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Monday, 10 September 2018

Visiting lecturer for a fresh perspective

VISITOR: Dr Tara Sabo-Attwood. VISITOR: Dr Tara Sabo-Attwood.

A Guest lecturer from the University of Florida, Dr Tara Sabo-Attwood, will co-facilitate a Women in Science Chatroom on District Six Campus next week.

Invited by Climate Change and Environment Research Focus Area leader Beatrice Opeolu, Sabo-Attwood will also deliver guest lectures in the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Sabo-Attwood is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and a member of the Centre for Environmental and Human Toxicology and Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida.

Opeolu will facilitate the Chatroom alongside Sabo-Attwood, with the two having met on a similar forum.

 “Tara and I, together with another colleague from Europe, Dr Gertie Arts, previously facilitated a workshop for women at the SETAC Africa meeting in Nigeria last year, and it was a huge success,” explained Opeolu.

Sabo-Attwood and Opeolu will be joined by CPUT Director of Institutional Transformation, Social Cohesion and Diversity Nonkosi Tyolwana and CPUT Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships Prof Rene Pellissier. Opeolu hopes to replicate a similar effect at CPUT to the previous workshop, with each of the women providing their unique perspective on how they deal with positions of leadership and navigate work challenges and their personal lives. The venue is Room 4.28, Engineering Building, District Six Campus on Wednesday 19 September from 12.30 to 15.00.

The Florida professor will teach the Water Quality Management Class for BTech Environmental Health and Environmental Management students on Tuesday 18 September from 15.00 to 16.30, presenting a lecture titled “Novel In Vitro Approaches for Aquatic Monitoring of Emerging Contaminants”. During the lecture, she will discuss the use of in vitro assays for water and wastewater management practices.

Opeolu says Sabo-Attwood’s presence introduces a new context to the classroom: “The way she teaches this class will be different to how I would, my field and laboratory experience and context is different from Tara’s. It helps to enrich the delivery of the curriculum and what the students take out of the class. The Guest Lecturer will add value to students’ learning experience by bringing a new perspective to the class. It is also an innovative way to step aside from routine classroom teaching and helps students to build their own networks in the process of learning.”

On 20 September Sabo-Attwood will also deliver a faculty seminar for staff and students on Nano-Evolution: Balancing Safety and Applications of Nanotechnology in Aquatic Systems” in Room 2.71, Science Building on District Six Campus between 12.30 and 14.00.

*Those who wish to attend the faculty lecture or women’s event can email Lucille Peterson on petersonl@cput.ac.za to RSVP.

Written by Theresa Smith

Email: smitht@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Applied Sciences and Engineering Faculties and the Wellington Campus.