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The University of Pretoria (UP) awards Chancellor’s Medal to Dr FS Malan
DUR
Posted on 11 Apr 2014

The Chancellor’s Medal is awarded for outstanding academic achievement and service beyond the academic environment.

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Ostriches aren’t chokers – and can’t taste a thing either
DUR
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

An ostrich can’t taste a thing. Or won’t easily choke, for that matter, because of a pocket in its tongue. These are among the interesting findings that Dr Martina Crole has made while investigating the upper digestive tract of the world’s largest bird.

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Exceptional graduation for the Faculty of Theology
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

The Faculty of Theology will, for the first time in its history, award a doctoral degree earned by virtue of publication at the graduation ceremony to be held on 25 April. A PhD degree will also be conferred on Solomzi Ferguson Sotobe, probably the oldest person ever to receive a doctorate from this Faculty.

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New technique finds anti-HIV compounds in indigenous plant species
DUR
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

An indigenous grey-leaved shrub with clusters of tiny honey-scented flowers has given University of Pretoria researcher Dr Heino Heyman all the proof that he wanted: that nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based techniques can speed up the testing of various compounds to see which can be used at best to develop HIV medicines

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Economics PhD recipient appointed at the University of Chicago
Department of Economics
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

Dr Jacques Ngoie Kibambe, who received his MPhil (2005) and his PhD (2009) in Economics from the University of Pretoria, has recently been offered the opportunity to join the Becker-Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago, as a research fellow. During his two-year fellowship he will be researching household bargaining and its impact on educational attainment in South Africa.

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UP student recipient of Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation Prestige Prize in Architecture
Nico Botes
Posted on 09 Apr 2014

Mr Craig Mitchell, a student in the Department of Architecture at UP, is one of three recipients of bursaries worth R50 000 each. At a function in Durban last Thursday evening, Dr Riaan Els, CEO of the Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation, announced the three recipients.

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Alexander Melck wins at SAFTAs
Drama Department
Posted on 07 Apr 2014

Alexander Melck, an MA student at the Drama Department, won the presitigious South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for Best Editing of a Documentary Short.

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Have airlines created their own currency?
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 07 Apr 2014

At the recent 17th Hamburg Aviation Conference in Germany, Prof Berendien Lubbe, of the Tourism Management Division in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, warned that the number of unredeemed passenger airline miles is reaching what some have termed “catastrophic proportions”. Prof Lubbe was the only South African invited to present a paper at the conference.

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Postgraduate Students Crossing Boundaries in Tourism Research
Department of Historical and Heritage Studies
Posted on 04 Apr 2014

The Department of Historical and Heritage Studies was once again invited to showcase their growing research capacity at the annual research colloquium of the National Department of Tourism (NDT). The UP Department was well represented by the team members of an ongoing research project on the harmonisation of tourist guide standards across the Southern African region.

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Prestigious Award for Prof Kobus Maree
Department
Posted on 02 Apr 2014

Prof Kobus Maree from the Department of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education was awarded the Stals Prize of the South African Academy of Science and Arts for exceptional research and contributions to education.

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