UP the first SA institution to partner with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
The University of Pretoria (UP) has partnered with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), in Russia, in order to strengthen the University’s research efforts into nuclear sciences and related disciplines. The relationship between UP and the JINR was formalised at a ceremony held for the signing of a... Read more
Blended learning study scoops research award
Undergraduate students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Health Sciences (SHS) presented their winning discipline-specific research projects at the School’s annual Research Day. Academic leader of Research in the SHS, Professor Pragashnie Govender, encouraged the students to adopt a science communication approach and ensure that the findings of... Read more
Prof Limo Rutto awarded the NRF rating
The Vaal University of Technology’s Associate Professor Limo Rutto has been awarded an NRF rating. According to the VUT’s research website; NRF Rated Researchers are the bright minds that empower and propel the research within a given institution and a particular industry or field. The VUT NRF researchers aren’t only... Read more
Researcher’s memory loss cure breakthrough
A new medical breakthrough by WSU’s pharmacognostic researcher, Dr Taiwo Olayemi Elufioye could help recover memory loss through a groundbreaking anti-aging drug discovery at the university. In her research study titled: “Metabolomic Profiling of Selected Medicinal Plants With Memory Enhancing And Related Potentials Using Direct Or Hyphenated Spectroscopic Methods”... Read more
Quantum dots used to track flower pollen
A pollination biologist from Stellenbosch University in South Africa is using quantum dots to track the fate of individual pollen grains. This is breaking new ground in a field of research that has been hampered by the lack of a universal method to track pollen for over a century.... Read more
Senate committees propose SU adopts Global Research Code
Two Senate committees have recommended that Stellenbosch University (SU) formally adopts the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (www.globalcodeofconduct.org) at its next Senate meeting in November 2019. The Research Ethics Committee of Senate made this recommendation at its scheduled meeting last week (Friday 30 August 2019)... Read more
Raffia palm wine benefits for diabetic men
Professor Shahidul Islam of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) School of Life Sciences, together with postgraduate students Ms Rebecca Reddy and Dr Ochuko Erukainure of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) in Nigeria, have collaborated on research revealing that the consumption of raffia palm wine could guard... Read more
Waste could be natural food preservatives
Large amounts of citrus and grape by-products that are normally treated as waste and generally disposed of in landfills could potentially be used in the production of natural food preservatives. This is one of the main findings of an interdisciplinary study at Stellenbosch University (SU). “Our research has shown... Read more
UKZN’s youngest dean claims another first
Dean and Head of the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Professor Thabo Msibi was recently honoured with a P-Rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF). Msibi becomes the first education specialist in South Africa to receive this honour. The rating, also known as the President’s... Read more
Gamification could improve student engagement, student success
Gamification or the application of game elements such as points, badges, leader boards and levels in online learning activities can motivate students to be more engaged with their work and ultimately help them to be successful in their studies. This is according to Dr Samantha Adams a lecturer in... Read more