In memoriam: Donald Gordon STIAS Fellow Lynn Margulis

In memoriam: Donald Gordon STIAS Fellow Lynn Margulis

Prof. Lynn Margulis, who in 2010 spent a month at STIAS as a Donald Gordon fellow, died on 22 November at her home in Amherst, Massachusetts after suffering a stroke. She was best known for her theory on the origin of eukaryotic organelles and her contributions to the endosymbiotic theory, which is now generally accepted … [Read more]

STIAS–PWIAS Colloquium: "Many Voices One Song" Health promoting schools: Evidence, Strategies, Challenges and prospects (9–11 Nov 2011)

STIAS–PWIAS Colloquium: “Many Voices One Song” Health promoting schools: Evidence, Strategies, Challenges and prospects (9–11 Nov 2011)

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS), associated with the University of British Columbia, held its second Peter Wall Colloquium Abroad at STIAS from 9–11 November 2011; the focus was on the concept of Health Promoting Schools. In his welcoming words the STIAS Director Prof Hendrik Geyer briefly recalled a formulation of the early … [Read more]

International Honour for Chairman of STIAS

International Honour for Chairman of STIAS

Mr Desmond Smith, Chairman of the Board STIAS, was elected as President of the International Actuarial Association (IAA) at its recent congress in Austria. Smith is the first person from Africa to become the leader of this prestigious body representing 75 member countries. According to Peter Doyle, current President of the Actuarial Society of South … [Read more]

A STIAS tribute to Paul Cilliers

A STIAS tribute to Paul Cilliers

Our friend and colleague, Paul Cilliers, passed away suddenly on Sunday 31st July 2011. To all of us who have known Paul personally this is a tremendous shock and loss; for STIAS his untimely death leaves a hole which is difficult to imagine that it can ever be filled again. As a member of the … [Read more]

DST commits over R6 million for the research programme at STIAS

DST commits over R6 million for the research programme at STIAS

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has approved that the Department of Science and Technology (DST) support the research programme at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) with a grant of R6 526 million over three years. Established in 2000 by Stellenbosch University and now managed as a section 21 company, STIAS … [Read more]

Major Wallenberg grant for the STIAS research programme

Major Wallenberg grant for the STIAS research programme

The Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation have announced that they will support the research programme at STIAS over the next five years with a grant of R30 million. In 2005 the same Foundation had provided the grant for building the STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre at Stellenbosch University. Earlier this month Prof Hendrik Geyer, STIAS Director, … [Read more]

Mostertsdrift’s gardener does STIAS proud

Mostertsdrift’s gardener does STIAS proud

Many a visitor and STIAS Fellow have commented favourably on the well kept gardens at Mostertsdrift — the old-worldly and manicured Victorian garden around the STIAS Manor House, and the more recently established low-maintenance garden around the STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre. Prof Lynn Margulis who spent time at STIAS in November and December 2010 referred … [Read more]

STIAS Fellow Mr Tito Mboweni receives an honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University

STIAS Fellow Mr Tito Mboweni receives an honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University

At the final Stellenbosch University graduation ceremony of 2010 STIAS Fellow Mr Tito Mboweni received an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Commerce (DComm) HONORIS CAUSA, from the University. Mr Mboweni’s commendation read as follows: “for his leadership in South Africa’s economic policy, his eminent achievements as president of the Reserve Bank, and his reform of the labour/industrial … [Read more]

STIAS hosts two Donald Gordon Fellows

STIAS hosts two Donald Gordon Fellows

STIAS was privileged and honoured to be hosting two world-renowned scientists as Donald Gordon Fellows during November 2010: Prof Lynn Margulis, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Prof Kip Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics (Emeritus) at the California Institute of Technology. Both Fellows presented public lectures in … [Read more]

PWIAS funds major HIV project at Tygerberg Hospital

PWIAS funds major HIV project at Tygerberg Hospital

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has awarded a Major Thematic Grant of $500 000 CAD (R3,5 million) over three years for a project to identify the immunological explanation for the increased infectious morbidity and mortality of HIV-Exposed but Uninfected (HEU) babies. A team of researchers … [Read more]