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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Lost and found: music of the Holocaust


A journey from Russia to Cape Town; a shopping packet of old manuscripts; and a meeting between strangers in a guesthouse garden – all lead serendipitously to the rediscovery of a piece of music written by a victim of a Nazi extermination camp, thought lost forever.

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Rustenburg Slave Memorial: remembering the past, planning for the future

Rustenburg Slave Memorial

This September, students were invited to design elements of the Rustenburg Slave Memorial that would both commemorate those dispossessed of land and freedom in Cape Town's colonial past, and link that history to contemporary issues at the university and the broader community. At an exhibition of student submissions on Heritage Day, five finalists were announced.

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No Longer At Ease: debating race and identity politics in South Africa

Meridian Debate

Three of South Africa's leading public intellectuals explore a topic that touches on the nerve of national identity politics: race.

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Rarer than rhino and just as prized by poachers

Encephalartos latifrons at Kirstenbosch GardensCritically endangered cycads are disappearing from the wild and botanical gardens, ripped up by the roots to feed the lucrative landscaping market. UCT researchers are using a novel method to help the Hawks combat the theft of these ancient plants.

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Towards a philosophy of measurement in the science teaching laboratory

Prof Andy Buffler

"Parents with young kids, take note: do experiments with your kids that lead to unexpected results, and then don't look too confused yourself." Prof Andy Buffler argues for education by experimentation, and the importance in tertiary science curricula of highlighting the role of observation in the advancement of science.

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Phishing scams: you are the weakest link


"Worldwide, higher education institutions are seeing more and more phishing attempts targeting both staff and students," says Kira Chernotsky, director of customer services at ICTS, UCT's Information and Communication Technology Services. Steff Hughes and Yacoob Manjoo offer advice on how to spot a phishing attempt and how best to protect yourself.

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2014 UCT Phonathon raises record-breaking R5,4 million

UCT Phonathon callers with Vice-Chancellor Max Price

A dreary, wet and cloudy lower campus provided a contrasting background for the excitement and enthusiasm permeating the “glass room” at the Graça Machel Residence Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 6 July.

The occasion was an event to mark the end of the 2014 Phonathon campaign, a month-long initiative that saw 41 students calling over 12,000 UCT alumni in an effort to reconnect with them, and to raise money for the University's strategic projects.

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Shedding light on the life & times of JM Coetzee

JM Coetzee bookAs part of the Centre for Open Learning's extended summer school programme, Professor David Attwell from the University of York will be giving two public lectures on the connection between the life and the work of one of South Africa's most acclaimed literary figures, UCT Emeritus Professor John Maxwell Coetzee.

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UCT welcomes IMO to Africa

IMOThe University of Cape Town will host teams representing 107 countries (including 14 African countries) at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) beginning on 3 July 2014 when the IMO leaders arrive to set the test papers. This will be the first time the IMO takes place in Africa in its 55-year history.

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UCT's new student admission policy explained

Dr Max Price

The University of Cape Town Council approved in principle a new admissions policy model that will incorporate race as one of several factors to be considered in assessing an applicant's historic disadvantage. Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price explains the reasoning behind this new admissions policy.

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Mobile phones give township residents a sense of belonging – UCT research

Dr Crystal PowellResearch by a University of Cape Town PhD graduate explores how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) - specifically the use of mobile phones - help the mobile population of Cape Town's Langa township negotiate migration and a sense of belonging.

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LSE-UCT July School: New lessons, new friends and new networks

LSE Launch

Students from a variety of disciplines, countries and continents have converged on Cape Town to take university-level courses focused on pertinent issues affecting Africa, as part of the second LSE-UCT July School, running from 30 June to 11 July 2014.

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UCT MOOCs to launch in early 2015


UCT will be joining leading universities from around the world in offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a form of online education that can increase the reach of UCT's first-class teaching.

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Alumni and students connect during month-long UCT Phonathon

UCT Phonathon callers in training

Once again, the Baxter Residence computer lab has been transformed into a hub of activity as the Development and Alumni Department launches the 2014 UCT Phonathon, where students connect with alumni, sharing stories of their experiences during- and after their time at UCT, and discussing the University's key fundraising priorities.

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UCT to honour global leaders at June graduation


The University of Cape Town will confer honorary degrees on two formidable scientists and a human rights activist at its upcoming June graduation ceremonies, recognising their remarkable contributions to society – both locally and internationally – in their respective fields.

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Two-pronged treatment can reduce TB incidence among people with HIV, study finds

TB chest X-ray

A trial of isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) plus antiretroviral therapy (ART) to prevent tuberculosis has shown safety and efficacy in patients with HIV, say researchers of a University of Cape Town (UCT) study published in The Lancet.

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A new Carnegie cohort assembles


A Carnegie Corporation of New York-funded programme is helping to develop a new generation of African academics who will not only be equipped to find solutions to some of the problems that beset the continent, but to also cope with the ever-increasing demands of academia.

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Bursary boost for UCT students


Bursary provision at UCT received a welcome fillip from the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF), which has allocated some R182 473 to helping 19 financially needy students at the university.

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In defence of an aesthetic understanding

Carrol Clarkson

Carrol Clarkson's inaugural lecture demonstrated that the arts have a vital role in the construction of a just society, by creating the space for new ways of thinking, speaking and therefore understanding the world.

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UCT a 'flagship' African university

UCT campus

A report on eight universities in Africa has judged UCT the only university of those studied to meet a set of 'flagship goals'.

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