Category Archives: Arts

U of T Professor wins 2014 Balzan valued at $800,000

TORONTO, ON – University of Toronto Professor Emeritus Ian Hacking is a winner of the 2014 Balzan prize, an $800,000 (US) award that recognizes scholars and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields. One of the foremost philosophers in … Continue reading

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Liberal democracy is possible in Muslim-majority countries

TORONTO, ON — A new study by University of Toronto and University of Tübingen researchers suggests that Islam is not as much of an impediment to liberal democracy as is often thought. “One of the key markers for a successful … Continue reading

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Despite a significant reduction in smog-producing toxins in past decade, GTA still violates Canada’s ozone standards

TORONTO, ON – 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. Smog, which can … Continue reading

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U of T scientist to play key role on Mars 2020 Rover Payload Mission

TORONTO, ON — NASA announced last week that the next rover, being sent to Mars in 2020, will carry seven highly sophisticated instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. The instruments were selected from … Continue reading

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“Killer sperm” prevents mating between worm species

TORONTO, ON – 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 today in the journal PLOS Biology offers some important clues about the … Continue reading

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Moral tales with positive outcomes motivate kids to be honest

TORONTO, ON — A moral story that praises a character’s honesty is more effective at getting young children to tell the truth than a story that emphasizes the negative repercussions of lying, according to research published in Psychological Science, a … Continue reading

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Renowned global thinkers and leaders to receive honorary degrees from U of T

TORONTO, ON – Over 12,500 students will graduate from the University of Toronto over the next three weeks, and throughout Convocation, the University will also celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of a diverse range of honorary graduates: Peter Stein; David Brillinger; Ronald Daniels; Indira Samarasekera; Annabel … Continue reading

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U of T hosting largest international conference on the history of women, gender and sexuality

TORONTO, ON — On May 22 – May 25, more than 2,000 scholars, activists, teachers, writers, artists and students from around the word will convene at University of Toronto for the 16th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women — … Continue reading

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University of Toronto researchers find ‘Seeing Jesus in toast’ phenomenon perfectly normal

TORONTO, ON – People who claim to see “Jesus in toast” may no longer be mocked in the future thanks to a new study by researchers at the University of Toronto and partner institutions in China. Researchers have found that … Continue reading

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University of Toronto launches the first AbleGamers Game Accessibility Arcade for gamers with disabilities in Canada

TORONTO, ON – On Saturday April 26th, the Semaphore Research Cluster (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto) launched the first Canadian AbleGamers Accessibility Arcade, a permanent installation in the Semaphore space in U of T’s Robarts Library. It includes the most up-to-date technology and controllers designed to … Continue reading

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