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Women’s Month: Women, step up to uncover Africa’s fossil heritage
Mon, 23 Aug 2021 - 11:15

Africa is rich in dinosaur fossils but more scientists and fieldworkers are needed to uncover this “fabulous heritage”, especially women who are still too scarce in the field, said University of Cape Town (UCT) palaeobiologist Professor Anusuya Chinsamy‑Turan. And like other scientific fields, this status must change.

Women’s Month: UCT trio changing learners’ GBV mindsets
Wed, 18 Aug 2021 - 10:30

Moved and frustrated by the pain and hopelessness women expressed during the 2019 gender‑based violence (GBV) protests at the University of Cape Town (UCT), student Karabo Malahleha knew he had to do something. Asikhulumeni, a GBV education programme, was born from that moment; it primes high school learners at a key formative stage of their lives.  Alex Pottinger, a BSc third year student is a co-director of Asikhulumeni.

Cape Town’s baboon programme: Successful coexistence between wildlife and urban communities
Tue, 03 Aug 2021 - 12:15

Baboons spending more time in their natural habitats and suffering fewer human-caused injuries and deaths is cause for celebration, writes Professor Justin O’Riain, the director of the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

UCT joins forces with NASA for biodiversity survey
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 - 09:45

Regarded as one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, South Africa’s Greater Cape Floristic Region is set to be the subject of a first-of-its-kind biodiversity survey conducted by NASA. The collaborative campaign, dubbed BioSCape, will see scientists from the United States (US) and South Africa working closely together to map marine, freshwater and terrestrial species and ecosystems within the region. Dr Jasper Slingsby, a senior lecturer in Plant Ecology and Global Change Biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is part of the project team coordinating the rollout.

UCT drug discovery trailblazer among Juneteenth biotech leaders
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 - 09:15

Professor Kelly Chibale, the founder and director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), has been named among 22 rising black biotech leaders in the Timmerman Report, published in the United States (US). Professor Chibale is the only Africa‑based scientist included in the group.

R500 in her pocket, nowhere to stay: cum laude graduand recalls dark days
Mon, 12 Jul 2021 - 10:30

Growing up in rural Namibia, Aune Angobe had never used a computer before she enrolled at university. And prior to her master’s studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), she had never travelled south of Windhoek. But nurtured by the “tender care” of her grandparents over many years, Aune said, she’s learnt the value of education – and opportunity.

Aune will graduate MSc Molecular and Cell Biology cum laude on 19 July, achieving over 95% for her course. She was interviewed by UCT News.

National accolade for senior UCT water researcher
Thu, 01 Jul 2021 - 11:00

The Water Institute of South Africa (WISA) has awarded a prestigious Senior Fellow Membership to Dr Kirsty Carden, interim director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Future Water Institute (FWI). Dr Carden is an applied scientist in civil engineering, and the fellowship honours her 34-year-long career and many contributions to the country’s water sector.

UCT part of UN‑endorsed network to boost sustainable ocean cities
Mon, 28 Jun 2021 - 08:30

The Ocean Cities (OC‑NET) Programme, in which the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Marine and Antarctic Research Centre for Innovation and Sustainability (MARIS, formerly MA‑RE) participates, has received endorsement as an official United Nations (UN) Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Ocean Decade for short) programme under the first “Call for Decade Actions”. 

Student’s start-up prioritises sneakers, soap and art
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 - 15:00

University of Cape Town (UCT) student Anele Siyotula is a maths whizz and creative genius, and he draws on these and other skills for his start-up, 1Stop Tekkie Wash. His love for colour means that he breathes life into students’ old sneakers with art; and because he’s a numbers man, no one crooks his books.

New study suggests falcons have natural ‘eye makeup’ to improve hunting ability
Thu, 10 Jun 2021 - 11:45

Dark ‘eyeliner’ feathers of peregrine falcons act as sun shields to improve the birds’ hunting ability, a new scientific study suggests.  Scientists have long speculated that falcons’ eye markings improve their ability to target fast-moving prey, like pigeons and doves, in bright sunlight. Now research suggests these markings have evolved according to the climate; the sunnier the bird’s habitat, the larger and darker are the tell-tale dark ‘sun-shade’ feathers.

 

World Environment Day: oceanographer’s inland-to-sea journey
Fri, 04 Jun 2021 - 10:30

Master’s graduand Liisa Shangheta’s first chemical experiment was conducted covertly, under her bed at boarding school in Grootfontein, Namibia. Shangheta was only 11, but remembers hustling to elicit a single raw egg from the sympathetic kitchen staff. She needed a binding agent for the craft paper she was making.

Assoc Prof Moodley to join ICA #4 on Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence
Thu, 03 Jun 2021 - 12:15

The Intercontinental Academia (ICA) has chosen Associate Professor Deshen Moodley from the Department of Computer Scienceat UCT, as a fellow for the 4th edition of ICA. The ICA creates a global network of future research leaders in which some of the very best young academics work together on paradigm-shifting, cross-disciplinary research, mentored by eminent researchers from across the globe, including Nobel prize winners Robert Aumann and Ada Yonath.  

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