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Associate Prof Glenda Davison has been appointed as the new Head of the Biomedical Sciences Department.

Davison, who joined the Department as a senior lecturer in 2006, takes over the reins from Prof Tandi Matsha, who was awarded the National Research Foundation’s SARChI Research Chair in Cardiometabolic Health last year.

“It’s been an adventure so far,” said Davison whose focus area is Haematology.
“I’m so fortunate that we have brilliant staff here in the Department who are as enthusiastic as I am and always willing to go the extra mile.”

Davison is passionate about ensuring that the Department produces graduates that are in touch with society’s needs.
“When our students graduate we want them to be sensitive to the unique needs of South Africa. They must be empathetic and understand the inequalities in the country and be in tune with communities. I want to ensure an inclusive environment where we pay attention to the issues facing this country.”

One of her main goals will be to increase the Department’s connections with laboratories.
“I would really like to strengthen the links with private and public laboratories here in the Cape, with other universities that have research laboratories as well as with laboratories outside the Cape, including in rural areas.”

Davison, who is an honorary lecturer at UCT, said her career highlights include her promotion to Associate Prof in 2017 and receiving her NRF rating last year.
In 2011 she received the BridgeMohan award for her research contribution to Haematology.
“Graduations are always my biggest highlight. I love seeing the joy on the students’ faces and the parents’ excitement and to know that we made a difference.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Prof Anthony Staak, is retiring from the institution after 36 years.

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.”