Three students from the Department of Biological Sciences, Ruan van Mazijk, Lucy Smyth and Eleanor Weideman, together with their supervisor Associate Professor Adam West, recently had a paper published in WaterSA. The paper looked at the source of water in teh Liesbeeck River, following a storm.
New research, involving Professor Peter Ryan and Dr Martim Melo, from the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology in UCT's Department of Biological Sciences, used genetic techniques to figure out how the ancestors of the Inaccessible Island rail - the world's smallest flightless bird, arrived on the island.
Three-dimensional X-ray micro-computed tomography has been used to describe a new species of hermit crab, Pagurus fraserorum, found in the rocky subtidal reefs off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The study, published in PLOS One, by UCT marine taxonomist Dr Jannes Landschoff and co-author Emeritus Professor Charles Griffiths, from theDepartment of Biological Sciences, is the first description of a hermit crab in which most of the taxonomic details have been illustrated using 3D volume-rendered illustrations.
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).
The Department of Physics recently hosted a Womxn in Physics lunch to highlight the issue of under representation of women in Physics and to encourage current students to consider further studies in the field. At this event two PhD students shared their journey and tips for success with the students and staff who attended.
At the annual NRF Awards function where recipients for top honours in the science and research field are announced, Professor Ed February, Department of Biological Sciences, was announced as the recipient of the Hamilton Naki Award. This award honours individuals for achieving world-class research performance despite considerable challenges.
UCT palaeoscientist, Associate Professor Emese Bordy, from the Department of Geological Sciences at UCT was among the international team of scientists from UCT, University of the Witwatersrand, Oxford University and the South African National Museum, who discovered a new species of a giant dinosaur, Ledumahadi Mafube, in the Free State Province.
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.