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Dr Lucy Montgomery on Open Access and monograph publishing
Elsabe Olivier
Posted on 18 Feb 2014

The Department of Library Services invites you to attend this lecture by Deputy Director at Knowledge Unlatched, Lucy Montgomery. Dr Montgomery will focus on monograph publishing and its impact and the challenges it faces across the globe

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 - 2013)
DUR
Posted on 06 Dec 2013

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Professor Cheryl de la Rey, on behalf of the University community, joins South Africa and the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela.

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Drama researchers interrogate masculinity
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 26 Sep 2012

At the conference "Work/Force: South African masculinities in the media" (13-14 September 2012, Stellenbosch), two Drama lecturers and one postgraduate student delivered papers on various aspects of masculinity.

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UP ARTS presents: TO MOTHER – a show with Magdalene Minnaar and Ockie Vermeulen, dedicated to Mother’s Day.
UP Arts
Posted on 03 May 2012

Music lovers in Pretoria environs can look forward to a delightfully fresh musical breeze on Sunday, 13 May at 15:00 in the Musaion on the Hatfield campus of the University of Pretoria.

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Four winners from UP in NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards
DUR
Posted on 04 Jul 2014

Four UP researchers have emerged as winners of their respective categories in the NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards Ceremony held at Emperor’s Palace on 3 July 2014. They are “tree doctor” Prof Brenda Wingfield, genomics expert Prof Don Cowan, bat researcher Prof Wanda Markotter and audiologist Prof De Wet Swanepoel. The annual NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards Ceremony is widely recognised as South Africa’s “Science Oscars”, honouring achievers in scientific research and related activities. This year, seven of the 48 finalists came from UP.

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Validating nature’s medicine chest with science
DUR
Posted on 03 Jul 2014

Whether searching for ways to treat serious diseases like cancer and tuberculosis (TB), or formulating new acne creams and toothpastes that fight gum disease, Prof Namrita Lall is convinced that solutions can be found in South Africa’s indigenous plants.

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Faculty of Veterinary Science's Equine Research Centre key to success of new horse export strategy
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 03 Jul 2014

In spite of significant international interest in South African horses, investment in this sector currently falls far short of its potential. The main reason for this is the prevalence of African horse sickness (AHS). In a multi-disciplinary collaboration to improve research initiatives in AHS, UP’s Equine Research Centre based at the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the University of the Witwatersrand, along with various other role players, have developed a strategy to be presented to various potential trading partners.

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Unlocking the healing power of stem cells
DUR
Posted on 02 Jul 2014

A unique stem cell research facility at the University of Pretoria is a first for South Africa and will allow researchers to do pioneering clinical trials. In a state-of-the art facility at the University, researchers are doing cutting-edge work focused on harnessing stem cells to combat cancer, heart failure and even HIV. Through a number of large funding awards, the facility has been able to significantly increase its resources both in terms of post-graduate students and senior researchers, and highly sophisticated equipment.

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Searching for Noah's Ark: Analysing the Ararat Anomaly
Michelle Mandalain
Posted on 02 Jul 2014

Prof Sunil Maharaj of the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, and Francois Luus, a PhD student, recently featured in an article titled “Noah’s search: probing satellite imagery for lost ark”, which was headlined on Space.com, Discovery.com, as well as the science pages of Yahoo and Fox News.

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Getting rid of rabies
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 01 Jul 2014

The Faculty of Veterinary Science’s Prof Darryn Knobel is in pursuit of eliminating dog rabies across Africa through a novel approach to rabies research. Rabies claims the lives of thousands of people across the continent every year but, for the first time in decades, using evidence-based research the elimination of this devastating disease is considered feasible. Knobel uses a simple method of understanding demographics to determine the vaccination thresholds required for rabies to die out.

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