A recently published paper by PhD candidate Emil Krupadan, in conjunction with his supervisor Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, from the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr Diego Pol, from Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, in Argentina, gives understanding of how the ancestors of giant sauropod dinosaurs grew on the road to gigantism.
UCT Faculty of Science alumnus Professor Frank Slack presented the annual Science Faculty Distinguished Alumni Lecture, with a talk entitled “Our smallest genes and cancer – prospects for personalised medicine”. In his talk, this pioneering Harvard University scientist shared his groundbreaking research which holds the promise of new ways to cure cancer and other illnesses.
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) departments of Computer Science and Information Systems (IS) have hosted their first combined IT Showcase, signalling a commitment to respond optimally to South Africa’s IT graduate requirements.
Two academics from the Faculty of Science at UCT, Professor Kelly Chibale and Professor Kevin Naidoo, were among 20 of the country's leading scholars and scientists inaugurated as members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual award ceremony. Dr Sarah Fawcett, a lecturer in the Oceanography department, featured in ASSAf’s inauguration of 10 new members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).
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