department with electricity, after citing some challenges that include the lack of connections and wires in the ceilings of the very lab where the items are stored, and no switches on the walls to turn lights on and off.
For his part, Dr. Sebo said since the war, “we have not been able to have lab for junior and senior students,” but with the new consignment received, he says the department will now conduct lab for all students.
He observed that students want to make research, but they did not get materials, a situation that he says the department wants to address by its decision to have a center where students will have access to some materials.
“We intend to have internet service, textbooks,” he said, adding that though the place may be small, the department intends to have a wider space to store the materials.
Finally, Dr. Sebo says the department wants to ensure that science is well taught in Liberia, making appeal to the University of Liberia, and other donors to aid the department.
Mr. Hena, who negotiated with a partner in the United States for the items, urged that the department do everything possible to secure the lab equipment, given their importance to the Science area.