2011 Annual Research Report - E Book
VUT’s Annual Research Report provides an overview of the University's research outputs and centres of excellence activities for the year in review. It provides a record of each faculty's activities,publishing, conference proceedings, capacity and expertise.
Grand celebrations at the Annual Research Awards 2012
The Riviera Conference on the Vaal River was abuzz with activity on 22 November 2012, and the air was filled with anxiety as recipients and Management gathered to honour those researchers that have made their mark this year in “Research that Matters”. Modern pull-up banners and wall banners, bearing thought provoking messages served as a backdrop in the hallways. The audience gathered around them and appreciated the creativity and messages of hope. Recipients wined and dined and celebrated the evening in style.
Providing better Amadumbe varieties for consumers
Amadumbe is a vegetatively propagated plant that grows in many countries in Asia, Africa and Central America. It is grown widely in home gardens in the higher rainfall areas of South Africa. The plant is also known as taro in some countries. Amadumbe is used as a staple food and is rich in carbohydrates, proteins minerals and vitamins. In spite of taro’s value as a food source, few studies has been conducted to genetically improve the crop. The taxonomy (names) of taro is not well established and cultivars are usually named from the place where they are collected. The plant varies widely in size, color and number of corms they produce. The genetic variation of the species has not been investigated in detail. A wealth of genetic resources exists but attempts to conserve the germplasm and use it to solve production problems that have not been successful.
Community Project at Thuto Lore High School
The whole point of the community was to promote research, informing students that learning doesn’t only end with your National Diploma or B-Tech. We made them aware that they can still further their studies and if they perform well academically they can get funded too. Students were also made aware of how much this country needs researchers especially in the field of Science.
The mentees were divided into two groups since we were only given two classes. One class had the Biotechs and Engineering. The other class had the Chemistry students and Human Science. In each class, mentees were expected to present for an hour. After an hour the mentees rotated. In each class, the group that presented had one mentor with them (Prof. Visagie or Dr. Maritz).
An Inter-Institutional Graphic Design Student Research Seminar
The first inter-institutional research seminar between VUT and TUT senior graphic design students organised by Kate Chmela-Jones (Senior Lecturer: Graphic Design) took place at the Department of Visual Arts & Design on the 10th September 2012. The theme of this colloquium was simply Research and Inquiry in Visual Communication with the aim to allow students and staff to discuss and present their completed research and research-in-progress, to benchmark their work at an inter-institutional seminar, and to open a dialogue for further research collaborations with the staff and students from TUT.
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