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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.

George Ellis honoured with international award
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 - 11:15

The Georges Lemaître International Prize was awarded to George Ellis, emeritus professor from the Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics at UCT, during May, in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. The prize is awarded every two years to a scientist who has made a major contribution to the development and dissemination of knowledge in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, geophysics or space research.

UCT to host IdeasLab at World Economic Forum meeting
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 - 09:15

Dr Sheetal Silal, from the Department of Statistical Sciences is one of three researchers from UCT, who will lead this year’s discussions on innovative research into infectious diseases at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) IdeasLab. 

The IdeasLab is on the programme of the WEF 13th Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019, which takes place from 1 to 3 July in Dalian, China. And because the three presenters are from UCT, the university is regarded as “hosting” this year’s talk.

Snobbish birds prefer to live in luxury
Fri, 31 May 2019 - 12:00

A unique study of birdlife in South African cities has found that birds prefer wealthy areas to poorer ones but will move out if things get too cramped. The study was conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Turin, Italy and the Universities of Cape Town (UCT) and the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Their findings were published this week in the international journal of Global Change Biology.  Associate Professor Arjun Amar, from the Department of Biolgoical Sciences at UCT is a co-author on the study.


Young UCT scientist selected for international leadership initiative
Wed, 29 May 2019 - 13:15

“Who knew a boy from rural Mansa, Zambia could come this far, stand a chance and become successful at opportunities like this?” These are the words of Dickson Mambwe, a University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD student working in the field of drug discovery, after recently being selected for the 2019 CAS Future Leaders Program.

Climate 100 honour for Mark New
Wed, 29 May 2019 - 08:30

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Mark New, director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), has been listed among the world’s 100 most influential people in climate policy for 2019.

Penguins indicate the health of local ecosystems
Mon, 27 May 2019 - 12:45

The way adult penguins hunt and the body condition of their chicks are both directly linked to local fish abundance and could potentially inform fishery management. This is according to a new study involving University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers. The researchers studied an endangered African penguin colony during a rare three-year closure of commercial fisheries around Robben Island, South Africa.

Double publication prize for archaeologist Chirikure
Mon, 27 May 2019 - 08:00

Head of UCT's Department of Archaeology and director of the Archaeological Materials Laboratory, Professor Shadreck Chirikure, has won the Antiquity journal of archaeology’s Antiquity Prize 2019, for best paper of 2018. This is the second time Chirikure has won this award.  He is the first African and perhaps the first archaeologist to have won the prize twice.