16 July 2014
Volume: 2
Issue: 38
At the Arctic on a boat cruise off Svalbard at 78 degrees North are from left: UKZN’s Professor Jon Rash, Dr Heather McCreadie and Dr Judy Stephenson with Jon Ward of the SA National Space Agency Space Science.

Antarctic Researchers at the Arctic

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Instead of heading south to the Antarctic as they usually do, members of UKZN’s Space Physics group recently took a trip up north – to the Arctic.

From left: Dr Levashni Naidoo, Dr Chikeluba Uzodike and Dr Saheed Jimoh.

UKZN Produces 38 New Medical Specialists

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UKZN’s College of Health Sciences recently held a congratulatory cocktail function in celebration of newly qualified Fellows in medical specialist fields.

UKZN’s Ms Kegakilwe Catherine Koofhethile with esteemed Nobel Laureate Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi.

UKZN PhD Student Rubs Shoulders with Nobel Laureates

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Ms Kegakilwe Catherine Koofhethile, based in UKZN’s HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP), had a “chance of a lifetime” opportunity recently to mingle with Nobel laureates at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate (Medicine and Physiology) meeting in Germany.

Dr Timothy Hardcastle (left) and Dr Graham Howarth.

Guidelines for New Surgeons Discussed at Surgical Registrar Conference

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The Medical Protection Society (MPS) Head of Medical Services for Africa, Dr Graham Howarth, presented a talk at the 32nd Surgical Registrar Conference at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine titled...

Dr Maheshvari Naidu (front row, centre) with her seven students who work in areas of health, masculinities, femininities and transactional sex.

UKZN Anthropologist gets Grant to Join UCT Project on Sexuality and Rights

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Dr Maheshvari Naidu, an Anthropologist in the School of Social Sciences, has been awarded a grant and invited to join a collaborative project spearheaded by the African Gender Institute (AGI) at the University of Cape Town, with Professor Jane Bennet as Director.

Participants at the info4africa community forum presentation.

Analysis of Media Reports Reveals “Alarming Negative Assumptions” on Youth Sexuality

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A variety of assumptions and underpinning principles that negatively portray youth sexuality in South African newspapers aimed at an adult readership were uncovered in UKZN research.

Participants at the NRF Colloquium.

Transformation of Medical Curriculum Highlighted at Colloquium

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The 2014 NRF Medical Education Colloquium, hosted by UKZN’s Department of Rural Health, was held to launch a study focusing on transforming medical education so that it emphasizes quality, quantity and relevance in keeping with global developments in medical education.

Grade 12 pupils from the Maths Development Camp concentrating on their studies.

Maths Development Camp Inspires Pupils to Pursue an Accounting Career

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In a drive to improve KwaZulu-Natal’s Grade 12 pass rate in core Mathematics and Physical Science, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) in partnership with UKZN and KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Basic Education hosted a Maths Development Camp on the Westville campus.

UKZN PhD student Morgan Pfeiffer with the emaciated and dehydrated research vulture X042.

Vulture Being Monitored in Research Dies from Suspected Pesticide Poisoning

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An adult Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres), fitted with a GSM/GPS transmitter, has died after being found emaciated and dehydrated at the base of the Umzimkulu River Valley near Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

Top UKZN researchers from the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science: Professor Johannes van Staden, Professor Deresh Ramjugernath, Professor Precious Sibanda, Professor Colleen Downs and Professor Simon Mukwembi.

Top 30 Researcher List Dominated by College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science

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The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science has emerged with the lion’s share of the top 30 positions following the announcement of UKZN’s Top Published Researchers for 2013.

Professor Purshottama Reddy receiving the Donald Stone Award from IASIA President Professor Michiel de Vries IASIA.

Academic Receives Prestigious Award for Contribution to Local Governance and Development

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School of Management, Information Technology and Governance academic, Professor Purshottama Reddy, received the prestigious Donald Stone Award from the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) at its 2014 annual conference in Port Elizabeth.

Mr Con Malherbe cycling to Cape Town from Pietermaritzburg.

Recognising Dr EG Malherbe Through the Freedom Challenge

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Mr Con Malherbe, the grandson of one of UKZN’s stalwarts and former rectors, Dr EG Malherbe, recently completed a grueling 19-day, 2300km cycle race from Pietermaritzburg to Cape Town to raise funds to support the education of a disadvantaged child.

Mrs Joy Ndlovu addresses alumni at a Convocation event.

UKZN CONVEX Member Achieving in the Business Arena

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Deputy President of UKZN’s Convocation Executive, Mrs Joy Ndlovu, successfully balances her role as Managing Director of Ndlovu & Co Holding (Pty) Ltd with her responsibilities to her family and the University.

Dr Vangeli Gamede.

Post-Doctoral Candidate Presents Paper at International Conference

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College of Law and Management Studies post-doctoral candidate Dr Vangeli Gamede recently  presented a paper titled: “The Impact of Knowledge Sharing on the Transfer of Training”,  during the International Conference for Academic Disciplines which was held at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy.

Dr Keno Mentor.

Self-Breast Examination has No Survival Benefit, According to Cancer Research Findings

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Self-breast examination was among topics raised by Dr Keno Mentor of the University of Cape Town’s Department of Surgery during his presentation – “A Modern Day Approach to Early Breast Cancer” - on Day One of the Surgical Registrar Conference in Durban.

At the Conference in Abu Dhabi were Dr Ijeoma Archibong of Nigeria and UKZN’s Dr Saloschini Pillay.

Enhancing Student Success Globally

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Manager: Student Support Services in the College of Health Sciences, Dr Saloschini Pillay, presented a paper at the 4th QS Maple Conference in Abu Dhabi on: “Teaching, Learning and the Student Experience”.

Professor Larry Hadley.

Paediatric Surgical Research Examined in Memorial Lecture

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Head of the Department of Paediatric Surgery at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine and Chief Specialist at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH), Professor Larry Hadley, presented the 2014 DJ du Plessis Memorial Lecture at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Surgical Research Society.