08 September 2017
Volume: 5
Issue: 48
Mr Maanda Raselabe received an MSc for work focused on the “cancer bush”.

“Cancer Bush” Focus of MSc Research

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Mr Maanda Raselabe – a novice Comrades Marathon runner who completed his first race last year – was awarded a Masters in Science degree for his work on the effects of pruning and fertiliser on the growth, phytochemistry and biological activity of Sutherlandia frutescens.

Mr Nolyn John received his MSc in Genetics.

Masters Research Results Hint at Possible New TB Drug Target

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Mr Nolyn John was awarded his MSc in Genetics after conducting a structural analysis of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis redox defence network which revealed a unique bi-fan motif associated with hydrogen peroxide reduction.

Mr Zibusiso Hlongwane who obtained his MSc for statistical work done on water quality in the Umgeni supply system.

Water Quality in Umgeni Supply System Examined for Master’s Degree

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Mr Zibusiso Sandile Hlongwane received his MSc degree in Statistics for research done to find the statistical methods or techniques to model the rare occurrences of microbiological organisms (Heterotrophic bacteria, coliforms and E. coli) that exceed the...

Dr Lerato Shikwambana was awarded a PhD in Physics.

PhD in Physics the Best Birthday Present Ever

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Dr Lerato Shikwambana received the best birthday present ever from UKZN – a PhD in Physics!

MSc graduate Ms Selisha Naidoo examined ancient bacteria as a window into the past.

Ancient Bacteria Act as “Time Capsules” Providing Insight into the Past

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Investigations into the genetic and physiological diversity of bacteria from the ancient Mfabeni Peatland in southern Africa resulted in Ms Selisha Naidoo receiving her MSc in Microbiology from UKZN.

Epworth High School teacher and PhD graduate Dr Susan Wilson is congratulated by her parents Ian and Janine Wilson.

Epworth School Teacher Graduates with PhD in Astronomy

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Staring at the night sky on her family farm as a young girl inspired Dr Susan Wilson to become an astronomer.

UKZN Lecturer Dr Oliver Bodhlyera was awarded a PhD in Statistics.

Research on Timber Genotypes for Chemical Pulping Scores Doctorate for Lecturer

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A Lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS), Dr Oliver Bodhlyera, has graduated with his PhD in Statistics after conducting a study on the development of statistical models for optimally sorting raw materials for processing...

Dr Ntumba Mutombo earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering for work on fuel cell systems.

Doctoral Graduate Aims to Help Supply Renewable Energy to Rural Folk

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Electrical Engineering graduate and fuel cell systems expert Dr Ntumba Mutombo hopes to help supply renewable energy to South Africa’s rural communities.

Dr Franscois Crots received a PhD in Poultry Science for research related to broiler chickens.

Chickens Home to Roost for Poultry Specialist

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The Technical and Sales Director for AFGRI Animal Feeds, Dr Franscois Crots, graduated with a PhD for his research to establish the optimum energy to total Lysine rations for broiler chickens from a day old to 35 days old.

Mr Thabo Lephoto was awarded an MSc in Statistics degree for his time series analysis of microbiological counts found in treated water from Umgeni Water.

Using Statistics for Water Quality Solutions

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Mr Thabo Lephoto received his MSc in Statistics degree for his time series analysis of microbiological counts found in treated water from Umgeni Water.

Ms Primrose Manyathi who investigated what Black boys at high schools prefer in terms of women’s body shapes.

Some Black Schoolboys Prefer Larger Women – Study Finding

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Research into what urban Black boys at high schools prefer when it comes to the body size of women earned a UKZN student a Master of Science in Dietetics degree.

Mr Hilton Maverengo received an MSc in Engineering (Mechanical) for research into energy efficiency opportunities in the pulp and paper industry.

MSc Research Identifies Energy Losses and Ways to Reduce Them

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Research into energy efficiency opportunities in the pulp and paper industry was rewarded when Mr Hilton Maverengo received an MSc in Engineering (Mechanical) from UKZN.

MSc summa cum laude mathematics graduate Mr Chinedu Izuchukwu.

Summa Cum Laude MSc Graduate Earns Coveted Award

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Mr Chinedu Izuchukwu has his eyes set on solving South Africa’s industrial problems – and with a summa cum laude MSc in Mathematics to his name as well as the coveted S2A3 Medal for the best Masters dissertation...

Mr Gareth Jordaan investigated shark bycatch and discard practices by longline fishing fleets to earn himself an MSc in Biology.

Masters Thesis Follows Shark Trail

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Four testing months at sea on commercial fishing vessels was all part and parcel of Mr Gareth Jordaan’s research which earned him an MSc in Biology from UKZN.

Graduate Mr Marc du Plessis who studied the carrion-mimicking qualities of stapeliads flower to earn an MSc in Ecological Sciences shows off a tattoo of the flower on his arm.

MSc Dissertation Examines the “Delicious Smell of Death”

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Flowers which mimic the smell of carrion and faeces were under the spotlight in research work done by Mr Marc du Plessis for his MSc in Ecological Sciences degree!

Mr Ashir Daya was all smiles on the award of his MSc degree in Engineering (Chemical Engineering).

MSc Degree for Jubilant Chemical Engineer

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A jubilant Mr Ashir Daya graduated with an MSc in Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from UKZN following intense research in the area of carbon capture and storage.

MSc graduate Ms Phyllis Kwenda.

Masters Research Shines Spotlight on Sugar Mill Operational Efficiencies

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The future is bright for Ms Phyllis Kwenda who graduated with a Master of Science degree in Bioresource Systems from UKZN.

MSc Civil Engineering graduate Ms Nomandla Nxusa.

Water Quality Modelling Focus of Civil Engineering Masters Research

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Hard work and concentrated study are key factors in the impressive academic achievements of MSc Civil Engineering graduate Ms Nomandla Nxusa whose research focused on Water Quality Modelling – a hydraulic aspect of Civil Engineering that examines water transportation and pollution along a water system.

Ms Natalie Hoffman was awarded a Master of Science in Agriculture degree.

MSc Graduate Tests Sugarcane Crop Model’s Mimicry Abilities

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Ms Natalie Hoffman concentrated her Masters research on the Canegro sugarcane crop model, working to assess how well it can imitate genetic, environmental and management (GxExM) interactions.