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Kelly Chibale: World leader in pharma
Tue, 28 Apr 2020 - 11:30

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Kelly Chibale, founder and director of Africa’s first integrated drug discovery and development centre, H3D, has been chosen as one of the world’s top 60 inspirational leaders in the pharmaceutical industry.

The United States-based The Medicine Maker’s prestigious 2020 Power List celebrates the most inspirational professionals working in the global pharmaceutical industry. Chibale was selected as one of the top 20 inspirational medicine makers in the field of small molecules.

Earth Day 2020: Birds, lockdown and cause to pause
Wed, 22 Apr 2020 - 18:30

On Earth Day on 22 April, University of Cape Town (UCT) ornithologists Professor Peter Ryan and PhD candidate Jessleena Suri talk about resurgent birdlife in urban and suburban areas in the wake of the nationwide lockdown. Is there evidence of birds adapting to and potentially benefitting from humans isolating?

Virtual collegiality at the FitzPatrick Institute
Fri, 17 Apr 2020 - 12:30

The FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology on UCT's Upper Campus, which is home to the largest centre for ornithological research in the Southern Hemisphere is keeping collegiality between staff and students going through lockdown with daily virtual tea.  

Honorary prof awarded sought-after ERC grant
Wed, 15 Apr 2020 - 12:45

Former South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) chairholder and current Honorary Professor of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Professor Erwin de Blok has been awarded a highly sought-after European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant.

Developing a vaccine for COVID-19
Tue, 14 Apr 2020 - 12:45

UCT News consulted with Professor Ed Rybicki, director of the Biopharming Research Unit in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology to gain a measure of clarity about a possible COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 101: Q&A with Prof Ed Rybicki
Tue, 14 Apr 2020 - 12:30

Read an interview with Professor Ed Rybicki, director of the Biopharming Research Unit in UCT's Department of Molecular & Cell Biology to get some facts straight about COVID-19

Kenyan village boy’s boarding pass to cum laude degree
Tue, 14 Apr 2020 - 12:30

From village boy in Murang’a County, Kenya, to computer engineering graduate (cum laude), Willie Macharia learnt early that life is not simple. He still has the boarding pass for the flight that brought him from Nairobi to the University of Cape Town (UCT) as a reminder of where he started – and how far he’s come.

Climate change could abruptly alter biodiversity
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 - 11:45

A study by a trio of researchers and published in Nature has revealed that the disruption of biodiversity from climate change on land and in the oceans will be abrupt and could be much sooner than we had expected.  Dr Christopher Trisos, senior researcher at the African Climate & Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is one of the authors

Climate research universities unite for action
Thu, 09 Apr 2020 - 11:45

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has joined the newly established International Universities Climate Alliance (‘Climate Alliance’), which aims to help communicate research insights on the most effective means to meet the unprecedented global challenge of climate change.

Fossil discoveries rewrite human history
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 - 14:00

An international team of researchers, including geologists Dr Robyn Pickering and Dr Tara Edwards, from the University of Cape Town (UCT), has reconstructed – from more than 150 fragments – the earliest known skull of Homo erectus, the first of our ancestors to be nearly human-like in their anatomy and aspects of their behaviour. The two-million-year-old fossil was excavated in the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa over five years.

Bells (and whistles) for grad organist
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 - 11:15

At age nine Alexios Vicatos repaired his first clock. By his early teens he was restoring antique timepieces for local antiquarians. His love of things mechanical recently saw him rehabilitate and perform on the City Hall’s carillon, an instrument last played almost two decades ago. Meet the multifaceted University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD candidate in chemistry whose music welcomes scores of students and guests to graduation.

Water in the Anthropocene in South Africa
Fri, 20 Mar 2020 - 11:45

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the global water crisis is one of the greatest threats to humanity. As South Africa’s National Water Week continues and World Water Day draws near, Dr Kevin Winter from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Future Water Institute considers the critical information available from our national water risk data.

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