Professor Guy Midgley, who presented this year's Distinguished Alumni lecture said that human beings are changing the planet so much that we may need to recognise a new geological era. He explained that we have lived in a CO2 constrained world for several million years but that we could, in the next few decades, push the CO2 levels to levels not seen for 50 million years. This represents a major evolutionary shock to modern ecosystems that have evolved under exceptionally low CO2 levels of the past million years.
A tiny shrimp with banded, stalked eyes, and gaudy red 'warning' colouring, is the latest of several new marine species to be found by UCT researchers in the extensively sampled waters of False Bay.
The Science Faculty notes the passing of one of its distinguished alumni, Emeritus Professor Alistair Stephen, Life Fellow of UCT, who died recently at the age of 92 at his home in Fish Hoek on the Cape Peninsula. He is survived by his wife Helen, his four children Jen, Judy, Lil and David, and his 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
UCT will compete among the world's top institutions in drug discovery, one of the university's research signature themes, thanks to a powerful new 600MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, coupled to an ultra-sensitive cold probe.