Targeting tobacco harm in Africa and Asia
14 August, 2017
Professor Corné van Walbeek is part of a multinational team of researchers, led by the University of Stirling in the UK. The consortium has been awarded £3.4 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Research Councils UK Collective Fund to reduce tobacco-related harm in Africa and Asia. The project is housed at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU).
Led by Stirling’s Professor Linda Bauld, the multidisciplinary three-year project involves six UK universities linked to the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, as well as Cancer Research UK and eight partner institutions in seven countries. These are South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia, the Gambia, India (two partner institutions) and Bangladesh.
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All-woman UCT team wins tech competition
10 August, 2017
A four-woman team from the University of Cape Town’s Department of Information Systems has scooped the first prize of an all-expenses-paid trip to Silicon Valley in the USA in a 48-hour programming challenge held in Johannesburg over the weekend.
During the GirlCode Hackathon, the honours students in team Ruby created an innovative website, Amava (which means ‘experience’ in isiXhosa), that connects volunteers with NGOs.
“Winning is surreal. We can’t quite believe that we’re going to the US. We are very, very excited about going to Silicon Valley to learn more and network. It’s a tremendous opportunity,” said team member Fadzai Mupfunya.
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Suki Goodman receives SIOPSA Presidential Merit Award for Academic Excellence
04 August, 2017
Associate Professor Suki Goodman was the 2017 recipient of the Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) Presidential Merit Award for Academic Excellence. The overarching theme of the SIOPSA Presidential Merit Awards is to identify, recognise and reward members of the Society who have contributed positively and excelled in their areas of expertise within the IOP profession. The award was presented at the gala dinner on 26th July at the Society's annual conference. Suki received the award for her dedication to institutional transformation in industrial and organisational psychology.
Kanshukan Rajaratnam, the Deputy Dean of Transformation in the Faculty, praised A/Prof. Goodman on her efforts both in her discipline and her work at the Faculty, “Suki Goodman’s award is an indication of her dedication to society’s transformation. She currently curates the Commerce Education Group, which in 2017, is focussed on curriculum transformation. We are proud of Suki and this national recognition for her work. We hope to see more of this as she takes on a senior leadership role in her department.”
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