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Category Archives: 4th Quarter 2018

ASSAf Elects 20 New Members to the Academy

10 December 2018, 11:07

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Twenty of the country’s leading scholars and scientists were inaugurated as Members of ASSAf at the annual Awards Ceremony on 10 October 2018. The 20 new ASSAf Members bring the total Membership of ASSAf to 556. The new ASSAf Members are: Prof Montaz Ali is Professor in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, [...]

ASSAf Recognises Outstanding Achievement

10 December 2018, 11:06

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The Academy recognised two of South Africa’s foremost scholars with gold medals at its annual Awards Ceremony held on 10 October 2018. ASSAf annually awards ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medals for outstanding achievement in scientific thinking to the benefit of society. This year the awards were presented to physician-scientist, Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, and palaeoanthropologist, Prof Lee [...]

Appointment of New ASSAf General Secretary

10 December 2018, 11:05

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Prof Sabiha Essack was elected as the new General Secretary during the Council meeting on 10 October 2018. The position on the ASSAf Council became vacant due to the resignation of Prof Himla Soodyall as Council Member and General Secretary before the expiration of her term of office. Prof Soodyall resigned to take up the [...]

Prof Roseanne Diab says goodbye

10 December 2018, 11:05

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As I prepare to retire from ASSAf after ten years as Executive Officer I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of my experiences and highlights over the past ten years and thank all those who have made my time at ASSAf so memorable. I would like to pay tribute to the [...]

ASSAf Appoints New Executive Officer

10 December 2018, 11:03

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Prof Himla Soodyall has been appointed as the Academy’s new Executive Officer with effect from 1 November 2018. She is succeeding Prof Roseanne Diab who is retiring. Soodyall is renowned for her groundbreaking genetic research into the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa in which her studies have identified some of the oldest DNA found in living [...]