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Nobel Prize Laureate celebrated science on Mandela Day
Martie Meyer
Posted on 22 Jul 2014

‘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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University of Pretoria celebrated Mandela Day in Hammanskraal
DUR
Posted on 22 Jul 2014

On Friday 18 July, staff from the University of Pretoria (UP) and members of the Morokolong community, Hammanskraal, converged at the Tshedimosetso Community Development Centre to celebrate Mandela Day. At the beginning of June, the Department of Facilities Management, in collaboration with the Department of University Relations, embarked on various projects to renovate the Centre.

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UP supports Mandela Day with more than 20 projects
DUR
Posted on 18 Jul 2014

During the month of July the University of Pretoria staff and students are involved in projects to uplift communities and organisations in honour of Nelson Mandela’s legacy. More than 20 projects have been identified across all faculties and support services departments.

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Drama student named ‘best director’ at the 2014 Student Festival of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown
Drama Department
Posted on 18 Jul 2014

UP drama student Gopala Davies won the coveted award for ‘best director’ at the 2014 Student Festival of the National Arts Festival for his production Barbe Bleue: a story about madness. The production was the Drama Department’s official entry for the NAF Student Festival. Seventeen institutions participated in the festival, ranging from drama departments at traditional universities to private training institutions. Barbe Bleue is a physically driven performance that highlights the effect of madness on a relationship.

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Debra Deel science programme on television
Martie Meyer
Posted on 07 Jul 2014

Debra Deel, a television programme which aims to make science more accessible to the public at large, started on Wednesday, 9 July at 20:30 on KykNET. The programme is the brainchild of Prof Debra Meyer, acclaimed researcher and Head of the Department of Biochemistry in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. She is also the programme presenter.

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The secret life in extreme landscapes
DUR
Posted on 07 Jul 2014

There is unexpectedly rich microbial life hidden in the soils of some of Earth’s most extreme desert landscapes. Prof Don Cowan, Director of the University of Pretoria’s Genomic Research Institute and the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, believes these soil micro-organisms can help to unlock all kinds of secrets about life, the universe and well, everything.

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Validating nature’s medicine chest with science
DUR
Posted on 03 Jul 2014

Whether searching for ways to treat serious diseases like cancer and tuberculosis (TB), or formulating new acne creams and toothpastes that fight gum disease, Prof Namrita Lall is convinced that solutions can be found in South Africa’s indigenous plants.

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Unlocking the healing power of stem cells
DUR
Posted on 02 Jul 2014

A unique stem cell research facility at the University of Pretoria is a first for South Africa and will allow researchers to do pioneering clinical trials. In a state-of-the art facility at the University, researchers are doing cutting-edge work focused on harnessing stem cells to combat cancer, heart failure and even HIV. Through a number of large funding awards, the facility has been able to significantly increase its resources both in terms of post-graduate students and senior researchers, and highly sophisticated equipment.

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Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Hosts SA Employers 4 Disability Breakfast
DUR
Posted on 01 Jul 2014

The organisation, South African Employers 4 Disability, held a breakfast meeting with key role players in the labour arena. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how to enable employers to comply with the disability requirements in the revised BBBEE codes. The organisation is committed to the integration of persons with disabilities in the workplace and to creating inclusive environments free from discrimination. The breakfast was hosted by the University’s Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

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UP Youth Choir taking the UP colours to Vienna and Riga
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 01 Jul 2014

The University of Pretoria’s Youth Choir will represent Gauteng Province at Austria's largest international youth music festival for choirs, orchestras and symphonic bands, the Summa Cum Laude in Vienna, Austria, from 4 to 9 July 2014. Following their participation in this prestigious event, the choir will leave for Riga, Latvia to represent South Africa in three categories in die World Choir Games (formerly known as the Choir Olympics) from 9 to 14 July.

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