February 20, 2019 | A&S News
Categories: All News, Main Story, Teaching & Learning Innovations | Tags: Undergraduate Education
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Michael Wilson, the University of Toronto’s 33rd chancellor who had an accomplished career in the private and public sector – serving as Canada’s minister of finance and ambassador to the United States – has died. He was 81 years old.
In November 2018, Matt Young, a PhD student in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics in the Faculty of Arts & Science at U of T, travelled to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station for the second time in two years.
Two University of Toronto researchers in the Faculty of Arts & Science have been awarded funding from Genome Canada for helping generations yet to be born – in entirely different ways.
Scholars in the humanities will have new opportunities to share publicly the wide-ranging impacts of their work thanks to a $770,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Jackman Humanities Institute at the Faculty of Arts & Science.
Jon Johnson, an assistant professor, teaching stream, at Woodsworth College, sees the city through the lens of the Indigenous stories he has spent most of his career collecting, studying and sharing.
New research by scientists at the University of Toronto offers novel insights into why and how dozens of flowering plant species evolved from being pollinated by insects to being pollinated by wind.
James Retallack of the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts & Science has been awarded the Central European History Society’s Hans Rosenberg Book Prize for his 2017 book, Red Saxony: Election Battles and the Spectre of Democracy in Germany, 1860-1918 (Oxford University Press).
Three U of T researchers are among this year’s winners of the John Charles Polanyi Prize, recognizing researchers in the early stages of their career – pursuing post-doctoral studies or having recently been appointed as faculty at an Ontario university.
For his work in probing the nature of our home galaxy, Jo Bovy, an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Galactic Astrophysics in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics in the Faculty of Arts & Science at U of T, has won the Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy.
Newest Chancellor Jackman Professor in the Arts, Naomi Seidman makes Arts & Science her new intellectual home.
An international team of scientists is challenging our understanding of a part of Earth’s history by looking at the Moon, the most complete and accessible chronicle of the asteroid collisions that carved our solar system.
Professor Emeritus Slavek Rucinski of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics in the Faculty of Art & Science – whose work on nanosatellites and bright stars has spanned decades – invented the nanosatellites that spotted a rare stellar event.
When Professor Pamela Klassen of the Department for the Study of Religion set out more than a decade ago to research the life of Anglican bishop and missionary Frederick Du Vernet, she was intrigued by his claim to have proved the existence of telepathic communication, a power he called “radio mind.”
Rather than burying their heads in books, students in Professor John Robinson’s fourth year “U of T as a Living Lab of Sustainability” course are actively contributing to the improvement, usability and efficiency of the spaces they use on campus.
The Dunlap Institute, established in 2008, joined the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) at U of T to form the leading centre for astronomical research in Canada.
A Canadian-led team of scientists — including the Dunlap Institute’s Cherry Ng — has found the second repeating fast radio burst (FRB) ever recorded. FRBs are short bursts of radio waves coming from far outside our Milky Way galaxy. Scientists believe FRBs emanate from powerful astrophysical phenomena billions of light years away.
On a chilly Saturday afternoon in February, about 30 people are meeting in a student lounge at Victoria College. Half of them are newcomers to Canada — young adults who have come as refugees from Syria. The rest are U of T students — volunteers who are here to teach English, practice Arabic, and generally be what every newcomer needs: a Canadian friend.
Arthur J. Hosios, an economist who left an indelible imprint on the understanding of labour markets passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Hosios, who most recently served as Senior Academic Advisor to the Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science, will be remembered as a great friend of the Faculty and the Department of Economics.
Ralph Halbert, a passionate and tireless advocate of building bridges between Canada and Israel through higher education and culture, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at the age of 88.
Eight artificial intelligence researchers from the University of Toronto have been named AI chairs by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research – part of the federal government’s bid to attract and retain top talent in Canada.
Edil Ga’al didn’t take a calculated approach to her studies at the University of Toronto. She followed her passions wherever they led, from the classroom to East Africa and back. Ga’al – a new Arts & Science Rhode Scholar – is one of only 11 Canadian students headed to Oxford.
New research out of the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts & Science suggests that exposure to prosperity gospel messaging makes you more likely to show an exaggerated and unrealistic sense of optimism for life and take more financial risks.
Professor Vincent Shen, a globally respected philosopher and popular teacher, died peacefully on November 14, 2018 surrounded by his family. Appointed to both the Department of East Asian Studies and the Department of Philosophy, Shen was a prolific scholar.
Whether you’re a student at the University of Toronto or an inmate serving time at Rikers Island – New York City’s largest jail complex – Max Mishler believes everyone, incarcerated or not, deserves access to higher education.
Using teaching methods that emphasize interaction and incorporate community engagement, cultural experiences and new technologies, Assistant Professor Juan Carlos Rocha Osornio is showing students that learning Spanish is fun – and can lead to valuable connections.
Edwin Leong’s gift brings three extraordinary international students — two in Arts & Science — with financial need to U of T to pursue graduate studies.
A University of Toronto alumna was among the 11 killed in an attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
University of Toronto archaeologists are working to establish a research centre and archaeological park at Tell Tayinat, a site in southeastern Turkey, to deepen awareness and understanding of the Iron Age kingdom that ruled the region several millennia ago.
A recent symposium presented by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Canadian Opera Company (CoC) brought together students, faculty, and opera enthusiasts for an in-depth discussion of two of the most important cultural works from 19th-century Russia.
Rising young scholar Ismael Mourifié hopes to turn economic theory into real job equality for women, while also helping others who are not getting a fair opportunity to reach their full potential.
A theoretical physicist on the hunt for hidden particles that could solve cosmic mysteries hopes Canada will boldly go all in on a project that could make Toronto the nexus of a world-leading research hub.
University of Toronto chemists have found a way to select the outcome of a chemical reaction by employing an elusive and long-sought factor known as the ‘impact parameter’ – a property that has previously defied direct control.
University Professor Tania Li in the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Department of Anthropology is the recipient of the 2018 Insight Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Tianhao Wang started the new school year with a job offer after a successful internship he obtained through iPRAKTIKUM, an internationalization and experiential learning initiative offered by the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures.
John Kloppenborg, University Professor and Chair of the Department for the Study of Religion, was recently honoured with a Doctor of Divinity from the University of Pretoria in South Africa for his contributions to the study of the New Testament.
Professor Christina E. Kramer of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures has been honoured with a translation fellowship from the US National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Four Faculty of Arts & Science scholars among 11 U of T researchers named as fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.
University of Toronto scientists in the Faculty of Arts & Science are part of the global team that has won the prestigious 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize from the Gruber Foundation.
New Faculty of Arts & Science Assistant Professor Maria Drout has been named one of 12 CIFAR 2018 Azrieli Global Scholars.
Most people think that an academic career in English means research on old and new literature, but Ian Lancashire, Professor Emeritus of English, proves that a career in English is so much more.
This summer, Professor Andrea Most’s American Pastoral course, offered by the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts & Science, taught students what it’s like to work in the field – literally. The class left the lecture halls of U of T’s downtown campus behind to spend a week studying at Bela Farm in Hillsburgh, Ontario, where they didn’t just read literary classics of the pastoral mode, but experienced rural life for themselves.
Professor Dwight Seferos in the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Department of Chemistry is one of 12 University of Toronto scientists and engineers to receive a 2018 Strategic Partnership Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
“Our study shows that global warming is not only about extreme weather events, or hotter summers, but it has the potential to alter the ocean structure with unknown consequences for fisheries,” said Uli Wortmann, a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences in the Faculty of Arts & Science at U of T, and co-author of the study.
Faculty of Arts & Science professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar honoured with the Geological Association of Canada’s Logan Medal for sustained distinguished achievement in Canadian earth science.
When Andrea Most, an English professor in U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science, learned about the history of the buried waterways on campus, she was intrigued.
Theoretical astrophysicist, Ue-Li Pen, has been selected by the Simons Foundation to receive a 2018 Simons Investigators award. Pen, interim director of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, joins 15 others honoured from across North America and Europe.
University of Toronto’s School of Cities has just announced its senior leadership team, tasked with shaping the newly-created school’s urban-focused research, educational and outreach initiatives. The team will be led by Interim Director Matti Siemiatycki, an associate professor of geography and planning in U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science.
The long list of luminaries associated with U of T includes David Cameron, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science. Cameron has been named a Member of the Order for his “governmental expertise in federal negotiations and constitutional affairs,” as well as his contributions as a scholar and academic leader.