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Taking action to ensure PhD success
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 - 10:15

Determined to make the most of every opportunity, Samuel Mabakane has earned his doctorate, while working full-time at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC).

Master’s oceanography thesis ‘all at sea’
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 - 09:15

MSc graduand Jessica Burger of the Department of Oceanography, was one of eight UCT researchers aboard the SA Agulhas II during the Weddell Sea Expedition. She had to defy fragile internet connection across 5 513 km of heaving sea to email her word- and data-heavy MSc document from the ocean back to Cape Town in order to graduate this month.

UCT alumnus, technology, part of black hole ‘discovery’
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 - 11:00

University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus and South African astrophysicist Roger Deane is part of an international team of scientists that captured the first image of a black hole, released to the world on 10 April. Remote sensing technology developed at UCT also played a role in the historic discovery.

Microscopic marine creatures driving Earth’s temperature
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 - 09:30

Phytoplankton are primary producers of the marine ecosystem suggesting that the marine food web primarily depends on phytoplankton.

But there’s more to it than just water temperature. Microscopic organisms known as phytoplankton are the main drivers of this “biological pump” process. Kolisa Yola Sinyanya a PhD candidate in the Department of Oceanography, is researching these phytoplankton communities and their interactions with nutrients within ocean systems. 

My family and other animals
Thu, 11 Apr 2019 - 13:15

On her recent birthday University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Dr Roberta Griffiths received a rather unusual gift: a framed photograph of an amphipod, or sea shrimp, that has been named in her honour. And about time, as everyone else in her family had a species named after them many years ago.

‘This is my mother’s graduation’
Mon, 08 Apr 2019 - 12:00

There are many parts to Ntebogang Segone’s graduation story: Small-town boy heads to the Mother City to pursue his academic dreams. Or, comeback kid proves he deserves his place at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Possibly: How the student leader managed to juggle it all. But, ultimately, Segone’s 17 April graduation is all about one woman.

Inaugural African fellowships for young UCT scholars
Mon, 08 Apr 2019 - 10:15

Seven young University of Cape Town (UCT) scholars are among the inaugural 2019 cohort of Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellows. FLAIR Fellowships are awarded to talented African early-career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their fields.  Dr Sarah Fawcett and Dr Wade Petersen from the Faculty of Science are two of the 15 cohort from South Africa.

Professor Michael Feast: 1926–2019
Thu, 04 Apr 2019 - 11:45

Emeritus Professor Michael William Feast died peacefully early on the morning of 1 April 2019, aged 92. He is survived by his wife Connie, three children and eight grand-children.

Priceless climate-change data haul from Antarctica
Tue, 02 Apr 2019 - 12:45

The thousands of seawater, ice and plankton samples brought home by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) 2019 Weddell Sea Expedition (WSE) research group may take up to five years to analyse and interpret.

But the data yielded by this stockpile will be priceless in understanding changes to the Antarctic ice shelves and their role in climate change.

Prof Rybicki named UCT’s most prolific inventor
Mon, 01 Apr 2019 - 13:45

The Department of Science & Technology’s (DST) National Intellectual Property Office (NIPMO) has recognised Professor Edward Rybicki as the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) most prolific inventor.

‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’
Fri, 29 Mar 2019 - 12:45

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” That’s the view expressed by Craig Kesson, chief resilience officer at the City of Cape Town, in the wake of the recent water crisis and a far-too-close-for-comfort brush with Day Zero – the day the taps would run dry.

Young UCT researchers working with top climate scientists
Wed, 27 Mar 2019 - 11:30

Two young UCT scientists are among the eight UCT-based authors of the next major assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Since attending the inaugural author meeting in China in June 2018, Dr Rondrotiana Barimalala and Dr Izidine Pinto have been delving deep into the literature, assessing the state of the science on climate change.