November / December 2010 Lees Afrikaanse weergawe
Alumni honoured at Laureate Ball
The TuksAlumni Association and UP annually honour their leading minds with the Laureate Award. Recipients of this award are alumni and friends of the University who have supported the institution and promoted its image as an academic leader with their outstanding achievements in diverse fields, both nationallly and internationally. On Saturday, 13 November 2010, seven people were honoured in this way at the prestigious Laureate Ball.. >Read more...
Laureate recipients 2010: Back: Mr Faried Sallie, Mr Jack van der Merwe and Dr Saurabh Sinha. Front: Dr Micki Pistorius, Prof Karen Skawran and Ms Gillian Corken.
UP’s women in science distinguish themselves
Three UP academics were honoured at the 2010 Women in Science Awards (WISA) of the Department of Science and Technology at a gala event in August. Prof Stella Nkomo received the award Distinguished Woman Scholar in the Social Sciences or Humanities, with Prof Erika de Wet first runner-up in this category. Prof Susan Nicolson was first runner-up in the category Life Sciences. >Read more...
UP wins Anafe bid
The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences has been selected as the southern African region's Focal Institution for the African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (Anafe). The mission of Anafe is to improve agricultural and natural resources education for impact on development. >Read more...
Thugs rob well-known alumnus Zach Joubert
Zach Joubert is a well-known face on and around the UP campus. While many do not know his name, they will recognise the quadriplegic and UP alumnus in the wheelchair selling biltong and fruit juice. On 30 July this year – a day before his 40th birthday – Zach was attacked in front of his home in Lynnwood Ridge and robbed of his precious speech apparatus worth R100 000. >Read more...
The University’s position as a leading research institution is largely determined by the excellence of the academic support provided by its staff members. Prof Nthabiseng Ogude has been reappointed as Vice-Principal: Teaching and Learning. Prof Braam van Wyk received the Havenga Prize from the South African Academy for Science and Art. Prof Bernard Slippers was awarded the Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3) British Association Medal (silver) for 2010. Prof Thoko Majozi was awarded the Bill Neal-May gold medal of the South African Institute for Chemical Engineering. Prof Madeleine Stiglingh won the Deneys Reitz Tax Thesis Competition for 2010 in the doctoral category. >Read more...
UP at the cusp of wildlife research and protection
The Faculty of Veterinary Science is involved in a number of groundbreaking research interventions. The Hans Hoheisen Wildlife Research Station in the Kruger National Park has been given a new lease on life and will be developed as a research platform focusing on integrated veterinary aspects of the increased disease risks created by the development of transfrontier conservation areas. In an endeavour to save the endangered rhinoceros from the hands of ruthless poachers, the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory has developed a method to extract nuclear DNA from rhinoceros horn and to genotype it using a set of DNA markers. This means that each rhino can be identified by its horn. >Read more...
Student news snippets
From top academic performances and excellent creative work in fine art, to being crowned South African Latin American Amateur Dance Champions, winning the Brewing Intervarsity and winning the first South African Child Law Moot Court Competition, Tuks students are making a name for themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Also read more on the sporting front, TuksRag's Nelson Mandela Freedom of the City Award and two Archaeology students who discovered war middens in Roper Street. >Read more...
Groundbreaking research at UP
The Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology is engaged in two exciting new research projects that will not only empower the community, but will also protect them against the most dangerous diseases of the century. In the first project, indigenous knowledge systems are being utilised to develop educational content for use in schools and even at university level. The second project could mean that relief is in sight for millions of people in Africa who are affected by malaria, thanks to research that aims to put management and adaptation structures in place to curb malaria. >Read more...
Mounted mirage F1-CZ aircraft unveiled during National Science Week
The University of Pretoria hosted the kick-off of all Gauteng-based activities of National Science Week in August with the unveiling of a mounted mirage F1-CZ aircraft in front of Sci-Enza, the University’s interactive science centre. >Read more...
The annual Principal’s Concert was held on 10 September 2010. This is one of the highlights on the University’s cultural calendar. The University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra (UPSO), with Eric Rycroft as conductor, performed Concertino for Piano and Orchestra No 1 by UP composer Pieter Bezuidenhout, Dance to Freedom Op 46 by John Simon and Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 by Franz Liszt. >Read more...
News from the TuksAlumni Office
UP alumni are able to maintain contact with their Alma Mater, rekindle friendships with former classmates and network with peers and business associates through a variety of functions organised on a regular basis by the TuksAlumni Office. Recent functions included a business breakfast with Laureate Award recipient Jack van der Merwe as guest speaker, as well as regional functions in Nelspruit, Cape Town, London and Hermanus. Also read more about the TuksAlumni clubs and other events, such as the annual Johannesburg Region's Golf Day. >Read more...
AlumNews and profiles
AlumNews is a regular item in the TuksAlumni Newsletter, where you can read about the latest achievements of fellow alumni. In this issue, you can also read about Oom Willie Fourie, Tuks’s oldest alumnus, who passed away early in October at the ripe old age of 101, Colonel Alan Bridgens, doyen of the South African Air Force Reserve Force, and sculptor Angus Taylor, the festival artist at the 2010 Aardklop National Arts Festival. >Read more...
Notices / Information
The TuksAlumni Office would like to wish all alumni an invigorating period of rest and a peaceful festive season. Enjoy the time with family and friends and drive safely.
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