More than a century after they died, and almost 90 years after the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) unethically obtained the skeletal remains of nine people from the Sutherland area of the Northern Cape, a significant part of their history has been revealed. Professor Judith Sealy, from UCT’s Department of Archaeology, was tasked with analysing the bones and teeth of the Sutherland individuals, to help determine their origins, as reflected in the chemistry of the foods they ate.
He’s usually a nondescript, greyish fella when he arrives at his chosen nesting site in False Bay, but transforms as the spring breeding season approaches when he dons a black nuptial dress, develops handsome white bands on his sides, and swim sideways just to show them off. “The change is mind-blowing,” said University of Cape Town (UCT) MSc student Nina Faure Beaulieu, whose thesis will examine the curious mating rituals of this ubiquitous little South African fish, just 20 to 30 cm long. It’s the first study of the species’ behaviour pre-, during and post-nesting.
Sameshan Perumal, a Masters student in the Science Faculty, recently returned from presenting his research in Switzerland at CERN Open Days with the assistance of SA-CERN and his supervisor, Dr Tom Dietel.
South Africa’s approach to managing its fishing industry is supposed to include all interested parties. Fishers and government should work together to make decisions. But this has proven to be easier said than done. A scenario-based appraoch has been developed by UCT post doctoral research fellow Louise Gammage, helps fishers capture important local ecological knowledge to integrate into formal decision-making processes.
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. Maano Ramutsindela Dean: Faculty of Science