March 31, 2017 | Jennifer Robinson
U of T researchers core of new independent artificial intelligence centre
U of T researchers core of new independent artificial intelligence centre
“The economic impact of an automated workforce will be much bigger than many observers expect,” — Dave Ticoll, Innovation Policy Lab at U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs.
The students behind CivicSpark – a University of Toronto group devoted to fostering the next generation of city builders – will bring 13 undergraduate teams from universities across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) together this weekend to offer their solutions to the area’s affordable housing problem.
Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival, the university’s largest powwow in decades, is being organized by U of T students and is open to the public.
Professor John Robinson is U of T’s first-ever presidential adviser on the environment, climate change and sustainability
As vice-president of university operations and vice-provost, academic operations, Professor Scott Mabury is one of U of T’s most highly sought decision-makers.
Making Toronto “a stronger, more resilient and more inclusive city”… While global events might bring the doom and gloom, it’s Toronto’s chance to shine in 2017, urban experts say.
Through Stories of Ours, Kang’s storytelling project, Torontonians from all walks of life are encouraged to share their lived experiences.
Jane Jacobs’s contribution to city building is undeniable. The famed urbanist influenced generations of academics, city planners and activists.
Conference addresses the relationship between the humanities, social sciences and urban centres as an essential element for creating more inclusive and democratically engaged cities.
PhD student and Food Systems Lab Founder Tammara Soma, is working with private, public and community organizations to find solutions to Canada’s waste problem.
“I am honoured that the Prime Minister has nominated me to serve in the Senate during this important period of reform” — Tony Dean
Canada’s stagnant growth is taking a toll on the job market, but Professor Rafael Gomez says the trend toward precarious work is nothing new.
It takes a city to take action on climate change. University of Toronto professors and students are hoping to launch a wide-scale public engagement program called FutureTalks.
“I’ve always been passionate about art for community building and social change,” — #UofT grad Alexis Kane Speer, founder of STEPS Initiative, an award winning public arts organization.
The $225,000 fellowships, awarded by The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation to up to five individuals each year, recognizes and supports the work of humanists and social scientists who venture beyond the boundaries of their disciplines to find new solutions to complex issues of major importance to Canadians.
Kensington Market has rich multicultural history and long tradition of grassroots community outreach.
Geography & Planning Professor, wants to debunk conventional wisdom that people who live in urban “food deserts” – neighbourhoods with limited access to healthy food – adopt unhealthy eating habits.
Undergraduate and graduate students travel through different neighbourhoods in Jerusalem, studying urban regeneration, inclusive public spaces and place-making.
In 1976, the City of Toronto proposed bike lanes for a busy section of Bloor Street that includes an area known as the “Annex.” Forty years later, those bike lanes may finally become a reality, and U of T student Cody Kita can say he capped his undergraduate career by playing a small but important role in the epic battle.
More than 200 faculty members on all three U of T campuses in a variety of disciplines are researching topics in energy and the environment, including climate change – many in collaboration with leading national and international organizations.
Report outlines a plan of decisive action that calls on every facet of the University — as a leader in research, teaching, and as an energy consumer – to join in the fight against climate change.
Goh brings to the position “entrepreneurship experience and passion for the translation of scientific discovery to technologies that benefit society” — Professor Scott Mabury.
It’s not unusual for university students to develop proposals for governments or businesses as part of their classwork. It’s less usual for those organizations to actually implement such policies.
The new transit plan that includes a stop at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) will be a major “boon for future students” Associate Professor Matti Siemiatycki says.
Toronto is heading into a massive period of investment in infrastructure, and a new U of T report suggests ways it can be done without equally massive cost overruns.
Named one of the Globe and Mail’s “Top Torontonians who got things done in 2014” Brett Chang has consistently had his eye on improving Toronto’s transit system.
Adjunct professor Namrata Shrestha, at the School of the Environment discusses her research on roads, highways and wildlife in urban landscapes.
Professors weigh in on what Toronto should focus on accomplishing and improving in 2016.
Over 7,000 University of Toronto students fill out StudentMoveTO survey about commuting concerns.
Shauna Brail has been at the University of Toronto for more than a decade, but in the months following her appointment in July as urban affairs adviser to President Meric Gertler, she has been surprised to discover just how big the university is and how much work goes into establishing external partnerships.
Despite great growth potential for financial services technology in the Greater Toronto Area, the lack of a true ecosystem is among the factors inhibiting its development, according to a report released today by the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs.
Four decades ago, a bold alliance of city builders scaled U of T’s ivy-covered walls and planted the seeds of the Urban Studies Program. The program is now a catalyst in a dynamic new landscape for the students, the university and the city.
Thanks to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, University of Toronto students working on high-profile urban beautification projects are learning what it takes to tackle city issues — and how to navigate the dizzying world of red tape.
“When you’re working in primarily diasporic communities where most people are tied to people, places around the world, the digital has assumed an importance that was quite stunning to us,” — Deborah Cowen
“Regent Park is unique because the revitalization was spurred by grassroots organizing on the part of residents in the early 1990s.” — urban studies student Sonia Sobrino Ralston.
“There’s a stigma built up around St. Jamestown, but when you come to check it out, the social capital outweighs everything else … it’s all about breaking the stereotypes.” — Samson Okungbowa
“My research asks why our cities are becoming so deeply polarized along racial and class lines, and what this means for our collective future.” — Deborah Cowen
In the age of globalization, it’s easy to imagine that cities might become less relevant. But there’s mounting evidence that the opposite, in fact, is true.
“The best transit systems serve people where they are and where they want to go,” says Siemiatycki, associate professor with the Department of Geography and Program in Planning.
Three U of T researchers are among the inaugural cohort of a prestigious new College created by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) to recognize the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.
New performance space, a new museum and new academic facilities for the study of civilizations and cultures are all part of a University of Toronto proposal that would create a dramatic new gateway to its downtown campus and a major addition to the city’s cultural district.
A new study shows that while the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has significantly reduced some of the toxins that contribute to smog, the city continues to violate the Canada-wide standards for ozone air pollution.
The University of Toronto is the top university in Canada and one of the best in the world, reports the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014.
Meet Nishi Kumar, Erika Sagert and Francesco Petrisano.
Not only will WorldPride will be hosted in North America for the first time in its four years, but its human rights conference will take place at the University of Toronto.
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