Milestones and highlights from 2013 - September

09 December 2013

Dr Ashley Chin

  • In a special ceremony, UCT bestows a Doctor of Science in Engineering, honoris causa, on alumnus and 'giant of engineering science' Prof Klaus-Jürgen Bathe, in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of computational engineering mechanics.
  • A patient at Groote Schuur Hospital is the first in the Western Cape to undergo surgery for a brain tumour using intra-operative fluorescence, a new technique that lights up the affected area of the brain. Pioneering UCT neurosurgeon Dr Sally Röthemeyer conducts the six-hour operation.
  • Pink Week is launched by RainbowUCT, dominated by a pink closet on the Jammie Plaza encouraging people to write messages in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex rights.
  • Dr Ashley Chin and other UCT-affiliated doctors tally up their eighth paediatric patient undergoing arrhythmia corrections at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, thanks to the provincial government's purchase of new radio frequency ablation equipment, advancing care for children with heart rhythm disease.
  • New research by Dr Colin Attwood and colleagues shows that marine reserves improve fishing yields without disadvantaging artisanal fisheries. The paper harnesses 28 years of data collected by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and appears in Nature Communications, a scientific journal published by the Nature Publishing Group.

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