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SU announces names of 33 Distinguished Professors
Prof Johann Mouton, director of CREST and the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Scientometrics and STI Policy, has been named Distinguished Professor at Stellenbosch University. The announcement was made by the rector, Prof Russel Botman on Friday 6 June.
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From left to right: Prof Johann Mouton (Director: CREST), Mr Japhet Bakuwa (PhD in Science and Technology Studies) and Ms Lynn Lorenzen (Information officer: CREST). The title of Mr Bakuwa's dissertation is "Public understanding of global climate change in Malawi".

Science Communication Journal collection finds a new home at CREST

CREST is the new owner of a near-complete set of the journal “Public Understanding of Science” – a total of 91 issues, dating back the first issue when the journal was launched in January 1992.
These journals were donated to CREST by Prof Edna Einsiedel, former editor of the journal and a professor of communication studies at the University of Calgary in Canada (http://www.ucalgary.ca/einsiedel/). Prof Einsiedel is world-renowned for her pioneering work in science communication scholarship and she is widely recognised as one of the thought-leaders in this field.
In March 2014, Prof Einsiedel notified members of the PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) discussion list that she wished to donate her set of copies of this journal to a developing country. Many people responded and eventually Prof Einsiedel enlisted the help of colleagues around the world to help her choose between 12 strong contenders. South Africa was in the running thanks to a strong application from CREST. We had to submit a second motivation outlining exactly where these journals would be housed and who would be using them. Our application outlined our plans at CREST to launch a new short course in the field of science communication soon, as well as a new specialisation option in our M Phil programme. We also highlighted the fact that students from across the African continent regularly visit and work and CREST.
Towards the end of April we received the good news that the journals would be on their way to Stellenbosch soon and that the University of Calgary would also cover the shipping costs.
“Public Understanding of Science” is a peer-reviewed international journal covering research on all aspects of the inter-relationships between science and society. The journal regularly publishes surveys of the public’s understanding of and attitudes towards science. Other topics covered include history of science; science and the mass media; research about science communication platforms (such as science centres and festivals); the evaluation of science communication initiatives; studies of anti-science movements and the role of science in developing countries. Find out more about this journal at http://pus.sagepub.com

Public Lecture: Rethinking Development in the Global Information Age: Implications for Africa
Prof Manuel Castells presented a public lecture on his forthcoming book titled "Reconceptualising Development in the Global Information Age"which is to be published by Oxford University Press in August 2014. The lecture took place on Thursday, 5 June at the STIAS Wallenberg Centre.

The book is informed by a project which brought together an international network of distinguished academic researchers engaged in an empirically grounded reflection of the transformation of the values that redefine development. The study covers case studies of Europe, California, Latin America, China and South Africa. Click here to read the full article.

The Minister of Science and Technology launches new Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Stellenbosch University
3 April 2014. Stellenbosch University was awarded the opportunity to host the DST-NRF CoE in Scientometrics and STI Policy, bringing to four the number of CoEs hosted by the university.The other three CoEs are the CoE for Biomedical Tuberculosis Research; the CoE for Invasion Biology; and the CoE in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis.

Delivering the keynote address, Minister Derek Hanekom welcomed the launch of the CoE remarking that: "The irony is this: while scientometrics played an important role in encouraging government to initiate the CoE programme, it is only now that the programme is introducing a CoE relating to scientometrics however, rather late than never.It therefore gives me great pleasure to participate in the launch of this new CoE in Scientometrics and STI Policy."
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View the video of the event here.

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