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  17 Jan 2017

NWANMA BEATRICE NWUKE ONYIKE

NAME: NWANMA BEATRICE NWUKENWANMA BEATRICE NWUKE ONYIKE PH.D. Penn State

Professor of Plant Pathology.

 

Business Address:       Home Address: 1A Works Road  P.O. Box 1077 Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

Department of Plant

Science and Biotechnology

Abia State University

Uturu, Abia State, Nigeria

E-mail: nwanma.onyeike@abiastateuniversity.edu.ng

Cell: 08033904425.

 PERSONAL DATA

Date of Birth: May 25

Place of Birth: Okomoko, Echie Local Government, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Marital Status: Married with five children.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

American Phytopathological Society

International Society for Plant Pathology

Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society for Agriculture

Nigerian Society for Plant Protection

Nigerian Association of University Women

Nigerian Environmental Society

Nigerian Genetics Association.

National Association of Women Academics

 

EDUCATION

1989 -1991   Post-doctoral Research. Post harvest and Fungal Physiology. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Pennsylvania. USA. Research Objectives: (1) To determine the effects of calcium on senescence of Agaricus bisporus. (2) To determine the role of extra­cellular laccase in fruit-body production in Agaricus bisporus.

 

1985 -1989   Ph.D. Plant Pathology. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. USA. Dissertation: “The Distribution, Toxigenicity, and Evaluation of Fusarium Species on Millet and Sorghum Seed from Nigeria, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe.

 

1969-1970    M.A. Biology (Plant Physiology). University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. USA. Project: “The Effect of Gibberellic Acid, Indole Acetic Acid, and Photoperiod on Tissue Differentiation in Plant Tissue Cultures.”

 

1964 -1967.  B.Sc. Botany, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. USA.

 

1962 -1963.     Higher School Certificate. Botany, Chemistry and Zoology. Archdeacon Crowther Memorial, Girls’ School. Elelenwa.

 

1957-1961.    West African School Certificate. A. C. M. Girls’ School, Elelenwa. Rivers State

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2011                Director, Division of General Studies Abia State University, Uturu

 

2011                Professor on Contract, Abia State University

 

2009-2010    Director of Academic Planning, Renaissance University

 

2008 -2010      Dean College of Natural and Applied Science, Renaissance University, Ugbawka, Enugu State.

 

2008                Ag. Vice-Chancellor Renaissance University. Covered duty for VC

 

2008 2010    Member Renaissance University Governing Council.

 

2007 -2010      Professor of Plant Pathology. Renaissance University. Ugbawka, Enugu State

2007 – 2007   Dean, Student Affairs. Renaissance University

 

2007 -2008   Director, Academic Planning and Director, Division of General Studies. Renaissance University.

 

2006 – 2007 Visiting Associate Professor in Department of Crop and Soil Science. Rivers State University of Science and Technology. Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

 

2003-200     Associate Professor of Plant Pathology. Abia State University. Uturu, Abia State

 

2000 – 2006.  Member Abia State University Senate.

 

2000 – 2006    Director, Division of General Studies, Abia State University.

 

1999 – 2006    Chairman, Faculty of Biological and Physical Sciences Seminar Series.

 

1996 – 2001.  Chairman, Postgraduate Committee, School of Biological Sciences.

 

1996 – 2000  Chairman, Symposium Planning Committee: the Committee organized a symposium on “The Degenerating Scientific Knowledge in Nigeria: Need for Urgent Redress in the 21st Century.”

 

1994 -.2003     Senior Lecturer, Abia State University, Taught courses in Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, Mycology, Genetics and Biotechnology, at undergraduate and Post-graduate levels.

 

1986 -1989    Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant. The Pennsylvania State University. University Park. Pennsylvania, USA.

 

1978-1985       Senior Lecturer Alvan Ikoku College of Education: Owerri. Job emphasis was on the training of science teachers for secondary schools. Developed

the General Biology Curriculum for B.ED. Taught General Biology, Plant Physiology, Embryology and Genetics.

 

1992-1994. Principal Lecturer, Alvan Ikoku College of Education. Owerri. Taught General Biology, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, Mycology, Genetics, Embryology and Techniques in Biology

 

1975-1978. Asst. Lecturer-Lecturer 1. Institute of Management and Technology. Enugu. Job emphasis was on training of Laboratory Science Technologists for medium level manpower. Developed a General Biology curriculum. Taught courses in Micro-techniques, General Biology, Plant Physiology and Embryology.

 

1973-1974.      Instructor. Denver Community College, Denver Colorado, USA. Taught Biology to returning Vietnam veterans, who were being trained for careers in Paramedical Sciences

 

1968-1969.   Research Assistant, IBM Corporation in Boulder Colorado. USA. I monitored the effect of air pollutants on IBM machines.

 

1968-1968.   Graduate Research Aide. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. USA. I worked in potato research to study toxins produced by the fungus Phytophthom infestans- the causal agent of late blight disease of potato.

SUPERVISION OF POST-GRADUATE RESEARCH

 

2011 –              Co-Supervisor PhD in Plant Ecology by Adanma Ukaoma.

 

2004 – 2010     Major supervisor M.Sc. Project in Plant Pathology: Investigation of the Effect of Calcium on Shelf Life of Fluted Pumpkin Telfairia ocddentalis Hook F by Jacinta Akalazu.

 

2001 – 2004   Co-supervisor M.Sc. Project in Plant Physiology: Physiological Response of Cow pea Vigna unguiculata to Drought: Osmotic Adjustment Resistance Strategy. By Mary Iroegbu.

 

2001 -2004    Co-supervisor MSc. Project in Plant Physiology. Differential Irrigation and Growth, Yield and Fibre Quality Relationships in Kenaf (Hibscus cannabinus L) by Francis Nkaa

 

2003 -2009   Co-supervisor PhD. Project in Plant Pathology: Investigation of

Microorganisms Associated with Citrus Decline in NIHORT Okigwe, Imo State by Mr. C. I. Ezeibekwe.

 

1999 – 2007.  Member, Teaching Committee of International Society of Plant Pathology.

1998 -2000 External Examiner, Botany Unit, School of Biological Sciences. Imo State University. Owerri.

 

1995 -1999.   Member of Executive Committee, Nigerian Society for Plant Protection

 

1992-1994,    Head of Department of Biology, Alvan Ikoku College of Education and member of the Academic Board.

 

1981-1983.      Head of Department of Biology, Alvan Ikoku College of Education, and member of Academic Board.

 

1989-1992.      While at Alvan Ikoku College of Education, I served in several committees in the College, including academic regulation, Accreditation, and Secretary of committee to set up a Science Centre.

 

1991 -1993.     External Examiner, Science Laboratory Technology. Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Imo State.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

2007                Asst. Chairman Harvest Committee, All Souls Chapel A. I. C. E., Owerri.

 

2007                Patroness, Children’s Ministry, All Souls Chapel, A. I. C.E. Owerri.

 

2004 – 2007 President., National Association of Women Academics. Abia State University Chapter.

 

2001 – 2004    Vice President, National Association of Women Academics. Abia State University Chapter.

 

1997 -2011      President   of   the   Association   of   the   Abroad   Branches,   Eluama Development Union, Women’s Wing. Eluama Isuikwuato, Abia State.

 

1997 –             Present Member, PCC All Souls Protestant Chapel, A.I.C.E. Owerri.

 

1995 -1998.     National Asst. Secretary, A.C.M.G.S. Elelenwa, Old Girls Association.

 

1979 -1984.     Secretary, Nigerian Association of University Women, Owerri Branch.

 

1979 -1984.     Secretary, A.C.M.G.S Old Girls ‘Association, Owerri Branch.

 

1981 -1983.  Member, Imo Sports Endowment Committee.

 

PAPERS  PUBLISHED AND PRESENTED PUBLICATIONS

 

2016                Onyike, Nwanma B.    Fungi and Nigerian Economy.    Keynote Address Nigerian Mycological Society

 

2011                Ogugua, U. N., Egeleonu, C. C., Onyike, N. B. and I. N. E. Onwurah. 2011.

Impact based Cost-Benefit Analysis model for Management of Crude Oil Contaminated Agricultural Soil. International Jour, of Envi. and Waste Management. In press

 

2011                Akalazu, J. N., Onyike N. B., Offong, A. U. and Nwachukwu, C. U.

 

2011                Investigation of the role of calcium in prolonging the shelf life of fluted pumpkin (Telefaira occidentalis Hook F.) Journal of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Vol.1 (1-9).

 

2010                Nkaa,  F. A., Ogbonnaya, C.  I.  and Onyike,  N.  B.N.    2007.    Growth Performance of Three Kenaf varieties grown under water stress in eastern Nigeria. African Journal of Plant Science: 4 (Special Issue) 95-101.

 

  1. Nkaa, F. A., Ogbonnaya, C. I. and. Onyike, N. B. N. 2007 Effect of Differential Irrigation on Physical and Histochemical Properties of Kenaff (Hibiscus cannabinus L African Jour. Agric. Research. Vol.2(6): 252 – 260.

 

2007                Onwurah, I.N.E., Ogugua, V. N., Onyike, N. B., Ochonogar. A. C. and

Otitoju, O. E. Crude Oil Spills in the Environment, Effects and Some Innovative Clean up Technologies. Int. J. Environ. Research 1 (4): 307-320.

 

2005                Onyike, Nwanma B. N. Challenges of Science and Technology among the

Igbo. Jour, of Development Studies 7(l):36-46.

 

2004                Onyike, N. B.   Poverty Alleviation Programs for Improvement in Health, and Living Conditions of Rural Nigerian Women. The Social Educator vol.2:46-55.

 

2003                Onyike, N.  B.  N.    Biotechnology in Agriculture,    pp 90-120 In R. A. Onyeagba and N.R. Isu (Eds.) Fundamentals of Biotechnology. Crystal. Publishers. Okigwe.2nd Edition

 

2002                Onyike, N. B.N.  Cytoplasmic Inheritance.  Pp 180-194.  In Ibiam, O. F. A. (Ed.). Readings in Genetics.  Revised Ed. Onakib Communications.  Abakiliki pp 354.

 

2002                Onyike,  N.  B.  N.  and  W.  F.  O.  Marasas.     Toxigenicity of Fusarium moniliforme Recovered from Millet and Sorghum Seed from Nigeria. Journal of Environment and Toxicology: 3: In Press

 

2002                Onyike, N. B. N. and B. O. Ekpo.   Food Security in Developing Country. Journal of the Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 2 (1) 45-54.

 

2001                C. I Ogbonnaya and N. B. N. Onyike. (Eds.). A Modern text on History and

Philosophy of Science. Crystal Publishers. Okigwe, Nigeria. 457pp

 

2001                Onyike, N. B. N. Origin and Evolution of Life. In Ogbonnaya, C. I. and N. B. Onyike. (Eds.). A Modern text in History and Philosophy of Science. Crystal Publishers. Okigwe, Nigeria.

 

2001                Onyike, N. B. N. Continuity of Life.  In Ogbonnaya, C. I. and N. B. Onyike. (Eds.). In A Modern text in History and Philosophy of Science. Crystal Publishers. Okigwe, Nigeria.

 

 

2001                Onyike, N. B. N. and E. I Akubugwo.   Applications and Constraints of Biotechnology. In C. I. Ogbonnaya, and Onyike, N.B. N (Eds.). A Modern Text in History and Philosophy of Science. Crystal Publishers. Okigwe, Nigeria.

 

2000                Onyike, Nwanma B. N. Nutrition: A Critical Factor in Child Development. The Social Motivator. Vol. 2: 24-35.

 

1999                Onyike, Nwanma B. N. Plant Disease and Technological Development.

The Social Educator Vol. 1:1-7.

 

1999                Onyike, Nwanma B. N.  An Investigation of Maize Sold in Owerri Markets and Used for Human Consumption for Fusarium species. Jour, of Environ, and Toxicology. 2:75-78.

 

1999                Onyike   Nwanma   B.N.   and   N.R   Isu.      Biotechnology:   Problems  and Constraints pp 40-48 In R.A. Onyeagba and N.R. Isu (Eds.) Fundamentals of Biotechnology. T. T. P. Publishers, Enugu.

 

1999                Onyeagba, R.A. and Nwanma B.N. Onyike. Applications of Biotechnology

in Agriculture pp 24-38 In R. A. Onyeagba and N.R. Isu (Eds.) Fundamentals of Biotechnology. T.T.P. Publishers. Enugu.

 

1998                Onyike, Nwanma B.N. and Paul J. Wuest.   Comparative Study of Growthand  Extracellular Laccase production in three commercial strains of Agaricus bisporus. Jour. Innov. In Life Sci. 3: 78-97.

 

1995                 Okeke, S.E. and N.B.N. Onyike. A Model for Afforestation in Sloppy Areas of Southern Nigeria. Journ. Innov. In Life Sci. 2: 91-97.

 

1993                Onyike, Nwanma B.N. and Paul E. Nelson.   Fusarium species recovered

from soil planted to millet and sorghum in Nigeria, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe. Mycopathologia 121:105-114.

 

1992                Onyike,  N.B.N.,  and  P.E.  Nelson.     Fusarium species associated with sorghum grain from Nigeria, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe. Mycologia 84: 452-458.

 

1991                Onyike, N.B.N., and P.E. Nelson, and W.F.O. Marasas.   Fusarium species

associated with millet grain from Nigeria, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe. Mycologia 83: 708-712.

 

1990                Onyike, Nwanma B. and P.E. Nelson, and T.D. Therrien.   Evaluation of Fusarium moniliforme and Fuarium nygamai recovered from millet and sorghum seed by isozyme analysis. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 80:122.

 

1989                Onyike, N.B., Paul E. Nelson and W.F.O. Marasas. Toxicity to Ducklings of

Fusarium nygamai recovered from millet seed from Nigeria. (Abstr.) Phytopathology: 79; 1187.

 

1988                Onyike, Nwanma B. and Paul E. Nelson.  Distribution of Fusarium species

on sorghum seed from Nigeria, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe. Phytopathology (Abstr.) 78: 1510.

 

1987                Onyike, Nwanma B. and Paul E. Nelson.  Distribution of Fusarium species

on millet seed from Nigeria, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe. Phytopathology (Abstr.) 77:1617.

WORK IN PROGRESS

Research Papers

 

2006                Onwurah, Ikechukwu N.  E., Nwanma B. Onyike and Charles Egolum. Bacteria Based Adaptive Scission Support Model for evaluating of crude oil Impact on Agricultural Land. Submitted to Journal of Environmental Management and Assesment.

 

2006                Onwurah, Ikechukwu Noel. E., Ogugua V. N. N., Onyike, Nwanma B. N,
Ochonogor, E. Alfred and Otito J U. Folawoloe.   Crude Oil Spills in the Environment, Effects and Some Innovative Clean-up Biotechnologies.

 

2007                Iroegbu, Mary, C I. Ogbonnaya and Nwanma B. N. Onyike.  Physiological
Response of Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L) Walp) To Drought.   1. The Osmotic Adjustment Resistance Strategy.

 

2007                Iroegbu, Mary, C I. Ogbonnaya and Nwanma B. N. Onyike.  Physiological

Response of Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L) Walp) To Drought. 11. Solute accumulations in relation to Osmotic Adjustment.

 

2007                Nkaa, F. A., Agiriga, N. P., Onyike, N. B.; Ogbonnaya, C. I., Okeke, C. U.,

and Ezeibekwe, I. O. Effects of Seed size on Germination and Seedling Vigor of trvingia gabonensis var. wombolu (Bush mango).

 

Book Contributions

2006                Onyike, N. B. N. Biotechnology in Agriculture: Biosafety and Biodiversity Issues. In Readings in Biotechnology O. F. A. Ibiam (Editor). Onakib Communications. Abakiliki. In Press

 

2006                Onyike, N. B. N.   Tissue Culture and its Applications in Agriculture.   In Readings in Biotechnology Ed. O. F. A. Ibiam. Onakib Communications. Abakiliki

 

PAPERS PRESENTED

2009                Onyike, Nwanma B. N.   Women as Peace Markers at Home and Outer

Society. International Conference of the 1st Festival on Igbo Civilization in Commemoration of 50 years of Chinua’s Things Fall Apart. Nneka: Mother is Supreme; Women as Agent of Ethical re-orientation in Igbo World.

 

  1. Onwurah, I. N. E. and Onyike, N. B. N. Improving Agricultural Sectors output through oil based bioremediation of rural polluted agricultural soil. ASTI August 6-8. Umuahia, Abia state.

 

2004                Onyike, Nwanma B. N. Challenges of Science and Technology Among the

Igbo. At Qhaneze Ndi Igbo 2004 Education Summit. Held at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia August 2-5, 2004.

 

2002                Onyike, Nwanma B. N. Calcium in Plant Growth and Development, at the

Faculty of Science Seminar Series. Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State, Nig.

 

2000                Onyike, Nwanma B. N. Contributions of Rural Women Towards Poverty

Alleviation, At a Workshop on Upliftment of Rural Women through Poverty Alleviation Programmes. Held at Modetel Hotel Owerri, September, 2000.

 

2000                Onyike,  Nwanma B. N.    Roles of Government and Private Sector in Financing Scientific Research. At a Symposium on Degenerating Scientific Knowledge in Nigeria: Need for Urgent Redress in the 21st Century. Held at Abia State University May 22 -25, 2000.

 

1998                Onyike, Nwanma B.N. and S.M.D. Ezoh.  Effect of Calcium on Post harvest

Decay of Telfairia occidentalis Hooker. At the 7th International Congress of Plant Pathology. Edinburgh, Scotland. August 9-16.

 

1997                Acholonu, Rose and Nwanma B. N. Onyike.   Improvement of the Health and Living Conditions of the Rural Women in Nigeria. At National Workshop on Renewable Energy Systems, Development and Applications for Economic Empowerment of Rural Women in Nigeria. University of Benin. Benin City.

 

1990                Beelman, R.B. and N.B.N. Onyike.  New Methods to Improve Shelf life of Edible Mushroom Agaricus bisporus at the 32nd Mushroom Industry Short Course. Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania, USA. June 11-13.

 

1989                Onyike, Nwanma B. N., P.E. Nelson and C .D. Therrien.   Evaluation of Fusarium moniliforme and Fusarium nygamai from millet and sorghum seed by isozyme analysis at the North East Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society. State College, Pennsylvania. USA

 

1989                Toxicity to Ducklings of Fusarium nygamai from Millet Seed from Nigeria. Annual Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society. Richmond Virginia.

 

1988                Onyike, Nwanma B. N.   Specific Effects of Calcium in Senescence.   Plant Pathology Seminar Series. Pennsylvania State University. University Park, Pennsylvania. USA

 

1988                Onyike, Nwanma B. and Paul E. Nelson.  Distribution of Fusarium species

on Sorghum Seed from Nigeria, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. NED Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society. Sturbridge, Mass. USA

 

1987                Onyike, Nwanma B. and Paul E. Nelson.  Distribution of Fusarium species

on millet seed from Nigeria, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe.   NED meeting of American Phytopathological Society. Atlantic City, New Jersey. USA

1984                Onyike,  Nwanma  B.    The implications of Food Crises in  Nigeria: An Examination of Women’s Role organized by the Nigerian Association of University Women, at The University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

 

1983                Onyike, N. B. Population Control and Cultural Attitudes at The International Symposium on the Cultural   Implications of   Science Education. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

 

1970                Onyike, N. B. Membrane  Structure   and   Transport   Phenomenon. Department of Environmental, Organismic, and Population Biology Seminar Series. University of Colorado. USA

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

 

2011                Development in Nigeria Merit Award by People State & Resource (PSR)

Magazine for contribution to Higher Education in Nigeria.

 

2009                Woman of Distinction  by Isuikwuato Chapter of Nigerian  Council of Women   Societies.   At   Isuikwuato   Local   Government   Head   quarters Mbalano.

 

2005                Conferment   of  Cheiftaincy   title   of   Ugochituru   1   of  Obu Ebereaja, Autonomous Community Eluama Isuikwuato

 

2005                Ezinne by All Souls Chapel, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education

Owerri.

 

1998                Bursary   to   attend   7th   International   Congress   of   Plant   Pathology, Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

1986-1989.   Graduate Research Assistantship, Department of Plant Pathology, The Pennsylvania State University. USA

 

1989-               Doctor of Philosophy with distinction.

 

1986                Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society for Agriculture. USA

 

1985 -1986.     International Fellowship: American Association of University Women for a doctoral program in Plant Pathology.

 

1967-1970.  Graduate School Fellowship: University of Colorado, at Boulder. USA

 

1970 –   Master of Arts in Biology (Plant Physiology) with distinction. University of Colorado. USA.

 

1964 -1967.  USAID Scholarship: for Undergraduate Studies in Agriculture. USA

1957 -1963      Etche County Council Scholarship for Secondary and  Post Secondary