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UCT Professor to offer new ways of thinking about the immune system and HIV
Professor Clive Gray, Chair of Immunology and head of the Division of Immunology at the University of Cape Town, will use his inaugural lecture to propose some new thinking on how we should look at the immune system in the context of HIV.
26 Oct 2012
UCT panel discussion to tackle emerging sustainability challenges in Africa
The panel discussion, hosted by the University of Cape Town on 1 November, will look at how Future Earth - a new international research initiative - can tackle global sustainability challenges in partnership with existing global environmental change networks in Sub Saharan Africa.
23 Oct 2012
Revised NBT standards aim to increase success at university
The launch of new degree and diploma standards for the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) will guide universities in 2 ways, according to experts at the University of Cape Town: the NBTs will more clearly identify applicants' likelihood of success in degree and diploma programmes, and they will highlight what additional steps a university must take to help prospective students achieve their degrees or diplomas.
19 Oct 2012
Study discovers a unique feature of HIV that enables infected people to make antibodies able to kill a wide range of human immunodeficiency viruses
An AIDS study published today in the journal, Nature Medicine, describes how a unique change in the outer covering of the virus found in 2 HIV infected South African women enabled them to make potent antibodies which are able to kill up to 88% of HIV types from around the world.
18 Oct 2012
South Africa's children still live in unequal worlds - Child Gauge 2012
Rising income inequality has serious consequences for children today and for South Africa's future. This is one of the key concerns raised in the South African Child Gauge 2012, which will be released later on Wednesday, 17 October.
17 Oct 2012
UCT professor elected by National Academy of Sciences
University of Cape Town Professor Di McIntyre has been elected as a foreign associate to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) in Washington, DC. IOM members provide policy advice on health issues, and their work has global influence and impact.
17 Oct 2012
UCT Professor to speak on Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanovation
Professor David Britton, founding director of the NanoSciences Innovation Centre and professor in the Department of Physics at University of Cape Town, will speak on "Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanovation"? on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, at 17:30.
12 Oct 2012
Minister Trevor Manuel to speak at SA Child Gauge 2012 launch
Rising inequalities and its impact on South Africa's children will be in the spotlight at the launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012 in Cape Town next week. The event will be hosted jointly by the Children's Institute, University of Cape Town, UNICEF South Africa, and UCT's Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit.
12 Oct 2012
Prof Karabus granted bail while awaiting trial
Bail has been granted to Emeritus Associate Professor Cyril Karabus with the conditions that he surrender his passport (which is at the court already) and pay 100 000 dirhams (R240 000) as a deposit to the court.
11 Oct 2012
UCT law faculty's statement on the decision by SADC to 'shut down' regional court
UCT's Faculty of Law is "dismayed and outraged" that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has "effectively" robbed individuals who feel they had been denied justice in their home countries of the opportunity to seek legal recourse.
09 Oct 2012
Science Minister to speak at UCT symposium on New Paradigms in Drug Discovery
Science Minister Derek Hanekom will address the opening session of the New Paradigms in Drug Discovery symposium to be hosted by the University of Cape Town's Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3-D) from 15 to 18 October at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town. International experts in drug discovery will join local counterparts to discuss new approaches to drug discovery for malaria, tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases, as well as drug metabolism and pharmacogenetics, among other topics.
09 Oct 2012
UCT construction studies students help special needs school alleviate challenges
The University of Cape Town's construction studies students recently got their hands dirty at the Tembaletu School for learners with special needs in Gugulethu. Over the past few weeks the students have raised R52 800 for the community build, which forms part of one of the first-year courses in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at UCT.
08 Oct 2012
UCT delighted with Times Higher Education ranking
The University of Cape Town is delighted to be placed once again among the top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. The institution has remained on the brink of the list of top 100 universities worldwide over the last 3 years.
03 Oct 2012
UCT professor to discuss how computational revolution has reshaped the scientific method
Professor Kevin Naidoo at the University of Cape Town develops novel computational methods to resolve chemical and chemical biological problems that are intractable to scientists using only the traditional tools of experiment and theory. During his inaugural lecture, Professor Naidoo will deliver a talk entitled: "The Computational Revolution and how it is reshaping the Scientific Method in Chemistry and Chemical Biology".
02 Oct 2012
Universities in Western Cape launch graduate survey
The 4 universities in the Western Cape - UCT, CPUT, UWC and Stellenbosch University - launched a large scale graduate tracer survey this week.
02 Oct 2012
Race relations, youth culture and development to be discussed at UCT
Artists such as Driemanskap, Jitsvinger, Burni Aman (ex-Godessa), Shameema Williams (ex-Godessa), Elise Fernandez and DJ Eazy will help build bridges between the work of artists, activists and scholars at the Festival of Desire conference at the University of Cape Town on 5-6 October.
02 Oct 2012