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Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
U of’T researchers lead cancer-fighting Dream Team
When Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Canada wanted to assemble a “Dream Team” of researchers to fight brain cancer, they turned to the University of Toronto.
Arts and Design - History/Archeology
Christos Hatzis on his music for Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation
Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is a ballet and a shattering history lesson in one.
Environmental Sciences - Chemistry
New U of’T Scarborough building a greener, more efficient way to foster innovation
The new home for the University of Toronto Scarborough's Environmental Science and Chemistry programs means undergrads will be doing research in a facility built to the highest of environmental standards.
Zika virus: U of’T experts on what you need to know
Most people infected will not even know they're sick, experts say, but link to birth defects "is a very active area of research now" U.S President Barack Obama called for urgent action against the Zika virus on Jan.
Analyzing SmartTrack: U of’T expert Eric Miller on John Tory’s transit plan
Some future U of'T students might find it a little less crowded getting to the downtown Toronto campus by subway if Mayor John Tory 's SmartTrack transit plan is implemented.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Psychology
Close to 40 per cent of formerly suicidal Canadians reach complete mental health
More than one third of formerly suicidal Canadians have reached a state of complete mental health, says a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. The study, published online in the Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviour journal, was co-authored by Philip Baiden , a PhD student, and Esme Fuller-Thomson , Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair in Social Work and interim director of the Institute for Life Course and Aging.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
U of’T to take action on Truth and Reconciliation Commission
University of Toronto President Meric Gertler and Vice-President and Provost Cheryl Regehr have struck a university-wide steering committee in response to the federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission's challenge to Canadians to engage in an ongoing process of reconciliation.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau backs commercialization of stem cell research by U of’T and partners
Regenerative medicine is the way of the future for Canadian health care, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says, and two new initiatives are helping strengthen the commitment of U of'T and its partners to stem cell research and manufacturing.
Why Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already the top-grossing film of the United States
The "economic potential of deferring the audience's desire for narrative closure," Chewbacca Honey Shreddies and Mark Hamill's beard It's the highest grossing film the United States has ever seen, topping Avatar 's $760.5m domestic gross.
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
Fearing a massive market turndown? Why it’s "way too early" to be concerned
For investors, it's been a nerve-wracking week. The Toronto Stock Exchange and Dow Jones Industrial have dropped dramatically.
Study of Religions - Physics/Materials Science
Saudi Arabia and Iran: U of’T experts explain the situation
With the execution of prominent critic and Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Jan 2, Saudi Arabia has triggered a renewed escalation of the Shia-Sunni sectarian conflict in the Middle East.
Environmental Sciences - Administration/Government
2016: three city experts on the year ahead
Inspired by politicians like John Tory who look to U of'T for expertise and advice, U of'T News asked several experts in civic affairs to suggest areas where Toronto should take action in 2016.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Internet is ablaze as fans around the world share their experience of Star Wars: The Force Awakens − the movie that's already crushing box office records with $57 million in preview screenings.
Life Sciences
Rare find at Burgess Shale: preserved embryos inside 508-million-year-old Waptia fossil
Long before kangaroos carried their joeys in their pouches and honey bees nurtured their young in hives, there was the 508-million-year-old Waptia . Little is known about the shrimp-like creature first discovered in the renowned Canadian Burgess Shale fossil deposit a century ago, but recent analysis by scientists from the University of Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, and France's Centre national de la recherche scientifique has uncovered eggs with embryos preserved within the body of the animal.
Losing weight can make you more attractive, experts say - but there’s a catch
Researchers at the University of Toronto have determined the amount of weight people need to gain or lose before others notice or find them more attractive – based on the way their faces look. “Women and men of average height need to gain or lose about three and a half and four kilograms, or about eight and nine pounds, respectively, for anyone to see it in their face,” said Nicholas Rule , associate professor in the Faculty of Arts & Science and Canada Research Chair in Social Perception and Cognition.
Earth Sciences
Under the expressway: the vision behind "the gift of the Gardiner"
For Judy Matthews , the Gardiner Expressway is “like our Berlin Wall, to be taken down psychologically and re-invented in a way that makes it a place for people.” Matthews and her husband Wil
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
World AIDS Day: researchers launch free resource to improve patients’ quality of life
Millions of people are now living with – rather than dying from – HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa due to combination drug therapies.
Philosophy - Social Sciences
Why Canada should accept 100,000 refugees and help "knock ISIS off its pedestal"
The number has been in the news for weeks: 25,000. But a country as large and rich as Canada could easily resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees over the next two or three years, Professor Randall Hansen says.
Administration/Government - Business/Economics
Reuters: U of’T is Canada’s most innovative university
The University of Toronto is Canada's most innovative university and among the top 50 innovative universities in the world, according to a recent Reuters report.
Administration/Government - Business/Economics
Canada Next: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the world stage
For Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the G20 and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summits last week were an opportunity for world leaders to meet the new face of Canada.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
A tumour you can unroll: engineers create new technology for understanding cancer growth
A team of U of'T engineers is unrolling the mysteries of cancer – literally. They have developed a way to grow cancer cells in the form of a rolled-up sheet that mimics the 3D environment of a tumour, yet can also be taken apart in seconds. The platform, described in a new Nature Materials paper, offers a way to speed up the development of new drugs and therapies and ask new questions about how cancer cells behave.
Social Sciences - Event
Canada Next: Munk panels on terrorism, ISIS and the global refugee crisis
The University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs held two sessions about terrorism on Nov.
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.
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