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News Archive

August 2013

Every year during August, coinciding with the nationwide celebration of women and their achievements, the department of science and technology (DST) hosts the South African Women in Science Awards (WISA) to recognise and reward the achievements of women scientists and researchers in South Africa.

June 2013

Wits congratulates Professors Lesley Cornish and David Block for winning under their categories in the 15th NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards. [Professor Cornish is the Principal Investigator for RISE-AMSEN.]

The University is proud of these ambassadors for science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) who were acknowledged for their exceptional contribution at a gala dinner on 27 June 2013.

June 2013

Professor Lesley Cornish has been supervising or co-supervising students since 1990. While working at Mintek, she also co-supervised students at Wits and the University of the Western Cape, the latter under scarce skills.

Prior to 2003, she had graduated five PhD students and eight MSc students, of whom one was black and six were female. Since then, she has graduated five PhD students and 13 MSc students, of whom nine were black and four were female.

February 2013

Another program trying to help promising science and engineering students is the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE). The program is trying to boost higher education in engineering and science across the continent, using international networks that connect universities, students, civil society and industry.

January 2013

by Lauren Everitt

When John Mwero looks at charred sugar cane ash he sees sturdy bridges, soaring skyscrapers and stable roads. He's convinced that bagasse ash - the residue that's left after processors suck out the sugar and burn the cane, has the potential to make cement stronger and cheaper.