February 2, 2015 | A&S News Staff
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University of Toronto mathematician awarded highly prestigious prize for his monumental work.
University of Toronto mathematician awarded highly prestigious prize for his monumental work.
A study led by atmospheric physicists at U of T finds that global warming will not lead to an overall increasingly stormy atmosphere, a topic debated by scientists for decades. Instead, strong storms will become stronger while weak storms become weaker, and the cumulative result of the number of storms will remain unchanged.
“Our visit to Seoul and then the city of Yanji in Yanbian, China was the best possible way to study issues pertaining to North Korea, besides, of course, a visit to North Korea itself,” said Victoria College student Allison Conners, one of nearly a dozen students in Andre Schmid’s historiography of North Korea course who made the trip.
Sheena Singh, an international student from India, reflects on her position at the school, adapting to Canada and working towards her goals.
The Tar Sands in Alberta, potential development in the Ring of Fire in northern Ontario, declining timber harvest and farming — human activity is transforming Canada’s landscape, yet many of the country’s aquatic resources remain unprotected, according to research by ecologists at the University of Toronto.
MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto have announced that the founders of Granata Decision Systems Inc., a graduate of the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) start-up incubator program, have reached a significant milestone.
Esther Vlessing says a lot of people ask her why a biotechnology student is building a fashion accessory business. Her line of removable fur “ruffs” and “cuffs” designed to refresh the Canadian winter uniform of black Canada Goose parkas doesn’t seem to have much cross-over with the field of science.
In January 2015, Professor Bryan Gaensler began his tenure as Director of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. Gaensler is a leading international researcher in cosmic magnetism, supernova explosions and interstellar gas.
“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
Gun violence is an ugly reality of life in North America. But how does it affect our cities or the social fabric of our neighbourhoods? University of Toronto assistant professor Jooyoung Lee is delving into this issue.
As President Gertler heads to India, students build community, strengthen ties on campus. Meet undergraduates Pratishtha Kohli and Arthi Venkat.
U of T’s School of the Environment has received a huge boost to its educational and research capacities thanks to the vision and generosity of the Beatrice and Arthur Minden Foundation.
Christine Le’s been cited as a rising star for her research on designing more efficient and environmentally-friendly methods to create molecules that are mainly used by pharmaceutical drug and chemical manufacturing industries.
A study by astrophysicists at the University of Toronto suggests that exoplanets — planets outside our solar system — are more likely to have liquid water and be more habitable than we thought.
Keymer is an expert in Restoration, 18th century and Romantic British and Irish literature with a particular interest in narrative and the novel, as well as in libel and censorship.
There’s something tasty about the University of Toronto’s tri-campus graduate program in philosophy, say the Philosophical Gourmet 2014 rankings.
The new project will increase digital communication access for people in countries ruled by repressive governments.
The money from the competition against US universities in New York will be used for a start-up business application, with help from IBM’s Watson.
An invasive ant species that has become increasingly abundant in eastern North America not only takes over yards and delivers a nasty sting, it’s helping the spread of an invasive plant species. The ants are very effective dispersers of invasive plant seeds and new research suggests that together they could wreak havoc on native ecosystems.
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.
You’re the boss of a department. Work’s chugging along just like always, but you know there’s room to improve and do things better. So how do you motivate your team to innovate and thus help your organization thrive?
A team of scientists, led by the University of Toronto’s Barbara Sherwood Lollar, has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometres beneath Earth’s surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia.
Reactions to the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa have been varied – from cancelled flights to highly-publicized quarantines to heroic efforts by nurses and doctors to treat the afflicted. Many people are trying to help out however they can, including Stefanie Carmichael, a U of T alumna now working for the United Nations.
“If we want to understand how genes are turned on and off, we need to know where the sequences that perform this function are located in the genome. The parts of the human genome linked to complex diseases such as heart disease, cancer and neurological disorders can often be far away from the genes they regulate, so it can be difficult to figure out which gene is being affected and ultimately causing the disease.”
Hamish Russell never expected that his research on tax avoidance would lead to financial gain in the form of the inaugural Amartya Sen Prize, named for the Nobel laureate renowned for his work in welfare economics.
Like its famous avian logo, Twitter users tend to favour birds of a feather, something which may be bad for democracy but good for the biggest flocks of like-minded people on the social media network, a new study suggests.
Scientists have long known that air pollution caused by cars and trucks, solvent use and even plants, is reduced when broken down by naturally occurring compounds that act like detergents of the atmosphere. What has not been well understood until now are the relative contributions of all the processes producing such compounds.
University of Toronto undergrads Moustafa Abdalla and Caroline Leps are heading to Oxford University next year for postgraduate studies – as two of Canada’s 11 students named 2015 Rhodes Scholars.
The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies officially opened on November 17th, marking a major milestone in a philanthropic endeavour to foster education and research in Jewish studies at U of T.
“We are very pleased to have our faculty share with our alumni and friends their visions for the future,” said Professor Sven Dickinson, Chair of the Department of Computer Science. “We’ve reached a momentous milestone in our history of computer science at U of T. The department has been and will continue to be at the centre of discovery, creation and success.”
Canada is the only G8 country without overland flood insurance, something that needs to change quickly, given the rapidly increasing number of catastrophic weather events taking place here, Kathy Bardswick told an audience of businesspeople and academics gathered at the U of T Faculty Club.
According to new research, rejecting unsuitable romantic partners is easy in hypothetical situations, but not so when considering a face-to-face proposition.
Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, visited the University of Toronto to receive the inaugural Tang Prize for Achievements in Psychology.
Astronomers have provided the first direct evidence that an intergalactic “wind” is stripping galaxies of star-forming gas as they fall into clusters of galaxies.
There has been a small outbreak of evolutionary medicine courses at North American universities, and Nicole Mideo is optimistic that it will be contagious.
“In both my work and volunteering experience, I have been made aware of how gender, race and other social divides impact a person’s ability to grow, speak up and succeed. As a PhD candidate in anthropology, I am also trained to develop an more perceptive eye on how systemic discriminations and inequalities operate in people’s daily life.” — Emilie Nicolas
Karen Reid wants her students to ask “but how does it really work?”
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).
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.
Lavinian, a new Slavic language created by Professors Christina Kramer and Dragana Obradović, will never be taught in classrooms or spoken on the street. Yet, it will live on, immortalized in Butcher, a play by Nicolas Billon that premiered at the Alberta Theatre Project.
For computer science students at the University of Toronto, learning means doing and their research projects reflect a broad range of talents and experiences.
Martin Seligman will visit the University of Toronto to receive the inaugural Tang Prize for Achievements in Psychology and deliver an address entitled “Positive Psychology: The Cutting Edge.”
A study led by University of Toronto psychology researchers has found that 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.
“Everything I learned about doing archeology prior to this was theoretical,” said Kaitlyn Smid, a St. Michael’s College student studying archeology and Classical civilization. “It was helpful to use the tools I learned during my studies in a true excavation. I learned much more than I had expected.”
The University of Toronto jumped to fourth place in the world – and first in Canada – in the latest international rankings on scientific performance.
A new website created with the help of a team of University of Toronto students in partnership with the M’Chigeeng First Nation, will share Ojibwe (Anishinaabemowin) stories and aid in preserving an important First Nations language.
Ho is affiliated with the Centre for Global Child Health at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, where she works with nutritional sciences and pediatrics professor Stanley Zlotkin, the developer of “Sprinkles,” sachets of powder containing enough micronutrients for one child for one day.
A group of students in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto are getting the opportunity of a lifetime. Using the vast capabilities of IBM’s Watson, the cognitive computing technology widely known for winning the 2011 Jeopardy! challenge, the students will be learning to develop innovative artificial intelligence (AI)-based applications.
“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.
Computer Science alumnus turns “bits of code” into an international success.