23 July 2020
Volume: 8
Issue: 32
Dr Cara-Lesley Bartlett (left) and Dr Shaun Groenink.

UKZN Alumni Pioneer Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in Sewage

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GreenHill Laboratories in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal, where South Africa’s first case of COVID-19 was detected, is the first contract laboratory in Africa to extract and detect SARS-CoV-2 RNA from sewage, a feat accomplished in early June as part of a full-service virus risk forensic programme, and involving the work of three UKZN alumni.

Students at previous career fairs held by the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Graduate Employer Association’s Research Reveals UKZN Among the Best for Student Career Development

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The South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA) recently conducted an employer benchmarking exercise and its research summary revealed that according to industry, UKZN is among the top 10 universities in South Africa when it comes to its career fairs and Career Development Services.

Professor Cecile Gerwel Proches (left) and Ms Ayanda Makhaye presented a paper at the 26th Conference of the International Association People-Environment Studies.

MCom Graduate Debuts at International Conference

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Ms Ayanda Makhaye, a Master of Commerce in Leadership Studies graduate of the Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L), and the supervisor of her master’s research project, Professor Cecile Gerwel Proches, attended their first virtual conference and presented a paper at the 26th Conference of the International Association People-Environment Studies (IAPS), which was meant to be held in Quebec City, Canada.

From left: UKZN’s Professor Joram Ndlovu, Ms Ronelle Pillay, Mr John Aritho, Mr Mel Bongani Ntombela and Mr Dinesh Naidoo.

Webinar Tackles the Impact of COVID-19 on the Tourism Industry

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism industry led UKZN’s Corporate Relations Division to host a public webinar with industry experts on the topic: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Tourism Industry and its Recovery and Strategy Going Forward.

Ms Ingrid Botha, UKZN master’s candidate.

Vision via Digitisation the Focus of Mechatronics Master’s Research

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Ms Ingrid Botha, a master’s candidate in Mechatronic Engineering at UKZN, is focusing her research on using integrated mechatronic systems to digitise written and printed text and transcribe the data into braille for the visually impaired.

Dr Trishana Ramluckan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Law.

Law Postdoc Awarded a Place in the Top 50 Women in Cybersecurity in Africa

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Dr Trishana Ramluckan, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Law, was honoured for her research by her inclusion in the inaugural Top 50 Women in Cybersecurity in Africa awards, announced at the online quarterly cyber security conference Quartercon.

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope measures the oldest light in the universe, known as the cosmic microwave background. Using those measurements, scientists can calculate the universe’s age.

UKZN Contributes to International Study Throwing Fresh Light on the Age of the Universe

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Researchers from UKZN’s Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) have contributed to an international collaborative study that is taking a renewed look at the oldest light in the universe, suggesting that the universe is approximately 13.77 billion years old.

Dr Nompumelelo Zodwa Radebe, a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of South Africa.

Decolonising of the Curriculum Using Anthropology

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The Culture Cluster in the School of Social Sciences hosted an online workshop on Decolonising of the curriculum using Anthropology as a model presented by Dr Nompumelelo Zodwa Radebe, a lecturer at the University of South Africa in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology.

Top from left: Professor Anja Philipp, Professor Lesley Wood and Mrs Miriam Arnold. Bottom from left: Dr Rebecca Collie, Mr Ndabenhle Terry Mdluli and Ms Nompumelelo Nzimande.

Teacher Well-Being: Coping Mechanisms to Deal with the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The College of Humanities recently hosted a public webinar series on the topic of Teacher well-being: Coping mechanisms to deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.