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UCT’s new Fellows
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:30

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

Ocean Stewards inspired by ‘beach-bum extraordinaire’
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:15

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.

Africa’s largest eagle in free fall
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 09:00

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 recognised at the National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 10:00

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 Professor George Janelidze

Climate Change PhD Research Exchange
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 09:30

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.  

Honours Curatorship Programme for 2018
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 09:45

An honours programme in Curatorship is offered by the Michaelis School of Fine Art's Centre for Curating the Archive, in close collaboration with Iziko Museums.

Geological ‘barcodes’: a unique way to date rocks
Monday, September 4, 2017 - 09:45

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.

Science Faculty Famelab winner using light to ensure food security in times of drought
Monday, September 4, 2017 - 09:30

Nyasha Chimhandamba, an honours student in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology was the winner of UCT Famelab finals and Kolisa Sinyanya, 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.

New degree combines fintech and entrepreneurship
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 12:00

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. 

UCT underprepared for drought
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 13:00

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.

Extinct bird’s bone reveals new facts about how the dodo lived
Friday, August 25, 2017 - 10:15

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.  


New shrimp species has unique association with octopus
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:45

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.