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South African reading literacy achievement under scrutiny
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 29 Aug 2014

A research study conducted by Dr Surette van Staden, lecturer in the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education at UP, aims to identify factors that predict reading literacy achievement among Grade 4 learners in South Africa.

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A new generation of research-driven leaders in agriculture
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 28 Aug 2014

South Africa is a fertile land, so how is it that we have to date been unable to effectively feed our people? According to Mr Shaun Berry of BASF-Becker Underwood, a company involved in a joint research grant partnership with the University of Pretoria and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), not enough research is currently being done to develop new technology for South African farmers.

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Taking the battle against disease into the family home
Department
Posted on 25 Aug 2014

The fight for the health and wellbeing of South Africans should be taken into the homes of the neediest individuals and families, believes Professor Jannie Hugo, Head of the Department of Family Medicine at UP.

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Ethical Research Workshop
Myan Subrayan
Posted on 25 Aug 2014

On 18 August 2014, Professor Stephanie Burton, Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education at UP, hosted a seminar focusing on ethically responsible research. The theme of the seminar was ‘Human research participants and the ethically responsible advancement of science’. A paper was presented at the event by Dr Felice J Levine, Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association.

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Two UP staff members elected to SABCP board
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 25 Aug 2014

Two staff members from UP’s Department of Pharmacology have been elected to the board of the South African Society for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (SASBCP). Prof Vanessa Steenkamp, who currently oversees the Phytomedicine unit in the department, was elected as Vice-President of the society and Dr André Marais, a senior lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology, was elected as treasurer.

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UP food scientist receives international award for leadership in his field
Louise de Bruin
Posted on 21 Aug 2014

Dr Patrick Njage of the Department of Food Science at UP and postdoctoral fellow of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW), was a recipient of the International Union of Food Science and Technology's (IUFoST) Young Scientist Award for 2014. Alongside seven other outstanding young food scientists from across the world, Njage received the award at the IUFoST’s 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (World Food Congress), held in Montreal, Canada from 17 to 21 August.

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UP PhD student receives prestigious award for best research in basic pharmacology
Ansa Heyl
Posted on 21 Aug 2014

Mr Werner Cordier, who is currently doing a PhD under the supervision of Prof Vanessa Steenkamp from the Department of Pharmacology at UP, was awarded the prestigious IPASA (Innovative Pharmaceutical Association of South Africa) award for best research in basic pharmacology for his research titled ‘An in vitro mechanistic evaluation of the hepatotoxic properties of Solanum aculeastrum’.

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Huge teaching development grant for UP
Renee Conradie
Posted on 19 Aug 2014

The Department of Higher Education and Training has granted funding of R8 million for the development of higher education based on a project plan put forward by the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town. The University of Pretoria (UP) will be coordinating this development that will focus on the establishment of a collaborative open educational resource term bank (OERTB) for higher education.

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Research into SA’s unique ritual-liturgical landscape
Petronel Fourie
Posted on 19 Aug 2014

Prof Cas Wepener, a C2-graded researcher from the Department Practical Theology at UP, is researching South Africa’s ritual-liturgical landscape, which he describes as a fairly unique landscape that cannot really be equated with that of any other country. Ritual expressions of religion and spirituality in South Africa challenges the traditional theological discipline of Liturgical Studies that was born and raised in the West, thereby providing interesting research possibilities into this discipline.

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Prof De Jongh appointed as Adjunct Professor in Australia
Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership
Posted on 18 Aug 2014

Professor Derick de Jongh, Director of the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (ALCRL), was invited by the Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise(APCSE) at Griffith University in Australia as a visiting professor, after which he was also appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the institution.

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