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Thursday, 27 November 2014

UCT among the finalists of negotiation competition

Copenhagen Competition

A team of law, engineering and economics students from UCT competed in the final stage of the Copenhagen Competition, recently held in Denmark.

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Hundred-year milestone for taxpayers

Tax Conference

Democratisation ushered in a new era for South African taxpayers, doing away with discrimination based on gender and marital status in the tax system as well as fostering greater engagement with and openness from the revenue authorities than ever before.

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Powerful spectrometer takes drug discovery to new level

New Analytical Lab

UCT will compete among the world's top institutions in drug discovery, one of the university's research signature themes, thanks to a powerful new 600MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, coupled to an ultra-sensitive cold probe.

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'CSI' training for chemistry undergrads in new lab

New Chemistry Lab

The Department of Chemistry's new, state-of-the-art analytical laboratory gives UCT's undergraduate students access to facilities Professor Kelly Chibale could only dream of as a student in the 1980s.

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UCT is a 'gem in South Africa's crown of research'

Parliamentary Visit

Members of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology were given a snapshot of UCT's research output on a recent visit to the university, where various researchers outlined the work in their respective disciplines.

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Ebola: experiences at the frontline

Ebola

Two South African doctors helping with the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone have appealed to health experts to keep focus on supporting efforts to stop the infectious disease in West Africa, and not be paralysed by hype and fear.

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The plight of LGBT patients

Healthcare

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender(LGBT) patients face considerable discrimination in South Africa's healthcare system, according to ongoing research.

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New, stargazing shrimp species found in False Bay

Stargazing shrimp

A tiny shrimp with banded, stalked eyes, and gaudy red 'warning' colouring, is the latest of several new marine species to be found by UCT researchers in the extensively sampled waters of False Bay.

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Harvard professor highlights the violent roots of capitalism

Prof Sven Beckert

Harvard Professor Sven Beckert gave a lecture on the global history of capitalism, using the cotton industry to illustrate that early capitalism did not depend on free labour but on slavery and other forms of unfree labour.

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A heartfelt farewell to valued retirees

Christopher Gilmour

Over 250 guests gathered to pay tribute and bid farewell to 67 retirees in one of the foremost events on UCT's calendar, the Retirees Dinner.

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Memorial lecture honours 'father of gastroenterology'

Solly Marks Memorial LectureAlmost two years after his death, gastroenterology luminary Professor Solly Marks was remembered at the inaugural Solly Marks Memorial Lecture delivered by visiting Professor Eamonn Quigley.

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Making the most of wastewater

Dyllon RandallA UCT engineering alumnus shone at a prestigious competition in Berlin that challenged young scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs to present ideas and research for addressing urgent social problems.

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A Baxter centenarian

Joan van Den EndeMrs Joan van Den Ende, the first warden of the Baxter Residence, celebrated her 100th birthday in October this year, and the UCT Alumni Relations team from the Development & Alumni Department (DAD), along with representatives from the Student Housing Office, paid her a visit to celebrate this auspicious occasion.

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Cities: the new frontier of sustainable development

City Panorama

When we think of iconic cities around the world, we often think of their skyline. Think New York, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney. But is this kind of urbanisation inevitable asks Aromar Revi, director of the Bangalore-based Indian Institute for Human Settlements. Moreover, is it desirable?

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Cape Town has Africa's first travel app integrating all forms of transport

Transport App

Cape Town has become the first city in Africa to have a multi-modal transport app, which not only helps commuters get from point A to point B, but also provides information on the location of interesting places along the way, and facilitates direct communication between commuters and city officials.

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Addressing the shortage of black and women professors

UCT Aerial View

It is of great concern that only 4% of South African professors are black African South Africans. Without intervention, the transformation of the professoriate will take an unacceptably long time, writes UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price.

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The dark side of the universe

Dark Matter

Over the last fifty years, astrophysicists' concept of the universe and what it is made of has radically changed. The stuff we can see with our eyes makes up only 5% of the universe. The remaining 95% is the "dark sector", made up of dark matter and dark energy. This November, leading experts in dark matter and dark energy will be converging on UCT for the Dark Side of the Universe, a major international conference hosted by the Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre.

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UCT is committed to achieving transformation

UCT

In an institution that has been historically white, it is understandable that some will have suspicions about discrimination in promotion, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Crain Soudien writes in response to an opinion piece by Associate Professor Xolela Mangcu in Business Day.

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TB and HIV researcher gets high praise from SA science academy

Dr Keren Middelkoop

Dr Keren Middelkoop from the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, a clinician with an interest in public health and epidemiological research, was recently recognised by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) for her research into HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics.

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It's all about the water polo

Devon Card

UCT's Water Polo Club were the big winners at the 2014 Sports Awards Dinner, which recognises the university's excellent athletes and clubs for their performances this year.

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Putting urbanisation at the heart of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Aromar Revi

UCT hosted a high-level Kapuscinski Development Lecture at the Snape Building (upper campus) on Wednesday 5 November, delivered by Aromar Revi, director of the Indian Institute of Human Settlements and leading expert on global environmental change.

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New approaches to human immunology in health and disease

Prof Mark Davis

Some of the deep complexities of our immune system, once seen as a "black box" in medicine, have been demystified, but we need new approaches to reveal all its mysteries, says renowned Stanford University immunologist Professor Mark Davis.

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Noakes gets top honour for sports science excellence

Tim Noakes

UCT Professor of Sports Science Tim Noakes has been awarded the prestigious South Africa Medal (Gold) by the Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3) for his work in sports science.

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