MSc Focuses on Genetics of Southern African Jackal Buzzard

For Ms Sophia Bam, the importance of education has always been the key to her determination to succeed. Her focus and drive are rooted in her grandparents who worked as farmers in the Eastern Cape and whose legacy ensured that their children and grandchildren were able to receive a good education. Her master’s study investigated

Breaking Down Bacteria with Master’s Graduate

Ms Carrie Jacobs began her academic career in the Medical Sciences where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Anatomy. ‘I have always been interested in human diseases, and so Anatomy gave me a feel for how the human body is structured and how it works,’ she said. She then joined the School of Life Sciences to pursue

Saving the World Through Entomology

Malaria is a disease transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes; the highest impact of the disease is seen in Africa where 90 percent of worldwide deaths occur as a result of the disease. Therefore, there is a need to control Anopheles mosquitoes in order to reduce the spread and impact of the disease. It is against this backdrop that Mrs Yurita

Six JAAS UKZN Co-Supervised Students Graduate

Six Chinese students graduated with their PhDs from UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES). Their studies fell under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UKZN and the Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS) in China. Following several visits and the signing of a five-year MoU in 2014, academics at UKZN and JAAS began the supervision of nine

Former Statistician-General of South Africa Receives Honorary Degree

South Africa’s former and longest-serving Statistician-General, Dr Pali Lehohla, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Lehohla, who is originally from Lesotho, expressed his appreciation for what he called the ‘unique honour of the accolade.’ He said the mountain kingdom was roaring at the news of his receipt of this

Distinguished Teacher Uses Web 2.0 Technologies to Enhance Teaching

Professor Guegium Kana has been awarded a Distinguished Teachers’ Award for 2017 in recognition of his innovative teaching methods and harnessing of information technology. ‘This prestigious award from an institution of UKZN’s ranking comes with great honour, and high expectations to further improve teaching and impact the community,’ said Kana, of the School of Life Sciences.

Distinguished Teacher Brings Out the Best in His Students

Professor Naven Chetty, Acting Dean for Teaching and Learning in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) received the Distinguished Teachers’ Award (DTA) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in recognition of his excellent teaching portfolio and use of educational media and learning material, developed over his 12 years at the Institution. Chetty began his time at

Master of All Trades

Award-winning filmmaker Dr Preshanthan Moodley obtained his PhD in the field of Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Moodley, who hails from Richards Bay, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, moved to Johannesburg after completing his matric to study film-making at AFDA, the South African School of Motion Picture where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Honours

Geology a Family Affair for Downhill Mountain Biking Champion and PhD Graduate

Downhill mountain biking world champion and Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Gravity Mountain Biking, Dr Nigel Hicks, graduated with a PhD in Geology, becoming the third Geology PhD graduate in his family. He now joins the ranks of his brother-in-law, Professor Andrew Green, and sister-in-law, Dr Lauren Hoyer. Hicks is a chief scientist at the Council for Geoscience (CGS) in

Statistics PhD Graduate Earns Plaudits for Women in Science

Ugandan-born Dr Justine Nasejje graduated with a PhD in Statistics for research that has drawn international attention in her field and earned her invitations to a number of scientific meetings, including one in June in the United States. Nasejje investigated the properties of random survival forests, with her results providing insight into the non-parametric methods used for