Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are playing a critical role in creating knowledge in South Africa and building an inclusive scientific community. That was the message for six UCT academics who were celebrated for their contributions and research excellence at the 2017 National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards last night. Three of the six are from the Faculty of Science, namely Professor Anusuya Chinsamy Turan, Professor Peter Ryan and Professor George Janelidze
Three PhD students from the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) in the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science, have been selected for the University of Cape Town, University of East Anglia Climate Change PhD research exchange partnership.
An innovative Upper Triassic–Lower Jurassic magnetic barcode developed during the PhD research of Dr Lara Sciscio, of UCT’s Department of Geological Sciences, provides a relative age that aids in configuring the timeline and occurrence of the end-Triassic mass extinction event and Early Jurassic post-extinction recovery in the Southern Hemisphere.
Nyasha Chimhandamba, an honours student in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology was the winner of UCT Famelab finals and Kolisa Sinyanya, a PhD researcher in the Department of Oceanography was the runner up. Nyasha will represent UCT at the national competition early next year and will compete for a chance to travel to the international finals to be held mid year in 2018.