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two birds in the hand

Conservation biologist Professor Graeme Cumming had reason to celebrate in 2013 with two top awards coming his way. In June 2013, UCT’s Pola Pasvolsky Chair in Conservation Biology clinched a prestigious NSTF-BHP Billiton TW Kambule award for his individual contributions to science, through research, over a period of five to 10 years. Four months later, […]

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In the hot seat

Professor Daya Reddy has been elected as president of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), a voluntary association of eminent South African scholars and scientists seeking to advance science in the country. Professor Reddy, who holds the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Computational Mechanics in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, was inaugurated […]

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Against the Odds

Associate Professor Maano Ramutsindela of the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science won a National Research Foundation (NRF) Special Category Award in 2013 in recognition of his efforts in overcoming major challenges to get to where he is today. The award is focused on transforming the science cohort to be more representative of South African […]

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Fynbos champion gets the nod from NAS

William Bond, the Harry Bolus Professor of Botany in the Department of Biological Sciences, has become just the fifth African scientist and third South African to be elected as a foreign associate of the United States’ National Academy of Sciences (NAS). This award was, in particular, for his major contributions to the understanding of savannah […]

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First light

Associate Professor Patrick Woudt from the Department of Astronomy has co-authored the first scientific paper based on observations performed with South Africa’s new KAT-7 radio telescope. The paper, which was accepted by the prestigious journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomy Society (MNRAS), was written with Dr Richard Armstrong, a UCT alumnus and Square Kilometre […]

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