Friday, 19 April 2019
Taking action to ensure PhD success

Determined to make the most of every opportunity, Samuel Mabakane has earned his doctorate, while working full-time at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC).

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Thu, 18 Apr 2019 - 10:15
Master’s oceanography thesis ‘all at sea’

MSc graduand Jessica Burger of the Department of Oceanography, was one of eight UCT researchers aboard the SA Agulhas II during the Weddell Sea Expedition. She had to defy fragile internet connection across 5 513 km of heaving sea to email her word- and data-heavy MSc document from the ocean back to Cape Town in order to graduate this month.

Publication Date:
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 - 09:15
UCT alumnus, technology, part of black hole ‘discovery’

University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus and South African astrophysicist Roger Deane is part of an international team of scientists that captured the first image of a black hole, released to the world on 10 April. Remote sensing technology developed at UCT also played a role in the historic discovery.

Publication Date:
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 - 11:00
Microscopic marine creatures driving Earth’s temperature

Phytoplankton are primary producers of the marine ecosystem suggesting that the marine food web primarily depends on phytoplankton.

But there’s more to it than just water temperature. Microscopic organisms known as phytoplankton are the main drivers of this “biological pump” process. Kolisa Yola Sinyanya a PhD candidate in the Department of Oceanography, is researching these phytoplankton communities and their interactions with nutrients within ocean systems. 

Publication Date:
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 - 09:30