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New research theme for Humanities: The Child and the Story
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 08 Sep 2014

In August, the new research theme of the Faculty of Humanities, ‘The Child and the Story’, was launched with Dr Molly Brown from the Department of English as Director. The Faculty's other five research themes are 'Improving the Welfare of Vulnerable Children', 'Peace and Conflict', 'Southern Modernities', 'Visual Technologies - Critical Encounters' and the 'Programme in Human Economy'.

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Top postgraduate student wins Biotech Fundi Award
Martie Meyer
Posted on 08 Sep 2014

Dr Steven Hussey, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics and the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences was recently awarded a Biotech Fundi Student Award for his PhD research.

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UP alumna receives 2014 SAAPS award for Best Master's candidate
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 05 Sep 2014

Ms Shanna Nienaber, an alumna of the University of Pretoria's (UP's) Department of Political Sciences, has been awarded the 2014 South African Association of Political Studies' (SAAPS) award for Best Master's candidate. The Association is the official body of the disciplines of Political Science and International Relations in South Africa. Awards for the best essays received in various categories are customarily bestowed upon worthy candidates at each biennial SAAPS conference.

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UP initiative leads in rhino poaching prosecution
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 05 Sep 2014

In 2009, Dr Cindy Harper, Director of the University of Pretoria (UP) Veterinary Faculty’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), established a method to obtain a DNA profile from a rhino horn. Poaching of rhinoceros for their highly valued horn was only beginning to show signs of increasing at the beginning of 2009. As poaching of rhinoceros rapidly escalated during the next few years, Harper, together with investigators from the Kruger National Park and the South African Police Forensic Science Laboratory in Pretoria, considered how the discovery could assist with the protection of rhino in this international war.

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Harnessing the power of the sun
Prof Ken Craig
Posted on 29 Aug 2014

Prof Ken Craig and his research group in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering are focusing on the sun and the energy it can provide us. Although the familiar domestic solar panels and solar geysers are becoming more widespread, these provide only local power or energy and are not suitable for large-scale power generation. Therefore, Prof Craig decided to focus on concentrated solar power or CSP.

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UP specialist registrar awarded prestigious NIH fellowship
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 29 Aug 2014

Dr Likhona Masika, a specialist registrar in UP’s Department of Chemical Pathology, has been awarded a prestigious two-year fellowship in Clinical Chemistry at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA. The NIH is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services and is the world's largest biomedical research agency.

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Faculty of Health Sciences Research Day bigger and better!
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 29 Aug 2014

This year’s eagerly anticipated Faculty of Health Sciences’ Research Day at the University of Pretoria (UP) was an eclectic mix of research, education and innovation. The event afforded researchers, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students from UP the opportunity to present their research findings to the Faculty. Participants presented their endeavours in the form of oral and/or poster presentations.

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South African reading literacy achievement under scrutiny
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 29 Aug 2014

A research study conducted by Dr Surette van Staden, lecturer in the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education at UP, aims to identify factors that predict reading literacy achievement among Grade 4 learners in South Africa.

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A new generation of research-driven leaders in agriculture
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 28 Aug 2014

South Africa is a fertile land, so how is it that we have to date been unable to effectively feed our people? According to Mr Shaun Berry of BASF-Becker Underwood, a company involved in a joint research grant partnership with the University of Pretoria and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), not enough research is currently being done to develop new technology for South African farmers.

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Taking the battle against disease into the family home
Department
Posted on 25 Aug 2014

The fight for the health and wellbeing of South Africans should be taken into the homes of the neediest individuals and families, believes Professor Jannie Hugo, Head of the Department of Family Medicine at UP.

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