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EVENTS

An introduction to Lessons – a Vula tool for structuring your course (online)
28 Jan

Increasing Participation & Engagement in Lectures: Virtual Classroom Response Systems & Backchannels
30 Jan

The African Quaternary (AfQUA): Environments, Ecology and Humans
30 Jan - 07 Feb

Movie Snaps Art Exhibition
31 Jan - 28 Feb

Review your Vula Site for Effective Learning & Teaching – Part 1
02 Feb

Review your Vula Site for Effective Learning & Teaching – Part 1
04 Feb

A Basic Introduction to Vula for Teaching & Learning
05 Feb

Review your Vula Site for Effective Learning & Teaching – Part 2
09 Feb

GIPCA presents 'Run!' by Nicola Elliott
11 Feb - 14 Feb

Review your Vula Site for Effective Learning & Teaching – Part 2
11 Feb

IN THE NEWS


Parliamentary stage set for more chaos in 2015

EFF

All indications are that South Africans can expect more chaos and disruption between the hallowed walls of Parliament this year, says constitutional law expert and political analyst Prof Pierre de Vos.

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UCT research on making rugby safer contributes to global changes in the sport

UCT rugby

Few are able to say they have helped to change the way rugby is played around the world, but this is something University of Cape Town PhD graduate, James Craig Brown, can say with confidence.

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Tribute to former physics HoD

SandroPerez

UCT's Department of Physics will hold a memorial for Sandro Perez, an emeritus professor in the department, who passed away on the morning of 8 January.

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SHAWCO SHINE and Saturday School matrics excel

SHAWCO SHINE

A group of matriculants who gave up Saturday mornings to attend SHAWCO Saturday School and SHAWCO SHINE's extra-tuition classes have excelled in their final exams – with several bagging multiple distinctions.

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UCT honours memory of economist Jan Graaff

Johannes de Villiers (Jan) Graaff

The University of Cape Town pays tribute to the late Johannes de Villiers (Jan) Graaff, who died in Cape Town on 7 January 2015.

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Countdown to UCT Summer School 2015

UCT Summer School

It's not too late to register for the 2015 University of Cape Town Summer School, running from 19 to 30 January – but you better be quick! This year the Summer School marks its 65th anniversary with short courses on a huge array of subjects, from the hyper local to the truly global. Here's a taste of what to expect.

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Latest Newsbyte

Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsPopular Mechanics win for top engineers

The Department of Mechanical Engineering's Dr George Vicatos and his MSc student Severin Tenim recently won the 'Cutting Edge' award at the Popular Mechanics annual FutureTech Conference 2014. This was for the design and development of a low cost, mechanically operated prosthetic hand.

Prosthetic hand (left): The Department of Mechanical Engineering's Dr George Vicatos and MSc student Severin Tenim designed this award-winning mechanically operated prosthetic hand.

Vicatos also won the Popular Mechanics South African Inventor of the Year award in 2011. His area of speciality is fusing his engineering expertise with a lifelong interest in the medical field to design titanium alloy bone implants and prostheses that have already changed the lives of more than 500 patients worldwide. The technology can salvage a damaged or diseased limb and avoid amputation.

"Because locally designed and produced products cost far less than imported equivalents and are delivered faster to the surgeons and hence to the patients, the lower cost is passed on directly to the patient. They're also more affordable to medical aids," said Vicatos.

Story by staff reporter. Image supplied.

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