13 September 2019
Volume: 7
Issue: 53
MSc in Electronic Engineering graduate and Senior Academic Development Officer, Mr Rogerant Tshibangu.

Aspirant Academic Graduates with MSc in Electronic Engineering

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Senior Academic Development Officer in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, Mr Rogerant Tshibangu was awarded an MSc in Electronic Engineering for his study on, Evaluation Criteria for Handover in Radio Over Fiber Systems.

Dr Claire Martin who received a PhD in Dietetics.

Cutting-Edge Study Zooms in on Nutrition in HIV-Positive Kidney Donors and Recipients

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A ground-breaking national study on the nutritional status and quality of life of HIV-positive transplant recipients who received, or were candidates to receive, kidneys from HIV-positive donors earned Dr Claire Martin her PhD in Dietetics.

Mr Andrew Clark was awarded a Master’s degree in Computer Science.

Recognition of Human Hand Gestures Explored in Virtual Reality World

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Students are often told to stop playing games and focus on their studies, but master’s student Mr Andrew Clark found a way to make virtual reality his research focus. ‘I’m a big fan of virtual reality and gaming, and I had a strong interest in making virtual reality feel more intuitive and natural to users,’ said Clark.

Mr Shaun Barnett studied power line robots to earn his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree.

Engineering Masters Fine Tunes Power Line Robots

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‘Focus on the steps that you take on your journey, rather than what looms ahead,’ shared Mr Shaun Barnett who received his MSc degree in Electrical Engineering cum laude. His study was titled, Electromagnetic Interference Mitigation in a High Voltage Power Line Inspection Robot.

MSc graduate, Mr Mbuyiseni Kubheka.

MSc Study Harnesses Statistics to Understand Child Mortality

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MSc graduate, Mr Mbuyiseni Kubheka employed statistical models to investigate the factors that contributed to infant mortality among Zambian children under the age of five in 2013 and 2014.

Ms Kathleen Sellick graduated summa cum laude with an MSc in Applied Mathematics.

Applied Mathematician Aces MSc Degree

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Ms Kathleen Sellick received her MSc summa cum laude for her research on the strong gravity effects on the electromagnetic field of a radio pulsar magnetosphere.

Mr Chimwemwe Josia received an MSc degree in Plant Breeding.

Contributing Resilient Maize Hybrids for Plant Breeding Success

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Mr Chimwemwe Josia, a Technology Transfer Specialist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Malawi, graduated with his Masters in Plant Breeding through the Improved Masters in Cultivar Development for Africa (IMCDA) programme at UKZN.

Master’s in Plant Breeding cum laude graduate Ms Jelila Blalogoe investigated “Spider Plant” seeds to obtain an MSc in Plant Breeding.

Masters Study Investigates “Spider Plant” Seeds

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Ms Jelila Blalogoe has graduated with her Master’s in Plant Breeding cum laude through a MoBreed project funded by the EU Intra Africa Academic Mobility Scheme programme.  Her research explored the factors that influence the germination and dormancy of seeds of the “spider plant”, an underutilised, traditional leafy vegetable.

Mr Sbongiseni Xolo was awarded an MSc in Entomology.

MSc Highlights the Role of Ants in Reforested Landfill

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Mr Sbongiseni Xolo was awarded a Master’s in Entomology for his investigation of biodiversity recovery in a reforestation project. The study used ants as a monitoring model to evaluate the extent to which reforestation for carbon sequestration can have co-benefits for biodiversity. It was conducted in the reforested landscape of the Buffelsdraai Landfill Conservancy.

Ms Sophia Bam studied the genetics of the Southern African Jackal Buzzard.

MSc Focuses on Genetics of Southern African Jackal Buzzard

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For Ms Sophia Bam, the importance of education has always been the key to her determination to succeed.

Plant breeder and MSc graduate, Mr Zawadi Mwaikonyole.

Improving Maize Yield Through Genetic Diversity

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Mr Zawadi Angomwile Mwaikonyole, a crop production officer in Tanzania’s Mafia District Council, graduated with his Master’s degree in Plant Breeding through the Improved Masters in Cultivar Development for Africa (IMCDA) programme at UKZN.

Crop Scientist, Ms Maureen Nkhathutsheleni Tshikunde.

Breeding Tougher Wheat for South Africa’s Changing Climate

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Ms Maureen Nkhathutsheleni Tshikunde graduated with a Master of Science in Agriculture in Crop Science after evaluating elite heat and drought tolerant wheat genotypes based on drought tolerance and water-use efficiency parameters.

Dr Lamla Thungatha was awarded a PhD in Chemistry.

Antibacterial Resistance Under the Spotlight

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Dr Lamla Thungatha was awarded a PhD in Chemistry for his study on Synthesis, Characterisation and Antibacterial Activity of Quinoline Chalcone Derivatives.

MSc cum laude graduate Mr Lindokuhle Ntombela.

“Poster Boy for Good Results” Graduates with Flying Colours

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‘Lindokuhle Ntombela is a poster boy for good results,’ said his supervisor, Professor Naven Chetty.

MSc in Biochemistry graduate, Ms Nomfundo Ntombela.

Go-Getter Receives her MSc

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Ms Nomfundo Praise Ntombela graduated with an MSc in Biochemistry after developing assays to identify non-specific compounds that are known as “promiscuous” for their ability to unselectively cause false positives in early drug discovery processes.

Dr Justin du Toit received a PhD in Grassland Science.

PhD Study Reveals a Grassier Eastern Karoo

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Research conducted by Dr Justin du Toit for his PhD in Grassland Science shows that as the climate changes, grassiness in the semi-arid Karoo is on the rise. His study investigated factors influencing the botanical composition of the eastern Karoo, including rainfall, grazing by livestock, and the impact of minimum temperatures on shifts in vegetation, while also examining the potential increased chances of fire.

Dr Buhari Magaji received a PhD in Chemistry.

PhD Investigates the Science of Suntan Lotion

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Dr Buhari Magaji graduated with a PhD in Chemistry for his study on the science of ultraviolet (UV) filters.

Cum laude Master of Science in Genetics graduate, Ms Bongekile Ngobese.

From Humble Beginnings to Formidable Geneticist

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Ms Bongekile Ngobese, who was awarded her Master of Science in Genetics cum laude, grew up in the small village of Nqutu in northern KwaZulu-Natal, where she completed her matric at Ekucabangeni Secondary School.

Mrs Adelaide Kumirai received an MSc in Agricultural Engineering.

Mopani Worms Subject of MSc Research

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Mrs Adelaide Kumirai nee Mhlanga received her MSc degree in Agricultural Engineering at UKZN’s Spring Graduation ceremony for the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Dr Bronwyn Goble (right) with her supervisor Professor Trevor Hill.

PhD Thesis Examines Enhanced Integrated Coastal Management Decision Making

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Senior scientist at the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI), Dr Bronwyn Goble graduated with her PhD in Environmental Science for her study on alternative approaches to knowledge sharing and information storage for integrated coastal management (ICM) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

Chemical Engineering Master’s graduate Ms Dayna Hamilton with her mother Charmaine and brother Travis.

Desire to Assist the Disadvantaged Leads to MSc in Sanitation

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Ms Dayna Hamilton was delighted to graduate with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

Ms Olivia Chipeta received an MSc degree in Plant Breeding.

MSc Assesses Groundnut Potential

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Ms Olivia Chipeta’s research for her Masters in Plant Breeding assessed the level of morphological and genetic diversity of groundnuts in order to select the best genotypes for consequent breeding of desired traits that include yield and reduction of the carcinogen aflatoxin.

Mr Sibusiso Lucky Zulu who graduated with an MSc in Crop Science.

Calculating Optimum Sugarcane Harvest Age

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Mr Sibusiso Lucky Zulu earned his Master’s in Crop Science for calculating the best age at which to harvest sugarcane, an important management factor that determines the economic returns for cane growers.

Dr Tamara Govindasamy graduated with a PhD in Physics.

Adversity Spurs Graduate to Obtain her PhD in Physics

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Dr Tamara Govindasamy describes graduation as, ‘a ceremony of recognition for those who have set out to empower themselves through knowledge.

Dr Michael Mwalaba graduated with a PhD in Physics.

PhD Harnesses the Dynamics of Information in Quantum Technology

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A study of the Markovian and Non-Markovian dynamics in a simple mesoscopic system earned Zambian national Dr Michael Mwalaba a PhD in Physics.

Dr Mthokozisi Kwazi Zuma earned his PhD in Crop Science.

Agronomic Potential of Maize for KZN Smallholders Focus of PhD Research

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Dr Mthokozisi Kwazi Zuma received a PhD in Crop Science for his research on farmer perceptions and the agronomic potential of Provitamin A-biofortified maize (PVABM) for smallholder farming systems in KwaZulu-Natal.

Ms Nomfundo Gabuza who graduated with an MSc in Applied Mathematics cum laude.

“Obstacles Grow You” Says Cum Laude Graduate

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Ms Nomfundo Gabuza graduated cum laude with her MSc degree in Applied Mathematics despite confronting numerous obstacles.