The NSTF Awards, in partnership with South32, recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation by researchers and other SET-related professionals.
This year, ten UCT researchers have been chosen as finalists for a total of 14 awards. Three of them, namely Professors Jennifer Thomson, Jill Farrant and Peter Dunsby, are from the Science Faculty. They have been nominated in the following categories:
Jennifer Thomson, emeritus professor of microbiology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, has been elected president of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) at the organisation’s 5th General Assembly and International Conference in Kuwait.
Professor Kevin Naidoo, the SA Research Chair in Scientific Computing in the Department of Chemistry at UCT, and Dr Jahnshah Ashkani, also from the Department of Chemistry have identified genetic patterns for six common types of cancer - thereby opening up the path to early diagnosis and specialised treatment breakthroughs.
Animals caught on camera by amateur photographers and posted on the web could become an important new tool for studying evolution and other ecological questions, researchers from South Africa, including Dr Arjun Amar and his student Gabriella Leighton from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT, have found. Their study, the first of its kind - was recently published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution.