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Prof Stephanie Burton marks a milestone as UP’s Vice-Principal of Research
Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe recently hosted a farewell cocktail party at the Future Africa institute and campus to honour Professor Stephanie Burton – but do not for one minute think she is leaving the employ of the University of Pretoria. Far from it. Nor is she even... Read more
University of Pretoria (UP) scientists Professor Tahir Pillay and Professor Celia Abolnik were part of teams that won prizes in the annual Gauteng Accelerator Programme (GAP) Innovation Competition, run by the Innovation Hub and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. The prizes were awarded in the Biosciences category. Prof Pillay,... Read more
Building Africa’s AI initiative
Considerations behind the largest and most complex undertaking of its kind in Africa’s history. In collaboration with academia, Cirrus is a private sector led initiative bringing together academia and industry for the establishment of a world class artificial intelligence (AI) research and application capability for Africa. Although launched in 2019, work on... Read more
UJ Arts & Culture wins Best Theatre Set Design at Naledi Theatre Awards
The UJ Arts & Culture division within the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) won two awards at the 2020 Naledi Theatre Awards. The online event awarded creatives whose productions were staged in 2019. UJ Arts & Culture scooped awards for Best Theatre Set Design for their production, Metamorphosis staged in 2019 at... Read more
UP academics on how best to support dementia sufferers
By Adele May, PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria (UP), and Professor Shakila Dada of the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at UP. The thought of having our memories erased and being unable to recognise the people we cherish would elicit fear in most individuals. For adults... Read more
Four scenarios as  SA universities build a new normal post-COVID-19
A paper authored by University of Pretoria (UP) academics highlights four scenarios that could face SA universities as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to reverberate through every industry and sector nationally and globally. The paper is authored byDrGerald Wangenge-Ouma, Director of Institutional Planning at UP and Professor... Read more
York Timbers funds multidisciplinary Chair in wood structural engineering at UP
Forestry company York Timbers, the largest solid wood processor in South Africa, has signed a funding agreement with the University of Pretoria (UP) to establish a Chair in data-driven wood structural engineering to promote a more sustainable built environment and the African bio-economy. This initiative will be based at... Read more
Hummingbirds drop body temperature to near freezing point
A University of Pretoria (UP) professor of zoology was part of a team that recently published a study that reveals that tiny hummingbirds living in the Andes Mountains in Peru drop their body temperature from 40°C to 3.3°C, near freezing point, to survive bitterly cold nights. “It is the... Read more
It’s time for a (trans)formation that liberates trans, gender-diverse, and all people
When JK Rowling suggested that transgender (hereafter trans1) women in bathrooms could pose a threat to cisgender (hereafter cis) women and that “many health professionals are concerned that young people struggling with their mental health are being shunted towards hormones and surgery when this may not be in their... Read more
How a ground-breaking communication tool helps get legal justice for abused women who can’t speak
With August being Women’s Month, campaigns are being launched across the media to raise awareness of violence against women. But women with disabilities often fall outside these initiatives – even though they are four to 10 times more susceptible to being victims of sexual and physical abuse. Ronel* is... Read more

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