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Notification to Alumni
DUR
Posted on 01 Oct 2014

Notice is hereby given that the Alumni Annual General Meeting scheduled for 9 October 2014 is postponed until a date which will be communicated at a later stage.

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Faculty gets a new leader for teaching and learning
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Posted on 01 Oct 2014

Prof Johan Oberholster, currently the CA Programme Manager, has been appointed as the new Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, with effect from 1 October 2014 to 31 December 2016. Prof Oberholster will continue in his position as CA Programme Manager during this period.

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Unifying pathology and laboratory medicine in the era of P4 medicine
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 30 Sep 2014

The 54th International Congress of the Federation of South African Societies of Pathology, which was proudly co-hosted by the University of Pretoriaís Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, recently took place at the purpose-built CSIR International Convention Centre. The organising committee was mindful of the prestige of the conference and put together a superb programme for this forum and gathering of pathologists and scientists in laboratory medicine from both the public and the private sector.

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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 UPís Institutional Research Theme (IRT) on Food, Nutrition and Well-being were selected for this prestigious profile supplement published by M&G.

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Mammal Research Institute Annual Southern Right Whale Survey
DUR
Posted on 29 Sep 2014

The Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria will start flying their 36th annual helicopter survey of the Southern Capeís right whale population on 29 September this year; a survey that will be generously sponsored by four offshore oil and gas companies namely; ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Limited, Impact Africa Limited, The Petroleum Oil And Gas Corporation of South Africa (SOC) Ltd, and Thombo Petroleum Limited.

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Distinguished academic chosen to be part of leading team
African Tax Institute
Posted on 29 Sep 2014

Prof RiŽl Franzsen has been appointed as member of the Governing Board (Executive Board) of the recently-established Institute for Fiscal Studies in Ghana.

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Kumba ploughing millions into UP virtual reality mine design centre
Anine Vermeulen
Posted on 25 Sep 2014

Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore (Kumba) is sponsoring the development of Africaís first virtual reality (VR) mine design centre at the University of Pretoriaís (UPís) department of mining and engineering.

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Expert economist returns home as Director
School of Public Management and Administration
Posted on 23 Sep 2014

Prof Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu has been appointed as Director and Head of the School of Public Management and Administration (SPMA) with effect from 1 September 2014.

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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 Ė Rhino in Safe Hands. Boucher chose to specifically support UPís Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) and aims to raise enough money to register all South Africaís rhinos onto the DNA database of the VGL, known as RhODIS.

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Unlocking the secrets of lightning
Ansa Heyl
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.

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