Four of the eleven new Fellows inducted into UCT's prestigious College of Fellows are from the Faculty of Science. They are: Professor Bruce Hewitson, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science; Professor Chris Reason, Department of Oceanography; Professor Peter Dunsby, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and Professor Peter Ryan, Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology.
Furthermore, two of the six recipients of the Young Researcher Award are also from the Science Faculty. They are: Dr Alvaro de la Cruz-Dombriz and Dr Juana Sanchez-Ortega, both from the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
For those who are truly lucky, there will be that one teacher that makes a life-long impact. ThinkDead Poets Society – an enigma in whose class you never fall asleep, where an hour passes in the blink of an eye and whose pearls of wisdom remain ensconced in memory for all times. Such a teacher opens your eyes to unimagined possibilities, pushing you to explore boundaries and tap into an intellectual reserve of curiosity. Professor George Branch from the Department of Biological Science, is one such rare soul.
The population of Africa's largest eagle species is in freefall in South Africa, and may be soaring towards extinction, according to a new study based on changes in sighting rates over the last twenty years. The research was conducted by Dr Arjun Amar and PhD student Daniël Cloete from the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology in the Department of Biological Science at UCT.
Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are playing a critical role in creating knowledge in South Africa and building an inclusive scientific community. That was the message for six UCT academics who were celebrated for their contributions and research excellence at the 2017 National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards last night. Three of the six are from the Faculty of Science, namely Professor Anusuya Chinsamy Turan, Professor Peter Ryan and ProfessorGeorge Janelidze
Three PhD students from the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) in the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science, have been selected for the University of Cape Town, University of East Anglia Climate Change PhD research exchange partnership.
An innovative Upper Triassic–Lower Jurassic magnetic barcode developed during the PhD research of Dr Lara Sciscio, of UCT’s Department of Geological Sciences, provides a relative age that aids in configuring the timeline and occurrence of the end-Triassic mass extinction event and Early Jurassic post-extinction recovery in the Southern Hemisphere.
Nyasha Chimhandamba, an honours student in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology was the winner of UCT Famelab finals and KolisaSinyanya, a PhD researcher in the Department of Oceanography was the runner up. Nyasha will represent UCT at the national competition early next year and will compete for a chance to travel to the international finals to be held mid year in 2018.
UCT is the first university in Africa to offer a specialist degree designed to equip students with skill and knowledge to embrace the technological revolution in the financial services sector. The new interdisciplinary degree is convened together with the Department of Statistical Sciences.
According to Dr Kevin Winter, from the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science and the UCT Future Water Institute and Water Task Team, UCT’s campuses are largely underprepared for managing the ongoing drought.
Palaeobiologists Dr Delphine Angst and Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT, in collaboration with scientists from the National History Museum (NHM) in London, UK, have for the first time uncovered information on when the dodo laid their eggs and when they renewed their feathers.
Three new shrimp species with interesting habitat preferences have been discovered along a tiny stretch of coastline along Miller’s Point in False Bay. The finding also uncovered the first known symbiotic relationship between a shrimp and a cephalopod. The finds were made by Craig Foster, a free-diving wildlife documentary film-make and photographer and marine biologist Emeritus Professor Charles Griffiths, from the Marine Research Institute in the Department of Biological Sciences.