- Hakeem Oluseyi—astrophysicist, inventor and science educator whose research focuses on measuring the structure and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy and characterizing new planetary systems—has been selected to be a 2012 TED Global Fellow. Oluseyi has served as president of the African Astronomical Society and has worked extensively with students in various African nations. He will return to South Africa to work with University of Cape Town students and to lead observational research projects at the South African Astronomical Observatories in Sutherland.
- South Africa’s science minister Naledi Pandor has announced plans to invest $26 million in astronomy training over the next five years. The funding will largely sponsor undergraduate and postgraduate students in related fields, and will continue regardless of the final decision on SKA. The decision is expected to be finalized in the next 2-3 weeks in April.