04 December 2014
Volume: 2
Issue: 60
Panellists at a World AIDS Day gathering light a candle in remembrance of those lost to HIV.

KZN still has World’s Highest HIV Infection among Women

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In spite of all the advances made in the fight against HIV, KwaZulu-Natal still has the highest rate of infection among women anywhere in the world.

Mr Drew Van Der Riet.

Prosthetic Arm Design Wins Award for UKZN Masters Graduate

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UKZN Mechanical Engineering Masters graduate, Mr Drew Van Der Riet, has won third prize in the GAP Medical competition for a prosthetic arm he designed under the supervision of Dr Riaan Stopforth in 2013.

Dr Zinhle Nkosi.

UKZN Academic has Paper in isiZulu Published in Respected Journal

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An article by Dr Zinhle Nkosi of the School of Education was recently published in isiZulu in the South African Journal of African Languages - a peer reviewed publication recognised by the Department of Higher Education.

Professor Alessandro Sergi.

Top UKZN Physics Researcher Brings Quantum Physics to Life

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A Quantum Physicist with a passion for research and mentorship, Professor Alessandro Sergi of the School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is one of the Institution’s top-published researchers.

Elephants at sunset eating from Marula trees.

Research Shows Elephants Suffer Post Traumatic Stress

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It’s not just humans whose behaviour is affected by stress. Research has established that elephants face the same problem.

Professor Nomthandazo Ntlama.

UKZN Academic Presents Paper at International Conference on SA’s Constitution

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Law academic Professor Nomthandazo Ntlama was among legal experts who presented their research at the 20 Years of South African Constitutionalism: Constitutional; Rights, Judicial Independence and the Transition to Democracy International Conference in New York.

From left: Mr Rasvanth Chunylall, Ms Colisile Mathonsi, Mr Lesiba Seshoka and Mr Daniel Larsson.

UKZN Essay Writing Competition Winners Announced

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Masters student Ms Colisile Mathonsi has won UKZN’s essay writing competition with her entry which argued that mentoring by means of peer and professional support was a practical way of creating strong and progressive graduates who could be guided towards becoming confident and competent future leaders.

Guests at the dinner with Consul-General George Monyemangene (fifth left), Mr Richard Paverd, President of the Friends of UKZN Inc (fifth right), Professor Jane Meyerowitz (fourth right) and Professor John Mubangizi (second right).

UKZN Hosts Dinner in New York

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The Executive Director of the UKZN Foundation, Professor Jane Meyerowitz, hosted a dinner at the office of the South African Consul-General in New York for United States-based alumni and friends.

Academics and postgraduate students from the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science who exhibited at the recent NRF PhD conference held at Coastlands.

UKZN at NRF/DST South African PhD Conference

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UKZN was invited to exhibit opportunities for doctoral studies and well as its areas of research specialisation at the 2014/2015 South African PhD Conference in Umhlanga.

Visiting Classics scholars Professor Ewen Bowie (left) and Professor Lucia Athanassaki.

Classics Discipline Hosts Visiting Scholars

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The Classics Discipline within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) recently hosted two international scholars who presented papers on Greek culture in Arrian’s Bithynia and Xenophon’s Simonides.

From left: Professor Kriben Pillay, Professor Phil Stegen, Mr Kishore Gobardan and Mr Calvin Thomas at the AMS Colloquium.

Academic Monitoring and Support Under the Spotlight

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Academic Monitoring and Support practitioners at UKZN attended the 2nd Annual Research Colloquium on Academic Monitoring and Support (AMS) to share their challenges and contribute to the solutions with the aim of improving teaching and learning practices at the University.

Professor Ahmed Thandar (centre) with other trainers and students during field trip in Algeria.

Busy Year for Life Sciences Professor

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Professor Ahmed Thandar, Emeritus Professor in the School of Life Sciences (Biology), has had a hectic year attending several international conferences in various parts of the world.

Professor Urmilla Bob and Professor Jonathan Blackledge.

Awards Dinner Honours Leading UKZN Researchers

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Leading UKZN researchers were honoured at the annual Research Awards Gala Dinner in Durban.

Abebebambe iqhaza kwiNdaba yezokuThuthukiswa nokuSatshalaliswa kwamaTemu EsiZulu bebhunga kabanzi.

Ezolimi @ UKZN

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IHhovisi LeNyuvesi LezokuHlelwa NokuThuthukiswa KoLimi (ULPDO) belihlele Indaba Yokuthuthukiswa Nokusatshalaliswa Kwamatemu EsiZulu ekhempasini i-Howard College.

Professor Colleen Downs.

Life Sciences Professor Elected Fellow of the International Ornithologists’ Union

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Professor Colleen Down of the School of Life Sciences at UKZN has been elected a Fellow of the International Ornithologists’ Union (IOU).

Professor Glen Bright and Dr Jose Franscisco Zelasco.

UKZN Partners with University of Buenos Aires in Robot Research

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Research, design and implementation of technologies associated with the operation of search and rescue robots forms the focus of a joint Science and Technology research project between UKZN and the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in Argentina.

Mr Godfrey Keru using a glove box which provides an inert atmosphere for organic solar cell preparation and characterisation.

UKZN Student on Exchange Programme in Brazil

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School of Chemistry PhD candidate Mr Godfrey Keru spent three months in Brazil on a student exchange programme at the University of Campinas.

Dr Kathryn Olsen with her new book: Music and Social Change in South Africa: Maskanda Past and Present.

Academic Author's Book on Music and Social Change in South Africa

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Lecturer in the Music Discipline within the School of Arts, Dr Kathryn Olsen, recently launched her book Music and Social Change in South Africa: Maskanda Past and Present, at UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM).

Ms Tiwonge Mzumara-Gawa (left) receives the International Young Conservationist Award from Mr Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich, Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) in Sydney, Australia.

PhD Student is Joint Winner of Conservation Award in Australia

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PhD student in the School of Life Sciences Ms Tiwonge Mzumara-Gawa was the joint winner of the International Young Conservationist Award of the International Ranger Federation (IRF) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature - World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN/ WCPA).

Miss UKZN, Ms Nompumelelo Nkosi at Zamazulu Old Age Home in KwaMashu.

Sharing Health and Beauty Tips for the Elderly

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Senior citizens are never too old for pampering and adopting active lifestyles, according to third-year Medical student and winner of the 2014-15 Miss UKZN title, Ms Nompumelelo Nkosi.

Ms Hansa Sewnarain with her final year project.

Bright Future Ahead for Top Electronic Engineering Student

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Electrical Engineering student Ms Hansa Sewnarain’s final year project won top honours at the Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering Open Day.

College Deans (from left): Professor Anesh Singh, Professor Managay Reddi and Professor Henry Wissink (far right) congratulating Professor Mubangizi (centre) on his 15 years of service.

Collegiality Celebrated at Year End Function

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The College of Law and Management Studies recently hosted its first combined Year End and Awards Ceremony function.

Westville ResLife leaders at the awards function.

Westville ResLife Celebration

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The Department of Student Residence Affairs hosted the annual Westville ResLife Leadership awards function to celebrate accolades the Westville ResLife Team has achieved in prioritising the academic success and well-being of students.


Season greetings

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Best wishes to you and your loved ones. May you enjoy the festive season and travel safely.