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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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Teaching is ‘class act of human compassion’, says UP education researcher
DUR
Posted on 30 Jun 2014

A new kind of divide is emerging in our school system – the divide between those with South African passports and those without them. This social and political divide between indigenous and immigrant students is a growing challenge for teachers, who increasingly need to skilfully deal with the diversity in their classrooms, says leading education specialist Prof Saloshna Vandeyar from the University of Pretoria’s Department of Humanities Education.

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Work's all fun(gi) for UP researcher
DUR
Posted on 27 Jun 2014

Mention fungi and most people will think of mushrooms or mouldy cheese. For Prof Brenda Wingfield fungi are the stuff that genomics researchers' dreams are made of, and her life's work.

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2014 Networking academy conference held at the University of Pretoria
DUR
Posted on 27 Jun 2014

The South African Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele, opened a two-day Southern Africa Safari Conference hosted by the University of Pretoria (UP). The conference was organised by Cisco, the world's biggest provider of computer networking solutions. Delegates from the information and communication technology (ICT) industry deliberated on opportunities and developments in their field.

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Interuniversity Symposium on Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
DUR
Posted on 25 Jun 2014

The Division of Plastic Surgery and the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences held an interuniversity symposium on the topic 'Plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery: at the interface between basic and clinical sciences'.

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