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UP staff member finds herself in a different league
Renee Conradie
Posted on 25 Jul 2014

Fatima Cassim, who heads the Division of Information Design in the Department of Visual Arts in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, sees increasing potential for design to address some of the complex social, environmental and political problems that society faces. She believes, in particular, that design thinking as a problem-solving methodology can help to envision and enable new futures and mobilise citizens to take action in more meaningful ways. In keeping with this viewpoint, she focuses on design activism and design citizenship in her doctoral thesis at UP.

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UP Fine Arts graduate overall winner of the Absa L’Atelier art competition 2014
Shenaz Mahomed
Posted on 24 Jul 2014

The Absa L’Atelier art competition is South Africa’s most prestigious annual art event. The award to be won in this competition not only assures South Africa’s emerging artists of recognition, but also affords them the opportunity to develop their talents abroad. The competition is run in conjunction with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA). This year, recent UP graduate Liberty Battson was announced the overall winner for 2014.

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Faculty of Health Sciences’ research in Limpopo paves the road for exciting collaborations on prostate cancer
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 24 Jul 2014

The Department of Urology and School of Health Systems and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria (UP) have been instrumental in the health research being done in the Vhembe district in the Limpopo province for the past twelve years. The presence of UP in the Thohoyandou area has led to a collaborative partnership with a globally recognised access programme, PHAKAMISA, that aims to directly impact on the outcomes achieved with treating and caring for patients suffering from cancer and on the needs of those managing this dreaded disease. This will include support to health care providers as well as prostate cancer patients.

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UP's Dr Phatho Cele Zondi to be Chief Medical Officer for Team SA at 2014 Commonwealth Games
Myan Subrayan
Posted on 23 Jul 2014

Dr Phatho Cele Zondi, lecturer in Sports Medicine at UP, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer for Team South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. These games will take place from 23 July to 3 August.

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The role of religion in society and culture researched
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 22 Jul 2014

Religion is becoming an increasingly important phenomenon within the global village. It occurs persistently in various forms. Therefore research on the role of religion in politics, sociology, psychology and cultural studies cannot be ignored. Prof Johann Meylahn, a practical theologian in UP’s Faculty of Theology, who has a C2 rating from the NRF, is currently doing research in this field. Philosophy and lived-religion is his latest research interest. He brings philosophy, specifically critical theory, hermeneutics, metaphysics and phenomenology, into conversation with lived-religion.

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Photographs speak louder than words
Renee Conradie
Posted on 22 Jul 2014

Rory du Plessis, Visual Cultural Studies lecturer in the University of Pretoria (UP)'s Department of Visual Arts, has just returned from a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin. The awarded fellowship forms part of his interdisciplinary doctoral studies and was in the research cluster 'Encounters between Medicine, Literature, Philosophy and their Circulation in Public Debates'.

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UP-Yale team receives international excellence award for child-related research
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 22 Jul 2014

The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Irma Eloff, received an international excellence in research award on 22 July 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, on behalf of the team of UP-Yale researchers which were led by herself and Dr Brian Forsyth from Yale University.

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UP Choirs excel at World Choir Games
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 21 Jul 2014

The UP Youth Choir and the UP Camerata Choir participated in the World Choir Games, also known as the ‘Olympics for Choirs’, that was held in Riga, Latvia, from 9 to 14 July. Both choirs performed exceptionally well, bringing back a total of five gold medals between them.

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Damage will rest where it falls if fracking goes ahead, UP professor of law warns
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 21 Jul 2014

Prof Birgit Kuschke is talking about an issue few lawyers in South Africa focus on. Kuschke is one of a handful of legal academics who are working on issues regarding insurance against environmental damage. Having already worked on issues around genetically modified organisms, electromagnetic fields and toxic mould, her attention has now shifted to the legal effects of fracking. While many have voiced concern about the grievous effects fracking has on the environment, such as water damage and the migration of pollution, few have discussed the massive legal and financial ramifications, especially for the insurance industry.

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'UP is a good example in the progress for positive change in South Africa'
Myan Subrayan
Posted on 18 Jul 2014

This is according to Emeritus Justice Albie Sachs, who on 14 July launched his latest book, Albie Sachs and the Transformation in South Africa. UP’s Department of Jurisprudence in the Faculty of Law, in collaboration with the uBuntu Project, were hosts to this book launch in the Musaion on the Hatfield Campus. The book has close ties with UP as it was co-written by two of our very own professors, Drucilla Cornell and Karin van Marle.

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