This month, the spotlight falls on Professors Jennifer Jelsma and Nigel Bennett, joint winners of the award for research capacity development (sponsored by Eskom). Prof Jelsma(UCT), expert in physiotherapy, and inspiring teacher, has an interesting history. Among other things, she worked with disabled combatants in Zimbabwe, after the bush war in 1981.The work of Prof Bennett, Research Chair in Mammalian Behavioural Ecology and Physiology at UP, studies mole rats, and particularly their social interactions. Why are some mole rats solitary and others sociable? Rain could have something to do with that…