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International food security prize for Battersby-Lennard
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:30

Addressing food insecurity can improve health, develop a more inclusive economy and increase environmental sustainability, says Premio Daniel Carasso prize winner Dr Jane Battersby-Lennard from the African Centre for Cities in the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at UCT.

Prestigious award to Astronomy PhD Student
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 09:30

Astronomy PhD student Khaled Said - a recipient of the Science Faculty PhD scholarship has just been awarded the Gruber Foundation Fellowship by the International Astronomical Union (IAU)

Wild goose chased around golf course
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:30

They’ve been used to scare pigeons away from airfields; now, UCT researchers Alex Atkins, Dr Rob Little, Dr Arjun Amar from the Department of Biological Sciences, have employed local raptor experts and their trained raptors to clear hordes of Egyptian geese from some of Cape Town’s fairways.

Wild goose chased around golf course
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:30

They’ve been used to scare pigeons away from airfields; now, UCT researchers Alex Atkins, Dr Rob Little, Dr Arjun Amar from the Department of Biological Sciences, have employed local raptor experts and their trained raptors to clear hordes of Egyptian geese from some of Cape Town’s fairways.

Plotting enemy movements: Mathematical modelling’s powerful contribution to eliminating malaria
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 10:45

In order to fight an enemy, you need to understand it. Senior lecturer in the Department of Statistical Sciences, Dr Sheetal Silal, is using mathematical modelling to simulate the spread of disease.

Watch our footprint from space
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 12:00

Zander Venter,an agroecology doctoral student from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT has earned himself second place in the 2016/2017 NRF Young Science Communicator competition with his video, "Our footprint from space".

New antimalarial drug shows promise
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 11:15

An exciting new antimalarial drug candidate is active across the entire parasite life cycle and holds great promise as a single-dose cure.  Professor Kelly Chibale from the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) was the leader of the international team who discovered the compound.

New smart crops to underpin food security in Africa
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:00

Developing smart crops in Africa is critical in an era of climate change with extended periods of drought, says UCT plant molecular physiologist Professor Jill Farrant from the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology at UCT.

Declining fynbos diversity
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 10:45

Increasingly prolonged periods of severe hot and dry weather during the first summer after wild fires is inhibiting vegetation recovery and causing loss of plant diversity in the fynbos, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. Jasper Slingsby, from the Department of Biological Sciences, abiodiversity scientist at SAEON and research associate at UCT’s Statistics in Ecology, Environment and Conservation group is one of the authors of the study

Silal up front in SA heat of international science communication competition
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 10:45

Dr Sheetal Silal, senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Statistical Sciences in the Faculty of Science at UCT was first runner up in the Famelab national heat.

African elephants may transport seeds farther than any other land animal
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:45

Katherine Bunney, who recently completed her MSc with Professor William Bond, in the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT, have just published a paper together in Biotropica, an international journal of tropical biology and conservation.  The article examines dispersal distances achieved by the African savanna elephant and indicates that these elephants may transport seeds farther than any other land animal.

Stats Lecturer represents Western Cape in Science Communication competition
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 13:00

Dr Sheetal Silal a senior lecturer in the Department of Statistical Sciences at UCT is one of 10 finalists who has made it through to the finals of the science communication competition, FameLab SA,where she will represent UCT and the Western Cape province. 

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