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NMMU honours top achievers

TOP NOTCH … Among the 40 staff members honoured at the NMMU Research, Teaching and Engagement Awards 2014 were (from left) Prof Werner Olivier, Prof Thoko Mayekiso, Prof Khaled Abou-El-Hossein, Prof Prakash Singh and Mary Duker.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) honoured 40 of its top staff at the annual Research, Teaching and Engagement Awards at an upmarket function at the Boardwalk last night.

Microscopy whiz Prof Jan Neethling, who is presently attending workshops and conferences in Eastern Europe, won the 2014 Researcher of Year award, highlighting in a short video clip how the new High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope centre had enabled him to increase his research outputs.

The equipment, including the only microscope in the southern hemisphere that can view atoms, meant he could dramatically increase his rate of research.

Joining him in attaining top research awards were:

  • Prof Khaled Abou-El-Hossein , of the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and IT for his excellent manufacturing engineering research
  • Prof Prakash Singh, of the Faculty of Education, for his research around EQ in leadership and
  • Prof Thoko Mayekiso, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Engagement, for professional service with the field of HIV and Aids research.

The top teaching awards went to:

  • Dr Kathija Adam of the Faculty of Education
  • Ms Lindi Coetzee of the Faculty of Law
  • Dr Andre du Plessis of the Faculty of Education and
  • Prof Ilse Truter of the Faculty of Health Sciences

For a full list of the winners, see the Newsfeed, the Life@nmmu blog and the next edition of NMMU’s internal newsletter talk@nmmu

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