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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Teaching excellence awarded

The teaching excellence of a lecturer who strives to get more matric learners from disadvantaged backgrounds into university was acknowledged during a recent awards ceremony.

Sunday, 09 December 2018

The Gift of Giving

Growing up Mustafa Zalgaonker would often hear his mother say: “the giving hand is better than the receiving hand.”

Two academics in the Emergency Medical Sciences Department have departed for Indonesia to assist with humanitarian aid and care following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

A Guest lecturer from the University of Florida, Dr Tara Sabo-Attwood, will co-facilitate a Women in Science Chatroom on District Six Campus next week.

The Director of Technology Transfer and Industry Linkages, Dr Revel Iyer, was one of the speakers at The World of Academy Sciences (TWAS) Research Grants conference, held in Tanzania recently.

The theme of the conference, which took place in Dar es Salaam at the end of August, was Building Skills for Science in Africa.

Iyer spoke on the topic of Patents and Intellectual Property.

He said his main “takeaway” from the conference was that African research is aligned with South African research.

“Researchers are open to partnerships and collaboration with us. They are also looking to us to transfer skills. We should become more relevant in this space.”

Iyer said it appears to be a global problem that academic scientists are not very familiar with intellectual property (IP).

“IP is mainly considered an aspect of the commercial world and has traditionally been treated as something that cannot coexist with academic research. The success of the USA system has challenged this mindset. The knowledge economy in the USA blossomed after implementation of the Bayh–Dole Act. A number of countries are now implementing Bayh–Dole Act-like legislation. An example is South Africa.”

CPUT lecturer and author Lufuno Sinthumule enjoyed cooking meals for dignitaries during the recent BRICS Summit and introduced the foreigners to South African culture. 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Alumna Anesca is a power woman

Alumna Anesca Smith is making waves in the Netherlands where she recently scooped the Public Vote in the 99 PowerVrouwen Award (PowerWomen) for her business, We Be Sisters.