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New research theme for Humanities: The Child and the Story
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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