22 July 2013
  • UCT scholars bag three Humboldt Awards
    Three UCT scholars were honoured by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation last month in Berlin, Germany. Dr Heather Marco received the Humboldt Alumni Award, while Emeritus Professor Cesareo Dominguez and Professor Daya Reddy received research awards for Physics and Computational Mechanics respectively. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a prestigious institution that promotes international co-operation between German institutes of higher education and leading academics from around the world.
  • Minister's visit a first for UCT Lung Institute
    MEC for Health in the Western Cape Theuns Botha embarked on a fact-finding visit to the UCT Lung Institute earlier this month. The visit was a first for the institute, and followed the minister's request to learn more about this hub for pulmonary research in South Africa. UCT established the institute 13 years ago, under the direction of Emeritus Professor Eric Bateman. It is a custom-built research facility that is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences' platform for teaching and learning, but also a separate entity addressing community health needs.
  • Yeld steps down as dean, but resumes research
    Professor Nan Yeld, the outgoing dean of UCT's Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), will return to her research career – but not before a well-earned sabbatical. Her decade-long contribution as dean was honoured recently at an official farewell at the Glenara residence of Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price, on 12 June.
  • The Baxter Theatre Centre's hit play
    The Baxter Theatre Centre's hit play Mies Julie came home from a record-breaking international tour to sell-out performances on its home turf. It also amassed 30 international and local five-star reviews, and seven top theatre awards. It has now gone to Ireland before moving on to Finland, the UK, and the USA.
  • Prestigious grant awarded to UCT HIV study
    A UCT-led study that will look into what it means to be HIV-positive and part of the 'born free' generation has been honoured with a prestigious scientific grant award from the International AIDS Society (IAS). The study, led by UCT postdoctoral fellow and medical historian Dr Rebecca Hodes, seeks to improve adolescents' access to antiretroviral treatment and reproductive health care in South Africa.
  • Six of UCT's best for Women in Science finals
    Six UCT women are finalists in the Department of Science and Technology (DST) 2013 Women in Science Awards. The theme for this year's awards is The Scourge of Violence Against Women: What is the role of science and research? The winners will be announced by the Minister of Science and Technology on 16 August.

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