Research & Innovation 2015-16 - Page 21



Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan,
head of the Department of Biology
Dr Mohlopheni Jackson Marakalala,
Division of Immunology

Next Einstein Forum Fellow
Marakalala’s Einstein Challenge is to discover new
therapeutic and diagnostic tools to combat infectious
diseases mostly prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa. He
hopes to contribute towards public dialogues that will
help inform better health policies. Read more

Chinsamy Turan was the first person to
deduce growth curves for dinosaurs, examining the
microstructure of their fossilized bones. Read more
Professor Bruce Hewitson, head of the
Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG)
and DST/NRF SARChl Chair in Climate
Change
Dr Amanda Weltman, Department of
Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Next Einstein Forum Fellow
Weltman’s Einstein Challenge is to develop a
fundamental theory to explain dark energy and the
cosmological constant, Einstein’s so-called fudge factor,
which appears to be causing the accelerated expansion
of our universe. Read more

Professor Bongani M Mayosi,
dean of the Faculty
of Health Sciences
Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award
Mangcu is an Oppenheimer Fellow at the Hutchins
Centre for African and African American Research at
Harvard University and the author and co-author of nine
books, and more than two dozen journal articles and
book chapters. He will use the grant to complete Nelson
Mandela: romantic hero, tragic figure, a biography on
the late freedom fighter and politician. Read more


NRF Lifetime Achievement Award
Feast is quite possibly the only academic to have
published papers in Nature 66 years apart: the first in
1948, when he was just 21, and most recently last year
at the age of 87. He is listed in the international Who’s
Who, he has had a minor planet named after him
(Asteroid no. 10985 Feast, discovered from Mt Palomar
in October 1977) and has represented South African
astronomy at the highest international level. Read more
Professor Chris Reason,
Department of Oceanography

NRF Research Excellence Award for
early career/emerging researchers
Ntusi is completing his clinical training in cardiology and
establishing an independent research programme on
the study of cardiomyopathies and myocarditis. He has
been appointed as head of the Department of Medicine
from November 2016. Read more
New NRF A rating
Reason is involved with research relating
to southern hemisphere climate variability, southern
African rainfall variability, mesoscale and coastal
meteorology, tropical meteorology and oceanography,
severe weather, ocean-atmosphere interactions, Indian
and South Atlantic Oceans, Southern Ocean and ocean
and atmospheric modelling. Read more
Professor Gerald Nurick,
director of the Blast Impact and
Survivability Research Unit
Dr Ntobeko Ntusi, lecturer in the
Division of Cardiology, Department of
Medicine

New NRF A rating
Mayosi’s research interests include genetics of
cardiovascular traits, treatment of TB pericarditis
and prevention of rheumatic fever. In 2009, he
received South Africa’s highest honour, the Order of
Mapungubwe in Silver, for excellent contributions to
medical science. Read more
Professor Michael Feast, emeritus
professor in the Department of
Astronomy

New NRF A rating
Hewitson’s core discipline is regional climate
(change), but his research interests include modelling,
downscaling and interesting analysis methodologies. He
is also engaged in international activities, such as the
International Panel on Climate Change and the World
Climate Research Programme.
Read more
Professor Xolela Mangcu, professor in
the Department of Sociology

New NRF A rating

New NRF A rating
Nurick has been working in the field of impact dynamics
for over 20 years. During this period, he has supervised
more than 35 MSc and PhD graduates, who are now
spread around the world, and has in excess of 100
academic publications.
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