28 October 2015
Volume: 3
Issue: 49
Professor Salim Abdool Karim receives the SA Medical Research Council’s Platinum Lifetime Achievement Award.

Platinum Award for Leading UKZN HIV/AIDS Researcher

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While South Africa has made impressive progress in its HIV response, the spread of the disease has yet to be controlled, says leading UKZN AIDS scientist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, who was named as a recipient of the SA Medical Research Council’s (SAMRC) Platinum Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘excellence in research’ this year.

Professor Kovin Naidoo.

UKZN Academic and Lions Club Join Forces in Aid of Eyesight

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UKZN’s Professor in Optometry, Professor Kovin Naidoo, is to implement a research programme with the aim of measuring the implications of correcting ageing near sight (presbyopia) with regard to productivity and vision-related quality of life assessments.

From left: Professor Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Dr Langa Khumalo and Professor Phalandwa Mulaudzi.

Advancing the Intellectualisation of Indigenous Languages in Higher Education

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UKZN’s Language Planning and Development Office hosted the inaugural bi-annual Language Research Symposium on the Howard College campus to provide a platform for academics involved in various language projects across all the four Colleges to review progress on the implementation of the University’s Language Policy and Plan.

Ms Frances Chisholm with Professor Albert Modi outside the Rabie Saunders Building.

United States Consul-General Visits UKZN

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United States Consul-General based in Durban, Ms Frances Chisholm, visited the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), spending an afternoon with staff from the School and visiting facilities at the Ukulinga Research Farm, the Controlled Environment Facility (CEF) and the Rabie Saunders Building.

Poet Ms Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese reads her prize-winning entry.

Former UKZN Masters Student Runner-Up for Sol Plaatje Poetry Award

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Ms Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, who completed her Masters in Creative Writing degree at UKZN under the supervision of Dr Kobus Moolman, was runner-up for the prestigious Sol Plaatje European Union (EU) Poetry award.

Dr Shahidul Islam (left) and Mr Aminu Mohammed at work in the lab.

Biochemistry PhD Student Wins Grant to Present Research in Canada

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PhD candidate in the School of Life Sciences, Mr Aminu Mohammed, will present his research results at the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) World Diabetes Congress taking place in Vancouver, Canada, from 30 November to 4 December.

Knitting classes at UKZN Trade School.

UKZN Trade School Using the Barter-for-Knowledge Medium

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The first Trade School, hosted by a small group of staff and students under the aegis of the Paulo Freire project of the Centre for Adult Education in the School of Education, was held recently on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

From left: Mr Vishal Surbun, Ms Tamylyn Mackenzie, Professor Marita Carnelley, Ms Joy Ndlovu and Mr Bheki Chili.

College of Law and Management Studies hosts Three-Minute-Thesis Competition

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What can you do in three minutes? Well, some PhD students from the College of Law and Management Studies (CLMS) presented their theses in that time!

UKZN Lecturer, Ms Luthando Ngema (front row, right), with ARROWSA participants at the Stoke Dameral Community College.

Media Lecturer Enjoys Intercultural Experience

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Ms Luthando Ngema, a Lecturer within the Department of Media and Cultural Studies in the School of Arts, recently embarked on an exciting three-week intercultural experience.

Delegates of the 4th Environmental Law Association Post Graduate Conference.

Environmental Law Research Presented at Post Graduate Conference

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Research presented at a postgraduate conference at UKZN contributed to the body of knowledge on legal aspects relating to issues such as climate change, waste disposal and renewable energies, providing crucial input to possible solutions to global environmental problems.

Ms Rivona Harricharan.

Young Scientist Wins Award for Oral Presentation

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A UKZN Masters student in Physiology (Neuroscience), Ms Rivona Harricharan, won first prize for her oral presentation at the College of Health Sciences Research Symposium.

Dentistry students with patients at the Health Day.

UKZN Medical Students Assist on Health Day

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First, second and fourth year Medical students together with their final year Dentistry colleagues screened about 100 people for diabetes mellitus, hypertension, TB, and HIV and provided education on oral health and general hygiene practices as their contribution on Health Day.

Mr Lungani J Mthethwa captivated the delegates with his sensational presentation.

Disability Research Indaba

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The inaugural Disability Research Indaba held at the Westville Country Club was made possible through the efforts of UKZN’s Disability Support Unit (DSU), the Student Services Division, the Corporate Relations Division, the UKZN HIV/AIDS Programme and The Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation.


The UKZN Griot. Of Passing and Failing

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‘Pass one, pass all’ was an opportunistic catchphrase of the 1990s, uttered by militant students who claimed that administrative justice was thus best served.

Panellists: Dr Terence Nombembe, Mrs Vanuja Maharaj, Mr Sandile Zungu and Mrs Jane Meyerowitz.

Transformation of SA Accounting Profession Debated at UKZN Business Breakfast

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What strategies can the accounting profession, government, industry and academia implement to transform the profession?

Professor Theagarten Lingham-Soliar.

UKZN Professor Publishes Second Volume of The Vertebrate Integument

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Honorary Professor of Life Sciences at UKZN, Professor Theagarten Lingham-Soliar, has published Volume II of his book: The Vertebrate Integument, Structure, Design and Function, which includes part of his work challenging some of the hypotheses on the widely-accepted theory that birds evolved from dinosaurs.

UKZN’s Dr Lloyd Baiyegunhi with one of the conference participants.

Mopane Worms Topic of Paper Presented by UKZN Academic at Conference in Germany

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A UKZN Lecturer addressed a conference in Germany on the commercialisation of the mopane worm as a food source.

Professor Albert Modi (left) and Professor Roland Schulze with Dr Jennifer Molwanta of the Water Research Commission at the workshop in Kenya.

UKZN Scientists Represent South Africa at Network of African Science Academies Workshop in Kenya

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Professor Albert Modi and Emeritus Professor Roland Schulze of the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) were among five South Africans who participated in a Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) workshop on the topic of Improving the Management of Water Resources for Sustainable Development in Africa and the Americas.

Dr Jacqueline van Wyk.

UKZN Lecturer First Woman of Colour to Win Distinguished Teachers’ Award

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UKZN’s School of Clinical Medicine Lecturer, Dr Jacqueline van Wyk, recently became the first woman of colour to be awarded the 2015 South African Association of Health Professions Educators (SAAHE) Distinguished Teachers’ Award.

Mr Clayton Hazvinei Vhumbunu at the 4th annual China-Africa Think Tanks Forum.

Doctoral Student Presents Research at China-Africa Think Tanks Forum

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UKZN PhD student in International Relations, Mr Clayton Hazvinei Vhumbunu, attended the 4th annual China-Africa Think Tanks Forum (CATTF IV) presented by the South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation...

The wedding of Ms Olufunke Fajinmi and Mr Olaoluwa Olarewaju Omoniyi was celebrated on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science Students Tie the Knot

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Two postgraduate students in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) got married recently after meeting in 2013 through mutual friends and fellow students, and enjoying a common passion for the scientific fields in which they are studying.

Grade 2 pupils learn the importance of leading healthy lifestyles.

Physiotherapy Students Coach School Children

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The importance of exercise and eating healthy were emphasised to Grade 2 Cato Crest Primary School learners who were recently visited by a group of UKZN third-year Physiotherapy students.

Professor Elelwani Ramugondo at the public lecture.

Academic Transformation Discussed at UKZN Public Lecture

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“African Vision for an African Research: What Really Needs to Transform?”, was the title of a stimulating public lecture delivered at UKZN by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Associate Professor Elelwani Ramugondo.

Winners at the 2015 Young Health Scientists Research Symposium.

Pharmaceutical Sciences Students Scoop Prizes at Research Symposium

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Two of the three awards at this year’s School of Health Sciences’ Young Health Scientists Research Symposium went to students in the Discipline of Pharmaceutical Science.

From left: Dr Subeshini Moodley, Dr Lauren Dyll-Myklebust, Dr Nicola Jones and Professor Ruth Teer-Tomaselli.

UKZN Media Scholars at SACOMM Conference

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Academic Leader of Research in the School of Arts, Dr Nicola Jones, and Lecturer, Dr Subeshini Moodley of the Discipline of Media and Cultural Studies, represented UKZN at the annual South African Communications and Research Conference...

Dr Thameshree Naidu.

UKZN Staff Member Wins Award at Cape Town Summit

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Project Manager at the Centre for Rural Health, Dr Thameshree Naidu, won the award for the best abstract in Health System Strengthening at the Quality Improvement Summit in Cape Town.

Nursing students and academics promote REACH.

Nursing Students Spread REACH Values

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The REACH principles of Respect and Accountability were emphasised during a stage play on the Howard College campus by second year Nursing students.

Nursing students with their Lecturer Mrs Ann Jarvis.

Nursing Students REACH for Respect

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UKZN Bachelor of Nursing (BN) 4th year Psychiatric Nursing students completed their Community Mental Health projects with an awards ceremony for Montarena Secondary School learners who participated in an essay writing competition.