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Photographs speak louder than words
Renee Conradie
Posted on 22 Jul 2014

Rory du Plessis, Visual Cultural Studies lecturer in the University of Pretoria (UP)'s Department of Visual Arts, has just returned from a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin. The awarded fellowship forms part of his interdisciplinary doctoral studies and was in the research cluster 'Encounters between Medicine, Literature, Philosophy and their Circulation in Public Debates'.

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UP-Yale team receives international excellence award for child-related research
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 22 Jul 2014

The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Irma Eloff, received an international excellence in research award on 22 July 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, on behalf of the team of UP-Yale researchers which were led by herself and Dr Brian Forsyth from Yale University.

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Nobel Prize Laureate celebrated science on Mandela Day
Martie Meyer
Posted on 22 Jul 2014

‘Scientists love what they do and every day there is the possibility that they might discover something new and exciting,’ said Prof Martin C Michel, welcoming everybody to the Mandela Day Public Lecture on 18 July 2014.

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UP Choirs excel at World Choir Games
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 21 Jul 2014

The UP Youth Choir and the UP Camerata Choir participated in the World Choir Games, also known as the ‘Olympics for Choirs’, that was held in Riga, Latvia, from 9 to 14 July. Both choirs performed exceptionally well, bringing back a total of five gold medals between them.

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Damage will rest where it falls if fracking goes ahead, UP professor of law warns
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 21 Jul 2014

Prof Birgit Kuschke is talking about an issue few lawyers in South Africa focus on. Kuschke is one of a handful of legal academics who are working on issues regarding insurance against environmental damage. Having already worked on issues around genetically modified organisms, electromagnetic fields and toxic mould, her attention has now shifted to the legal effects of fracking. While many have voiced concern about the grievous effects fracking has on the environment, such as water damage and the migration of pollution, few have discussed the massive legal and financial ramifications, especially for the insurance industry.

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'UP is a good example in the progress for positive change in South Africa'
Myan Subrayan
Posted on 18 Jul 2014

This is according to Emeritus Justice Albie Sachs, who on 14 July launched his latest book, Albie Sachs and the Transformation in South Africa. UP’s Department of Jurisprudence in the Faculty of Law, in collaboration with the uBuntu Project, were hosts to this book launch in the Musaion on the Hatfield Campus. The book has close ties with UP as it was co-written by two of our very own professors, Drucilla Cornell and Karin van Marle.

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UP's wonder couple take on cancer
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 18 Jul 2014

Chemotherapy and radiation that are used currently in the fight against cancer not only attack cancer cells but also normal cells, and this leads to side effects for patients receiving treatment. In 2005, UP wonder couple Professors Annie and Fourie Joubert decided to combine their expertise in biochemistry and bioinformatics in pursuit of developing a new anticancer drug that targets only cancer cells. Together with their postgraduate students, and with national and international collaboration, they have so far achieved results that hold great promise for anticancer drug development.

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TuksCricket Win Sports Team of the Year Award at the Gauteng Sports Awards
Blanche Conradie
Posted on 14 Jul 2014

On Friday evening Assupol TuksCricket won the Sports Team of the Year Award for 2013 at the Gauteng Sports Awards that was hosted at The Teatro at Monte Casino.

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GIBS/Grand-Pa spaza shop programme to take headaches away
GIBS News
Posted on 10 Jul 2014

The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), in partnership with Grand-Pa, a division of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), announced the launch of a business management programme aimed at assisting shop owners in growing their existing spaza shops into sustainable businesses.

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Leading expert on fracking, shale gas and water resources speaks at UP
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 07 Jul 2014

Speaking at UP, Professor Avner Vengosh, Professor of Geochemistry and Water Quality and Chair of the Water and Air Resources programme at the Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University, USA, shared his expertise on the risks to water resources posed by unconventional shale gas development and hydraulic fracking in the United States. This was an appropriate topic of discussion given recurring debates on water issues and the exploration of fracking in the Karoo.

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