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Faculty of Natural & Agricultural Sciences

Welcome to the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

The hopes of South Africa rests, to a very large extent, on developments in Science, Engineering and Technology. The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences aims to provide leadership in the fields of basic natural sciences and mathematics. It has substantial records of research achievement. High quality of undergraduate and postgraduate education is offered and involvement in a variety of community projects contribute to excellence provided by the Faculty.

 

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Latest edition of Faculty newsletter now available - 22/07/2014
From Faculty of Natural & Agricultural Sciences

The latest edition (July 2014) of the Faculty newsletter (SquaredUP) is now available.

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Nobel Prize Laureate celebrated science on Mandela Day - 22/07/2014
From Faculty of Natural & Agricultural Sciences

‘Scientists love what they do and every day there is the possibility that they might discover something new and exciting,’ said Prof Martin C Michel, welcoming everybody to the Mandela Day Public Lecture on 18 July 2014.

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UP's wonder couple take on cancer - 18/07/2014
From Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Unit

Chemotherapy and radiation that are used currently in the fight against cancer not only attack cancer cells but also normal cells, and this leads to side effects for patients receiving treatment. In 2005, UP wonder couple Professors Annie and Fourie Joubert decided to combine their expertise in biochemistry and bioinformatics in pursuit of developing a new anticancer drug that targets only cancer cells. Together with their postgraduate students, and with national and international collaboration, they have so far achieved results that hold great promise for anticancer drug development.

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Mathematics Midwinter Morning: Honeybees and how they use mathematics - 16/07/2014
From Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Honeybees dance and thereby communicate the distance and direction of a food source to fellow nest mates - one of the few examples of language use by non-mammals. They not only communicate, they can also count up to four and solve optimisation problems of which the hexagonal structure of the wax cells is an example.

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Professor Don Cowan wins an NSTF-BHP Billiton Award - 10/07/2014
From Microbial Ecology and Genomics

Professor Don Cowan, the Director of the Genomics Research Institute, wins in the category for an outstanding contribution to SET through research capacity development over the last 5 to 10 years.

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