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Using computers to improve lives
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:00

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.

Learning through play
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 12:45

Dr John Woodland, a Fellow in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, has just one a special award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for the creative plays that he has co-written and co-directed to ignite an interest in chemistry among schoolchildren.

Connecting the Ocean View community
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:45

For most residents of Ocean View, internet access is unaffordable. There’s no public Wi-Fi and school internet is not available at night or on the weekend. But now that’s all set to change, thanks to a collaboration between University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers, iNethi Technologies and Ammbr Research Labs (ARL South Africa). Dr Melissa Densmore, from the Department of Computer Science and the head of ICT4D and Dr David Johnson, head of Ammbr Research Labs (ARL) and an adjunct senior lecturer at UCT, were awarded the OpenCellular Grant by the Facebook Telecom Infra Project.

Advancing the science of measurement
Monday, September 3, 2018 - 10:15

The Metrological and Applied Sciences University Research Unit (MeASURe), was officially launched on Wednesday 29 th August in the the Department of Physics at UCT.  This unit will play a crucial role in boosting the prominence of measurement-based research in South Africa.

UCT Astronomer wins Commemorative MeerKAT Award at SA Women in Science ceremony
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 10:30

Professor Renee C. Kraan-Korteweg, Department of Astronomy, was awarded the Minister's Special Award in the field of Astronomy at the 2018 South African Women in Science Awards Ceremony.

Queen’s Young Leader Awards for Science student
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 12:15

South Africa’s sole Queen’s Young Leader Awards winners for 2018 are UCT students Siposetu Mbuli from the Faculty of Science, and Thamsanqa Hoza, from Commerce, who visited Buckingham Palace recently to receive their honours from Her Majesty the Queen.

Retention of young African scientists critical
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 09:15

Young African scientists face persistent barriers which cause them to leave their own countries, and even academia. This means the continent’s work force loses highly trained people who are crucial for scientific and technological advancement, and for economic development. Associate Professor Amanda Weltman, from the Department of Mathematics, was among participants at the Global Young Academy who recently met to address some of these issues.

UCT oceanographer joins South African Young Academy of Science
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 09:15

Dr Sarah Fawcett, a researcher and lecturer at UCT’s Department of Oceanography, has been elected to the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), an organisation that aims to be the voice of the country’s young scientists and to help bridge the gap between science and society.

Expo showcases young scientistsʼ ingenuity
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 11:00

More than 650 pupils from 45 schools throughout the Peninsula participated in the regional finals of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, held at the UCT Sports Centre over the weekend.  Science Faculty staff and studentswere involved in organising the event, judging the entries and providing interactive science displays for the public to enjoy. 

New study finds blue boron-bearing diamonds on rock recycling route
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 11:15

A new study just published in Nature, by UCT Geologist Professor Steve Richardson and his international peers has revealed that blue diamonds are a 'superdeep' type of diamond that originate as much as four times deeper in the Earth (up to 660-750 km) compared to most other diamonds.

Celebrating the Life of Professor Bongani Mawethu Mayosi
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:00

We mourn the loss of Professor Bongani Mayosi.  He was a kind, inspiring man and a brilliant scholar who made seminal contributions to the study of heart disease.  His passion for research and his commitment to the University will never be forgotten.  UCT will be honouring and celebrating Prof Bongani Mayosi's life and mourning his tragic death this afternoon from 15h30 in the Memorial Hall

The universe in a cloud
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 13:00

The MeerKAT telescope, the first phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope in South Africa, will allow astronomers to understand how galaxies form and evolve, study dark matter, black holes and understand some of the most violent explosions taking place in the universe. The trouble is that before we can unlock these secrets of the universe, we have to solve the accompanying big data challenge.

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