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Seminars, talks & public lectures in 2015

Dates Title Details Venue Contact
11 Nov Risky Supply: Load Shedding, Safety and Security in South Africa This seminar addresses how we remain in the dark when it comes to understanding load shedding: exactly why and how it happens and its true consequences. More... Studio 5, EGS Building, Upper Campus, UCT, 13h00-14h00 Kirsty Nortje
24 Nov Ceres & Pluto: A Dwarf Planet Extravaganza

UCT Summer School Extension is proud to present this lecture by Dr Amanda Sickafoose, Astronomer and Head of Instrumentation, South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.

In 2006 the International Astronomical Union voted to form a new classification of objects in our Solar System: dwarf planet. Some of the first objects to be labled dwarf planets were the largest known asteroid, Ceres, and the largest known Kuiper Belt object, Pluto. Intriguing information has been gathered through observations of these objects, such as the discovery of water ice on Ceres and the existence of a tenuous, changing atmosphere on Pluto. In 2015, both dwarf planets were visited by spacecraft for the first time. This talk will present a brief history of planet discovery, various characteristics of Ceres and Pluto, and exciting new spacecraft images and findings. More...

*Cost (per lecture): R80 (full fee); R40 (staff & students). As a partially self-funding entity, we are obliged to charge a small fee for extension lectures. These are fixed at Summer School rates.

LT3, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, 18h00-19h00 Centre for Extra Mural Studies
021 650 2888
26 Nov Humanities Meets Biology HUMA and the Centre of Excellence in Human Development at Wits are co-hosting a one-day symposium intended to open up a conversation about the implications for the humanities and social sciences of important discoveries in epigenetics – specifically, the ways in which new epigenetic knowledge redefines the terms of the old nature-nurture debate. HUMA Seminar Room, 4th Floor, The Neville Alexander Building, University Avenue, Upper Campus, 08h30-18h30 Heather Maytham
021 650 4592

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