22 October 2020
Volume: 8
Issue: 45
Dr Sinaye Ngcapu ecstatic to receive NIH R01 grant.

UKZN Researcher gets Prestigious International Grant for HIV Study

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Honorary lecturer at UKZN and scientist at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) Dr Sinaye Ngcapu has been awarded the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grant.

Postdoctoral researcher at UKZN’s Centre for Quantum Technology, Dr Uriri Solomon.

Quantum Researcher a Winner at Qiskit Hackathon Global

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Postdoctoral researcher at UKZN’s Centre for Quantum Technology Dr Uriri Solomon was a member of the winning team at the recent Qiskit Hackathon Global - a 24-hour virtual experience.

A virtual strategic planning workshop was hosted by the School of Clinical Medicine.

School of Clinical Medicine Hosts Strategic Planning Workshop

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The School of Clinical Medicine (SCM) hosted a two-day strategic planning workshop attended by clinicians, academics and professional staff at the School. ‘What will it take from us to achieve what we seek?’ was the main focus of the virtual event.

Poetry Africa festival opens under the theme: Poetry as the Voice of Social Change.

Poetry Africa International Festival Opens

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The virtual Poetry Africa International Festival opened at UKZN with a provocative piece by performance poet and playwright Koleka Putuma.

Poet Mafika Gwala.

Mafika Gwala Lecture Featured at Poetry Africa Festival Opening

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The 2020 Mafika Gwala Annual Lecture, launched in 2015 as a collaboration between the College of Humanities and South African History Online (SAHO), was featured this year at the opening of the Poetry Africa Festival as a livestreamed panel discussion themed: Poets, Artists and the Voices of Resistance in the 1970s.

Eco-warrior, Ms Palesa Mchunu.

Humanities Alumnus a Semi-Finalist for Miss Earth South Africa

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UKZN alumnus Ms Palesa Mchunu is a semi-finalist in the Miss Earth South Africa pageant - a leadership programme that aims to empower young South African women with the knowledge and a platform to create a sustainable difference in the struggle against the destruction of the country’s natural heritage.

UKZN alumnus, Dr Amanda Zondo.

Alumnus Opens Primary Health Care Practice

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Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery alumnus Dr Amanda Zondo has opened a private healthcare practice, Fema Medica, in Hillcrest near Durban.

UKZN academics Professor Verusia Chetty (right) and Professor Rowena Naidoo.

UKZN Academics Contribute to Policy Briefs on Staying Fit during COVID-19

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UKZN academics have helped provide input for two policy briefs aimed at giving guidance to governments and civil societies in Africa on the critical need for people to stay physically active during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Jenny Russell.

PhD Graduate Awarded for Outstanding Achievement Shortly before her Death

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Dr Jenny Russell received the Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA) medal for outstanding academic achievement, awarded for her exceptional PhD in Grassland Science, shortly before her death earlier this month.

UKZN’s annual Cuppa for CANSA was hosted virtually this year. Clockwise from top left: Dr Sharlene Parasnath, Ms Tracey Brand, Dr Julia Ambler, Mr Xolani Hlongwane, Dr Mariam Seedat Khan and Ms Agie Govender.

UKZN hosts Virtual Cuppa for CANSA

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UKZN’s annual Cuppa for CANSA event focused on the challenges faced by oncology patients and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Barend Pretorius (left) and Dr Brett van Niekerk.

UKZN Academics Present at ITWeb Security Summit

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IoT Security: Do I need a Firewall for my Lightbulb?, was the title of a presentation delivered by two UKZN academics at the annual ITWeb Security Summit held online this year because of COVID-19.

UKZN Ophthalmology staff took up the Jerusalema challenge to victory!

Advocating for the Right to Sight with the Jerusalema Dance

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Staff in UKZN’s Discipline of Ophthalmology were part of a team which won in the district and provincial sections of a #JerusalemaDanceChallenge posted by the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health (DoH).

Academics and students on the set of the video presentation.

Graduate School of Business and Leadership Students Learn Experientially through Online Simulation

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Students in the Masters module, Leading in Turbulent Environments, got a taste of dynamic complexity when guest lecturer, Dr Shamim Bodhanya, devised an online simulation that gave the class the opportunity to experience first-hand how organisational decisions made in silos contribute to VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity).