CSIR Science Scope - Volume 1, Issue 4, 2006
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Volume 1, Issue 4, 2006
Author Khungeka NjobeSource: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 1 –3 (2006)More Less
The year 2006 is celebrated as the ""Year of the Woman"" in South Africa to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the women's march to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956. These individuals contributed a great deal to raise awareness of the necessity to uplift and empower women as a fundamental aspect towards strengthening our democracy. As we honour these brave women, so too do we at the CSIR celebrate our women in science, and the contribution they make to improve the lives of other people in South Africa as well as raising the profile of women in this field.
Author Patsy SchotlzSource: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 4 –5 (2006)More Less
I shrink my comfort zones. This statement by Mellisa Janse van Rensburg, spirited R&D metrologist at the CSIR, becomes clear as one realises that this woman means exactly that. She meets her obstacles head on, diverting just enough to equip herself with the correct arsenal to ensure success.
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 6 –7 (2006)More Less
Daddy, what comes after 10 and 20 and 1 000...? It was probably these questions that launched pre-schooler Esbeth van Dyk into a career in agro-logistics. Today, senior researcher in logistics and quantitative methods at the CSIR, Dr Esbeth van Dyk has carved a niche for herself in agro-logistics both nationally and internationally, after years of groundbreaking work.
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 8 –9 (2006)More Less
Infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), malaria and HIV/Aids contribute significantly to the high mortality rate in Africa. While research into and development of new TB drugs, in particular, have languished under a perceived lack of need in the developed world, the CSIR has brought together a consortium of universities and research institutions to address this crucial issue. Led by Dr Hulda Swai, a senior researcher in polymers, ceramics and composites with CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing, the consortium is developing a nanoparticle-based drug delivery system to improve treatment of infectious diseases.
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 10 –11 (2006)More Less
From an early start as a high school cricket statistician, Alta de Waal of CSIR Defence, Peace, Safety and Security is now active in the field of decision support, specifically concerning problems with high levels of uncertainty. The systems she works with focus on applying structured modelling approaches associated with quantitative sciences in a multidisciplinary environment.
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 12 –13 (2006)More Less
A commitment to inclusiveness and a passion for developing the potential in people underpin Hina Patel's words and her work. As the leader of the research group at the Meraka Institute working on ICT for people with disabilities and the aged, she is engaged in two long-term R&D projects aimed at improved quality of life for persons with disabilities.
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 14 –15 (2006)More Less
You probably have to be a bit of a tomboy to survive in this field. Dr Caren Jarmain's field trips have taken her from the Kruger to the Cape. Her mission : researching the evapotranspiration of vegetation canopies - finding out how much water a defined area of vegetation uses. This has taken her to some of the most scenic places in our country, but it has also resulted in close encounters with snakes, spiders, buffaloes and she recently contracted tick fever when working in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Her determination to carry as much gear as her male colleagues on a field trip has earned her the reputation of being somewhat of a tomboy, which her husband has assured her, is a compliment.
Author Hilda Van RooyenSource: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 16 –17 (2006)More Less
The passion for science, development and interaction with society rings clear in every idea expressed by Dr Sibongile Pefile, CSIR Group Manager : Research and Development (R&D) Outcomes. ""When the CSIR is recognised immediately as the premier South African organisation for supplying both society and industry with quality technology and knowledge, and we are able to maximise the impact of science in society, then we will know that we got it right,"" she asserts.
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 18 –19 (2006)More Less
Freda van Wyngaardt may be soft-spoken and a little reserved, but she can hold her own in the exact field of radionuclide metrology. Freda, a research and development metrologist at the CSIR National Metrology Laboratory, prefers to go about her work without any fuss.
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 20 –21 (2006)More Less
It all started in a biology class at Excelsior Secondary School some 20 years ago. Back then, it was mere enthusiasm for the subject and a love for the outdoors that made Joy Leaner realise for certain that she wanted a career in environmental research. That energy has since evolved into a passion that is driven by sheer determination and aided by a natural flair and talent. It has blossomed into a PhD at a top university in the USA (courtesy of a Fulbright scholarship), publication in various peer-reviewed journals and a promising career at the CSIR.
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 22 –23 (2006)More Less
She comes from a family of teachers, nurses and electricians - practical, valued professions. ""But what does one do with a BSc degree?"" they asked when she finally enrolled at the University of the Western Cape, having completed her matric a year later than planned as a result of the 1985 student riots, which prevented her from writing her final exams.
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 24 –25 (2006)More Less
Dr Igle Gledhill, Fellow at CSIR Defence, Peace, Safety and Security, opens the conversation by pointing out, ""Did you know that Igle is not my real name? Igle comes from I. Gledhill, a nickname given to me at school by my headmistress,"" she clarifies, but my parents named me Irvy.""
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 26 –27 (2006)More Less
There are no half measures when Moira Bode takes on a challenge. It's little wonder she descriptionbes herself as logical and persistent. Up until a few minutes ago she was wearing her green lab coat designed to protect her clothing and skin from harmful chemical spillages. Her safety goggles lie discarded, but not too far away on the desk as she prepares herself for the interview. She highlights the importance of dressing for safety, especially when working in a chemical laboratory.
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 28 –29 (2006)More Less
South Africa is facing growing political and social pressures around basic infrastructure provision and service delivery. One of government's key strategies to address these demands is to widen public participation in decision-making around resource allocation. The work of Mwansa Saidi, a young research architect at CSIR Built Environment, is making an important contribution towards ensuring that communities are actively involved in planning and managing their own development.
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 34 –35 (2006)More Less
Dr Pumla Dineo Gqola has just recently joined the Meraka Institute Open Source Centre, a national research centre managed by the CSIR. How did a highly qualified academic with two Masters degrees and a DPhil in postcolonial studies come to join the institute that operates in the realm of information and communications technology (ICT)?
Source: CSIR Science Scope 1, pp 38 –39 (2006)More Less
When it comes to science, she wants to be centre-stage - right where it happens. That is why Valencia Jacobs, researcher at CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing, chose chemistry as her major. Often referred to as a central science, it incorporates and supports other sciences such as nanotechnology and physics.