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Growth in Africa the Focus of Lecture at Moravian College

Christine Martey-OcholaBethlehem, Pa., February 16, 2012--Moravian College will hold a talk examining new perspectives on Africa and how misconceptions of Africa actually damage the potential it has for scientific and economic growth. Dr. Christine Martey-Ochola and Dr. Charles Ochola will present a talk, "Why the word HELP does not HELP!," on Monday, February 20 at 4:00 pm, in room 102 in PPHAC. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.

Martey-Ochoa was one of the 14 individuals honored at the White House on January 30, as a Champion of Change. She is co-founder and president of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce and is a partner in Avoglobal Ltd, an infrastructure consulting company, which has led numerous trade missions into Africa and assisted U.S. company entry into Africa, facilitating key business partnerships. She is a coach for African small and medium enterprises seeking opportunities in the U.S. market. She sits on the advisory board of the Philadelphia-based World Health Care Infrastructures, an organization that partners with countries and health care facilities to help with various health issues, specifically the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Dr. Charles Ochola is President and CEO of Avo Global LLC. He received a B.A. in Physics from East Stroudsburg University, an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Lehigh University a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. He has published numerous papers in Environmental and Engineering related to the reuse of industrial co-products and by-products, and has served as a Guest Editor for the International Journal of Environmental Waste Management. He has also consulted on various projects for several environmental groups, including the environmental protection agency. Dr Ochola's research activities include the development of nano-materials for subsurface remediation, identification of new and innovative applications for industrial by products and other traditional waste material, and investigations on the toxicity of nano-Zero Valent Iron on living cells

IN FOCUS is an innovative program to promote in-depth examination of complex issues from multidisciplinary perspectives. Through IN FOCUS the members of the Moravian College community engage in analysis and activism regarding important challenges facing human beings and the world in the 21st century. Four issues have been identified as central to the Lehigh Valley, the U.S. and the globe, including poverty and inequality, sustainability, health care, and war and peace. Each year academic and co-curricular activity is centered on one of these challenges. The focus is on poverty and inequality this academic year.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College's Web site at www.moravian.edu.