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Ticks help spread lumpy skin disease among cattle
DUR
Posted on 11 Apr 2014

Three bloodsucking hard tick species, commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa, are involved in the transmission of a debilitating livestock disease called lumpy skin disease to cattle herds across Africa.

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The University conferred an Honorary Doctorate to Prof Richard Lee Baskerville
DUR
Posted on 11 Apr 2014

Prof Baskerville congratulated all his fellow graduates at the ceremony and made special mention of those who graduated as the first people in their family to get a degree because he was also the first person in his family to go to university and get a degree. He told the graduates that "Getting a first degree is like opening up a bag of crisps, once you taste one, you want the whole bag." In his inspiring talk, he encouraged graduates to stand on the shoulders of giants and constantly seek new horizons and ways of looking at things.


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

The Chancellorís Medal is awarded for outstanding academic achievement and service beyond the academic environment.

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Ostriches arenít chokers Ė and canít taste a thing either
DUR
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

An ostrich canít taste a thing. Or wonít 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 worldís largest bird.

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The University conferred an Honorary Doctorate to Prof Tjeerd Plomp
DUR
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

Tjeerd Plomp is emeritus professor at the University of Twente, Enschede in the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in Mathematics (1964) and a PhD in Education (1974), both from the Free University Amsterdam.

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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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Journey to a world-class academic department
DUR
Posted on 08 Apr 2014

In the 70 years that The Department of Surgery at University of Pretoria has been in existence it has produced internationally sought after general medical doctors and generalist surgeons. The new focus of the department is to develop specialised specialist surgeons and academic clinician scientists while retaining its excellence in training general medical doctors and generalist surgeons.

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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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Prof De la Rey kick-starts the 2014 Woolly Winter Campaign
DUR
Posted on 03 Apr 2014

The University of Pretoriaís Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, launched the 2014 Woolly Winter Campaign by donating her first blanket at Tuks FM studios. The campaign is the Universityís annual blanket drive initiative aimed at supporting and bringing relief to those in dire need of warmth this winter.

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Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe delivers a public lecture on the International Criminal Court
CHR
Posted on 02 Apr 2014

South Africaís Deputy President, Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, delivered a public lecture at the Centre for Human Rights. The event was organised by the Centre for Human Rights to mark 15 years of the Masterís degree programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa.

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