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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.
Social Sciences
Regent Park residents sparked redevelopment, left with mixed feelings: urban studies undergrad research
How much influence do residents have when it comes to a community's redevelopment? “City officials and planners seemed to want to hear the voices of residents,” said Sonia Sobrino Ralston , w
Social Sciences
Boxing rebranded Justin Trudeau as leader: U of’T study
If Justin Trudeau someday becomes prime minister of Canada, he may owe his success in the blood sport of politics to a media image forged in the rough and tumble of the boxing ring, a new U of'T study suggests.
WHO backs U of’T professor's recommendations for reducing pain of vaccines
When the World Health Organization asked University of Toronto Professor Anna Taddio for help increasing vaccination rates around the world her overriding message was: make the needles less painful and scary.
Sport Sciences - Event
FIFA arrests: sports experts at U of’T on why this took so long and what it all means for the future of soccer
Seven FIFA officials were arrested May 27, accused of “rampant, systematic and deep-rooted corruption” – and that's good news for soccer, say experts at the University of Toronto, who've tracked problems with FIFA for more than a decade.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
New chip makes testing for antibiotic-resistant bacteria faster, easier
University of Toronto researchers' diagnostic chip reduces testing time from days to one hour, allowing doctors to pick the right antibiotic the first time It's a device that could transform doctors' ability to treat infections: a test for antibiotic resistance that works in just one hour – instead of several days.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Careers/Employment
Laying the groundwork for prosperity: Canadian cities and their universities
Canada's cities are building the foundations of our future prosperity, University of Toronto president Meric Gertler told a capacity crowd at the Empire Club of Canada.
Sport Sciences - Event
From Good to Gold: science and technology in high performance sport
When Dave Ross first started coaching trampoline athletes in the 1970s, sport and science weren't nearly as intertwined as they are now.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
Restoring eyesight and healing brains: how hydrogels can boost the work of stem cells
U of'T researchers show that engineered hydrogels not only help with stem cell transplantation, but actually speed healing in both the eye and brain It's a discovery that, in early lab trials, has been shown to partially reverse blindness and help the brain recover from stroke. Using a gel-like biomaterial called a hydrogel, University of Toronto scientists and engineers have made a breakthrough in cell transplantation that keeps cells alive and helps them integrate better into tissue.
Environmental Sciences - Earth Sciences
Research2Reality: understanding the ground-breaking work supported by your taxes
When University of Toronto physicist Dick Peltier began researching the interaction between the Earth's land, atmosphere, water and biosphere, he created mathematical models depicting how climate evolved over 750 million years and how it will change in the future.
U of T's Patricia McCarney launches Open City Data Portal
Hundreds of cities will now be able to compare themselves against other leading cities with the release of standardized data looking at everything from youth unemployment to energy consumption.
Literature/Linguistics - Sport Sciences
Doors Open Toronto: 12 things you must see at U of T
On May 23 and 24, the annual Doors Open Toronto (presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto) is set to take over 155 buildings in Toronto with the theme “Sports, Recreation and Leisure”.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
Canada could learn from Japan, Korea and Taiwan as it seeks to reform health care
Asian countries could provide insights for improving Canada's underperforming health-care system, says a new paper co-written by University of Toronto sociologist Ito Peng .
Social Sciences
Sharing the best cherry blossom moments at U of T
Even though each blossom lives between four and 10 days, the annual flowering of sakura (or cherry blossom) trees draws millions of tourists to destinations around the world.
Careers/Employment - Medicine/Pharmacology
Startup world: U of’T entrepreneurs take their companies to OCE Discovery conference
University of Toronto entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors showed off their startups at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery conference April 27 and 28 – making connections and sharing best practices for Toronto-based companies in the global economy.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Environmental Sciences
The megacities that hog all the energy - and those that don't
New York is an energy hog, London and Paris use relatively fewer resources and Tokyo conserves water like a pro. These are just a few of the findings from a new study on “megacity metabolism” – the world's first comprehensive survey of resources used and removed in each of the world's 27 largest metropolitan areas.
History/Archeology - Environmental Sciences
German history expert receives both Killam and Guggenheim fellowships
Professor James Retallack 's deep dive into pre-World War One Germany – illuminating a time when the promise of democratic reform and social justice was not yet derailed by fascism and communism – has earned both the Killam Research Fellowship and the Guggenheim Fellowship.
Sport Sciences
Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: the science of sprinting
For University of Toronto Olympian and Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games hopeful Sarah Wells , few athletic moments are as rife with anticipation as those leading up to when she places her feet on the starting blocks.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Psychology
Chancellor Michael Wilson named chair of Mental Health Commission of Canada
The University of Toronto's 33rd chancellor, The Honourable Michael H. Wilson , has been appointed chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Computer Science/Telecom - Business/Economics
Game-changing work with the NBA and more from one of world's top ten computer science departments
What do the Toronto Raptors and mobile advertising have in common? You can find the answer at department of computer science's Research in Action showcase, April 15.
Edward Snowden Archive: University of Toronto project gives you access to all leaked NSA documents
How much do you know about the American surveillance documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden – and how many of those National Security Agency documents have you read?
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
Can hosting the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games make Toronto a healthier city?
This summer, thousands of the world's top athletes will descend on our city to compete in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games , showcasing not only athletic prowess, but the dynamic and thriving City of Toronto.
Making vaccinations less painful and scary
Its goal is to increase vaccination rates and reduce the spread of disease globally – so the World Health Organization turned to the University of Toronto's Anna Taddio .
Astronomy - Administration/Government
Thirty Metre Telescope: "amazing news for Canadian astronomy"
The phrase “over the moon” doesn't begin to describe University of Toronto astronomy and astrophysics professor Raymond Carlberg 's feelings.
Social Sciences
How autocratic regimes use social media to win over citizens
China and Russia are leading an “insidious trend” among autocratic states to not only censor but subvert the Internet and social media, a development that could have serious consequences for democracy all over the world, says a University of Toronto professor.
Social Sciences - Psychology
The problem with solitary confinement
It's a practice that has been in the news since the Ashley Smith case first made headlines and, last week, the Ontario government announced it had launched a review of its solitary confinement policies.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
How a deadly fungus evades the immune system
New research from the University of Toronto has scientists re-thinking how a lethal fungus grows and kills immune cells. The study hints at a new approach to therapy for Candida albicans , one of the most common causes of bloodstream infections. Previously, scientists thought that Candida albicans spread by changing from a single, round cell to a long string of cells, or filaments.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
2015 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award goes to Dr. Janet Rossant
University Professor Janet Rossant is the winner of the 2015 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award – one of the most prestigious medical research awards in Canada.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
First light for a "made in Canada" search for extraterrestrial intelligence
On PI Day, March 14 2015, a team of astronomers expanded the search for extraterrestrial intelligence into a new realm when they made their first observation, known as “first-light”, with a ground-breaking instrument.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
Portable HIV blood-testing device from U of’T startup, ChipCare, readies for market with $5 million in funding
Headquartered at U of T's Banting & Best Centre, global health venture wins millions above target for its field-testing technology Imagine having blood drawn for HIV-related testing.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
Canada needs a universal drug plan - and it won't require tax increases, study finds
Contrary to common public perception, Canadian taxpayers could save billions by the introduction of a universal public drug plan to provide prescriptions to all Canadians, researchers say.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
Not the dress that broke the Internet but still pretty nifty
It's the reason television news anchors shouldn't wear striped ties and checked shirts: the moir effect. And it's the driving force behind a new laser measurement technique that could help develop non-invasive methods for studying tooth structure, says Dr. Anil Kishen , head of endodontics at the Faculty of Dentistry.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Earth Sciences
Scarborough needs light rapid transit, experts say
LRT along major east-west arterial roads make the most sense for Scarborough's urban makeup, according to a new report on rapid transit options from the University of Toronto.
Baby boomers are not as healthy as previously believed - but Gen X has no reason to gloat
We hear all the time that “50 is the new 40” or “60 is the new 40” – claims that make it sound as though today's baby boomers are healthier than their counterparts in other generations. But are they? A University of Toronto study published in the March 2015 issue of the Milbank Quarterly suggests that baby boomers are not likely to be healthier than other generations.
Agronomy/Food Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
How much sugar is in kids' meals in chain restaurants? Enough to shock researchers
University of Toronto researchers have found that half of kids' meals at chain restaurants exceed the World Health Organization's new daily limit for added sugar – and some account for several days' worth of the daily allowance. The WHO's guideline, released March 4 2015, recommends that for optimal health no more than five per cent of a person's total calories for the day should come from added sugar.
Physics/Materials Science - Arts and Design
Online Icicle Atlas - now you can 3D print your own icicles
Anyone who might be dreading the end of winter or cannot wait until it arrives again can now enjoy the beauty and mystery of icicles all year long with the Icicle Atlas.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
Anesthetics could have long-term impact on children’s brains
Anesthesiologists and toxicologists are issuing a caution to parents and health care professionals about the use of general anesthetics in children. Each year millions of infants, toddlers and preschool children require anesthesia or sedation for various procedures. The University of Toronto's Professor Beverley Orser and a team of anesthesiology investigators and toxicologists have analyzed existing animal and human studies for the impact of anesthetics on the developing brain.
Mathematics - Chemistry
Recognizing U of T’s rising stars
The Cannes Film Festival may have the Camra d'Or for debut filmmakers – but the research world has the Sloan Research Fellowships.
Law/Forensics - Philosophy
Assisted death: how the work of this philosopher informed the recent Supreme Court decision
In 2011, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) filed a lawsuit claiming that physician-assisted dying should be legal.
Environmental Sciences - Life Sciences
Size matters in the battle to adapt to diverse environments and avoid extinction
A new University of Toronto study may force scientists to rethink what is behind the mass extinction of amphibians occurring worldwide in the face of climate change, disease and habitat loss. The old clich “size matters” is in fact the gist of the findings by graduate student Stephen De Lisle and Professor Locke Rowe of U of T's department of ecology and evolutionary biology in a paper published February 18 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B .
Life Sciences - Literature/Linguistics
When choosing a mate is literally (yes, literally) a matter of life and death
Forget worrying about a sense of humour or an attractive personality. For male black widow spiders, finding an appropriate mate may come down to avoiding being eaten alive.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Business/Economics
President Gertler addresses top thinkers and policy makers in India
University of Toronto president Meric Gertler visited India from January 27 to 31, on his first visit to south Asia since becoming president.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
How much sleep do you really need? That depends: how old are you?
If you don't remembering reading about Professor John Peever 's latest research you might not be getting enough sleep. The University of Toronto neurobiologist was a co-author on the first peer-reviewed paper to recommended sleep times across the human lifespan. Peever represented the University of Toronto and the American Physiological Society on an international panel of experts appointed to determine how much sleep people of all ages need.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Chemistry
NSERC invests $5.3 million in U of’T research
The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded more than $5.3 million to 12 University of Toronto research projects.
Study of Religions - Social Sciences
Muslim women in Canada have high levels of equality, researchers say
"The idea that Muslims hold values that make it difficult for them to integrate into Canadian society is misguided," says Jeff Reitz A landmark study on gender equality among religious minorities
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
Vaccines: world needs new approach, more transparency, say researchers
A group of University of Toronto researchers is urging the world's health authorities to overhaul the way vaccine decisions are made and communicated, saying such decisions should no longer be made behind closed doors.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
Merck gives $7.5 million to the Structural Genomics Consortium at U of T
Global healthcare leader Merck has joined the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) at the University of Toronto with a $7.5 million contribution.
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