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Campus Closed 30 September 2016
UCT has suspended classes for this week, Monday, 26 September, to Sunday, 2 October. Read the rolling updates...

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VC Dr Max Price asks for a campus-wide commitment to reopening the university on Monday, 3 October.
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The Jammie Shuttle service will not be operating on Friday, 30 September.

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Friday, 30 September 2016
Rainbow Week: My pronoun is...

Rainbow Week: My pronoun is...

Rainbow UCT used this year’s Rainbow Week to create consciousness around the use of pronouns in identity construction, says acting chairperson Kuda Masamvu.

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Lutete Khonde: Synthesizing a super antioxidant

Lutete Khonde

Lutete Khonde, from UCT’s Department of Chemistry, has created a simpler, faster and cheaper way of synthesizing a super antioxidant in the lab.

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Executive Update: Message from the VC

VC Dr Max Price

VC Dr Max Price gives feedback on the events of Wednesday, 28 September, including his press conference with local and national media.

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Chance encounters: How Karen Sliwa is putting African cardiology on the map

Chance encounters - how Karen Sliwa is putting African cardiology on the map

Professor Karen Sliwa’s career has been characterised by chance and a lack of convention, and she has now broken convention again: the first female and the first person from Africa to be elected as president of the World Heart Federation.

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Underfunding, not protests, is driving South African universities down global rankings

Underfunding, not protests, is driving South African universities down global rankings

The most widely respected world university rankings have all recently published their latest results. The release of the Times Higher Education 2016-17 and Quacquarelli Symonds 2016-17 rankings have coincided with a resurgence in protests at many of South Africa’s universities.

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Mystery tooth linked to Paul Gauguin

Mystery tooth linked to Paul Gauguin

Dr Petrus le Roux has verified that a molar found in the Marquesas Islands probably belonged to artist Paul Gauguin.

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Kevin Naidoo: Computing, carbohydrates and cancer

Kevin Naidoo - Computing, carbohydrates and cancer

Professor Kevin Naidoo, from UCT’s Scientific Computing Research Unit, is using computational chemistry to clarify the role that carbohydrates play in identifying types of cancer.

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Parliament picket sparks free-education debate

Parliament picket sparks free-education debate

UCT academics led a picket outside Parliament on 22 September for better funding of higher education in South Africa.

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Quadruple awards for UCT brewers

Quadruple awards for UCT brewers

UCT brewers scooped four titles in the SAB Intervarsity Brewing Challenge – top honours going to their playfully named Dunkel Breaking My Heart.

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Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsSixth SEMC international conference

The sixth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC) was hosted by UCT from 5 to 7 September 2016.

Conference founder and chair, Professor Alphose Zingoni of the Department of Engineering & the Built Environment, said that the conferences bring together academics, researchers and practitioners to review recent achievements, share the latest developments and address the challenges of both the present and the future.

Over 350 papers were presented in the 57 sessions of the conference, with authors representing some 60 countries.

A highlight was the presentation of SEMC 2016 Young Researcher Awards for the best three papers by principal authors under the age of 35.

Caption: From left: Prof Alphose Zingoni (conference chair) with the recipients of the SEMC 2016 Young Researcher Awards: Mr Ou Zhao (Imperial College London), Ms Laura Marimon Giovannetti (University of Southampton) and Mr Matthias Labusch (University of Duisburg-Essen). Photo Supplied.

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