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Thursday, 24 July 2014

UCT and Children's Hospital highlight World Breastfeeding Week

Breastfeeding Week

UCT staff from the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative and a multidisciplinary team of dieticians and nurses from the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital will host several events to mark World Breastfeeding Week, from 1-7 August.

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Give 67 minutes to SHAWCO this Mandela Day

Mandela Day

SHAWCO is calling on UCT students and staff to support their Mandela Day drive to help community groups in Khayelitsha, Manenberg, Nyanga and Kensington.

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UCT mourns death of literary grande dame Nadine Gordimer

Nadine GordimerUCT notes with sadness the passing of South African literary giant Nadine Gordimer (90) at her home in Johannesburg on 13 July. Gordimer is counted among the university's extended community, having been awarded a Doctor of Literature in 1986, just five years before winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.

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Fundraising phonathon a roaring success

Prof John Barrow

UCT's 2014 phonathon was an unprecedented success, with student callers raising more than three times their target in this month-long fundraising initiative. Some 41 students connected with over 12 000 alumni in a bid to raise money for university projects like Student Financial Aid and the Schools Improvement Initiative.

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125-million-year-old Changyuraptor sheds light on dinosaur flight

ChangyuraptorAn international team of experts, including Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan from the University of Cape Town, has discovered a new predatory dinosaur with very long feathers that sheds light on how dinosaurs flew.

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Made in the stars

Prof John Barrow

The universe is an interplay of great age and size, the formation of planets and stars over aeons creating the building blocks for life, said Prof John Barrow during his recent Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture.

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Warm welcome back for development policy and practice students

GSDPP

Twenty-three MPhil in Development Policy and Practice students, the first cohort in the new Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP), were welcomed back to UCT from East and Southern Africa for the start of their second semester.

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Unexpected findings in HIV meningitis treatment trial can save lives

HIV Meningitis

A collaborative study into when to start antiretroviral therapy (ART) following treatment for fungal meningitis has found it preferable to defer ART until after the meningitis treatment is complete.

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Staff transformation at UCT

Admissions policy

Transformation is a challenge for all South African higher education institutions. In response to recent discussions on this important topic in the media, UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price outlines what UCT is doing to advance employment equity.

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Foot helps audiences find hope at Baxter

Fishers of Hope

Following its success at Grahamstown festival, Lara Foot's latest play, Fishers of Hope (Taweret), comes to the Baxter for a short season this July.

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Low-cost computer training at SHAWCO community centres

Shift

SHAWCO (Students' Health and Welfare Centres Organisation), which has served communities in need across Cape Town for the past 71 years, has extended its community services to include basic computer courses at their Kensington and Manenberg centres, thanks to the support from technology firm Dell.

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Organ engineering essay wins lucidity prize

Jestin George

Her jargon-free essay on 3D human organ printing has won UCT honours graduate (molecular and cell biology) Jestin George the Keswick Prize for Lucidity. But writing simply about a complex subject is not about dumbing it down, she says.

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Innovative approaches to recycling and refuse disposal

Innovation Week

As part of Innovation Week at the Department of Electrical Engineering, students, learners, alumni, and representatives of industry worked on refuse and recycling solutions, aided by Intel Galileo boards – 42 of which were dropped off with the department this month.

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IMO 2014: Africa's proud mathematical heritage

IMO

The 55th Olympics of mathematics – the International Mathematics Olympiad – is being hosted for the first time in Africa, at UCT from 3-13 July 2013. At the event's opening ceremony, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price spoke of the continent’s proud history of mathematical thinking.

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Kalumba aims to strengthen foundations

Dr Denis Kalumba

Dr Denis Kalumba, a geotechnical engineering expert who specialises in foundations, is helping to ensure that South African houses stand firm – by developing the curriculum and carrying out training in the basic principles of geotechnical engineering for all National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) inspectors in the country.

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Let culture and nature redraw African boundaries

Prof Maano Ramutsindela

All over the world boundaries are shifting and maps are being redrawn. In Africa, transnational parks have redefined state borders for wildlife and could do more to decolonise the continent, says Maano Ramutsindela, Associate Professor in UCT's Department of Environmental and Geographical Science.

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Medical students give up holiday time to serve communities in need

SHAWCO

While most students went on holiday, a group of SHAWCO Health medical student volunteers started the university vacation by running a week-long clinic serving communities in Vredenburg on the West Coast.

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UCT expert steers successful study of US cholesterol drug trials

Dr Dirk Blom

Dr Dirk Blom of the UCT/Groote Schuur Hospital Division of Lipidology is first author of a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) paper showing that novel US drug Evolocumab reduces "bad cholesterol" by a further 57% when added to standard cholesterol-lowering therapy.

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Wine business diploma a first for GSB, South Africa

Jonathan Steyn

The Graduate School of Business' Wine Business Management course, a new specialisation in the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice, kicked off in May, filling a critical need for "vacant" skills among leaders in an industry embedded in emerging market conditions.

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Curing malaria and afro-pessimism with one pill

Prof Kelly ChibaleUCT Professor of Organic Chemistry and Director of the H3-D Drug Discovery & Development Centre Kelly Chibale recently gave a TEDx talk on the development of a potential single dose cure for malaria and his fervent belief that Africa should be seen as a place where scientists are on the cusp of great discoveries daily. Watch the video.

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UCT professors bag three wins at NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards

Billiton Awards 2014Three academics from the University of Cape Town have been honoured at the 16th Annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-BHP Billiton Awards for their contributions to the fields of science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa.

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UCT-designed heart valve gives hope to Africa

Heart valveInexpensive heart valves and uniquely simple ways of putting them into patients, designed by a University of Cape Town (UCT) start-up company, have the potential to save the lives of millions of children with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere in the developing world.

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Social cohesion a 2010 FIFA World Cup legacy?

David JenkinsThere's a sense of "remember when" attached to FIFA World Cup Brazil. In 2010 South Africans united under a rainbow banner to host soccer's biggest extravaganza, gathering in public spaces that connected divided communities. Has that social cohesiveness lasted? Adopting a unique methodology, master's student David Jenkins aims to find out.

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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

Laptop

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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Shock and sadness at death of Stellenbosch University leader

Russel BotmanDr Max Price, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, expressed his shock and sadness at the sudden death of Professor Botman on Friday night, 27 June 2014. Read more...


Trio of supermassive black holes shakes space-time

Blackholes

A team of astronomers led by UCT's Dr Roger Deane of the Department of Astronomy, a Square Kilometre Array fellow, has discovered three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than four billion light years away.

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