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PhD student awarded SABS Young Standards Professional 2014
Serena Coetzee
Posted on 13 Oct 2014

Ms Victoria Rautenbach, a PhD Geoinformatics student in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, won the SABS Young Standards Professional Award for 2014.

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Lemur Interaction area at Bester Birds and Animals Zoo
Martina Jordaan
Posted on 11 Oct 2014

Two groups of students enrolled for the Community-Based Project Module (JCP) of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and IT at the University of Pretoria, developed a lemur Interaction area at Bester Birds and Animal Zoo. The lemur Interaction area was officially opened on Friday, 10 October and gives visitors the opportunity to feed the Lemurs at the zoo.

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The more termites, the merrier the aardwolves
DUR
Posted on 08 Oct 2014

What do aardwolves and whales have in common? Both are extremely picky eaters, to the point of only feeding on one foodstuff over and over again. As is the case with some whales and the plankton they eat, aardwolves will rather eat less than diversify their menus to include anything other than their favourite termites.

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UP celebrates the beginning of a new era for TuksSport High School
DUR
Posted on 08 Oct 2014

Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), turned the sod at the start of construction of a new building for TuksSport High School at the University of Pretoria’s LC de Villiers Sports Grounds. This milestone, made possible by a donation from the Athletics Foundation Trust, was celebrated by the staff from UP’s High Performance Centre and TuksSport.

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Another winner in the Norton Rose Fulbright Tax Thesis Competition
ATI
Posted on 06 Oct 2014

Dr Benjamin Kujinga a former LLD student and now senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law was the winner in the doctoral category of the Norton Rose Fulbright Tax Thesis Competition for 2014. The title of his thesis is “Comparative analysis of the efficacy of the General Anti-Avoidance Rule as a measure against impermissible income tax avoidance in South Africa”, with Prof Riel Franzsen as his supervisor.

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Faculty gets a new leader for teaching and learning
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Posted on 01 Oct 2014

Prof Johan Oberholster, currently the CA Programme Manager, has been appointed as the new Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, with effect from 1 October 2014 to 31 December 2016. Prof Oberholster will continue in his position as CA Programme Manager during this period.

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Alberta and Pretoria partner for future research
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 01 Oct 2014

The University of Pretoria and the University of Alberta have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to lay the foundations for future research and collaboration between the two institutions.

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Unifying pathology and laboratory medicine in the era of P4 medicine
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 30 Sep 2014

The 54th International Congress of the Federation of South African Societies of Pathology, which was proudly co-hosted by the University of Pretoria’s Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, recently took place at the purpose-built CSIR International Convention Centre. The organising committee was mindful of the prestige of the conference and put together a superb programme for this forum and gathering of pathologists and scientists in laboratory medicine from both the public and the private sector.

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Mail and Guardian chooses UP scientists as the voices of science
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 29 Sep 2014

The newspaper Mail & Guardian (M&G) is running a six-month project called Science Voices, which aims to help postgraduate science students to present their academic writing in a language that is understandable and enjoyable for the general public to read. Postgraduate students submitted their articles to M&G and top articles were selected and published. Two PhD candidates and one MSc candidate from UP’s Institutional Research Theme (IRT) on Food, Nutrition and Well-being were selected for this prestigious profile supplement published by M&G.

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Mammal Research Institute Annual Southern Right Whale Survey
DUR
Posted on 29 Sep 2014

The Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria will start flying their 36th annual helicopter survey of the Southern Cape’s right whale population on 29 September this year; a survey that will be generously sponsored by four offshore oil and gas companies namely; ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Limited, Impact Africa Limited, The Petroleum Oil And Gas Corporation of South Africa (SOC) Ltd, and Thombo Petroleum Limited.

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