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UP’s women in science distinguish themselves

Three UP academics were honoured at the 2010 Women in Science Awards (WISA) of the Department of Science and Technology at a gala event in August. Prof Stella Nkomo received the award Distinguished Woman Scholar in the Social Sciences or Humanities, with Prof Erika de Wet first runner-up in this category. Prof Susan Nicolson was first runner-up in the category Life Sciences.

Prof Stella Nkomo is a professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at UP, and has a B-rating from the NRF. Her highly acclaimed and internationally recognised work on race, gender and managing diversity appears in numerous journals and brings cutting-edge insights from a dynamic South African perspective. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sage Award of the Gender and Diversity Division of the USA Academy of Management. 

Prof Erika de Wet is a professor of constitutional law and acting head of department at the University of Amsterdam. She holds a B-rating from the NRF and served as an extraordinary professor at the University of North West from 2004 to 2009. She has held a similar position at UP since 2008. She is an internationally recognised leader in her field, and her book, The Chapter 7 Powers of the United Nations Security Council, is widely cited in international courts. 

Prof Susan Nicolson is head of department and professor in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at UP. She has a B-rating from the NRF, and has made an immense contribution in two major disciplines of the biological sciences, namely the excretory physiology of insects and nectivorous feeding in sugar birds and sunbirds. Prof Nicolson has published over 120 articles and has written two books.


Prof. Stella Nkomo and the dean, Prof Carolina Koornhof
Prof Stella Nkomo and Prof Carolina Koornhof, dean.