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Tackling dirty water, childhood hunger

Added on: October 9, 2014

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. Two recently-announced Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) grants will allow U of T Engineering researchers to bring their expertise to bear on some of the most urgent global health issues using scientific,… MoreMore arrow

U of T Cities podcast episode one: the future of traffic

Added on: October 8, 2014

Issues driving public debate and city politics over the past year are heating up as Toronto voters get ready to head to the polls. Their decisions on October 27 will shape the city’s development over the coming years.  Over the next four weeks, U of T News will feature a mini-series of podcasts introducing experts from geography, architecture,… MoreMore arrow

What Nature can teach humans about energy: Q&A with Ted Sargent

Added on: September 26, 2014

Two thousand metres below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, tiny bacteria survive in near-darkness by harvesting the dim light released from hydrothermal vents. As humans increasingly look to the sun as a renewable energy source, what better model than these and other remarkably efficient organisms found in nature? From October 8–9, a group of… MoreMore arrow

Recognizing excellence: U of T research leaders honoured with Royal Society medals

Added on: September 22, 2014

Paul Fraumeni Five of U of T’s top researchers have been recognized with major awards for their excellence and innovation by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Founded in 1883, the RSC is Canada’s premier body of distinguished scholars and artists.  Its mission is to promote scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and… MoreMore arrow

It’s the Pits: Ancient peach stones offer clues to fruit’s origins

Added on: September 10, 2014

Elaine Smith As peach trees in the Niagara Region of Ontario give up the last of their fruit for the season, their ancestors halfway around the globe are clamouring for attention. In a study published today in PLOS ONE, Gary Crawford, a U of T Mississauga anthropology professor, and two Chinese colleagues propose that… MoreMore arrow

A banner year for U of T at the Royal Society of Canada

Added on: September 9, 2014

One of 21 new Fellows is citizenship expert Ayelet Shachar Jenny Hall Twenty-one U of T scholars have been named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) this year, more than the university has ever seen inducted in a single year. The society’s mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise… MoreMore arrow

$2.9M to U of T project on building Canada’s digital economy

Added on: August 28, 2014

SSHRC also awards four other U of T initiatives Paul Fraumeni “How can Canada best respond to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing digital landscape, while benefiting from emerging opportunities to promote our economic prosperity?” That is the question at the root of a major new research partnership being headed up by David Wolfe,… MoreMore arrow

Seeing the small picture

Added on: July 17, 2014

U of T scientist uses tiny technology to aid in the fight against cancer Sarah McDonald This year’s McLean award winner Aaron Wheeler believes the solution to the colossal challenge of personalizing medicine for cancer patients may be a tiny one. The McLean award is funded jointly by U of T alumnus William McLean and… MoreMore arrow

NSERC invests $1.65 million to train students in environmental decontamination

Added on: July 4, 2014

Forty-two students will work with industry and researchers to clean up contaminated sites Jenny Hall The University of Toronto has been awarded $1.65 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) to support student training and research in the area of environmental remediation. Professor Brent Sleep of Civil Engineering will oversee the establishment of… MoreMore arrow