ASSAf newly elected Members

24 November 2011, 08:29

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Harold Annegarn is Director of Environmental Research [AER] (Pty) Ltd, Johannesburg and Professor in the department of Geography, Environmental Management & Energy Studies at the University of Johannesburg. He is also the founder member of the Sustainable Energy Technology and Research (SeTAR) Centre. 

David Block is a Professor of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London at age 19. His first research paper, on relativistic astrophysics, was published in London by the Royal Astronomical Society, at age 20.

Michael Chapman is a Professor Emeritus and Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is also a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. He was Professor of English at Natal/KwaZulu-Natal from 1984 until his retirement in 2010.  An NRF A-rated researcher and a recipient of the English Academy of Southern Africa Gold Medal for service to English education.

Alan Christoffels is Interim Director of the South African National Bioinformatics Institute and Director of the Medical Research Council Bioinformatics Capacity Development Research Unit. In 2009 he was appointed as the Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation Research Chair in Bioinformatics and Health Genomics.

James du Preez is a Professor in the Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology. He is a member of the International Commission for Yeasts, an associate editor of World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology and an associate editor of Biotechnology for Biofuels and serves on the editorial boards of FEMS Yeast Research and LitNet Akademies-Natuurwetenskappe.

Theunis Eloff is Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the North-West University. Prior to that he was a Chief Executive of the National Business Initiative (NBI).  Eloff is Chairman of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and a Vice-President of the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (AHI).

Maxim Finkelstein is a specialist in stochastic modelling. He joined the University of the Free State as a Professor in 1998, and in 2006 he was appointed as a Senior Professor. He holds a B1 NRF-rating, which is currently the highest in the country in the field of probability and statistics.

Carolyn Hamilton holds an NRF Research Chair in Archive and Public Culture based in the Social Anthropology Department at the University of Cape Town. Her research areas include the ethnography and history of the archive; the history of pre-industrial South Africa; and the anthropology of the past in the present. She is a member of the Public Life of Ideas Network, successor to the Constitution of Public Intellectual Life Project which she led, 2003-8.

Lawrence Hamilton is Professor of Politics at the University of Johannesburg; affiliated Lecturer in Political Theory at Cambridge University; life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, where he has been a Mellon Research Fellow and Visiting Fellow; and Editor-in-Chief of Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory. He was awarded the South African NRF President’s Award and an NRF Blue Skies Award.

Nicola Illing is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town.  Her recent research highlights include a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the evolution of the bat wing, and a paper published in Nature Cell Biology on the regulation of the FoxG1 during brain development. She currently holds a NRF B3 rating.

Peter Jacobs is an Extraordinary Professor in the division of Haematological Pathology at the University of Stellenbosch. Jacobs has significant achievements in both the advancement and application of haematological science.

Hilary Janks is a Professor in Applied English Language Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is best known for the Critical Language Awareness Series, a collection of classroom materials for teaching students about the relationship between language and power, which she edited.

Neil Jarvis is a Senior Manager: Research and Development for the Nuclear Technologies in Medicine and the Biosciences Initiative (NTeMBI) – a national technology platform to develop innovative products and research tools at NECSA. He serves on the Association For Rural Advancement (AFRA) Programme Management Committee.

Evance Rabban Kalula is Professor of Law (Employment law and social security) in the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town. He is also Deputy Dean and Director of the Institute of Development and Labour Law. He is a Senate representative on the University of Cape Town Council and its Executive Committee.

Helen Laburn is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Prior to her appointment to this role she was Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits, a position she held for five years having previously been the Head of the School of Physiology, also at Wits.

Maryke Labuschagne is head of the division of Plant Breeding in the department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State. She is a plant breeder by training, and was president of the Southern African Plant Breeders Association from 2000 to 2002. She is a NRF rated scientist and has authored and co-authored 73 papers in accredited national and international journals.

Elsabé Loots is the Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University. Loots held professorial appointments in Economics at the University of Johannesburg (previously Rand Afrikaans University), the University of the Free State and Monash University.  She is a past President of the Economic Society of South Africa and is currently chairing the South African Commerce Deans Association.

Tinyiko Sam Maluleke is an internationally acclaimed researcher  – rated in the category B by the South African National Research Foundation – in the areas of religion and theology. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed research articles and successfully supervised 7 Masters and 10 PhD students. His research interest lies in the intersection between culture, religion and politics in South Africa, Africa and the world at large.

Mammo Muchie is a DST/NRF Research Professor of Innovation Studies at the Institute of Economics Research on Innovation (IERI) at the Tshwane University of Technology. He is concurrently the Professor at Development and International Relations (DIR) at Aalborg University. He is also a senior Research Associate at the Sanjaya Lall Programme for Technology and Management for Development (SLPTMD)  at Oxford University.

Larry Obi is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Research at the Walter Sisulu University. Prof Obi is a rated researcher of the National Research Foundation, founder and former Niche Area Leader of the NRF HIV and AIDS Research Group, University of Venda and a former member of the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professions.

Francis Petersen is currently Dean of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town. He is a leader in developing South Africa’s innovation strategy from his vantage point as ministerial advisor, Chair of the Board of the CSIR and Dean of Engineering at UCT. He is playing an important role in forging relationships that are vital to South Africa’s R&D strategy.

Jaco Pienaar is the Director of Research of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences and plays an important role in enhancing the quality of research in the broad field of Economic and Business Sciences.  His own research contributes to the understanding and management of employee health and wellness in South Africa.

Viness Pillay is a Fulbright Scholar and a Tier 1 South African NRF/DST Research Chair in Pharmaceutical Biomaterials and Polymer-Engineered Drug Delivery Technologies. He is also a Personal Professor of Pharmaceutics, Head of Pharmaceutics, and Director of Pharmaceutics and Contract Research at the University of the Witwatersrand, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

Zacharias Andries (Zakkie) Pretorius is a Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State. He has served as President of the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology and currently holds a B2 rating from the NRF.

Suprakas Sinha Ray is Chief Researcher and Director of the DST/CSIR National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials, Pretoria, South Africa.  He serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Advanced Science Letters, International Journal of Plastic Films and Sheeting, Applied Nanoscience, and Journal of Nanomaterials.

Andreas Roodt is an outstanding professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of the Free State. He is a Chairperson of the Department of Chemistry and coordinator of the UFS research cluster in Materials and Nanosciences. His extensive research record contributed to academic excellence and international recognition. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).

Neil Roos is a Director of the Postgraduate School at the University of the Free State, where he is responsible for the strategic and academic direction of the University’s Postgraduate School. He has published recently in Journal of Southern African Studies, Journal of Social History and Social History, and is the author of Ordinary Springboks:  White Servicemen and Social Justice in South Africa, 1939-1961 (Aldershot, 2005)

Cornelia Roux is a Research Director Teaching and Learning Organisations, Faculty of Educational Sciences (Potchefstroom Campus), North West University. She is a full member of the International Seminar of Religious Education and Values (ISREV) Great Britain. Member of the National Religious Education Society, London, Great Britain and fellow of the Farmington Institute for Christian Education, University of Oxford, Great Britain, Member of the Association for Religious Studies in Southern Africa (ASRSA).

Michael Sathekge is Professor and Head of Nuclear Medicine Department at the University of Pretoria. He is President of the College of Nuclear Physicians, as well as an Honorary Registrar of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.

Dan Stein is Professor and Chair of the Dept of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit on Anxiety Disorders, and Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Mt.  Sinai Medical School in New York.  

Hendrik Swart is a B2 rated researcher, a senior professor and currently the Head of the Department of Physics at the University of the Free State. In 2011 he was one of the co-chairs of the academic committee of the 1ST Advanced Materials Congress held in Jinan, Shandong Province in China. He was also chair of other national and international conferences.

Brian van Wilgen is Chief Ecologist with the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He has more than three decades of experience as an applied ecologist in southern Africa, in research and the application of ecological understanding in environmental management and policy development. He is author and co-author of over 180 publications, including three books and 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Arnold Van Zyl is the Vice-Rector: Research at Stellenbosch University; a Member of the “Kuratoratorium” of the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, a Council Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa; a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and a visiting professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. 

Heather Zar is Professor and Head of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Director of the School of Child and Adolescent Health as well as Director of the Division of Paediatric Pulmonology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town. Heather has authored more than 140 publications, and holds competitive research funding from the NIH, EDCTP, GAVI and the Gates Foundation.