The Brewing UCT team managed an unprecedented achievement at this year’s intervarsity competition, by winning 3 categories and retaining the overall crown of intervarsity champions!
They took the Winter Warmer category with our American stout; the cider category with an apple cider; and the Lager category with their Dunkel, which eventually went on to win the best beer of the tournament and overall prize.
This is the best the team has ever done, and possibly the best any team has done at the competition.
The team is looking forward to sharing the achievement and the beers with the department!
Congratulations to the Dean, Professor Alison Lewis who was awarded the DST’s Distinguished Woman Scientist – Research and Innovation award at the 2016 WISA awards ceremony held in Johannesburg. The awards recognise and reward excellence by woman scientists and researchers. The theme for the 2016 WISA was Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development,which is the 2016 priority theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
The Department announces the return of Dee Bradshaw to its staff. Dee Bradshaw has been appointed as the SARChI-chair in Minerals Beneficiation following the retirement of Em. Prof. J-P. Franzidis. Dee re-joins the department after a 7-year stint at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre of the University of Queensland (Australia). Dee is well-known to the department for her research interest in minerals processing with expertize in flotation chemistry and process mineralogy, and a strong interest in sustainable mineral beneficiation.
Melissa Sikosana, an MSc student with Professor Harro Von Blottnitz in the Department of Chemical Engineering, was selected by a high-ranking jury of experts out of more than 800 applications from over 100 countries as one of the top 25 up-and-coming scientists.
Rissa Niyobuhungiro, a PhD student in the Environment and Process Systems Unit in the Department of Chemical Engineering, received a Best Student Poster award at the 5th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation, which was held in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conference theme was in line with Rissa’s research, which aims to find alternative clean and cheap fuels for poor vendors in information settlements.
On 8 November, Dr Dyllon Randall, an alumnus from the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT, won 3rd place at the Falling Walls Lab competition which was held in Berlin. 100 young scientists, young entrepreneurs and innovators from 34 countries had three minutes to present their research projects, ideas and initiatives concerning social challenges and the big issues of the future.
Jenni Case is a professor, with a particular focus on academic development, in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She was recently announced as a winner of the CHE-HELTASA award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and has just launched a book entitled Researching student learning in higher education: A social realist approach.
Extracting valuable minerals from ore becomes increasingly difficult as the quality of ore steadily declines. Enter QEMSCAN (Quantitative Evaluation of Minerals by Scanning Electron Microscopy), a new acquisition by UCT's Centre for Minerals Research, that is able to identify valuable minerals in ore of such low quality that it was previously thought of as sub-economic.
Kevin Williams from the UCT Centre for Higher Education Development (left) and Delia Marshall from the Physics Department at UWC(right) supported Jenni and played a big role in the writing of her book.