A host of UCT scholars and units have been nominated for the 2011/12 National Science and Technology Forum-BHP Billiton awards. This year, the NSTF celebrates its 14th Awards, which recognise, acknowledge and promote excellence in the South African research and development community. The Annual NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards event, launched in 1998, is the flagship project of the largest and most prominent multi-stakeholder representative forum for science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) organisations in South Africa.
UCT nominees in the categories for contributions to SETI by an individual, including: the Lifetime Achiever; the TW Kambule NRF-NSTF Awards through Research and its Outputs; and through
Management and Related Activities, are:
Dr Peter Carrick, Institute for Plant Conservation;
Emer Prof John Field, Marine Research Institute;
Assoc Prof Thomas Franz, Biomechanical Science Cardiovascular Unit;
Prof Kevin Naidoo, Department of Chemistry;
Prof Ed Rybicki,Department of Molecular and Cell Biology;
Prof Heather Zar, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
UCT nominees in the category for contributions to SETI by an individual – the TW Kambule NRF-NSTF Awards for an Emerging Researcher (post-docs in a period up to six years after award of a PhD or equivalent in research) are:
Dr William Horowitz, Department of Physics;
Assoc Prof Brenda Morrow, Red Cross Children's Hospital;
Dr Leena Pillay, Department of Zoology;
Dr Dyllon Randall, Department of Chemical Engineering;
Dr Thomas Scriba, South African Tuberculosis Research Unit;
Dr Amanda Weltmann, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
UCT nominees in the categories for research capacity development are:
Prof Bongani Mayosi, Department of Medicine;
Prof Kevin Naidoo, Department of Chemistry
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UCT nominees in the categories for research leading to innovation by teams or individuals through organisations are:
Crystallisation and Precipitation Research Unit – team leader: Prof Alison Lewis;
In Situ XRD Cell – Team Leader: Prof Michael Claeys;
Lung Infection and Immunity Unit – team leader: Prof Keertan Dheda;
The PantoScanner Team – team leader: Dr Kit Vaughan;
UCT Nanoscience Innovation Centre – team leader: Prof Margit Härting;
UCT Maxillofacial Surgery Unit – team leader: Dr Rushdi Hendricks
All finalists will be honoured at the NSTF Plenary meeting of 25 May 2012 at Gallagher Estate in Gauteng. The NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards Gala Dinner is planned for 21 June.
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