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UCT professor honoured by Emperor of Japan
Wed, 22 May 2019 - 10:00

University of Cape Town (UCT) applied mathematician and fisheries scientist Professor Emeritus Doug Butterworth has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the sustainable management of the country’s fisheries.

Rat poison threat to city’s peri-urban wildlife
Wed, 15 May 2019 - 13:45

Urban rat poisons are spilling over into Cape Town’s natural environment, threatening species such as caracal, mongoose, otter and owl.

Anticoagulant rat poisons are infiltrating Cape Town’s peri-urban wildlife food chains, according to a team of University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers in the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa (iCWild).

Life in the ice in a warmer Arctic
Wed, 15 May 2019 - 13:00

Recent research by an international team, involving the University of Cape Town (UCT), investigated how a future, warmer Arctic could impact the algae that live in sea ice – and form the base of the marine food web there. To do this, the team used modelling to predict how growth of sea-ice algae could change as our climate does. Associate Professor Marcello Vichi from the Department of Oceanography co-authored the study.

Their findings show that the impact of declines in sea ice on sea-ice algae – and the rest of the food web – in the Arctic is likely to be drastic and complex across the region

Making Africa’s past ‘usable’ for the present
Fri, 10 May 2019 - 10:00

Why does success continue to elude Africa? It was a bold question at the start of Africa Month and archaeologist Professor Shadreck Chirikure provided some answers in his 3 May inaugural lecture, sharing insights from deep history and archaeology.

Documenting nature’s ‘dangerous decline’
Fri, 10 May 2019 - 08:00

UCT academic Dr Lynne Shannon from the Department of Biological Sciences, is part of a team of expert authors who collaborated to compile an exhaustive report on a global study which warns that humans’ devastating impact on nature leaves one million species at risk of extinction.

Eliminating malaria in the Asia-Pacific could save 400 000 lives
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 - 13:30

Dr Sheetal Silal, from the Department of Statistical Sciences at UCT, is a lead author on a recently published paper that highlights how increased funding is needed to eliminate malaria across 22 Asia-Pacific countries and save an estimated 400 000 lives. 

Science Faculty researcher awarded Global Professorship
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 - 11:45

Professor Shadreck Chirikure, head of UCT's Archaeological Materials Laboratory, has won a Global Professorship from the British Academy for his work dating historical artefacts and the study of pre-colonial urban societies in Africa. The award provides the opportunity for internationally recognised scholars working in the social sciences and humanities to relocate to the United Kingdom (UK) for four years and continue their research at a British university. Chirikure will soon take up his place at the University of Oxford’s School of Archaeology.

Swansong first year lecture by Professor Mike Meadows
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 - 13:00

Professor Michael Meadows, who has lectured first year students in the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at UCT since he joined UCT in 1986, presented his swan-song lecture on the Physical Geography of the Anthropocene last Friday.

Year of Milestones for Statistician
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 - 11:45

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistical Sciences Tim Low has a year of milestones marking this year for him.  He has just completed his 20th Two Oceans Ultra marathon, which is also his 50th ultra marathon and 150th standard plus marathon - all in the year that he will turn 50.

Taking action to ensure PhD success
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 - 10:15

Determined to make the most of every opportunity, Samuel Mabakane has earned his doctorate, while working full-time at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC).

Master’s oceanography thesis ‘all at sea’
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 - 09:15

MSc graduand Jessica Burger of the Department of Oceanography, was one of eight UCT researchers aboard the SA Agulhas II during the Weddell Sea Expedition. She had to defy fragile internet connection across 5 513 km of heaving sea to email her word- and data-heavy MSc document from the ocean back to Cape Town in order to graduate this month.

UCT alumnus, technology, part of black hole ‘discovery’
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 - 11:00

University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus and South African astrophysicist Roger Deane is part of an international team of scientists that captured the first image of a black hole, released to the world on 10 April. Remote sensing technology developed at UCT also played a role in the historic discovery.