Evolution Day – the SciBraai round-up

Darwin apparently described South Africa as dull and uninteresting when he first visited, but we know today, thanks to many a #SAscienceHero, that SA’s evolutionary history is anything but boring. Below is our round-up of Evolution Day, hosted by Wits on 20 June 2015. Prof Francis Thackeray says Charles Darwin called SA a dull and un-interesting…

Xenophobia in SA: How prejudice is born

“Prejudice is a group phenomenon. You don’t have a personal feeling about someone who has something different, just by yourself. It’s somehow created, somehow part of social norms.” – Social psychologist Prof Gillian Finchilescu from the University of Witwatersrand, who has been studying prejudice for years. This week The Science Inside looks at xenophobia, xenophobic violence…

Previn Naicker, 23, is youngest Witsie to get PhD

By Riante Naidoo (Wits Vuvuzela) After skipping grades 7, 9 and 10, Previn Naicker graduated from Wits with a PhD in Biochemistry last year at the age of 23. Wits Vuvuzela caught up with the alum at the end of  graduation week. He hopped out of his dad’s car, slung his sling bag over his right shoulder…

#SAscienceHero: Ashraf Coovadia, paediatrician

American doctors recently reported promising indications that it might be possible to cure babies born with HIV by starting intensive anti-HIV drug therapy shortly after birth. Clinicians around the world, including Professor Ashraf Coovadia, a paediatrician based at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital (RMMCH), are trying to replicate and decipher what has been…