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Thursday, 30 March 2017
Put students at the heart of pedagogy

Distinguished Teacher Awardee Dr Janice McMillan’s work is about transformative teaching across the faculties. For students, this is about engaging their discipline through their humanity.

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UCT alumni win at SAFTAs

UCT alumni win at SAFTAs

Two alumni from the Centre for Film and Media Studies who were nominated for the South African Film and Television Awards both won in their individual categories.

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Peace and Conflict scholar appointed to Van Zyl Slabbert Chair

Peace and Conflict scholar appointed to Van Zyl Slabbert Chair

Leading African scholar Professor Eghosa Emmanuel Osaghae is the first of the 2017 Van Zyl Slabbert Visiting Professors at the University of Cape Town.

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Bird-watching society now in full flight

Bird-watching society now in full flight

The UCT Birding Society has recently been established and they’ve found just the right kinds of places to stretch their fledgling wings.

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Primary healthcare bible piloted in Brazil

Primary healthcare bible piloted in Brazil

PACK, the widely adopted diagnostic and treatment guide developed by UCT’s Knowledge Translation Unit for primary healthcare workers, is now being piloted in Brazil.

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Renamed Knowledge Commons honours struggle librarian

Renamed Knowledge Commons honours struggle librarian

The Knowledge Commons in the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library has been renamed the Vincent Kolbe Knowledge Commons in honour of the ‘people’s librarian’.

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Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsUCT ecologist wins British Ecological Society prize

UCT ecologist and MSc student Gabriella Leighton has won a British Ecological Society (BES) Young Investigator prize, which recognises the best research papers published in BES journals by early career scientists.

Leighton won the Robert May Prize for the best paper in the BES journal Methods in Ecology & Evolution for her paper “Just Google it: assessing the use of Google Images to describe geographical variation in visible traits of organisms”.

The prize is awarded for an important contribution in converting one aspect of field ecology to a desktop science, and Leighton’s paper shows how Google can help make ecology cheaper, faster and safer in the future.

She analysed online image data across a range of species, from black bears in western North America to Black Sparrowhawks in South Africa, comparing data on their colour collected by fieldworkers with data from Google images, and found that the online images are a very reliable source of data.

Caption: Black Sparrowhawk (black morph) in flight. Photo Wikimedia Commons.

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