10 February 2016
Volume: 4
Issue: 1
Professor Deo Jaganyi was one of three official judges at the successful attempt by Durban grade 9 school pupils to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest practical science lesson.

We’ve Got This! Durban Sets New Science World Record

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The 5th of February was a special day for South Africa, and more so for Durban. The city peaked on the world map as 2 104 Durban school children successfully broke the Guinness World Record for the largest ever practical science lesson.

Components of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744: galaxies (white), hot gas (red) and dark matter (blue).

UKZN Astronomer Discovers Cosmic Filaments

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UKZN Honorary Astrophysics Lecturer Dr Mathilde Jauzac and an international team of astrophysicists have discovered three massive filaments of hot gas and dark matter flowing towards a galaxy cluster named Abell 2744, thereby uncovering a portion of the cosmic skeleton of the Universe.

Professor Exnevia Gomo.

CHS appoints New DST/NRF South African Research Chair

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UKZN’s College of Health Sciences (CHS) has welcomed Professor Exnevia Gomo of Zimbabwe as the new DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Indigenous Health Care Systems.

Participants at the International Conference on History Education in Africa.

UKZN hosts International Conference on History Education in Africa

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The History Education Programme in the School of Education together with the International Research Association for History and Social Sciences Education (IRAHSSE) hosted the International Conference on History Education in Africa which took place in Durban.

Traditional and scientific knowledge combine in agricultural practice at Swayimane to increase the climate resilience and adaptive capacity of crops.

UKZN Plays Leading Role in Local Climate Change Project

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With many parts of South Africa in the grips of a drought and 2015 having been one of the hottest years on record, climate projections for the uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM) in KwaZulu-Natal are not encouraging.

From left: Mr Michael Davids, Student Funding; Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, Vice Chancellor and Principal ; UKZN Foundation’s Director, Mrs Jane Meyerowitz and Mr Senzo Ngidi.

UKZN SRC Launches I-CARE-UKZN Campaign to Help Students in Need

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Student leadership in conjunction with Student Services and the UKZN Foundation has launched the i care UKZN initiative to assist academically deserving students who have no funds to continue their studies.

Artist impression of a Fast Radio Burst (FRB) reaching Earth.

UKZN Astronomer’s Software Examines Radiation in Outer Space

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UKZN Astrophysicist Professor Jonathan Sievers and a team of local and international astronomers have discovered a new Fast Radio Burst (FRB) that has provided the clearest view yet on what these enigmatic events might be.

From left: Professor Ted Sommerville, Professor Vincentas Lamanauskas, Dr Angela James and Mr Joseph Jere.

Use of Social Media by Students Explored at Seminar

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UKZN’s Teaching and Learning Office (UTLO), in partnership with Dr Angela James of the School of Education, hosted a seminar which examined the use of social media by students.

Postgraduate students and staff from SAEES & Computer Science with the African Farmer developers.

Move Over Farmville! Agriculture and Computer Science Postgrads Team Up on African Farmer Game

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Two University of Sussex academics visited UKZN ahead of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture African Edition Conference, spending the day in a workshop with postgraduate students...

UKZN hosts successful Orientation Week.

Orientation Week for First Year Students a Whole Lot of Fun

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UKZN’s 2016 first year students were welcomed with a comprehensive action-packed orientation week and treated to several informative infotainment style sessions from the University’s four Colleges.

From left: Professor Sir Gordon Conway, Imperial College in London; Professor Gabrielle Persley, University of Queensland; Mr Augustin Musoni, Rwanda Agriculture Board; Professor A. Tongoona, University of Ghana; Professor Hussein Shimelis, and Dr Vivienne Anthony, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture.

UKZN Academic attends Tropical Agriculture Conference in Australia

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SASRI Chair of Crop Science in UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), Professor Hussein Shimelis, presented a paper on Striga grain under the theme of science-driven solutions at the TropAg 2015 Conference in Australia.

UKZN’s Professor Mike Savage (centre) with Vice-President, South African Society for Crop Production, Dr Diana Marais, and Registrar, South African Society of Crop Production, Mr Francois Olivier.

UKZN Agrometeorology System Wins More Accolades

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The Agrometeorological Instrumentation Mast system (AIM), developed by Professor Michael Savage of UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), continues to win accolades as an innovative teaching and agrometeorological tool.

UKZN Parents Day 2016.

UKZN Hosts Successful 2016 Parents Days

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Senior representatives of the University of KwaZulu-Natal have held meetings on the Howard College, Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses with parents of first-year students.


New Look Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference this Year

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The theme of the 10th annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference in Durban this September is: “The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning: Advancing Teaching Innovation and Research Excellence in Higher Education”.

Postgraduate research seminar participants.

Research Seminar Empowers Postgraduate Students

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A research seminar organised by the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance provided a platform for postgraduate students to present their proposals to academics and their peers and receive constructive feedback on how they could potentially improve their research.

The Edgewood Environmental Forum and the Edgewood campus cleaning and gardening staff enjoying interaction.

Edgewood Environmental Forum show Appreciation for Cleaning and Gardening Staff

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In a gesture of gratitude and appreciation towards cleaning and gardening staff on the Edgewood campus, members of the Edgewood Environmental Forum (EEF) provided them with a light meal and food parcels for their families.

At the American College of Rheumatology awards ceremony were UKZN’s Professor Girish Mody (centre) with ACR President-elect, Dr Joan M. Von Feldt, and ACR President, Dr E. William St. Clair.

UKZN Rheumatologist First African to be Inducted as Master by the American College of Rheumatology

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UKZN’s Head of Rheumatology, Professor Girish Mody, joined an esteemed group of Rheumatologists when the designation of Master was bestowed on him by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) at their annual congress in San Francisco in the United States.

ISekelashansela, Dkt Albert van Jaarsveld, ne neKhansela Isamu Yamaguchi woMnyango weNxusa laseJaphani nabafundi basesikoleni iBonela Secondary School emcimbini wokwethulwa kwelebhu ehambayo yase-UKZN ngaphansi kohlelo i-Science4U.

Uxhaso Lwezimali LwamaJaphani Lwenze i-Science4U Mobile Science Lab Yaba Impumelelo

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From left: Dr Sean Jones of the UKZN Foundation; Dr Tim Hart; Professor Jonathan Blackledge, and Isis Innovation CEO, Mr Tom Hockaday.

Technology Transfer and Commercialisation Workshop at UKZN Leads to Bigger Things

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Isis Enterprise, an international innovation management and technology transfer consultancy based at the University of Oxford in England, facilitated a technology transfer and commercialisation workshop at UKZN.

Dr Ahmed Muslim and Professor Basil Pillay.

Two HPCSA Appointments from College of Health Sciences

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Two UKZN academics were recently appointed to serve on the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) for a five-year period ending in 2020.

Research Day participants.

Producing Quality Research is Top Priority for College of Law and Management Studies

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The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance started the academic year by celebrating research excellence through the School’s annual research day as part of a drive to increase research output within the College of Law and Management Studies.

From left, Mthembeni Mkhize, Head of UKZN’s Department of Architecture; the winner, Najeeba Hassim; Allin Dangers; and Ruben Reddy, President of the KZN Institute for Architects.

Architectural Student Awards – Green Thesis Wins Regional Contest

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Najeeba Hassim of the University of KwaZulu-Natal has won the regional Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award.

UKZN’s Dr Inno Davidson (far right) with fellow Symposium delegates.

Presentation by Engineering Lecturer Focuses on Smart Grid Research

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Dr Inno Davidson of the School of Engineering at UKZN gave a keynote address at the eThekwini Smart Grid Symposium titled: “Smart Grid Innovation for Smart Cities”.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities, Professor Cheryl Potgieter (front row, fifth right), and Dr Federico Settler (front row, second right) with conference participants.

Religion and Migration in Post-Colonial Contexts Discussed

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The School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) recently hosted a conference at the Diakonia Centre in Durban on Religion and Migration in Postcolonial Contexts.

Team South Africa (from left) Ms Lilly Njila, Mr Kwazini Zulu and Ms Bongeka Dlamini.

UKZN Students Dominate in Unilever Business Competition

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UKZN students Ms Bongeka Dlamini, Mr Kwazini Zulu and Ms Lilly Njila are preparing to represent Africa at the Unilever Future Leaders League in London later this year after winning the South African leg of the Unilever Africa Idea Trophy Competition, a student business competition for penultimate-year university students across Africa.

Professor Thandinkosi Madiba.

UKZN Bids Farewell to ‘Living Legend’

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UKZN’s HOD of Surgery and ‘living legend’, Professor Thandinkosi Madiba, has retired from both UKZN and as the Head of the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital’s (IALCH) Colorectal Unit.

Dr Mergan Naidoo with Emergency medicine workshop participants.

Emergency Medicine Workshop for PHC Nurses in eThekwini

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UKZN’s Discipline of Family Medicine recently hosted an Emergency Medicine Workshop (EM) for Primary Health Care (PHC) nurses in primary emergency care following a request from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health’s eThekwini district.

Ms Lisha Ramcharan and Ms Nayna Narotam.

‘Bright Sparks’ Choose College of Law and Management Studies

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The College of Law and Management Studies continues to attract the cream of the crop for undergraduate study - the latest acquisitions are high fliers, Ms Lisha Ramcharan and Ms Nayna Narotam, who passed their matric exams with eight and seven distinctions respectively!

Ms Khanyisile Mantengu Mthembu.

Employee of the Year 2015 Chats to UKZNDabaOnline

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A Fieldworker at the Africa Centre, Ms Khanyisile Mantengu Mthembu, is the Employee of the Year 2015. Here, this very special person tells us just a bit about herself:

Ms Tiny Mungwe (left) receives the DVC’s Community Engagement Award, awarded by DVC Professor Cheryl Potgieter (right).

College of Humanities hosts 2015 Staff Excellence Awards

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Professional and academic staff were recognised for their hard work, dedication and positive impact when the College of Humanities hosted its annual staff excellence awards.