UCT News

From the Vice-Chancellor's desk

August 2014
Issue 02
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Dear friends, colleagues, students and staff

The third term has swiftly come and gone and I am sure you are all gearing up for the final stretch before the year’s end. I trust students will enjoy this short vacation, but also use it to place themselves in good stead for the next term.

In support of an important Women’s Month, this issue of UCT News leads with our Chancellor Graça Machel and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s participation in the twelfth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series. Other noteworthy developments include a new TB treatment, a reflective commemoration of the Marikana massacre, the launch of our OpenUCT institutional repository, and a look into some of UCT’s intriguing science facilities.

While I hope that UCT News strengthens the UCT community and easily brings campus highlights straight to your mailbox, I invite you to read its research-intensive sister newsletter, Research at UCT.

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Dr Max Price

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Ikeys regain Vino Varsity trophy
SSA students love humanities
Students hone business skills
UCT surfers top the competition
President Bachelet   Chancellor and Chilean President speak out on gender violence

Chancellor Graca Machel hosted part of the twelfth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series at UCT, which saw prominent figures such as Nomboniso Gasa, Mbuyiselo Botha, Zethu Matebeni and Michelle Bachelet address a packed Jameson Hall.

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TB Team   Better, quicker, cheaper: A new three-drug combination for TB

UCT scientists and the universities of Stellenbosch and Free State are part of an international research group which is on track to deliver more effective, less expensive and shorter TB treatment using a new combination of drugs.

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launch of repository   Freeing up research, teaching and scholarship resources

During August the OpenUCT institutional repository was formally launched. This facility enables lecturers and researchers to legally and freely make available their research, teaching and engaged scholarship resources, to support access, reuse and sharing of materials.

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Remembering Marikana   Two years on: UCT community commemorates Marikana

It's been two years since police killed 34 striking mineworkers near Lonmin's Marikana mine outside Rustenburg on 16 August 2012. Recently, members of the UCT community commemorated the massacre and debated its structural causes and implications for society.

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Electronmicroprobes   Take a closer look at the world of science

We highlight some of UCT's high-tech facilities that let you take a closer look at the world around you – whether you are peering into the depths of space and time, or studying the behaviour of subatomic particles in very cold conditions.

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Upcoming events     More news     Previous editions
Trigger     high-fat diet debate     The real meal revolution
The Trigger, a World War I lecture by Tim Butcher: 9 September     The high-fat diet debate: Contrasting perspectives on the impact of high-fat diets     UCT News July edition: Looking back on the first six months of 2014
project management course     Get Smarter    
Science and observation, inaugural lecture of Professor Andy Buffler: 10 September     UCT's new Across Africa initiative shows surprising benefits for students    
Steve Biko lecture     Jonathan Steyn    
Advancing human rights, a Steve Biko lecture by Navi Pillay: 11 September     Wine business management course: A new specialisation that fills a critical need    
Middledrift     HIV Meningitis    
Find out more about UCT seminars, talks and public lectures     Unexpected findings in HIV meningitis treatment trial can save lives    
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