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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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UP to collaborate on project to address hunger and undernutrition
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 12 Sep 2014

The University of Pretoria (UP) will be one of the institutions collaborating in a series of projects representing the best ideas and strategies from around the world to address hunger and undernutrition in some of the world’s most unforgiving agricultural regions. The selected projects, which will be funded by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, will contribute towards improving food security, household resilience and private-sector growth in Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger through the enhancement of production and value-added product development.

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Sensory food science research that resonates in Africa
Department
Posted on 11 Sep 2014

Prof Riëtte de Kock, from the Department of Food Science at the University of Pretoria (UP), delivered a plenary lecture, titled ‘Sensory food science research that resonates in Africa’, at the World Food Science and Technology Congress of the International Union for Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) held in Montreal, Canada, in August. In the lecture, Prof De Kock explained why sensory food science is critical for food security and economic development in the developing world, particularly in Africa.

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Dean of Education elected as Vice-Chair of SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 11 Sep 2014

Prof Irma Eloff was elected as the Vice-Chairperson of Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns at the recent meeting of the Council of the Akademie.

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Tuks student wins prestigious music competition
Marielle Labuschagne
Posted on 09 Sep 2014

During a prestigious event on Saturday, 6 September in the Musaion concert hall on the University of Pretoria (UP)’s Hatfield Campus, UP student Willem de Beer, was named the overall winner of the Afrikaanse Taal-en-Kultuurverening (ATKV)’s national instrumental classical music competition, ATKV-Muziq. Willem is a student of UP’s renowned piano teacher, Professor Joseph Stanford.

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Sound scientific research to inform asset management decisions
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 08 Sep 2014

The recently established Chair in Maintenance Engineering in the Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM) in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at UP, has received strong funding support from Weir Minerals Africa, a company that delivers engineering solutions to customers in the minerals, oil and gas, and power markets. This support will enhance the masters and PhD research programs offered by the Centre, with special emphasis on condition monitoring and mechatronics systems. The support from Weir Minerals is further testimony of the relevance of the Centre to industry, as other prominent companies such as Exxaro, Eskom and Rand Water have also committed funding support for the next five years.

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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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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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