Situated 500 metres away from medical campus, Hippokrates residence is a mixed senior undergraduate residence. Hippo as it is affectionately known, offers the best of both worlds therefore it is the ideal place for students that are not straight out of high school but are interested in the ever so vibrant life of an undergraduate student living in a residence.
At Hippo you are allowed to turn your room to your home away from home. The range of rooms available varies from double rooms, single rooms with balconies overlooking the braai area and garden, bachelor flats some of which either have balconies or gardens. With such an environment that encourages utmost comfort why wouldn’t one strive for academic excellence?
Debra Deel science programme on television - 07/07/2014
Debra Deel, a television programme which aims to make science more accessible to the public at large, starts 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.
Leading expert on fracking, shale gas and water resources speaks at UP - 07/07/2014
Speaking at UP, Professor Avner Vengosh, Professor of Geochemistry and Water Quality and Chair of the Water and Air Resources programme at the Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University, USA, shared his expertise on the risks to water resources posed by unconventional shale gas development and hydraulic fracking in the United States. This was an appropriate topic of discussion given recurring debates on water issues and the exploration of fracking in the Karoo.
The secret life in extreme landscapes - 07/07/2014
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.
Four winners from UP in NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards - 04/07/2014
Four UP researchers have emerged as winners of their respective categories in the NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards Ceremony held at Emperor’s Palace on 3 July 2014. They are “tree doctor” Prof Brenda Wingfield, genomics expert Prof Don Cowan, bat researcher Prof Wanda Markotter and audiologist Prof De Wet Swanepoel. The annual NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards Ceremony is widely recognised as South Africa’s “Science Oscars”, honouring achievers in scientific research and related activities. This year, seven of the 48 finalists came from UP.
Faculty of Veterinary Science's Equine Research Centre key to success of new horse export strategy - 03/07/2014
In spite of significant international interest in South African horses, investment in this sector currently falls far short of its potential. The main reason for this is the prevalence of African horse sickness (AHS). In a multi-disciplinary collaboration to improve research initiatives in AHS, UP’s Equine Research Centre based at the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the University of the Witwatersrand, along with various other role players, have developed a strategy to be presented to various potential trading partners.
Searching for Noah's Ark: Analysing the Ararat Anomaly - 02/07/2014
Prof Sunil Maharaj of the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, and Francois Luus, a PhD student, recently featured in an article titled “Noah’s search: probing satellite imagery for lost ark”, which was headlined on Space.com, Discovery.com, as well as the science pages of Yahoo and Fox News.
Getting rid of rabies - 01/07/2014
The Faculty of Veterinary Science’s Prof Darryn Knobel is in pursuit of eliminating dog rabies across Africa through a novel approach to rabies research. Rabies claims the lives of thousands of people across the continent every year but, for the first time in decades, using evidence-based research the elimination of this devastating disease is considered feasible. Knobel uses a simple method of understanding demographics to determine the vaccination thresholds required for rabies to die out.