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Wednesday, 29 March 2017
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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Delving into the darknet to discover the secret world of paedophiles

Delving into the darknet to discover the secret world of paedophiles

“Paedophilia isn’t a crime. Child sexual abuse is the crime,” says Andrew Verrijdt, who is vehemently opposed to child sexual abuse and whose research is in progress at UCT’s Department of Psychology.

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Conference deals with Mendi tragedy

Conference deals with Mendi tragedy

“Ukutshona kukaMendi”/ “Ukuzika kukaMendi”: The Mendi Centenary Conference is being hosted by the Centre for African Studies (CAS) from 28 to 30 March.

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Why Nut just start something?

Why Nut just start something?

Third-year chemical engineering student Nyasha Mawungwe is the founder of Why Nut, a start-up that sells granola bars on campus – and they’re gaining popularity.

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Number's up for scary statistics

Number's up for scary statistics

Dr Miguel Lacerda approaches complex content creatively, which is one of the reasons he is a 2016 Distinguished Teacher Award winner.

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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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