May 2019

NWU – research with impact!

Welcome to 2019's third edition of the North-West University's research and innovation newsletter, Research@NWU. The aim of the newsletter is to showcase research projects, researchers and related events. This newsletter is one of seven, distributed to academic staff and researchers during the year.


Major funding awarded to large-scale collaborative projects at NWU

Prof Refilwe Phaswana Mafuya, deputy-vice chancellor for research and innovation at the NWU, says universities have to diversify their funding sources for research within a highly competitive environment.

"In this period of economic austerity, governments are forced to cut their spending and budgets in order to remain financially viable or sustainable. Universities are therefore more and more challenged to find alternative means to meet the growing demands of financial resources to fulfil the academic project."

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Astrophysicists help unlock secrets of the universe

The high-energy astrophysics group at the NWU's Centre for Space Research is playing an important role in key science programmes at the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) that will be built in Chile. The final agreements between the CTA Observatory and the European Southern Observatory were signed late last year to begin construction on the site in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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New drug discoveries are a triple offensive against diseases

Researchers from three South African universities are unleashing the power of oxygen in a triple-drug treatment strategy against disease-causing parasites and bacteria. Oxygen is the key to life — and that applies as much to parasites and bacteria that cause malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and certain other related diseases as it does to humans and animals.

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Students represent NWU at meeting with Nobel Laureates

Few scientific gatherings are as prestigious as the famous annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Two NWU students have the honour of being chosen to attend the 2019 event. Hester Schutte, a PhD student, and Hannes Thiersen, an MSc student, both from the Centre for Space Research, have been selected to participate in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

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2019 Research Day puts emerging researchers in the limelight

The importance of research and its application in the community is being thrust into the limelight, especially in the midst of global debates about the role of universities flaring up again.

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Hunting generates most profit for game farmers

When it comes to game farming, hunting and breeding yield the highest production output and highest capital layout, but also generate the most profit.

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Get to know the NWU's research chairs

The NWU has a number of dedicated and knowledgeable research chairs that help steer the university into realising its ideal of producing research and innovation with a notable international impact. In this edition we meet Prof Rosemary Cromarty, the ETDP SETA Research Chair in Early Childhood Development.

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