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Call for Nominations: Stella Clark Teachers' Award
(Deadline: 20 May)
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(Deadline: 25 May)
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EVENTS

Boxing in the life of the city
23 May

Chamber Music Concert, arranged by Becky Steltzner
26 May

Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival
03 Jun - 06 Jun

Lessing's Jewish Self-Hatred
03 Jun

Women Playwrights International Conference
29 Jun - 02 Jul

13th Annual Meeting of the Primate Ecology and Genetics Group SA
11 Jul - 12 Jul

UCT Social Responsiveness Student Conference
13 Jul - 16 Jul

9th Annual Congress of the South African Society for Research in Music
16 Jul - 18 Jul

The 9th Annual Congress of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM)
17 Jul - 18 Jul

Peter Klatzow's 70th birthday tribute
21 Jul

Transform UCT

statue

What started as a question around whether UCT should continue to house a statue of Cecil John Rhodes on its campus has become a much larger movement for change, a call to re-imagine and re-engage with what a transformed African and South African university looks like – whether in terms of its ethos, curriculum, research, symbols, policies or demographics.

UPDATE: While the Rhodes statue has been temporarily removed, UCT is applying for its permanent removal – a process that involves a public consultation process. Mail rhodes.statue@chand.co.za to comment on this final step.

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IN THE NEWS

Friday, 22 May 2015

Disrupting gender: 'decolonisation necessarily requires degendering'

Disrupting gender

The Trans Collective's first seminar, Disrupting Gender, asked how the physical and non-physical spaces of the university could be reconfigured to include all forms of gender variance expression.

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People and wildlife: a status report

Wildlife in crisis

Director of UCT's Centre of Criminology, Prof Mark Shaw, gives an overview of the first day of discussions at the Wildlife in Crisis conference, looking at all possible responses involving people and their interactions with wildlife.

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Fire alarm shows early success

Fire alarm shows early success

An engineering Honours thesis by UCT graduate Francois Petousis gave rise to a fire detector, designed and distributed by technology start-up Lumkani.

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Up and coming research stars receive awards

Up and coming research stars receive awards

How can we better understand drug-induced liver injury? What happens when HIV infections coincide with tuberculosis and diabetes? What mechanisms are behind the distribution and decline of animal species?

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UCT upholds suspension of student pending disciplinary hearing

UCT campus

The University of Cape Town confirms that it has suspended a student pending a disciplinary hearing following an incident that occurred in an academic department on Friday, 1 May 2015.

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South Africa must start managing its retreat from the coast

South Africa must start managing its retreat from the coast

Phoebe Barnard, Lead Climate Scientist, SANBI; Lead Researcher, Climate Change Vulnerability and Bioadaptation at the University of Cape Town, argues that a managed retreat from the coastline is necessary.

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Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsChildren's hospital mural gives wings to smiles

The Research Centre for Adolescent and Child Health (REACH) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital sports a cheerful new Lovell Friedman ceramic mural, which has delighted children visiting this facility.

An art teacher and international lecturer, Friedman has a Master of Fine Art in Ceramic Sculpture (cum laude) from UCT. Her new design is inspired by a butterfly metamorphosis series. The triangular geometric shapes transform into cocoons, butterflies and negative forms become flying birds.

In her proposal, Lovell said: "The forms are inspired by Escher's etchings but more loosely rendered and different in colours and form. In my research on art in different hospitals, I found that healing art should portray aspects of nature that is both imitative and imaginative and depicts positive images such as flowers, water and nature.

"This positive representation of nature and evolution benefits children by directing their thoughts away from fear and illness towards something positive and tranquil. Thus the beautiful butterfly begins to take shape from a cocoon; transforming themselves into images of flight and hope."

The artwork was commissioned and funded by the UCT Works of Art Committee. REACH, which opened in 2013, is a state-of-the-art, expanded clinical research unit and serves as a hub supporting clinical research sites in the community and other healthcare facilities.

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