An invited symposium on sports concussion was chaired by Professor Ann Edwards at the 30th International Congress of Psychology held in Cape Town in July 2012. Results were presented from three doctoral and three masters theses conducted on South African players of Rugby Union under her supervision at Rhodes University over the past eight years. Doctoral students included Dr Vicky Alexander, Dr Sue Clark and Ms Diana Zoccola; Masters students were Mr Mark Horsman, Mr Ian Smith and Ms Thandi Salmon-Godlo. With the exception of Mark Horsman and Ian Smith, all were in attendance at the conference to present their own work. Dr Clifford van Ommen (currently Psychology Clinic Director at Massey University in Auckland New Zealand) was also present as the co-supervisor on Ms Salmon-Godlo’s thesis while he was still at Rhodes University. The statistical analyses were conducted on all studies by Professor Sarah Radloff, of the Department of Statistics at Rhodes University. While not in attendance at the symposium she was a co-author on all the presentations in acknowledgement of her invaluable contribution to this entire research series.
Tracey Feltham-King, a PhD student in the Psychology Department, won the PsySSA/Discovery student presentation award at the International Congress of Psychology held in Cape Town from 22 to 27 July. This congress, held every four years, attracted in the region of 5 500 psychologists from around the globe. Ms Feltham-King’s presentation, entitled ‘The significance of gender in the abortion debate as represented in the South African newsprint media from 1978 to 2005’, drew off research conducted within the ambit of the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction research programme in which Rhodes was awarded a SARCHI chair earlier this year.