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UCT's Mizrahi receives international grant for TB research
Professor Valerie Mizrahi, Director of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicineat the University of Cape Town, has been named one of 13 leading basic science researchers in the world to receive a Senior International Research Scholar (SIRS) award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Mizrahi is studying mechanisms of cofactor, DNA, and nucleotide metabolism in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the organism that causes human tuberculosis. Her laboratory aims to contribute to the discovery of new drugs for TB by understanding mechanisms of metabolic flexibility and identifying metabolic vulnerabilities in this formidable human pathogen.
26 Sep 2012
Professor Karabus has our support, says UCT
The University of Cape Town has been working behind the scenes in support of Emeritus Associate Professor Cyril Karabus since his arrest and detention in the United Arab Emirates on 18 August 2012, it announced today.
25 Sep 2012
Transcription of the 13th Steve Biko Annual Memorial Lecture by Dr Ben Okri at UCT on 12 September 2012
Molweni! Vice-Chancellor, Max Price, Mr Nkosinathi Biko, members of the extraordinary Biko family, members of the Board of Trustees, the Minister of National Planning, Deputy-Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, distinguished guests, comrades, ladies and gentlemen - and in South African parlance, all protocols observed.
14 Sep 2012
NRF singles out UCT for top honours
The National Research Foundation (NRF) has recognised the superlative work of 3 researchers at the University of Cape Town, by naming them for Special Category Awards at a ceremony in Cape Town on Thursday, 13 September 2012. Professor Tim Noakes received the NRF lifetime achievement award for his pioneering work in sports science research. Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan received the Transformation of the Science Cohort Award for her achievements as a palaeobiologist. Professor Kelly Chibale was named the NRF's Champion of Research and Capacity Development at Higher Education Institutions in South Africa.
13 Sep 2012
UCT statement on World University Rankings 2012
Results from Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for 2012/13, released on 11 September 2012, place the University of Cape Town at 154. The university has climbed 2 places, up from 156 in 2011 and 161st in 2010. The QS system ranks UCT as the only university in Africa in the top 200 and 7th in the Top 10 BRICS universities. The rankings also place 5 South African universities in the top 700.
11 Sep 2012
Media conference with Ben Okri re: 13th annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture at UCT
The Steve Biko Memorial lecture will be delivered at the University of Cape Town on Wednesday, 12 September 2012, by Ben Okri, Nigerian poet, novelist and one of the foremost African writers in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions. Professor Okri has published 10 novels, including The Famished Road, as well as collections of poetry, short stories and essays. The lecture, which marks the 35th anniversary of Biko's death, will be hosted by UCT and the Steve Biko Foundation at 18:00 in Jameson Hall, Upper Campus.
10 Sep 2012
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to speak at National Conference on Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality at UCT
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to deliver keynote address at the closing session of the National Conference on Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality at UCT, on 7 September, 15:45 (All media attending to be accredited by 15:00).
06 Sep 2012
Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture at UCT
The Steve Biko Memorial lecture will be delivered at the University of Cape Town on Wednesday, 12 September 2012, by Ben Okri, Nigerian poet, novelist and one of the foremost African writers in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions. The lecture, which marks the 35th anniversary of Biko's death, will be hosted by UCT and the Steve Biko Foundation at 18:00 in Jameson Hall, Upper Campus.
05 Sep 2012
UCT to host public lecture: The Higgs Boson: What's all the hype about?
The University of Cape Town will host a public lecture on the Higgs Boson, to be delivered by Dr Andrew Hamilton of the Department of Physics. For 5 years Dr Hamilton was a core member of the ATLAS collaboration that was searching for the Higgs Boson. On 4 July 2012 one of the most exciting events in the history of physics occurred: the discovery of what is thought to be a new particle, the Higgs Boson (the existence of which was predicted almost 50 years ago by British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs).
04 Sep 2012