The art and science of measurement is at the heart of a new research unit recently established in the Department of Physics at UCT: MeASURe: the Metrological and Applied Sciences University Research Unit.
SEAmester : the brainchild of Associate Professor Isabelle Ansorge, from the Department of Oceanography - where a floating classroom, combines technology with on-board lectures, has just returned from a voyage where students from around the country had a learning experience and an oceanic adventure.
A second successful winter voyage aboard the ice-breaking research vessel SA Agulhas II into the Antarctic Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) has been undertaken by members of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Sea Ice Research Team and headed up by Associate Professor Marcello Vichi, from the Department of Oceanography.
Recently returned from a trip to Antarctica, Associate Professor Marcello Vichi, who was with 70 other scientists, has come back with worrying information on what is happening to the sea ice in Antarctica.
In his keynote address to the fifth Science in Africa UnConference in London, Professor Kelly Chibale, from the Department of Chemistry, highlighted the need to proactively seek out and nurture existing pockets of scientific excellence in Africa.
James Foster and Shaun Maxwell of the UCT Department of Computer Science have developed a mobile app that can be used to streamline and support research and drug testing, particularly in less well-equipped laboratories.
Researchers from University of Surrey, in collaboration with groups in South Africa, Brazil, Colombia and the USA, examined the sleep patterns of people from two neighbouring communities in Mozambique: the small electrified urban town Milange and the non-electrified rural community Tengua, to determine whether urbansation and electrification decrease the amount that we sleep. Associate Professor Laura Roden, from the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology is the senior authors on the study.
Four UCT researchers were honoured at the annual NSTF-South32 Awards which took place recently. The awards, known in the South African research community as the ‘Oscars of Science’, recognise and reward excellence in science, engineering and technology, and innovation in South Africa. Dr Robyn Pickering, from the Department of Geological Sciences was one of the recipients