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Refugees, national security and morality - Munk panel debates the issues before the Paris attacks
Did one of the perpetrators of the Paris terrorist attacks get into the country by posing as a Syrian refugee? That's one of the questions being posed this week, along with broader issues about the balance between compassion and national security.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
Why most cancer deaths occur in middle-income and low-income countries
New research shows investments in the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer – as well as palliative care – are increasingly needed in the countries where most of the world's cancer deaths occur: low-income and middle-income countries.
Canada Next: why this country should welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees
Ask Ato Quayson about the Syrian refugee crisis and he‘ll start talking about the end of the Ottoman Empire.
Russia’s doping scandal: U of’T sports expert on the crimes and punishments
Shockwaves rippled through the world of sport on Nov. 9 when the results of an independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) revealed state-sponsored doping in Russia.
Business/Economics - Medicine/Pharmacology
Canada Next: researchers explain what the return of the long-form census means for Canada
Alan Walks: "It was actually harming Canadian business, harming the competitive aspect of businesses and entrepreneurs not to have this data" The new federal Liberal government is bringing back the long-form census for 2016 and no one is more grateful than University of Toronto researchers.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
U of’T physicists among team members receiving Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
University of Toronto physicists are on two of the five teams receiving the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics tonight for major insights into the deepest questions of the Universe.
Business/Economics - Administration/Government
Canada Next: Richard Florida, Roger Martin and David Wolfe on getting innovation right
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his cabinet, he added the term “innovation” to the title of the new Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
New test to detect common cause of male infertility will help men avoid testicular biopsies
Associate Professor Elena Kolomietz: "Our technology is unique to the world and our goal is to diagnose men earlier and more accurately." A University of Toronto scientist has developed a targeted test for the most common cause of male infertility that will help men avoid unnecessary, sometimes painful procedures and plan for the future.
New guidance for breastfeeding mothers on medication
An estimated 60 to 70 per cent of breastfeeding mothers use over-the-counter or prescription drugs – so researchers from the University of Toronto are now creating guidelines aimed at helping women and babies stay safe and healthy.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
Who kicked a giant planet out of our Solar System 4 billion years ago? We're looking at you, Jupiter
It's like something out of an interplanetary chess game. Or maybe our Solar System playground during recess. Astrophysicists at the University of Toronto have found that a close encounter with Jupiter about four billion years ago may have resulted in another planet's ejection from the Solar System altogether.
Administration/Government - Business/Economics
Election 2015: what just happened - and what's next for Canada?
The election of Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister could usher in major domestic changes and improve the perception of Canada on the world stage, U of'T Professor David Soberman says.
Psychology - Sport Sciences
Toronto Blue Jays’ psychologist on the importance of channeling emotions, maintaining perspective
The Toronto Blue Jays face the Kansas City Royals tonight in the American League Championship Series, after a riveting duel with the Texas Rangers.
Administration/Government - Medicine/Pharmacology
U of’T one of world's top three universities: NTU Ranking
The University of Toronto placed third in the world in the National Taiwan University Ranking, behind only Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities.
Sport Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
Transforming Toronto: U of’T experts on Blue Jays buzz
As a few hibernating mammals in the Arctic might not be aware, the Toronto Blue Jays are in the playoffs.
Election 2015: Canada's role on the world's stage
With the federal election less than two weeks away, internal reports leaked last week had senior Foreign Affairs officials raising the alarm on Canada's international reputation being “eroded.”
History/Archeology - Event
MacArthur Fellowship goes to U of’T archaeologist
They call them genius grants – and the University of Toronto's Dimitri Nakassis , an archaeologist in the department of classics, is among the 24 people receiving one this year.
Social Sciences
Election 2015: did anyone win that debate on the economy?
The three major national party leaders argued about economic issues on Sept. 17 in Calgary – but it is unclear whether voters are now better informed about their views, Professor Chris Cochrane says.
Law/Forensics - Administration/Government
Refugee crisis: Canada "could do a lot more" expert says
As tens of thousands of refugees continue a perilous journey across Europe, and images of their desperation flood our screens, the world seems no better prepared to handle the crisis than at its onset.
Life Sciences
Darwinius fossil: longer in the tooth than we thought?
A famous fossil of an early primate has more in common with modern lemurs than researchers previously thought based on how its teeth erupted, University of Toronto researchers say. PhD student Sergi López-Torres and Associate Professors Mary Silcox and Michael Schillaci of U of'T Scarborough developed a new model that re-examines the interpretation of Darwinius, the best preserved fossil primate known to exist.
Administration/Government - Social Sciences
Police investigating online threats targeting women, feminists at U of T
The University of Toronto is working with Toronto police as they investigate disturbing and graphic online threats made anonymously against women and feminists at the university.
From Syria's lost scholars to civilians trapped in Iraq - Molly Thomas on telling the world's difficult stories
“I love telling stories that are different – immersing myself in new places where my outlook on life is constantly challenged,” says U of'T Master of Global Affairs student and television journalist Molly Thomas .
Medicine/Pharmacology - Careers/Employment
JLABS startup incubator selects University of Toronto, MaRS for first international expansion
The University of Toronto has joined forces with the Government of Ontario, the MaRS Discovery District and Johnson & Johnson Innovation to establish the first JLABS incubator in Canada.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
U of’T expands research facilities in new partnership with MaRS
The University of Toronto has acquired four floors in the new west tower of MaRS and will be taking a 20 per cent equity share in the building.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Chemistry
U of T-designed microchip predicts donor lung viability
The smallest damage to a donor lung can be fatal to the recipient but a new microchip can reveal damaged tissue even at the molecular level University of Toronto researchers have found a way to qu
Business/Economics - Administration/Government
Citizen Lab: elaborate phishing attack targets Iranian diaspora, dissidents
It begins with a phone call from a UK phone number, with callers speaking in either English or Farsi.
Election 2015: when it comes to political ads, it's a mixed bag
All three main political parties could be doing a better job of getting their message out through television ads, David Soberman says.
Administration/Government - Medicine/Pharmacology
University of Toronto one of top 25 universities in the world - again
The University of Toronto has once again been rated one of the top 25 universities in the world and first in Canada in the distinguished Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) , produced annually by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Like a ninja: N++ video game takes N to a whole new level (make that 2,360 levels)
A project that began as an experiment while attending the University of Toronto more than a decade ago has landed Mare Sheppard and Raigan Burns a worldwide distribution deal with Sony's Playstation.
Mathematics - Medicine/Pharmacology
Will the Blue Jays make the playoffs? A statistics professor discusses the odds
After an impressive 11-game winning streak that thrilled longtime fans and attracted new ones, the Toronto Blue Jays faced the Yankees on August 14 with great expectations from the stands.
Social Sciences - Psychology
Can you tell a trustworthy from an untrustworthy face? The answer will surprise you
Can an apparent look of trustworthiness make the difference between life and death for convicted felons? Research by Nicholas Rule and John Paul Wilson of the department of psychology suggests it can.
Social Sciences - Administration/Government
Citizen Lab reports on censorship in Chinese social video platforms
A new report from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab suggests companies hosting interactive online video content in China are censoring that content – from dance performances and comedy routines to songs – based on directives from government. Their findings are already making headlines here at home and around the world.
How hunger leads to higher health-care costs
People who struggle to put food on the table use health care more – and account for much higher health-care costs – than people with the same income level who don't experience food insecurity, University of Toronto researchers say. Published on August 10 by the Canadian Medical Association Journal 's website, the new study by Professor Valerie Tarasuk is already making headlines thanks to its many troubling findings.
Election 2015: David Soberman analyzes the first leaders' debate
Canadians got their first major taste of the federal election campaign in a two-hour television debate on August 6 that saw Prime Minister Stephen Harper defending himself from attacks by three party leaders over his handling of the economy and the environment. The Maclean's magazine debate, moderated by its political editor, Paul Wells, brought Harper, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May together on stage for the first time.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Event
Champion for sport: meet alumna and paracyclist Shelley Gautier
On a tricycle, alumna Shelley Gautier is the world's fastest woman. She's a nine-time Paracycling Road World Champion (including the gold she won just last week in Switzerland).
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Law/Forensics
Flight MH370: forensic engineering expert on the significance of debris
As investigators continue to find items of interest along the Runion coastline, Professor Doug Perovic explains what experts are looking for and what happens next Plane debris found on the French island of R union in the western Indian Ocean has renewed hopes experts can determine the fate of flight MH370 which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 500 days ago.
Life Sciences
Why Tyrannosaurus and other predators had such fearsome teeth
The Tyrannosaurus rex – and other theropod dinosaurs feared and loved by children everywhere – had a unique, deeply serrated tooth structure, researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered. That structure is what allowed the dinosaurs to easily tear through the flesh and bone of other dinosaurs, researchers say.
Social Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
Bruce Kidd: sprinter Dutee Chand’s historic win for right to compete "affirms women exactly as they are"
Nineteen-year-old Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has won the right to compete internationally, in a first-of-its-kind ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
How stem cell research and regenerative medicine saved this man's life
Jonathan Furneaux flew in from St. John's for a news conference at the University of Toronto July 28.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
U of’T to transform regenerative medicine thanks to historic $114-million federal grant
The University of Toronto is set to cement its position as one of the world's leading centres for the design and manufacture of cells, tissues and organs that can be used to treat degenerative disease, thanks to a $114-million grant from the federal government.
Environmental Sciences - Business/Economics
Canada's economy: should forest fires, drought, oil spills and a decline in the dollar make you worried?
The Canadian dollar sank to its lowest level in more than a decade this week and across the country the news making headlines included drought, forest fires, oil spills and increased demand at food banks.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
This startup combines genomics with one of technology's hottest fields: deep learning
It's the first startup in the world to combine more than a decade of world-leading expertise in the fields of both deep learning and genome biology. Its goal: to transform the way genetic diseases are diagnosed and treated. Launched July 22, Deep Genomics was spun out of research at the University of Toronto and its founders say it will transform genetic testing, pharmaceutical development and personalized medicine.
Environmental Sciences - Life Sciences
How bass are wiping out vulnerable fish species and what that tells us about climate change
If it seems like you're pulling more bass than trout out of Ontario's lakes this summer, you probably are. Blame it on the ripple effect of climate change and warming temperatures. Birds migrate earlier, flowers bloom faster, and fish move to newly warmed waters putting local species at risk. To mitigate the trend and support conservation efforts, scientists at the University of Toronto are sharing a way to predict which plants or animals may be vulnerable to the arrival of a new species.
Hello Pluto: why NASA's New Horizons travelled 4.7 billion kilometres just to see a former planet
On July 14, 2015 the New Horizons spacecraft sped past the dwarf planet Pluto at 14 km per second, after a nine-year journey of almost 5 billion kilometres. The probe contains an array of scientific equipment which will provide scientists with a wealth of data and give us the most detailed images yet of the distant world.
Environmental Sciences - Business/Economics
Wildfires: U of’T expert explains why they're raging in Western Canada and the impact on cities
Wildfires are burning throughout Western Canada this summer, causing the evacuation of communities, the straining of firefighting resources and even the death of one firefighter.
Administration/Government - Business/Economics
It's not the next Greece but here's why Puerto Rico's debt is making news
Just when all the economic news seems to be from Greece, Puerto Rico – the fourth-largest island of the Caribbean and a territory of the United States – has made headlines of its own with a staggering public debt of US $72 billion.
Careers/Employment - Business/Economics
NBA’s Ben Gordon signs on to U of’T wearable tech sports coaching startup, Onyx Motion
Onyx Motion is partnering with NBA shooting guard Ben Gordon in a bid to raise the calibre of digital basketball coaching offered by the company's first-of-its-kind-tech, a smartwatch app that offers on-court skills guidance.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Environmental Sciences
Retreating sea ice could mean a colder Europe, researchers say
Retreating sea ice in the Iceland and Greenland seas may be changing the circulation of warm and cold water in the Atlantic Ocean and could ultimately affect the climate in Europe.
Why the U.S. Supreme Court was bound to legalize same-sex marriage: U of’T expert analysis
In an historic victory for equal rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favour of legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states: the constitutionally awarded right to marry will no longer be reserved for heterosexual couples in America.
Life Sciences - Earth Sciences
Meet Hallucigenia: the 500-million-year-old worm whose throat was lined with needle-like teeth
A new study of an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago – a worm-like animal with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has definitively identified its he
Arts and Design - Medicine/Pharmacology
Beat It! Listening to music leads to longer workouts, U of’T researchers say
Listening to music while you exercise can increase the length of your workout by up to 70 per cent, shows new research from the University of Toronto. The study found that cardiac patients who listened to music that was synchronized with the tempo of their workout had greater compliance to exercise plans and increased their overall daily activity.
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