Announcements 2017


Tablet Training2

In mid-December 2017, BVEC held its second part toward the tablet training sessions in which trainees learned and practiced how to create their own forms and all the processes involved in using them. This session was a follow-up session to the previous one in November and the same trainees participated throughout both sessions.


Environmental Day

BVEC was invited by Science teachers of Nazarene High School in Belize City in early December 2017 to be a part of their environmental awareness day. Here BVEC set up their booth amongst other local NGO’s and shared knowledge on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases as well as education on identification of vectors and the importance of having a clean environment.


Tablet Training

In November 2017, BVEC held Part 1 of a two part Training Session on the Use and Creation of Digital Forms as they introduce the importance of Mobile Technology. BVEC’s Donovan Leiva and Alvaro Cruz led the tablet training initiative given to members of the MOH Northern Unit

The BVEC at the 4th Annual UB Science Expo

4th Ub Science Expo

BVEC participated again in another Science Expo at the University of Belize in November 2017. This year the team had to opportunity to share their knowledge with students from primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Santa Martha Flood Relief

Santa Martha

This event was aimed at educating the Santa Martha community on mosquitoes and the disease that they transmit, particularly Aedes mosquitoes that transmit Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. This event was unique in the sense that it happened during a very vulnerable time for the people in the village as they were experiencing the impacts of heavy rainfall and flooding. Our goal was not only to educate but to provide support and assistance in a time of great need.

2017 Outreach Activities

BVEC is proud to continue sponsoring the Annual Biology & Chemistry Symposium at the University of Belize, Central Campus, Belmopan City. At this annual symposium, faculty and students present their research findings to peers and community members to raise awareness the sciences and facilitate scholarly engagement.

Each year, top posters are awarded prizes through the support and generosity of BVEC managing directors Drs. Nicole L. Achee and John P. Grieco. This year, the BVEC symposium awardees are:

1st place: Briean William (Poster Title: Historical Water Quality Data of the Belize River & watershed Extracted from Environmental Impact Assessments)

2nd place: Aspiro Urbina (Poster Title: Species Richness and Abundance of Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) of Saint Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, Belize)

3rd place: Alexandra Fabro (Poster Title: The Isolation and Identification of Parasites and Culture Dependent Bacteria from the Internal and External body of Petenia splendida, Bay Snook, in the Crooked Tree Lagoon

Additionally, MSGH students from the University of Notre Dame engage in the UB Annual Biology & Chemistry Symposium, often presenting portions of their capstone projects.

Ub Symposia Awardees2017 UB Symposia awardees

Briean WillamBriean William (Right) with BVEC Research Staff Donovan Leiva and Marla Magaña

AspiroAspiro Urbina (Right) with BVEC Staff Marla Magaña and Donovan Leiva

AlexandraAlexandra Fabro (Right) with BVEC Staff Marla Magaña and Donovan Leiva

BVEC StaffLeft to right: BVEC Staff Donovan Leiva and Marla Magaña, Julianie Pasos (Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology), Karen Waight (Chair of the Biology Department) and 2017 MSGH students Emma Forrest and Chris Knaub