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University of Toronto

Business/Economics - Careers/Employment
Tech wearables holiday gift roundup: U of’T startups take on smart watches, biometrics and more
The holidays are upon us and as savvy shoppers search for gift ideas with a personal touch, wearable gadgets from U of T-developed companies are pret-a-porter for the fashionable tech lover on your list.
Administration/Government - Event
Canada First Research Excellence Fund will help U of’T compete globally: Gertler
The University of Toronto and other leading Canadian universities will be better equipped to compete globally, thanks to the newly-launched $1.5 billion Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF),
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
Solar power: researchers develop new technique for spraying solar cells onto products
Pretty soon, powering your tablet could be as simple as wrapping it in cling wrap. That's Illan Kramer 's hope. Kramer and colleagues have just invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using miniscule light-sensitive materials known as colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) – a major step toward making spray-on solar cells easy and cheap to manufacture.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
New $5 million NSERC network uses enzymes for greener manufacturing
Instead of using fossil fuels to make plastics and industrial chemicals, what if we could harness eco-friendly enzymes – nature's smallest helpers – to do the work? On November 28, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) announced a five-year, $5-million grant to create the Industrial Biocatalysis Network (IBN).
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
Historic $130-million gift to establish the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research
Largest private donation in Canadian health-care history will bring together the strengths of SickKids, UHN and U of'T in personalized genomic medicine, tissue engineering, and advanced cardiac care
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering
Convocation 2014 grads to watch: city builders
Universities play a key role in building and strengthening cities, helping them connect with the world and reinvent themselves in dynamic ways.
Astronomy - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
Convocation 2014 grads to watch: astronaut for hire Aaron Persad
For Aaron Persad , ‘reach for the stars' is far more than a clichéd phrase on a graduation card.
Agronomy/Food Science - Environmental Sciences
Waste not, want not: the cost of throwing out perfectly good food
Many kids have faced mothers who threatened punishment for not eating everything on their plates and wasting food.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Media Sciences/Political Sciences
CNN medical analyst, Dallas Morning News reporter, Munk School graduate
"Epidemiology is about connecting people's stories and finding patterns in diseases. Journalism is the same," says Dr. Seema Yasmin Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began, numerous commentators have appeared on television news shows to discuss the disease and its implications.
Social Sciences
Computer espionage attacks on human rights, civil liberties groups
Civil society organizations (CSOs) that work to protect human rights and civil liberties around the world are being bombarded with persistent and disruptive targeted computer espionage attacks, say researchers at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
Solving the mystery of increased hydrogen chloride in the Northern Hemisphere
University of Toronto physicist Kaley Walker has helped solve the scientific mystery behind the recent increase in ozone-depleting chemicals in the lower stratosphere of the Northern Hemisphere, despite a 25-year old ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
Study of Religions - Medicine/Pharmacology
Crack cocaine and religion: inside Guatemala's Christian rehab centres
What happens when addiction is defined as a sin instead of a sickness? In Guatemala, it means snatching addicts off the streets and holding them against their will in “compulsory” Christian rehabilitation centres.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
Moving the clocks back and seasonal affective disorder or SAD
The days are getting shorter. Daylight savings time ended at 2 a.m. Sunday. Falling leaves will soon be replaced by falling snow.
Agronomy/Food Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
Salt levels in restaurant meals "alarmingly high" - legislation needed, says researcher
"There is an urgent need for legislation that requires both calorie and sodium information on restaurant menus," says Mary L'Abbé University of Toronto researchers have found that a large majority
Careers/Employment - Business/Economics
U of’T Cities podcast final episode: future cities
It's been a long road to election day in Toronto. But – regardless of which candidates come out on top – all the ideas brought to life through debates, platforms, opinion pieces and public discussion will result in a new city and set its citizens on a new path.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environmental Sciences
Transatlantic Science Week 2014 at U of T
As the world grapples with the question of how best to address climate change, many scientists are looking to some of the coldest places on Earth for answers.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
Ebola: controlling outbreak in West Africa most effective way to decrease international risk, paper says
Controlling the Ebola virus outbreak at the source in West Africa is the most effective way to decrease international risk of transmission, a new study published in The Lancet has found.
How action video games bolster sensorimotor skills
People who play action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed seem to learn a new sensorimotor skill more quickly than non-gamers do, say University of Toronto psychology researchers.
Environmental Sciences - Architecture
U of’T Cities podcast episode three: sustainable cities
With the election just a week away, voter decisions are coming down to the wire: when it comes time to actually cast their ballot, will the choice they make help build a better Toronto?
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö visits U of T
Finland and Canada need to work together to ensure the Arctic region is developed sustainably, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö told a standing-room only audience at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Business/Economics
U of’T Cities podcast episode two: the future of transit
U of'T News is presenting a mini-series of podcasts aimed at giving voters – or anyone interested in the future of cities – an idea of what Toronto and other global cities could look like just a
Social Sciences - Literature/Linguistics
Canada needs to re-think how it engages with China, says former ambassador
Canada's former ambassador to China stressed the importance of better engaging with the emerging superpower in the first of several public lectures at the University of Toronto Scarborough that will examine the deepening relationship between the two countries.
Tackling dirty water, childhood hunger
Canadians often take safe drinking water and a stable food supply for granted. But in many parts of the world, people are much less fortunate.
Administration/Government - Arts and Design
U of’T Cities podcast episode one: the future of traffic
Issues driving public debate and city politics over the past year are heating up as Toronto voters get ready to head to the polls.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Business/Economics
New IMFG report highlights key election issues in six Ontario cities
As municipal politicians across the province vie for votes, transit is a key issue for four of Ontario's six biggest cities, says a new report from the University of Toronto's Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG). “There will be plenty of political intrigue in the run up to the municipal elections,” said Zachary Spicer.
Literature/Linguistics - Medicine/Pharmacology
Aboard the HMS Terror at the University of Toronto
What do the University of Toronto Library and the discovery of a wrecked ship in the cold waters off Nunavut have in common? More than you would imagine, says Anne Dondertman , associate librarian for special collections and director of U of T's Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.
Computer Science/Telecom
ScribbleLive: U of’T entrepreneur revolutionizes delivery of breaking news
When Jonathan Keebler graduated from the University of Toronto's department of computer science in 2003, he didn't really know what the future would hold.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
Creating a Pandemic of Health: global conference gathers experts at U of T
They're calling it a health epidemic. And organizers of an upcoming global health equity and innovation summit at the University of Toronto say they hope it will be contagious.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Careers/Employment
Sick, fired and deported: what happens to injured or ill migrant farm workers in Ontario
For migrant farm workers in Ontario, getting sick or injured can mean losing a job and getting deported, a practice that raises concerns for human rights and health equity, say researchers at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
Philosophy - Psychology
Moral violations: hard to stomach? Hard to swallow?
It's common to refer to acts of business fraud or misbehaving politicians as disgusting, but according to new research being morally offended is not just a manner of speech. What we find morally offensive can be physically offensive as well. The study, led by University of Toronto Scarborough and Rotman School of Management Assistant Professor Cindy Chan , revealed that people are less likely to consume beverages if they are exposed to moral violations.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Medicine/Pharmacology
Why this U of’T biotech entrepreneur made MIT’s Innovators Under 35 list
David He finds himself in good company today: MIT Technology Review just named him to its list of Innovators Under 35.
Five frequently asked questions about Toronto’s finances
What should Toronto's mayoral and council candidates – and the city's voters – understand about the city's finances?
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
What you need to know about the Ebola virus
The world is watching the outbreak of Ebola virus infection that has spread across West Africa, through the countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and most recently Nigeria, since early 2014.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
Beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils increase fullness and could help manage weight
Eating about one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can increase fullness, which may lead to better weight management and weight loss, a new study from a University of Toronto expert has found.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
U of’T scientist to play key role on Mars 2020 Rover Mission
When NASA's next rover lands on Mars in 2020 to conduct unprecedented investigations, the seven highly-sophisticated instruments on board will include a long-anticipated radar with a U of'T connection.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
Conflict in Gaza is a public health issue, says Dr. Izzeldin Abelaish
In January 2009, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish watched as two tank shells hit his apartment in Gaza, killing three of his daughters and a niece, and seriously wounding a fourth daughter.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
Conflict in Gaza is a public health issue, says Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
In January 2009, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish watched as two tank shells hit his apartment in Gaza, killing three of his daughters and a niece, and seriously wounding a fourth daughter.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
"Killer sperm" prevents mating between worm species
The classic definition of a biological species is the ability to breed within its group, and the inability to breed outside it. A study published July 29 in the journal PLOS Biology offers some important clues about the evolution of barriers to breeding. The vast majority of the time, mating across species is merely unsuccessful in producing offspring, though there are exceptions.
Event - Physics/Materials Science
Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17: examining the evidence
Nearly a week after the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was destroyed over Ukraine, questions abound over what exactly happened. Writer Jelena Damjanovic spoke to professors Tracy Rogers and Doug Perovic about the procedures − and the challenges − of gathering scientific evidence and performing analysis to determine the causes of such tragedies.
Arts and Design - Literature/Linguistics
Rude a #1 Billboard hit for MAGIC! man Mark Pellizzer
For Faculty of Music graduate and MAGIC! guitarist Mark Pellizzer there are no tricks to writing a Billboard #1 hit single – just hard work, an ear for a musical hook, and persistence.
Researchers create "black box" for use in operating rooms to improve patient care
Associate Professor Teodor Grantcharov and his team of researchers have developed a “black box” for using in operating rooms, similar to that used in the airline industry. Dr. Grantcharov said the goal is to improve patient safety and outcomes by identifying where errors occur in the OR and teaching surgeons how to prevent them.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
How high do you feel? Research shows it matters
The opportunity to learn about a revolutionary technology that could significantly advance microfluidics research brought scientists from Brazil, England, Taiwan and elsewhere to Aaron Wheeler 's chemistry laboratory recently.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
Attacking the energy grid: cyber secrets worth stealing inside your home
At a recent gathering of Canada's energy and utilities regulators, delegates voiced their greatest fear: a coordinated physical and cyber-attack on critical infrastructure.
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
One third of adults with dyslexia report physical abuse in childhood
Adults who have dyslexia are much more likely to report they were physically abused before they turned 18 than their peers without dyslexia. That was the finding of a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Researchers found 35 per cent of adults with dyslexia report they were physically abused before they turned 18.
Helping solve Kenya's retinoblastoma challenge
The potential to solve global health problems is limitless if you identify common goals, focus on mutual benefits and approach problems at a human level.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
Foreign-trained physicians frustrated at lack of residency positions in higher-income countries
Foreign-trained physicians feel there are not enough residency positions for them in countries such as Canada and the United States and this information was not communicated to them before they emigrated, a new study has found.
Men and women use mental health services differently
Women with chronic physical illnesses are more likely to use mental health services than men with similar illnesses; they also seek out mental health services six months earlier than those same men, according to new research from medical sociologist Flora Matheson .
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
Worried your insomnia might cause high blood pressure?
There's good news for the 30 per cent or more of adults who suffer from insomnia – difficulty falling asleep, waking up for prolonged periods during the night or unwanted early morning awakenings. New research from Assistant Professor Nicholas Vozoris , a respirologist at St. Michael's Hospital, has found that insomnia does not put them at increased risk of developing high blood pressure.