UKZN WOMEN SCIENTISTS SCOOP NATIONAL AWARDS

UKZN WOMEN SCIENTISTS SCOOP NATIONAL AWARDS

Six women scientists at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) scooped several national awards in various categories at the prestigious annual Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) Women in Science Awards (WISA). The announcement was made by Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor for outstanding scientific contributions to advance science and build the knowledge base in their respective disciplines.

Awards in the following three categories were made to:

·         Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim the winner of the Distinguished Women in Science: Life, Natural and Engineering Sciences Award. Professor Abdool Karim is an internationally recognised expert on HIV and AIDS.

·         Associate Professor Deevia Bhana the second runner-up in the Distinguished Women in Science: Social Sciences and Humanities category. Professor Bhana is both nationally and internationally regarded as a pioneer in the field of South African schooling and childhood sexualities.

·         The winner of the Distinguished Young Women in Science: Social Sciences and Humanities Award was made to Associate Professor Pearl Sithole for her sustained contribution in the areas of gender and development, traditional governance systems and the politics of knowledge production.

·         Doctoral Fellowships were awarded to: Ms Tricia Naicker whose research focuses on the synthesis of novel chiral catalysts, which play a vital role in the synthesis of all new and existing drugs and Ms Karen Pillay whose research interest is in amyloid diseases, in particular type II diabetes.

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