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The Department of Biomedical Sciences is pulling out all the stops to ensure that its students and those at other institutions continue receiving excellent training amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Functional Foods Research Unit Head, Prof Maretha Opperman’s outstanding contributions to Simulation Engineering Technologies (SET) have earned her a first nomination for the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards. 

Prof Penelope Engel-Hills’ decades-long contribution to her field has earned her a nomination for the Lifetime Award of the prestigious National Science and Technology Foundation (NSTF)-South 32 Awards.

The Acting Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences started her radiography studies as a 17-year-old at Groote Schuur Hospital and, while she may have taken different paths along the way, has never veered away from the health sciences.

Engel-Hills is a dual qualified radiographer (diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy) and over the years completed her Higher Diploma, BSc (Hon) in Medicine (Radiotherapy), MSc In Medicine: Medical Physics, DTech: Radiography Education and PGC: International Research Ethics.

“The qualifications allowed me to contribute to developing radiography degrees and research ethics at my institution. I am appointed as; Interdisciplinary Researcher: Health Sciences with research interests in professional education, medical imaging, radiation therapy, and social transformation,” said Engel-Hills.

“In my community-based research project, I seek community wellbeing by gathering stories of lived experiences and observing responses to violence in society”.

She joined the then Peninsula Technikon as a senior lecturer in 1992 and later became a founding member of CPUT’s Professional Education Research Institute. This group continues to make a contribution to higher education through research on many aspects of professional education.

She enjoys being a part of developing the next generation of health care practitioners and researcher and especially doing this with a faculty team with “motivated and enthusiastic staff members”.

The National Research Foundation C2-rated researcher has over the years supervised a large number of BTech and postgraduate students.
The many accolades she has received during her career include: the Society of Radiographers of South Africa Award for contribution to Radiography in 1992,  the Elsevier Best Paper of the Year Award: Radiation protection in medical imaging (published in Radiogragraphy) in 2006 and Radiography, Official Journal of the College of Radiography: Award of Excellence in Reviewing in recognition of outstanding contribution to the quality of the journal in 2015.

Asked about her career highlights, she replies: “There have been many highlights along the way. But maybe the most satisfying thing is to have found a place where my four passions; professional education, health and wellbeing, ethics and research are able to sit comfortably together and intersect in a cohesive and meaningful way through community-based research.”

  • The announcement of the NSTF-South32 Awards finalists will be made during May and the 22nd annual awards function will be in an online format this year. 

The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment is collaborating with the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences to manufacture medical ventilators which are much needed in the coronavirus fight.

The Cape Town Hotel School (CTHS) has teamed up with the Kolisi Foundation on an initiative aimed at assisting disadvantaged communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, 07 May 2020

Outstanding research recognised

Department of Chemistry lecturer, Prof Vernon Somerset’s contribution to his field has been recognised with a nomination for the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 South32) Awards. 

Emerging researcher Prof Izak van Zyl has been nominated for a ‘Science Oscar’ for a second consecutive year.