The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS), the nation’s premier learned society, today publicly launched a twenty-four-month Higher Education project on the theme, “Motivating Higher Education Reforms in Ghana – Towards Equity and Sustainability”. The US$116,000 project is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Prof. Clifford Nii Boi Tagoe, Chair of the Project Steering Committee said in his welcoming remarks that over time, increasing low levels of public investment in, and support to, knowledge-producing institutions such as the Academy, has hampered their abilities effectiveness in commissioning and disseminating research findings to influence policy and shape public education. He said that notwithstanding, the Academy had not rested on its oars and continues to leverage its convening power to assemble learned teams and panels on critical issues in the arts and sciences at regularly organized public lectures, symposia, and forums.
On Thursday, 08 December 2022, the Academy hosted Professor Gérard Mourou, Nobel Prize winner in Physics for 2018, at a special lecture on “Extreme Light: Its Benefits to Science and Society. Prof. Mourou reflected on the work he and his PhD student, Donna Strickland, co-winner of the Nobel Prize did to receive the award. He said Chirped-pulse amplification, or CPA, which is really, the best in the world right now, is a technique for creating ultrashort, yet extremely high-energy laser pulses necessary in a variety of applications, including more precise and less expensive medical and surgical operations; clean and safe energy to replace fossil fuel and uranium usage options; as well as the removal of millions of orbital debris cluttering space.
Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah, a Fellow of the Academy on Friday 18th of November 2022 called for a review of the Free Senior High School programme, saying the current financing regime is not sustainable. He was delivering the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lecture on the topic “Educational Reforms in Ghana and their Impact on the Youth.
The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences on Friday, 18th of November 2022 commemorated some Fellows who have distinguished themselves and contributed to the development of the Academy. The Chairman of the Commemoration Committee, Prof. Henry Nii-Adziri Wellington, in his speech, said there are 2 categories of Fellows to be commemorated. They are the living and deceased Fellows.
The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, on Tuesday 15th November 2022 inducted into Fellowship fifteen distinguished Ghanaian personalities comprising Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Professor of Geography; Ace Anan Ankomah, a Lawyer; Prof. Kwasi Ampene, Professor of Ethnomusicology and Maxwell Opoku-Afari, First Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana from the Arts Section; and Prof. Her Graves Winful, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Prof. Evans Adei, Associate Professor specializing in Computational Chemistry; Prof. Dorothy Yeboah-Manu, Professor of Microbiology; Prof. Richmond Nii Okai Aryeetey, Associate Professor specializing in Public Health Nutrition; Prof. Elsie Effah Kaufmann; Associate Professor specializing in Biomedical Engineering, Prof. Amos Kankponang Laar, Associate Professor specializing in Bioethics and Public Health Nutrition, Prof. Marian Asantewaa Nkansah, Associate Professor specializing in Environmental Chemistry, Prof. Jehoram Tei Anim, Professor of Histopathology; Prof. Bruce Banoeng-Yakubo, Professor of Geology; Prof. Sarah Darkwa, Professor of Food Science; and Prof. Dorcas Osei-Safo, Associate Professor specializing in Natural Products Chemistry, from the Sciences Section.
The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences on Friday, 4th of November 2022 organised the Shine Mentorship Program for some selected public basic schools in its catchment area. The participating schools were Pig-farm JHS and Abavanna 4 & 5 JHS. The program was held at the GAAS auditorium in Accra.
Dr. Nii Darku Quaynor, FGA on Thursday 06 of October 2022 has said Ghana has enormous traditional technologies and tools, which when developed into modern educational and computational tools will be critical for national development. He said whiles delivering his annual lecture on the theme “The Science of Oware Board” at the Academy’s auditorium.
“Language has some intrinsic power to make and unmake. Not only for our sake but also the sake of posterity, for our survival and well-being let us choose the positive side, communicative politeness and throw away or condemn communicative impoliteness”. – Prof. Kofi Agyekum
On Thursday, 01 September 2022, Fellow of the Academy and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ghana, Prof. Kofi Agyekum delivered what one will describe as a timely lecture to address the impolite languages in our media and political landscape. The topic for the lecture was “Kasahuam-Kasafi”: Polite and Impolite Language in the Ghanaian Media and Political Landscape.