Mail and Guardian chooses UP scientists as the voices of science
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 29 Sep 2014
The newspaper Mail & Guardian (M&G) is running a six-month project called Science Voices, which aims to help postgraduate science students to present their academic writing in a language that is understandable and enjoyable for the general public to read. Postgraduate students submitted their articles to M&G and top articles were selected and published. Two PhD candidates and one MSc candidate from UP’s Institutional Research Theme (IRT) on Food, Nutrition and Well-being were selected for this prestigious profile supplement published by M&G.
Kumba ploughing millions into UP virtual reality mine design centre
Posted on 25 Sep 2014
Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore (Kumba) is sponsoring the development of Africa’s first virtual reality (VR) mine design centre at the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) department of mining and engineering.
Castle Lager, Mark Boucher and the Veterinary Genetics Lab put rhinos in safe hands
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 19 Sep 2014
Cricket icon Mark Boucher is not only a champion sportsman, but also someone who is committed to playing his part to protect rhinos from extinction. After retiring from cricket, he partnered with Castle Lager to set up the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy – Rhino in Safe Hands. Boucher chose to specifically support UP’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) and aims to raise enough money to register all South Africa’s rhinos onto the DNA database of the VGL, known as RhODIS.
Unlocking the secrets of lightning
Posted on 19 Sep 2014
In South Africa, approximately 80 to 100 people die each year as a result of lightning strikes, and approximately seven times as many people are struck and survive. Dr Ryan Blumenthal, a senior specialist in the Department of Forensic Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has spent over ten years researching the effects of lightning on the human and the animal body and is very knowledgeable on the risks associated with this capricious and unpredictable natural phenomenon.
Sedibeng Water and UP
Posted on 15 Sep 2014
On 9 September 2014, UP’s Department of Chemical Engineering hosted the launch of the Sedibeng Water Chair in Water Utilisation Engineering. This is a research collaboration initiative between UP and Sedibeng Water. It was attended by key industry players and UP staff. Key addresses were delivered by UP’s Prof Roelf Sandenbergh, Prof Philip de Vaal, Prof Evans Chirwa and Mr R Takalani, Director: Corporate Services and Acting Chief Executive from Sedibeng Water.
UP to collaborate on project to address hunger and undernutrition
Posted on 12 Sep 2014
The University of Pretoria (UP) will be one of the institutions collaborating in a series of projects representing the best ideas and strategies from around the world to address hunger and undernutrition in some of the world’s most unforgiving agricultural regions. The selected projects, which will be funded by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, will contribute towards improving food security, household resilience and private-sector growth in Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger through the enhancement of production and value-added product development.
Sensory food science research that resonates in Africa
Posted on 11 Sep 2014
Prof Riëtte de Kock, from the Department of Food Science at the University of Pretoria (UP), delivered a plenary lecture, titled ‘Sensory food science research that resonates in Africa’, at the World Food Science and Technology Congress of the International Union for Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) held in Montreal, Canada, in August. In the lecture, Prof De Kock explained why sensory food science is critical for food security and economic development in the developing world, particularly in Africa.