10 April 2019
Volume: 7
Issue: 23
Dr Jarryd Alexander was awarded a PhD for research done on the effects of eco-estates on the eco-system.

Doctoral Thesis Examines Effects of Eco-Estates on the Eco-System

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Dr Jarryd Alexander graduated with a PhD in the School of Life Sciences with the support of the Durban Research Action Partnership after investigating the effects that eco-estates (a relatively new form of urban greening) developed on sugarcane land have on the functional diversity of amphibians, birds, mammals, reptiles and connectivity along the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) North Coast.

Husband and wife graduates, Dr Osman Noreldin (right) and Ms Amna Ibrahim.

Mathematics Centred Degrees for Sudanese Couple

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Husband and wife duo, Osman Noreldin and Amna Ibrahim, have graduated with their PhD and Masters degrees respectively in Applied Mathematics.

Dr Vuyisile Thabethe (right) with her supervisor, Professor Colleen Downs.

Woolly-Necked Storks – To Feed or Not to Feed, That is the Question!

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Dr Vuyisile Thabethe graduated with a PhD from the School of Life Sciences following her research on a familiar urban species in South Africa: the African woolly-necked stork (Ciconia microscelis).

From left: Dr Ochuko Erukainure in the lab with his supervisor, Professor Shahidul Islam; and waiting for the conferral of his PhD degree.

Antidiabetic and Toxicological Properties of Medicinal Plants Focus of Biochemist’s PhD

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Dr Ochuko Erukainure has earned a PhD in Biochemistry for research conducted on the antidiabetic and toxicological properties of some South African medicinal plants used in the treatment of diabetes and the complications involved.

Cum laude Chemistry Honours graduate, Mr Shabaaz Abdullah.

Chemistry Honours Cum Laude Graduate Hoping for Career in Pharmaceutical Research

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‘Hard work is always rewarded and doesn’t go unnoticed,’ says cum laude Chemistry Honours graduate, Mr Shabaaz Abdullah.

Dr Manqoba Zungu pictured at Graduation and in an urban forest area in Durban.

Mammals in Durban Forests Subject of PhD

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Investigating the presence and persistence of mammals in urban forest fragments in the eThekwini Municipality Area (EMA) is what Dr Manqoba Zungu of the School of Life Sciences did in research for his PhD which forms part of the Durban Research Action Partnership.

Dr Vuyisile Thibane graduated with a PhD in Ethnobotany from UKZN.

Skincare and Beauty Researched for Doctoral Thesis

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Dr Vuyisile Thibane graduated with a PhD in Ethnobotany after conducting an ethnopharmacological study on plants used for skincare and beauty by some Xhosa communities.

Mr Warren Schmidt, pictured with his family (left) and with a common mole snake, received an MSc degree summa cum laude for research into snake population declines and conservation.

Snakes are Hissss Passion

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Mr Warren Schmidt, author of Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa, has enjoyed a lifelong interest in reptiles and amphibians which led to him receiving an MSc degree summa cum laude in Ecological Sciences.

Mr Ntokozo Khuzwayo graduated summa cum laude with an Honours degree in Mathematics.

Science Access Student Turns into Maths Whiz at UKZN

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Mr Ntokozo Khuzwayo has reason to celebrate – not only did he graduate summa cum laude with an Honours degree in Mathematics, he was presented with the Hanno Rund Mathematics Award for the Best Honours Project in Pure Mathematics during the annual College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science awards ceremony.

Dr Milliward Maliyoni received a PhD in Applied Mathematics.

Tick-Borne Diseases Under the Mathematical Microscope

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Research, using stochastic epidemic models, into the role of wildlife in the distribution of tick-borne pathogens provided the foundation for Dr Milliward Maliyoni's PhD in Applied Mathematics which he received from UKZN.

Mr Ashenafi Yirga presented statistical models to study the Body Mass Index of young Ethiopian children.

BMI of Ethiopian Children Subject of Statistical Study

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Maternal and child malnutrition are underlying causes for more than 3.5 million deaths annually worldwide, with some 35% of the global disease burden manifesting in children under five-years-old. In Ethiopia, it is a major public health problem with long and short-term consequences for the health status of the people and the country’s economy.

Ms Nomzamo Msomi graduated cum laude with her Chemistry Honours degree.

Dream Comes True for Cum Laude Honours Degree Graduate

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Ms Nomzamo Msomi always wanted to be a student and earn a degree from UKZN, even during her years as a learner at Silver Heights Secondary School in Durban.

A study on ferns earned Mr Kwanele Mkhize an MSc in Biology cum laude.

Fern Study Harvests Cum Laude Degree

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Mr Kwanele Mkhize's friends and colleagues describe him as an ambitious, goal-driven person – qualities that assisted him complete his studies and receive an MSc degree in Biology cum laude from UKZN’s School of Life Sciences.

UKZN lecturer Dr Sicelo Goqo graduated with a PhD in Applied Mathematics.

Mathematician’s Inspirational Story

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PhD graduate, Dr Sicelo Goqo hopes his story will inspire young school-leavers to study Mathematics and follow it as a career. I was raised by a single parent in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, said Goqo. I lost my mother at the tender age of three but that never stopped me from dreaming about improving my quality of life.

Ms Nombuso Majola graduated with an MSc degree in Physics.

Adversity Builds Determination – MSc Graduate

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An expert in anything was once a beginner.’ These words by American actress Helen Hayes were inspirational for Ms Nombuso Majola who graduated with a Master of Science in Physics.