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UCT researchers awarded fellowships by L'Oréal-UNESCO
Two researchers at the University of Cape Town have received fellowships of US$20 000 (about R140 000) each towards the completion of their PhD research projects, through the 2011 L'Oréal UNESCO Regional Fellowships For Women in Science in Sub-Saharan Africa programme.
30 Jun 2011
UCT teaching material receives award for OpenCourseWare Excellence
A resource shared on the University of Cape Town's OpenContent directory has earned a 2011 Award for OpenCourseWare Excellence recognised by the international OpenCourseWare community. Ms Matumo Ramafikeng received an ACE Award from the OpenCourseWare Consortium in the "texts and illustrations" category for her course titled Occupation Focused Conceptual Frameworks, focusing on the core concepts of occupational therapy thinking used in practice by occupational therapy students, therapists and scientists
29 Jun 2011
UCT introduces "fast-track" degree programme to build skills in clinical health research
The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town, in partnership with other universities in South Africa, Nigeria and Malawi, has introduced a "fast-track" degree programme to allow medical students to work simultaneously towards a Master's degree or PhD in clinical research, as a way of addressing the critical shortage of academic clinicians in Africa.
28 Jun 2011
UCT welcomes US First Lady - Mrs Michelle Obama
The University of Cape Town is honoured to be one of the hosts for the visit of the First Lady of the United States of America, Mrs Michelle Obama, on Thursday, 23 June 2011. While at UCT, the First Lady will get an opportunity to meet 50 students from 5 historically disadvantaged communities in Cape Town.
23 Jun 2011
UCT celebrates International Year of Chemistry with Interactive Public Programme - 23 June - 5 July 2011
To celebrate the International Year of Chemistry (IYC), the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cape Town is presenting a wide range of events to give insight into what chemistry is about and how it impacts on so many different aspects of our everyday lives. There is something on offer for everyone, from young children to senior school learners and adults.
22 Jun 2011
ICT PhD thesis opens up new technology for users in the developing world
Andrew Maunder's PhD thesis, Designing appropriate interactive systems for the developing world, explores the process of designing appropriate information communication technologies (ICT) for developing world communities. He describes the design of 2 cellular phone-based interactive systems, both of which aim to provide a locally appropriate interface to a multimedia information system.
14 Jun 2011
UCT PhD research assists local abalone farmers
Abalone farming is a growing export industry in South Africa. The stock feeds on seaweed, whose health and cultivation are examined by three UCT graduands who received their PhDs on Friday, 10 June 2011.
14 Jun 2011
UCT PhD thesis unpacks access to land for urban poor
Najmunnisa Mammon's PhD thesis, The urban land question: management and access for the urban poor in post-apartheid South Africa, can play a significant role in addressing the urban land question in Cape Town and South Africa. She points out that the first step in making state-owned land available to the urban poor is to make the public land asset register more explicit and transparent to society; the second is to define a role for the state in facilitating access for the urban poor; and the third is to streamline urban planning and land use management processes to enable such access.
14 Jun 2011
UCT to offer SA's first Masters course in Muslim Personal Law and Human Rights
In July 2011, the University of Cape Town will offer South Africa's first university course in Muslim Personal Law and Human Rights at the Masters level - 1 of 4 courses that make up an interdisciplinary Masters degree in Human Rights.
13 Jun 2011
UCT PhD thesis investigates effects of tax increase, advertising ban on tobacco sales
Evan Blecher's PhD thesis,The economics of tobacco control in low- and middle-income countries, investigates the effectiveness of excise tax increases and advertising restrictions to reduce tobacco consumption, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Many LMICs experience rapid economic growth, and over the past 2 decades, cigarettes have become more affordable in these countries. Blecher argues that excise tax increases on tobacco should be anchored on the affordability concept, rather than as a tax burden, as is currently the case, where excise tax is determined as a percentage of the retail price.
09 Jun 2011
New UCT research investigates effects of drug use and pregnancy on SA youth
Choices made by youth provide the research focus of 2 PhD graduands at the University of Cape Town. One thesis examines the likelihood that babies born to teenage mothers will be born underweight and grow up to be shorter than average and stunted; the other looks at the effects of methamphetamine ("tik") use on the social interactions of young people in Cape Town. Both graduands will receive their PhDs from the on Thursday, 9 June 2011, at 15:00.
08 Jun 2011
UCT research looks at issues critical to family life and women
Five PhD candidates selected issues of special interest to women and family life for their research: declining marriage trends in South Africa since 1995; the development and evaluation of a smoking cessation programme for disadvantaged pregnant women; how men cope when their female intimate partners are raped; how health workers who provide abortion services deal with the social challenges and moral complexities of their work; and the opportunities and challenges for comprehensive primary and secondary prevention of cervical cancer, which is a major killer of women in developing countries. All these graduands will receive their PhDs on Thursday, 9 June 2011, at 15:00.
08 Jun 2011
UCT PhD research advances understanding of TB
Tuberculosis remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in countries with high HIV prevalence, such as South Africa. Three PhD candidates devoted their PhD research to studying different aspects of TB treatment and immunity responses. Two of these studies looked specifically at TB in relation to HIV-infected patients. The graduands described here will receive their degrees on Thursday, 9 June 2011 at 15:00.
08 Jun 2011
UCT PhD thesis establishes simple test for heart and kidney disease risk in women
University of Cape Town PhD graduand Juliet Evans demonstrates that a simple measure of waist circumference can identify women's risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes just as effectively as the higher-risk and more costly computerised tomography-derived measure.
08 Jun 2011
UCT to graduate 63 doctoral candidates this week
The University of Cape Town will graduate a total of 63 Doctors of Philosophy at three ceremonies on 9 and 10 June 2011. The total number of graduates for June 2011 is 1336. This is the first of 2 graduation sessions each year at UCT.
07 Jun 2011
Celebrating Africa in the midst of apartheid
A remarkable photographic collection of African Independent Churches in Soweto, taken between 1969 and 1971, will be showcased in an exhibition at the Centre for African Studies Gallery on the University of Cape Town's upper campus. UCT Emeritus Professor Martin West took the photographs while doing the fieldwork for his PhD in social anthropology at UCT. The exhibition runs from 8 June to 3 August.
06 Jun 2011
UCT Maths Competition 2011 champ achieves 100% for fifth year running
The top participant in the University of Cape Town Mathematics Competition has achieved perfect scores since he first began participating as a Grade 8 learner in 2007 - the first participant to achieve an unbroken record in the 35-year history of the competition.
01 Jun 2011