Landmark study continues to advance knowledge
The landmark Vascular Metabolic Health study, which started in 2014, continues to bear fruit with the data and specimens collected being used in various studies currently underway. The study has already had numerous successes including several publications in high-impact journals including: Nature and The Lancet and resulted in global collaborations with regards... Read more
French knighthood in agriculture for SU wine researcher
The French government has bestowed a ceremonial knighthood, the Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole (Knight in the Order of Agricultural Merit), upon wine microbiologist Prof Benoit Divol. He is an associate professor in the Department of Viticulture and Oenology and the South African Grape and Wine Research Institute... Read more
Polhilia – revision of lesser known Cape plant genus ensures conservation
One of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s most threatened plant genera, Polhilia, has now been comprehensively revised and populations of these endangered species documented, thereby aiding efforts to ensure its conservation. This is thanks to the field work and research completed by Brian du Preez, a keen botanist and PhD... Read more
Trial recommends shorter treatment for less severe TB in children
“The SHINE trial is the first tuberculosis treatment-shortening randomised-controlled clinical trial in children. It’s a milestone. We’ve suspected for a long time that we are over-treating many children with TB, but now have clear, pragmatic evidence to inform policy and clinical practice,” said Professor Anneke Hesseling of the Desmond... Read more
Thuli Madonsela receives French knighthood
Prof Thuli Madonsela, Chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Law, has been appointed as Knight of the Legion of Honour, by French President Emmanuel Macron (Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur). The French Legion of Honour celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished individuals, irrespective of sex, social... Read more
More academics counted among research leaders
Four academics in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment have achieved National Research Foundation (NRF) ratings for 2021 – 2026. The four staff members were Dr Asis Patnaik (Department of Clothing and Textile Technology) who was awarded with a C2 rating, Dr Bongani Ncube (Civil Engineering and Surveying) and... Read more
‘Sacred Forests’ store carbon, help combat climate change
An international team of scientists from universities in Europe and South Africa found that “Sacred Forests”* in Togo, West Africa play a vital role in the storage of carbon and could help to mitigate the effects of climate change. It is important to preserve the soil in these forests,... Read more
What fascinates us about murder?
Why do people watch movies and documentaries about murder? What is it that intrigues them about the genre? Is there an evolutionary element to it? Voyeurism? Or is it about survival? During his two-day Summer School lecture, “Murderers: We can’t take our eyes off them”, Gilad Stern drew on expert research... Read more
2020 SU Chancellor’s Award recipients
Stellenbosch University (SU) gave recognition to a cohort of staff members whose careers attest to sustained excellence in research, innovation, learning and teaching, social impact and professional services. These staff members were awarded the University’s prestigious Chancellor’s Awards. The awards is one of many forms of recognition for excellent... Read more
Student romance leads to two PhDs in one day
There was jubilation all round in the Shange-Juba household when both Dr Nompumelelo Shange and Dr Roderick Juba received their PhD degrees together on the very same day – and both in the Faculty of AgriSciences. Dr Shange received her degree in Food Science, and Dr Juba in Conservation... Read more

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