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UP conducts validation trial for IDEXX’s new pregnancy test for cows
Ansa Heyl / Tanya Nyathi
Posted on 17 Oct 2014

Improved pregnancy rates among cattle mean greater profitability for dairy and beef farmers. IDEXX, an international company dealing with diagnostic products in animal health, recently approached the University of Pretoria with a request to conduct a project to assist in devising reliable, cost-effective methods for diagnosing pregnancy in cattle. This led to the bovine pregnancy test validation trial, which is being conducted in the South African dairy industry.

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Professor Maxi Schoeman explores human security issues at Sweden’s Uppsala University
Department of Political Sciences
Posted on 16 Oct 2014

Professor Maxi Schoeman, head of the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, is currently the eleventh incumbent of the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at Uppsala University in Sweden, where she has been offered a calm environment in which to pursue her research on human security issues for a period of three months.

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Department of Chemistry academic wins prize
Webmaster
Posted on 16 Oct 2014

Dr Patricia Forbes was awarded the prize for the Best Scientific Paper at the recent National Association for Clean Air Conference held in Umhlanga on 9 and 10 October.

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PhD student awarded SABS Young Standards Professional 2014
Serena Coetzee
Posted on 13 Oct 2014

Ms Victoria Rautenbach, a PhD Geoinformatics student in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, won the SABS Young Standards Professional Award for 2014.

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Lemur Interaction area at Bester Birds and Animals Zoo
Martina Jordaan
Posted on 11 Oct 2014

Two groups of students enrolled for the Community-Based Project Module (JCP) of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and IT at the University of Pretoria, developed a lemur Interaction area at Bester Birds and Animal Zoo. The lemur Interaction area was officially opened on Friday, 10 October and gives visitors the opportunity to feed the Lemurs at the zoo.

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The more termites, the merrier the aardwolves
DUR
Posted on 08 Oct 2014

What do aardwolves and whales have in common? Both are extremely picky eaters, to the point of only feeding on one foodstuff over and over again. As is the case with some whales and the plankton they eat, aardwolves will rather eat less than diversify their menus to include anything other than their favourite termites.

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UP celebrates the beginning of a new era for TuksSport High School
DUR
Posted on 08 Oct 2014

Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), turned the sod at the start of construction of a new building for TuksSport High School at the University of Pretoria’s LC de Villiers Sports Grounds. This milestone, made possible by a donation from the Athletics Foundation Trust, was celebrated by the staff from UP’s High Performance Centre and TuksSport.

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Another winner in the Norton Rose Fulbright Tax Thesis Competition
ATI
Posted on 06 Oct 2014

Dr Benjamin Kujinga a former LLD student and now senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law was the winner in the doctoral category of the Norton Rose Fulbright Tax Thesis Competition for 2014. The title of his thesis is “Comparative analysis of the efficacy of the General Anti-Avoidance Rule as a measure against impermissible income tax avoidance in South Africa”, with Prof Riel Franzsen as his supervisor.

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Faculty gets a new leader for teaching and learning
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Posted on 01 Oct 2014

Prof Johan Oberholster, currently the CA Programme Manager, has been appointed as the new Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, with effect from 1 October 2014 to 31 December 2016. Prof Oberholster will continue in his position as CA Programme Manager during this period.

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Alberta and Pretoria partner for future research
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 01 Oct 2014

The University of Pretoria and the University of Alberta have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to lay the foundations for future research and collaboration between the two institutions.

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