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UP vets receive Rhino Conservation Awards for their research
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 04 Aug 2014

On World Game Ranger Day, 31 July, the Game Ranger Association of Africa (GRAA) held its annual Rhino Conservation Awards Ceremony to acknowledge the committed efforts of individuals and organisations involved in the protection of our endangered species. Those honoured during the ceremony included Drs Gerhard Steenkamp and Johan Marais, two outstanding veterinarians from the University of Pretoria.

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GIBS and Primedia Unlimited Mall Division uncover shopping mall gold
GIBS News
Posted on 01 Aug 2014

The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and Primedia Unlimited’s Mall Division have joined forces to conduct a shopping mall survey to ascertain shopper behaviour and how it is impacted by advertising.

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IFNuW leads a national accreditation initiative and opens career paths for students
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 01 Aug 2014

The Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW) of the University of Pretoria (UP) is the driving force behind an important initiative aimed at ensuring the adequacy of food, not only in quantity but also in quality, that is available to the South African public.

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Commonwealth scholar at UP focuses on relationship between artwork and onlooker
Renee Conradie
Posted on 30 Jul 2014

Johan Thom, a prolific artist who has received numerous awards and is currently a lecturer in the University of Pretoria's Department of Fine Arts, will soon receive his PhD from the University College of London (UCL) through the Slade School of Art. Thom was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship by the Canon Collins Trust in 2008 and returned to South Africa last year, when he joined the staff at his alma mater as the coordinator for postgraduate students.

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Centre for Human Rights launches gender audit tool
Centre for Human Rights
Posted on 30 Jul 2014

The Centre for Human Rights recently launched a gender audit tool to investigate gender equality/inequality at higher education institutions in Africa. The tool, developed with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is designed to introspectively investigate the state of gender (in) equality at higher education institutions across Africa with a view to fostering greater gender parity.

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Lecturer in Science Education honoured by Mail & Guardian
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 30 Jul 2014

Ms Kgadi Mathabathe from the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education was named one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, in the category of Education.

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UP now has a satellite health research facility in Thohoyandou, Limpopo!
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 29 Jul 2014

The Department of Urology and the School of Health Systems and Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP) have been performing human and environmental health research in the Vhembe district of the Limpopo province for the past twelve years. This National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded study is a collaborative effort between Prof Brenda Eskenazi, who is the Director of the Center for Children's Environmental Health Research at the University of California, Berkeley Campus, San Francisco, USA, and Prof Riana Bornman of the Department of Urology at UP.

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Research explores the drivers behind commitment and achievement
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 28 Jul 2014

It is a known fact that commitment is fundamental to most notable human achievements. But how does identity shape and strengthen people's commitments and provide a framework for the attainment of future goals? Which factors make people’s behaviour predictable and sustainable in the long run, and what are the consequences of commitment? These are the questions that Prof Salomé Human-Vogel aims to answer through her latest research on the factors that drive people to reach their goals, particularly those that play a role in how people regulate their own behaviour.

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International association honours Prof Kobus Maree as distinguished psychologist
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 25 Jul 2014

Professor Kobus Maree, professor in the Faculty of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria (UP), was named a fellow of the International Association for Applied Psychology (IAAP) at its quadrennial international congress held in Paris during July. Some 4 500 psychologists from 100 countries attended the congress of this association founded in 1920.

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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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