Prof. Rosebella Orangi Maranga, was awarded Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) 2009 of the Republic of Kenya by His Excellency the President Mwai Kibaki. The award was given in recognition of her achievements and distinguished service to the nation. Besides Prof. Maranga, being an associate professor in the department of zoology and spearheading the JKUAT Gender and Mentoring Centre, she has been actively involved in community service ventures. She played a critical role in HIV/AIDS training for the youth from schools and churches in Westlands constituency which was sponsored by National Aids Control Council (NACC) and International Focus on Environment (IFE).
Prof. Maranga has researched and published widely on disease vectors and pests affecting farmers in rural Kenya. She played a critical role in the development of a laboratory manual and training guide for malaria laboratory diagnosis for the Ministry of Health. In addition, she developed and introduced a device for controlling ticks in the country. She also trained rural farmers in Murang’a on issues of pest monitoring and controlled spraying for the management of the pests of okra.
Prof. Maranga has also been listed in the Who’s Who in the World – Board of Marquis Who’s Who publications, 26th edition (2009). She has also featured in the Great women of the 21st century, 2003, by the American Biographical Institute, Inc. In addition, she appeared in the 2000 outstanding intellectuals of the 21st century, 2005, by the International Biographic centre of Cambridge, England. The professor was also chosen as an International Educator of the year for the year 2005 by the International Biographic centre of Cambridge, England.
She sits in various boards both locally and internationally which include International Focus on Environment (IFE), Ngazi Community Based Projects, African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science (ARPPIS), editorial advisory board of the Eastern African Journal of humanities and Sciences, Professional Women’s Advisory Board of the American Biographical Institute, Board member of JKUAT Board of Alumni Affairs (BAA) among others.