Distinguished Emeritus Professor's George Ellis and Brian Warner appointed as Senior Scholars

Distinguished Emeritus Professor George Ellis and Distinguished Emeritus Professor (of Natural Philosophy) Brian Warner have both been appointed as Senior Scholars in the ACGC.

The position of a Senior Scholar at UCT is a position for retired academics who have recognised status as an outstanding researcher and have an excellent and proven track record in mentoring. Both Professor's Ellis and Warner are (formally) back as active members of our department and we are looking forward to their contributions to research and supervision!

SA installs receivers on Karoo telescope

Engineers have finalised the installation of seven cold receivers in the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT 7) system in the Northern Cape province. The receivers pave the way for far more accurate observation and data collection as engineers test KAT 7.

The KAT 7 was designed as an engineering test bed of seven linked radio telescopes that engineers can use to test how various technologies could be employed in the SKA.

Prof Claude Carignan takes up SKA SARChI chair in Multi-wavelength Extragalactic Astronomy


From left to right: A/Prof Patrick Woudt (Acting Head: Astronomy Department), Dr Marilet Sienaert (Director: Research Office), Prof Danie Visser (DVC for Research), Prof Claude Carignan (incoming SA SKA SARChI professor)

Public lecture on campus on "Will the World End in 2012?" by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

The Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre (http://www.acgc.uct.ac.za), in association with the organising committee of the 2nd Middle East / Africa Regional IAU Meeting of Astronomy, will host a public lecture on Tuesday 12 April at 7pm (New Science Lecture Theatre, upper campus) on "Will the World End in 2012?" by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Astronomy department hosts workshop on Radio Transients with MeerKAT

The Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre (http://www.acgc.uct.ac.za) is organising the first ThunderKAT workshop on Radio Transients with MeerKAT. ThunderKAT is one of the ten approved Large Survey Projects on MeerKAT, South Africa's SKA-precursor telescope. This workshop will bring experts from around the world to Cape Town to discuss survey preparations and science with KAT-7. Details of the workshop can be found at http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/arniston2011

ACGC article selected as highlight of the year

ACGC staff member, Chris Clarkson in collaboration with Professor Roy Maartens have had their paper, "Inhomogeneity and the foundations of concordance cosmology" selected as one of the highlights of the past two years by the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity (CQG).

This recognition will result in their work being heavily promoted in a number of campaigns.

Further details and the paper itself can be found here.

Call for Graduate Lectures

Chris Clarkson and Prina Patel are organising a series of graduate lectures which will be run throughout the year, for all students, postdocs and staff in the ACGC, UWCAstro, SAAO the KAT office and AIMS. Typically these will consist of short lecture courses or workshops which will be run over the course of a week or so. (They will be similar to Martin Hendry’s recent workshop, though typically they will run over several days.) Some may be longer and run over a semester or more.

UCT radio astronomy scores large chunk of MeerKAT observation time

(PIctured:) Dr Benne Holwerda, Prof Erwin de Blok, Dr Sarah Blyth, Prof Patrick Woudt and Dr Kurt van der Heyden.

Four UCT Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Research Centre (ACGC) Key Science proposals are among ten successful bids for the 43 000 hours of observing time allocated to radio astronomers from Africa and around the world on South Africa's MeerKAT telescope.

Several SKA Fellowships Available (Deadline Passed)

The SA SKA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME provides talented postdoctoral scientists from around the world an opportunity to engage in ongoing research projects related to the mission of the South African Square Kilometre Array Project (SA SKA).

ACGC staff member awarded young researcher prize

ACGC staff member Amanda Weltman has been awarded the prestigious Young Researcher award by the UCT College of Fellows, following her Women in Science award for the Best emerging young researcher in the Natural Sciences and Engineering by the Department of Science and Technology. A productive year indeed!

Amanda has also been heavily featured in the media recently, being profiled in the Mail & Guardian and Fairlady

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