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Polar cyclones, Antarctic sea ice and a cruise to understand it all
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 - 09:15

Today, the South African research vessel SA Agulhas II departs from Cape Town bound for the Southern Ocean and Antarctica’s winter sea ice. Onboard will be 25 researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT), joining 70 participants from South Africa and the rest of the world. Associate Professor Marcello Vichi, from the Department of Oceanography is the cruise's chief scientist and Dr Katje Altieri and Dr Sarah Fawcett, also from the Department of Oceanography are principal investigators.

Plastic: unpacking the media hype
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 - 14:30

Professor Peter Ryan, from the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at UCT says that while we should do all we can to limit the amount of waste plastic entering the environment, we cannot afford to allow the focus on plastic to detract from tackling the challenges that threaten our very existence,as well as that of millions of other species, such as the climate crisis, consumerism and human population growth.

Serendipitous meeting leads PhD candidate back to UCT
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 - 08:15

A chance meeting prompted Sue Dennis to return to UCT after more than 25 years and now she will graduate with a PhD in Molecular & Cell Biology.

Seaborne classroom making science ‘cool’
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 - 08:00

Students, lecturers and scientists left Cape Town aboard the SA Agulhas II to participate in SEAmester - interactive and cool Science where students engage with scientists and lectures while at sea.

Grooming young tech innovators
Fri, 05 Jul 2019 - 15:00

The Department of Computer Science at UCT hosted a group of high school learners from Ocean View Secondary School to a day of computer science information - where they were introduced to developments such as 3D printing, antenna Wifi networks and cantennas. The interactive day aimed to introduce the grade 8 to 12 learners to the numerous possibilities offered by a career in computer science.

The Kalahari Desert is becoming too hot for birds.
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 15:00

The Kalahari Desert, one of the world’s last true wilderness areas, will lose much of its birdlife before the end of this century due to climate warming, according to a new scientific study by four South African authors, including University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Susan Cunningham, from the Department of Biological Sciencespublished in the American scientific journal, PNAS.

Multimillion rand boost for Africa medicines research
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 14:45

University of Cape Town (UCT)’s alumnus and former chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola, Neville Isdell, has donated US$1 242 160 (about R18 million) towards research into the discovery of new medicines for infectious diseases at the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D.

5 questions with Sheetal Silal
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 14:15

Dr Sheetal Silal, a senior lecturer in the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT), uses mathematical modelling to fight infectious diseases.  She was recently selected to discuss her research at the World Economic Forum's IdeasLab, which was hosted in Dalian in China, where she presented her research to industry leaders, chief executives of multinational corporations, heads of government and ministers and leaders from media, academia and civil society.

‘No stupid questions’ in Distinguished Teacher’s classes
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 13:45

Associate Professor Jeff Murugan, is one of two recipients of of the 2018 Distinguished Teacher Award from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

‘Teaching swept me off my feet’
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 13:45

Anneliese Schauerte, a senior lecturer in UCT’s Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Department, is thrilled to receive the UCT 2018 Distinguished Teacher Award.

Chocolate, humour help the medicine go down
Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 13:15

Every first semester for the past 33 years, Professor Mike Meadows has delivered the 09:00 first-year lecture on physical geography. At the end of last semester, he gave his “swansong” performance.

Cultivating the next great paleoanthropologist
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 12:15

The story of human evolution has long been told with fossils from South Africa – discovered by a privileged few. The Human Evolution Research Institute (HERI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) aims to change that with a new generation of female scientists.