Dr Melissa Densmore, Department of Computer Science and UCT's ICT4D, was recently awarded the prestigious $500 000 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Challenge grant. She will be one of a group of researchers from across the globe using the funds to address maternal and child health issues through a digital communication project.
Dr John Woodland, a Fellow in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, has just one a special award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for the creative plays that he has co-written and co-directed to ignite an interest in chemistry among schoolchildren.
For most residents of Ocean View, internet access is unaffordable. There’s no public Wi-Fi and school internet is not available at night or on the weekend. But now that’s all set to change, thanks to a collaboration between University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers, iNethi Technologies and Ammbr Research Labs (ARL South Africa). Dr Melissa Densmore, from the Department of Computer Science and the head of ICT4D and Dr David Johnson, head of Ammbr Research Labs (ARL) and an adjunct senior lecturer at UCT, were awarded the OpenCellular Grant by the Facebook Telecom Infra Project.
The Metrological and Applied Sciences University Research Unit (MeASURe), was officially launched on Wednesday 29 th August in the the Department of Physics at UCT. This unit will play a crucial role in boosting the prominence of measurement-based research in South Africa.
Home to approximately 2 600 students, of which some 36% are postgraduate research students registered in the 12 academic departments – Archaeology, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental & Geographical Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, Molecular & Cell Biology, Oceanography, Physics and Statistical Sciences.
Undergraduate teaching is a cornerstone of our activities and the Faculty offers 21 different majors, with possibilities to co-major in subjects located in other Faculties. Our majors are loosely organised into three clusters – those in the biology, earth and environmental sciences, those in the chemical and molecular sciences, and those in the numerical and physical sciences. Our Bachelor of Science degree leads naturally on to a number of different Honours degrees that relate to the undergraduate major(s) offered by the various departments.
The Faculty of Science prides itself on the high regard in which it is held by the international academic community, reflected in part by international world university and subject rankings. According to the latest QS rankings, the Science Faculty at UCT places in the band 51-100 top universities in the Earth and Marine Sciences and in the band 101-150 in the Biological and Environmental Sciences.
The Faculty prides itself on its strong teaching programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and on the strength of its research enterprise. With well developed international links with researchers across the world, the Faculty is a major contributor to cutting-edge, globally relevant research. Susan Bourne Interim Dean: Faculty of Science