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NRF ratings to be published
The National Research Foundation will
publish the rating categories of individual
researchers, who were successfully rated by
the organization, on its website (www.nrf.ac.
za/evaluation) from 2004. The information to
be made available will include the name of
the researcher, the employing institution, the
individual’s research interests as provided to
the NRF for evaluation purposes, as well as
the rating category (A, B, C, P, Y or L).
Ten years of proton therapy
The 10th anniversary of using protons to
treat cancer patients was celebrated at
iThemba LABS (the former National Accelera-
tor Centre) outside Cape Town in October.
Ten years ago, the centre pioneered this form
and was responsible for introducing various
novel technologies for treating patients in this
way, including a device that permits highly
accurate positioning of the proton beam in
relation to the target tumour.
A dedicated proton beam facility, based on a
230-MeV cyclotron, is currently being planned
aspartoftheproposedMajor Radiation Medi-
cine Centre to augment the present service.
New head of SAAO
Philip Charles has been appointed managing
director of the South African Astronomical
Observatory on a 5-year contract starting in
the new year. Professor Charles is currently
with the School of Physics and Astronomy at
the University of Southampton in the U.K.
Royal Society/NRF Programme to
This bilateral agreement, which has been in
operation since the mid-1990s, has been
extended for another five years, from 2004.
The first phase of the programme consisted of
five collaborative projects between scientists
at historically black universities in South
Africa and their counterparts, all senior
researchers, in the U.K. South Africa will
host a meeting around the middle of next
year at which the scientific achievements of
the programme will be presented, its opera-
tion reviewed, and the opportunity offered
to potential new participants to join the
Plans are in hand to publish a suite of papers
in the South African Journal of Science, dedi-
cated to the new science, notably in the fields
of materials modelling, nanotechnology,
proteomics and conservation biology, created
by this particularly successful example of
international collaboration. These articles
should appear towards the end of next year.
Incidentally,the Royal Society, which is one of
Britain’s longest established and principal
publishers of scientific research, continues to
extend its journals cataloque and the ser-
vices it provides via its website (www.pubs.
royalsoc.ac.uk). A growing body of Royal
Society journal content is free online. In
addition, papers published by the society
from 1665 to 1997 are now available from the
JSTOR archive at www.jstor.org.