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 journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings suggest that stories such as "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "Pinocchio" may not be effective cautionary tales when it comes to inspiring honest behavior in children. Stories have long been employed to instill moral and cultural values in young children, but there is little research exploring the effectiveness of such stories. "We should not take it for granted that classic moral stories will automatically promote moral behaviors," says lead author Kang Lee of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto. "As parents of young children, we wanted to know how effective the stories actually are in promoting honesty," adds study co-author and researcher Victoria Talwar of McGill University. "Is it 'in one ear, out the other,' or do children listen and take the messages to heart?" To find out, Lee, Talwar, and colleagues conducted an experiment with 268 children ages 3 to 7. Each child played a game that required guessing the identity of a toy based on the sound it made. In the middle of the game, the experimenter left the room for a minute to grab a book, instructing the child not to peek at a toy that was left on the table. For most children, this temptation was too hard to resist. When the experimenter returned, she read the child a story, either "The Tortoise and the Hare," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," "Pinocchio," or "George Washington and the Cherry Tree." Afterward, the experimenter asked the child to tell the truth about whether he or she peeked at the toy. Contrary to the researchers' expectations, "Pinocchio" and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" – which associate lying with negative consequences, such as public humiliation and even death – were no more effective at promoting honest behavior than a fable unrelated to honesty, in this case "The Tortoise and the Hare." Only the apocryphal tale about a young George Washington seemed to inspire the kids to admit to peeking: Children who heard the tale in which the future first president is praised for confessing his transgression were three times more likely to tell the truth than their peers who heard other stories. An additional experiment indicated that the positive focus of the George Washington story was responsible for kids' honest behavior. When the researchers changed the ending so that it took a negative turn, children who heard the story were no longer more likely to admit to peeking. Talwar believes that the original story about George Washington is effective because it demonstrates "the positive consequences of being honest by giving the message of what the desired behavior is, as well as demonstrating the behavior itself." "Our study shows that to promote moral behavior such as honesty, emphasizing the positive outcomes of honesty rather than the negative consequences of dishonesty is the key," adds Lee. "This may apply to other moral behaviors as well." Lee, Talwar, and colleagues caution that more research is necessary to determine whether moral stories influence kids' behavior long-term. Still, they have been quick to take advantage of the findings. Talwar reports a shift in her own parenting practices: "It really seems to work. I use this now with my child."
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In addition to Lee and Talwar, co-authors include Anjanie McCarthy and Ilana Ross of the University of Toronto, Angela Evans of Brock University, and Cindy Arruda of McGill University. This research was supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to K. Lee and V. Talwar. For more information about this study, please contact: Kang Lee at kang.lee@utoronto.ca. The article abstract is available online: http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/06/11/0956797614536401.abstract The APS journal Psychological Science is the highest ranked empirical journal in psychology. For a copy of the article "Can Classic Moral Stories Promote Honesty in Children?" and access to other Psychological Science research findings, please contact Anna Mikulak at 202-293-9300 or amikulak@psychologicalscience.org.

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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 SteinDavid BrillingerRonald DanielsIndira SamarasekeraAnnabel Patterson; and Mychael Danna. Academy Award-winning film composer Mychael Danna is renowned for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. His highly awarded works include the Oscar-winning score for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, and his many Genie -winning scores for director, longtime collaborator and fellow U of T alumnus, Atom Egoyan. CEREMONY: FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2:30PM One of Canada’s leading Metallurgical Engineers, Indira Samarasekera is now in her second term as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta. She is a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIMM) and an honorary member of AIME (American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers) and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2002 for her outstanding contributions to steel process engineering. CEREMONY: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2:30PM Yale Sterling Professor Annabel Patterson has written 16 books and close to 70 refereed articles on topics as varied as Holinshed’s Chronicles, 18-century libel law,  the reception of Virgil’s poetry in Europe, editions of Aesop’s fables, censorship, liberalism, parliamentary history, as well as Shakespeare, Milton, Donne, John Locke, and Andrew Marvell, whose canon she has helped to reshape. Among the awards and recognitions the U of T alumna has received are: a Guggenheim Fellowship, a senior fellowship at the Society of Humanities, Cornell University, the Andrew Mellon Chair of the Humanities at Duke, a Mellon Fellowship, National Humanities Center and a Mellon Emeritus Fellowship at Yale.  CEREMONY: TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2:30 PM Peter Stein, the critically acclaimed German theatre, film and opera director, is known for his landmark stagings of such productions as Edward Bond’s Saved, Schiller’s Wallenstein and Shakespeare’s King Lear. While in Toronto, Stein will take part in a number of public events, including a symposium on the art of directing, with Egoyan at University College: (http://celebratingpeterstein.weebly.com/events.html) CEREMONY: MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2:30PM David Brillinger, a world-renowned statistical scientist whose work has contributed to the fields of ecology, forestry, animal and marine biology, neuroscience, seismology and engineering, attended the University of Toronto Schools before enrolling at U of T. During his ceremony, Brillinger will be hooded by his former UTS math teacher and U of T Professor emeritus, Bruce McLean, who is 103 years old. CEREMONY: TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2:30PM Ronald Daniels, the president of Johns Hopkins University and a former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, is the founder or co-founder of such programs as the Pro Bono Students Canada, Law in Action Within Schools, and the organization International Lawyers and Economists against Poverty. CEREMONY: FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 10:30AM

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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 — the world’s largest and most influential conference on the history of women, gender and sexuality. The conference — themed Histories on the Edge — will explore the peoples “edged-out” in societies. Issues covered will include war-displaced, immigrant and migrating women; transgressive women; women and psychiatry; reproductive health; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirited (LGBTQ2-S) histories. In addition, the “Big Berks” — as the event is affectionately known — will celebrate renowned social historian Natalie Zemon Davis of U of T’s Department of History. Zemon Davis — a mentor to generations of scholars and the author of brilliant histories adapted to both screen and stage — will take part in a panel discussion entitled “On Feminist Mentors” and participate in a forum in her honour, “Legal Entanglements, Border-Crossings and the Archives: Scholarly Interactions with Natalie Zemon Davis.” With more than 245 academic sessions — in addition to tours, exhibits, performances, gallery-and-museum workshops and digital lab history projects — the conference is vast, but can be easily navigated by thematic event streams. Streams include:
  • Disability History
  • LGBTQ Histories
  • Black History: Slavery & Emancipation until 1890; African Diaspora in the Americas since 1890; Caribbean
  • Indigenous Histories
  • Religious Studies
  • Oral History and Memory Narratives
Complete event information is at berks2014.com. To view all events by thematic stream, visit berks2014.com/2014/02/15/streams-berks.  Media wishing to attend should contact Christine Elias at christine.elias@utoronto.ca or 416-946-5499.

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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 the phenomenon of “face pareidolia”-- where onlookers report seeing images of Jesus, Virgin Mary, or Elvis in objects such as toasts, shrouds, and clouds -- is normal and based on physical causes. “Most people think you have to be mentally abnormal to see these types of images, so individuals reporting this phenomenon are often ridiculed”, says lead researcher Prof. Kang Lee of the University of Toronto’s Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. “But our findings suggest that it’s common for people to see non-existent features because human brains are uniquely wired to recognize faces, so that even when there’s only a slight suggestion of facial features the brain automatically interprets it as a face,” said Lee. Although this phenomenon has been known for centuries, little is understood about the underlying neural mechanisms that cause it. In the first study of its kind, researchers studied brain scans and behavioural responses to individuals seeing faces and letters in different patterns. They discovered face paredilia isn’t due to a brain anomaly or imagination but is caused by the combined work of the frontal cortex which helps generate expectations and sends signals to the posterior visual cortex to enhance the interpretation stimuli from the outside world. Researchers also found that people can be led to see different images -- such as faces or words or letters -- depending on what they expect to see, which in turn activates specific parts of the brain that process such images. Seeing “Jesus in toast” reflects our brain’s normal functioning and the active role that the frontal cortex plays in visual perception. Instead of the phrase “seeing is believing” the results suggest that “believing is seeing.” The research was undertaken by researchers from the University of Toronto, Beijing Jiaotong University, Xidian University, and the Institute of Automation Chinese Academy of Sciences. The findings were published in the journal Cortex. Online link to the study: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010945214000288

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For more information, contact:  Kang Lee Ph.D. University Distinguished Professor Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto Cell: 647-606-6849 kang.lee@utoronto.ca Website: http://www.kangleelab.com Blog: http://blog.kangleelab.com Languages spoken: English, Mandarin Dominic Ali Media Relations University of Toronto Tel: 416-978-6974 d.ali@utoronto.ca

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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 enable gamers with disabilities access to today’s most popular video games. “My hope in bringing AbleGamers and Semaphore together is that the arcade will be used as a hub for critical discussion, research and innovation relating to identifying and overcoming accessibility and design limitations found in digital games and gaming technologies,” said Dr. Sara Grimes, assistant professor at the Faculty of Information and Associate Director of Semaphore. “Not only can the arcade be used to discover and explore the various adaptive technologies currently available to disabled gamers, but also as a place for thinking about additional ways in which we can make digital play even more inclusive, customizable and adaptable--from DIY design solutions to intervening at the level of policy and industry standards of practice,” said Dr. Grimes. “I am so proud that AbleGamers was able to establish our Accessibility Arcade at U of T,” said Mark Barlet, Founder and Executive Director of the AbleGamers Charity. “I think that the event was just the start, looking at the capabilities Semaphore has at their disposal, I know the students are going to build on this in ways I cannot even dream. All gamers with disabilities are going to benefit from this,” he concluded. The launch was well-attended by both researchers and members of the public. The arcade will be permanently open to the public by appointment. For more information, please contact Amy Ratelle, Semaphore Research Coordinator at amy.ratelle@utoronto.ca.

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October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON -- A new University of Toronto study has found that by two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with regional accents the toddlers have never heard before. Even more striking, say researchers, children as young as 15 months who have difficulty comprehending accents they’ve never heard before can quickly learn to understand accented speech after hearing the speaker for a short time. “Fifteen-month-olds typically say relatively few words, yet they can learn to understand someone with a completely unfamiliar accent,” says Elizabeth K. Johnson, associate professor with the University of Toronto’s Psychology department. “This shows that infants’ language comprehension abilities are surprisingly sophisticated.” The researchers wanted to study if and how children in the early stages of learning their first language come to understand words spoken in different regional variants of their native language. North-American English sounds very differently from Australian English, for example. And even within North America, people often pronounce words differently depending on the region they grew up in. This is the first study showing that infants this young rapidly adapt to the way people from other areas speak and the findings illustrate the great developmental steps children take with regards to language comprehension. “Adults with many years of language experience typically get better at understanding unfamiliar accents over time,” says Marieke van Heugten, former University of Toronto graduate student and now postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique in Paris, France. “These studies show that infants, who are still in the process of figuring out their native language, possess similar abilities from very early on.” The findings are based on two studies by the researchers that have been recently published in The Journal of Experimental Psychology: General and in Language Learning and Development. Online links to studies: • http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/features/xge-a0032192.pdfhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15475441.2013.879636

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For information, contact: Marieke van Heugten Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique CNRS/EHESS/DEC-ENS, Paris marieke.van.heugten@ens.fr, Tel: +33-6-95-45-09-37 www.lscp.net/persons/marieke NOTE: Paris is six hours ahead of New York/Toronto time. Dominic Ali Media Relations Officer, University of Toronto d.ali@utoronto.ca, Tel: +1-416-978-6974

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October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON – A new study by University of Toronto researchers has found that kids’ books featuring animals with human characteristics not only lead to less factual learning but also influence children’s reasoning about animals. Researchers also found that young readers are more likely to attribute human behaviors and emotions to animals when exposed to books with anthropomorphized animals than books depicting animals realistically. “Books that portray animals realistically lead to more learning and more accurate biological understanding,” says lead author Patricia Ganea, Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto’s Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development. “We were surprised to find that even the older children in our study were sensitive to the anthropocentric portrayals of animals in the books and attributed more human characteristics to animals after being exposed to fantastical books than after being exposed to realistic books.” This study has implications for the type of books adults use to teach children about the real world. The researchers advise parents and teachers to consider using a variety of informational and nonfiction books, and to use factual language when describing the biological world to young children. The study was recently published in the online journal Frontiers in Psychology. To view the study: http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00283/abstract#sthash.t6OeB5pQ.dpuf

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For more information, contact: Patricia Ganea Assistant Professor, Applied Psychology and Human Development Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto Tel: (416) 934-4502, patricia.ganea@utoronto.ca Media Relations University of Toronto Tel: 416-978-0100 media.relations@utoronto.ca  

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October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON — A joint study by researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Toronto has found that a computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. The work, titled “Automatic Decoding of Deceptive Pain Expressions,” is published in the latest issue of Current Biology. “The computer system managed to detect distinctive dynamic features of facial expressions that people missed,” said Marian Bartlett, research professor at UC San Diego’s Institute for Neural Computation and lead author of the study. “Human observers just aren’t very good at telling real from faked expressions of pain.” Senior author Kang Lee, professor at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto, said “humans can simulate facial expressions and fake emotions well enough to deceive most observers. The computer’s pattern-recognition abilities prove better at telling whether pain is real or faked.” The research team found that humans could not discriminate real from faked expressions of pain better than random chance – and, even after training, only improved accuracy to a modest 55 percent. The computer system attains an 85 percent accuracy. “In highly social species such as humans,” said Lee, “faces have evolved to convey rich information, including expressions of emotion and pain. And, because of the way our brains are built, people can simulate emotions they’re not actually experiencing – so successfully that they fool other people. The computer is much better at spotting the subtle differences between involuntary and voluntary facial movements.” “By revealing the dynamics of facial action through machine vision systems,” said Bartlett, “our approach has the potential to elucidate ‘behavioral fingerprints’ of the neural-control systems involved in emotional signalling. The single most predictive feature of falsified expressions, the study shows, is the mouth, and how and when it opens. Fakers’ mouths open with less variation and too regularly. “Further investigations,” said the researchers, “will explore whether over-regularity is a general feature of fake expressions.” In addition to detecting pain malingering, the computer-vision system might be used to detect other real-world deceptive actions in the realms of homeland security, psychopathology, job screening, medicine, and law, said Bartlett. “As with causes of pain, these scenarios also generate strong emotions, along with attempts to minimize, mask, and fake such emotions, which may involve ‘dual control’ of the face,” she said. “In addition, our computer-vision system can be applied to detect states in which the human face may provide important clues as to health, physiology, emotion, or thought, such as drivers’ expressions of sleepiness, students’ expressions of attention and comprehension of lectures, or responses to treatment of affective disorders.” To read about the study in Current Biology, visit: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(14)00147-X.

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For more information, contact: Kang Lee University Distinguished Professor Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto kang.lee@utoronto.ca http://www.kangleelab.com *** NOTE: Prof. Lee is out of the country but is available for interviews via e-mail*** Dominic Ali Media Relations Officer University of Toronto Tel: 416-978-6974 d.ali@utoronto.ca

Latest Media Releases

Below is a selection of recent press releases. For all the latest news please visit www.utoronto.ca/news

October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON - A team of University of Toronto physicists led by Alex Hayat has proposed a novel and efficient way to leverage the strange quantum physics phenomenon known as entanglement. The approach would involve combining light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with a superconductor to generate entangled photons and could open up a rich spectrum of new physics as well as devices for quantum technologies, including quantum computers and quantum communication. Entanglement occurs when particles become correlated in pairs to predictably interact with each other regardless of how far apart they are. Measure the properties of one member of the entangled pair and you instantly know the properties of the other. It is one of the most perplexing aspects of quantum mechanics, leading Einstein to call it “spooky action at a distance.” “A usual light source such as an LED emits photons randomly without any correlations,” explains Hayat, who is also a Global Scholar at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. “We’ve proved that generating entanglement between photons emitted from an LED can be achieved by adding another peculiar physical effect of superconductivity - a resistance-free electrical current in certain materials at low temperatures.” This effect occurs when electrons are entangled in Cooper pairs – a phenomenon in which when one electron spins one way, the other will spin in the opposite direction. When a layer of such superconducting material is placed in close contact with a semiconductor LED structure, Cooper pairs are injected in to the LED, so that pairs of entangled electrons create entangled pairs of photons. The effect, however, turns out to work only in LEDs which use nanometre-thick active regions – quantum wells. “Typically quantum properties show up on very small scales – an electron or an atom. Superconductivity allows quantum effects to show up on large scales – an electrical component or a whole circuit. This quantum behaviour can significantly enhance light emission in general, and entangled photon emission in particular,” Hayat said. Other U of T team members are physicists Hae-Young Kee, Kenneth S. Burch and Aephraim M. Steinberg. The research was published in Physical Review B, an international journal specializing in condensed-matter phenomena and materials physics on March 10. Full article: http://journals.aps.org/prb/pdf/10.1103/PhysRevB.89.094508 MEDIA CONTACTS: Alex Hayat Now at: Technion, Israel Institute of Technology Tel: +972-4-829-4682 alex.hayat@ee.technion.ac.il Kim Luke Communications, Faculty of Arts & Science University of Toronto Tel: 416-978-4352 Kim.luke@utoronto.ca    

Latest Media Releases

Below is a selection of recent press releases. For all the latest news please visit www.utoronto.ca/news

October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON – Technology firms who avoid transnational investments miss out on opportunities to share  knowledge generated elsewhere and risk isolation and failure in the long run, says new research from economic geographers at the University of Toronto. The study shows that a firm increases its viability when it spreads investment among strategic locations around the world with clusters of similar or related industries, creating a global cluster network. “By neglecting to build knowledge pipelines to industry hotspots around the world and tapping into local knowledge and talent pools, they forgo growth opportunities and higher growth potential,” says Harald Bathelt, Canada Research Chair in Innovation and Governance at the University of Toronto and co-author of “Global cluster networks – Foreign direct investment flows from Canada to China”, published in the January issue of the Journal of Economic Geography. Bathelt and co-author Peng-Fei Li, a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, analyzed 300 cases of investments by Canadian firms in China from 2006 to 2010 and found the emergence of global cluster networks as a new architectural framework for globalized learning. They also discovered that whether or not a Canadian firm was located in a cluster region domestically influenced the type of location where it chose to forge a link internationally. Firms from industrial clusters in Canada were five times more likely to invest in similar Chinese clusters than firms from Canadian non-clusters. Clusters as distinctive local industrial communities can be both places of opportunities and areas of challenges. Innovation-oriented firms often originate from successful clusters and already know how to interact in a creative environment; they will likely invest in similar clusters located elsewhere to benefit from the local learning milieu of these areas. On the contrary, cost-squeezing firms may view clusters as places full of competitors which drive up costs and risks of unintended knowledge spillovers, and consequently try to avoid such places. Bathelt and Li warn that although many innovative technologies have local origins, it is crucial not to rely solely on localized learning networks in a community, no matter how successful they may have been in the past. The researchers say it is more important to search for, mobilize and integrate new ideas, technologies and knowledge on a global scale. “This doesn’t imply that entrepreneurs need to be located everywhere because in each field, knowledge pools are distributed very unevenly,” says Li. “Think Hollywood for movies, Paris or Milan for fashion, and New York and London for finance. Among tech industries, a small world of innovative clusters exists, which continuously improves existing technologies and sporadically generates innovations that redefine the rules of the game in a global context.” To illustrate the importance of looking beyond local knowledge networks, Bathelt and Li compare and contrast the experiences of Waterloo, Canada and Shenzhen, China – both viewed as their country’s SiliconValley – and the firms of Blackberry and Huawei in particular. Though very successful internationally, Blackberry has always been a very local firm with research and production facilities concentrated around its Waterloo headquarters region. It was not deemed crucial to find new talent and ideas outside the local community as the supply of local talent from one of Canada’s leading tech universities was endless. The researchers say that the firm’s isolation and resulting ignorance of fundamental changes in the smartphone industry combined with a growing bureaucracy contributed to its decline. Conversely, Shenzhen is an information technology cluster with a relatively weak local knowledge base and no leading research institution nearby. Local firm Huawei overcame this apparent disadvantage and adopted a global innovation strategy by establishing research centres in many countries and tapping into varied knowledge pools, mostly located in innovative clusters – including 20 years in Silicon Valley, 15 years in Bangalore and Dallas, and more than four years in Ottawa. “By being in major places of innovative ideas in the telecom world, Huawei has built a strong global knowledge network that constitutes its success now and into the future,” says Bathelt. “Canadian firms would do well to look further afield and engage systematically in crucial knowledge exchange in order to compete successfully in the global economy.”

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Latest Media Releases

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October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON – University of Toronto will be defending its title for the upcoming Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) provincial competition! The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is a University-wide competition for doctoral students, in which participants have three minutes or less to present their doctoral research to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research information in an engaging, accessible, and compelling way.  The finalists then compete in the provincial 3MT® competition at McMaster University, Hamilton. Last year Jasdeep Saggar, a UofT PhD student in medical biophysics, claimed the provincial championship trophy and $1000 for her presentation on hypoxia-activated pro-drugs and Abraham Heifets, a PhD student in computer science, claimed second prize with his provocative presentation on how to make better medicines with technology. "My participation in the Three Minute Thesis competition has been nothing short of exhilarating; representing the University of Toronto at the provincial level is an honour and truly humbling." Jasdeep exclaimed.  “Embrace the challenge and this will be your moment to shine.” The School of Graduate Studies will hold divisional heats on March 18th, 20th and 21st and a campus finals on March 26th to choose two students to represent the University of Toronto at the provincial finals.  Approximately 60 doctoral students from across all four SGS divisions – humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and life sciences –will compete to represent UofT at the province-wide competition at McMaster University in Hamilton. Dean Brian Corman was at last year’s provincial 3MT® competition at Queen’s University in Kingston to support the two U of T finalists.  "This is a proud moment for the School of Graduate Studies and for the University of Toronto. To capture first and second place amongst a prestigious group of graduate researchers doing excellent research at 16 Ontario universities is an impressive achievement. I am indeed very proud of the presentations made by winners Jasdeep and Abraham."

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October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON – Professor Stephen J. Toope, a noted international law scholar and university leader, has been named the new Director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. “The Munk School has built a reputation around the world for its thoughtful and insightful examination of international issues,” said Toope. “I look forward to joining its outstanding researchers and students in working to understand and tackle global problems.” Toope, who will assume his new position on January 1, 2015, is currently President of the University of British Columbia, a position he has held since 2006. “We are delighted to have a scholar and academic leader of Professor Toope’s stature taking over as director at the Munk School,” said Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto.  “I know he will continue the School’s proud tradition of world-leading work on global affairs.” Gertler also thanked Janice Stein, who has directed the Munk School since its inception in 2000 and will continue in that role until Toope begins his term.  “Janice Stein is rightfully recognized as one of the world’s leading thinkers on international issues,” said Gertler.  “Her academic rigour is matched only by her tireless commitment to being part of a well-informed public discussion of global issues.” Toope represented Western Europe and North America on the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances from 2002-2007.  He continues to conduct research on many aspects of international law and is currently working on issues of continuity and change in international law, and the origins of international obligation in international society. His most recent book, with U of T Faculty of Law’s Associate Dean (Graduate) Jutta Brunnée, is Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account, which won the American Society of International Law’s 2011 Certificate of Merit for Creative Scholarship. Prior to joining UBC, Toope was President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a position he held since 2002. The Foundation is an independent, private, and non-partisan organization created to promote outstanding research and interaction between researchers in the social sciences and humanities and the wider society. From 1994-1999, he served as the dean of McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Previously, he served as Law Clerk to the Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1986-1987. A Canadian citizen, Professor Toope earned his PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge (1987), his degrees in common law (LLB) and civil law (BCL) with honours from McGill University (1983), and graduated magna cum laude with his AB in History and Literature from Harvard University (1979).

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Latest Media Releases

Below is a selection of recent press releases. For all the latest news please visit www.utoronto.ca/news

October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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U of T in the News

BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON – An object discovered by astrophysicists at the University of Toronto (U of T) nearly 500 light years away from the Sun may challenge traditional understandings about how planets and stars form. The object is located near and likely orbiting a very young star about 440 light years away from the Sun, and is leading astrophysicists to believe that there is not an easy-to-define line between what is and is not a planet. “We have very detailed measurements of this object spanning seven years, even a spectrum revealing its gravity, temperature, and molecular composition. Still, we can’t yet determine whether it is a planet or a failed star – what we call a ‘brown dwarf’. Depending on what measurement you consider, the answer could be either,” said Thayne Currie, a post-doctoral fellow in U of T’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and lead author of a report on the discovery published this week in Astrophysical Journal Letters. Named ROXs 42Bb for it’s proximity to the star ROXs 42B, the object is approximately nine times the mass of Jupiter, below the limit most astronomers use to separate planets from brown dwarfs, which are more massive. However, it is located 30 times further away from the star than Jupiter is from the Sun. “This situation is a little bit different than deciding if Pluto is a planet. For Pluto, it is whether an object of such low mass amongst a group of similar objects is a planet,” said Currie. “Here, it is whether an object so massive yet so far from its host star is a planet. If so, how did it form?” Most astronomers believe that gas giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn formed by core accretion, whereby the planets form from a solid core that then accretes a massive gaseous envelope. Core accretion operates most efficiently closer to the parent star due to the length of time required to first form the core. An alternate theory proposed for forming gas giant planets is disk instability – a process by which a fragment of a disk gas surrounding a young star directly collapses under its own gravity into a planet. This mechanism works best farther away from the parent star. Of the dozen or so other young objects with masses of planets observed by Currie and other astronomers, some have planet-to-star mass ratios less than about 10 times that Jupiter and are located within about 15 times Jupiter’s separation from the Sun. Others have much higher mass ratios and/or are located more than 50 times Jupiter’s orbital separation, properties that are similar to much more massive objects widely accepted to not be planets. The first group would be planets formed by core accretion, and the second group probably formed just like stars and brown dwarfs. In between these two populations is a big gap separating true planets from other objects. Currie says that the new object starts to blur this distinction between planets and brown dwarfs, and may lie within and begin to fill the gap. “It’s very hard to understand how this object formed like Jupiter did. However, it’s also too low mass to be a typical brown dwarf; disk instability might just work at its distance from the star. It may represent a new class of planets or it may just be a very rare, very low-mass brown dwarf formed like other stars and brown dwarfs: a ‘planet mass’ brown dwarf.” “Regardless, it should spur new research in planet and star formation theories, and serve as a crucial reference point with which to understand the properties of young planets at similar temperatures, masses and ages,” Currie said. The discovery is reported in a study titled “Direct imaging and spectroscopy of a candidate companion below/near the deuterium-burning limit in the young binary star system, ROXs 42B” which can also be viewed on arXiv.org at http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.4825. Currie will present these and other findings at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington, DC this week. The observational data used for the discovery was obtained using the Keck and Subaru telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the telescopes of the European Southern Observatory in Chile. The international research team includes scientists from: the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD; the University of Montreal; the University of Hyogo in Kobe, Japan; the Universitats-Sternwarte Munchen and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munchen, Germany, and University of Hawaii.

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Note to media: Visit http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/main/media-releases/planet-not-planet-study for images and illustrations describing ROXs 42Bb. For more information, contact: Thayne Currie Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics University of Toronto currie@astro.utoronto.ca Cell: 857-998-9771 www.astro.utoronto.ca/~currie Sean Bettam Communications, Faculty of Arts & Science University of Toronto s.bettam@utoronto.ca Tel: 416-946-7950

Latest Media Releases

Below is a selection of recent press releases. For all the latest news please visit www.utoronto.ca/news

October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON – International high-energy physics research project IceCube has been named the 2013 Breakthrough of the Year by British magazine Physics World. The Antarctic observatory has been selected for making the first observation of cosmic neutrinos, but also for overcoming the many challenges of creating and operating a colossal detector deep under the ice at the South Pole. “The ability to detect cosmic neutrinos is a remarkable achievement that gives astronomers a completely new way of studying the cosmos,” says Hamish Johnston, editor of physicsworld.com. “The judges of the 2013 award were also impressed with the IceCube collaboration’s ability to build and operate a huge and extremely sensitive detector in the most remote and inhospitable place on Earth.” Essentially a telescope in the ground, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory was completed in December 2010, after seven years of construction at the South Pole. But the idea of a huge detector buried in the ice was conceived a long time ago And in the 1990s, the AMANDA detector was built as a proof of concept for IceCube. By January 2005, the first sensors of IceCube had already reached 2,450 metres below the Antarctic ice sheet, and a few weeks ago the IceCube Collaboration published the first evidence for a very high-energy astrophysical neutrino flux in Science. “This is the beginning of a new era for astronomy,” says University of Toronto physicist and IceCube collaborator Ken Clark. “This result opens up the ability to use neutrinos to explore our universe. These really are the ideal messenger particles since they can travel vast distances without stopping or slowing.” IceCube principal investigator is Francis Halzen, the Hilldale and Gregory Breit Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As he envisioned, the Antarctic ice became the perfect medium to search for very high-energy neutrinos that, after travelling through the universe during millions — even billions — of years, haphazardly interact with the nucleus of a molecule of ice. “I did not imagine that the science would be as exciting as building this detector,” says Halzen. “Challenges were many, from deciphering the optical properties of ice that we have never seen, to drilling a hole to 2.5 kilometres in two days, and then repeating 86 times. The success of IceCube builds on the efforts of hundreds of collaborators around the world — from the design, the deployment in a harsh environment and the AMANDA prototype, to data harvesting and physics analysis.” IceCube is comprised of 5,160 digital optical modules suspended along 86 cables embedded in a cubic kilometre of ice beneath the South Pole. It detects neutrinos through the tiny flashes of blue light, called Cherenkov light, that are produced when neutrinos interact in the ice. Physics World will be hosting a Google Hangout on Friday, December 13, at 11a.m. EST with: •           Hamish Johnston, editor of physicsworld.com (in London) •           Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and principal investigator of IceCube (in Madison, Wisconsin) •           James Roth, a member of the IceCube Collaboration and a senior electronics instrument specialist at the University of Delaware (at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station) The Hangout can also be viewed live on the Physics World YouTube channel. The IceCube Neutrino Observatory was built under a National Science Foundation Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction grant, with assistance from partner funding agencies around the world. The project continues with support from a Maintenance and Operations grant from the NSF’s Division of Polar Programs and Physics Division, along with international support from participating institutions and their funding agencies. UW–Madison is the lead institution and the international collaboration includes 275 physicists and engineers from the U.S., Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, U.K., Korea and Denmark.

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Note to media: Visit http://icecube.wisc.edu/gallery/press for a multimedia gallery about the IceCube project. MEDIA CONTACTS: Ken Clark Department of Physics University of Toronto kclark@physics.utoronto.ca 416-978-4742 Sean Bettam Communications, Faculty of Arts & Science University of Toronto s.bettam@utoronto.ca 416-946-7950

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Below is a selection of recent press releases. For all the latest news please visit www.utoronto.ca/news

October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON - Scientists from U of T’s Department of Chemistry have discovered a novel chemical lurking in the atmosphere that appears to be a long-lived greenhouse gas (LLGHG).  The chemical – perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) – is the most radiatively efficient chemical found to date, breaking all other chemical records for its potential to impact climate. Radiative efficiency describes how effectively a molecule can affect climate. This value is then multiplied by its atmospheric concentration to determine the total climate impact. PFTBA has been in use since the mid-20th century for various applications in electrical equipment and is currently used in thermally and chemically stable liquids marketed for use in electronic testing and as heat transfer agents.  It does not occur naturally, that is, it is produced by humans. There are no known processes that would destroy or remove PFTBA in the lower atmosphere so it has a very long lifetime, possibly hundreds of years, and is destroyed in the upper atmosphere. “Global warming potential is a metric used to compare the cumulative effects of different greenhouse gases on climate over a specified time period,” said Cora Young who was part of the U of T team, along with Angela Hong and their supervisor, Scott Mabury.  Time is incorporated in the global warming potential metric as different compounds stay in the atmosphere for different lengths of time, which determines how long-lasting the climate impacts are. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is used as the baseline for comparison since it is the most important greenhouse gas responsible for human-induced climate change.  “PFTBA is extremely long-lived in the atmosphere and it has a very high radiative efficiency; the result of this is a very high global warming potential.  If we release the same mass of PFTBA as CO2, PFTBA is 7100 times as impactful as CO2 over 100 years,” said Hong. The research was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and was published online at Geophysical Research Letters on November 27, 2013.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Angela C. Hong Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto ahong@chem.utoronto.ca 416-946-3011

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October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON – Fear of being single is a meaningful predictor of settling for less in relationships among both men and women, a new University of Toronto study has found. The results are published in the December edition of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. “Those with stronger fears about being single are willing to settle for less in their relationships,” says lead author Stephanie Spielmann, postdoctoral researcher in the University of Toronto's Department of Psychology. “Sometimes they stay in relationships they aren’t happy in, and sometimes they want to date people who aren’t very good for them.” She adds, “Now we understand that people’s anxieties about being single seem to play a key role in these types of unhealthy relationship behaviours.” Investigators surveyed several samples of North American adults, consisting of University of Toronto undergraduates and community members from Canada and the U.S. The samples included a wide range of ages. “In our results we see men and women having similar concerns about being single, which lead to similar coping behaviours, contradicting the idea that only women struggle with a fear of being single,” says co-author, Professor Geoff MacDonald of the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychology. “Loneliness is a painful experience for both men and women, so it’s not surprising that the fear of being single seems not to discriminate on the basis of gender.”

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For more information or to obtain a PDF of the study, contact: Stephanie Spielmann, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Psychology University of Toronto Department of Psychology Tel: 416-978-3210 steph.spielmann@mail.utoronto.ca http://individual.utoronto.ca/sspielmann/  

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Below is a selection of recent press releases. For all the latest news please visit www.utoronto.ca/news

October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON – Plans to provide high-speed Internet access in vehicles, announced last month by Canadian telecommunications company Rogers Communications and American provider Sprint Corporation, could do with some sobering second-thought, says a researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. “Because of the potential for driver distraction, safety should be of great concern,” said Professor Ian Spence, author of a new study on the impact of auditory distractions on visual attention. “Many people assume that talking to a voice-operated device will be as safe as using a hands-free cell phone, but neither activity is safe.” Spence and a team of researchers asked subjects to perform an attentional visual field test in which they repeatedly identified the random location of an object in visual clutter displayed on a computer monitor. Poor performance on the test is known to be a good predictor of unsafe driving. Subjects performed the test while carrying out a range of listening and/or speaking tasks or in silence. An example of an easy task was listening to recordings of news items, much like listening to a car radio. More difficult tasks required subjects to answer simple yes-no questions while performing the visual test. Subjects answered by either speaking out loud in some experimental conditions, or merely thinking of the answer in others. The most-demanding questions required subjects to take the last letter of a presented word (e.g. apple) and speak another word beginning with that letter (e.g. elephant). Subjects who completed the test of visual attention coupled with the listening/speaking tasks were as accurate as those who completed the visual test in silence. However, they responded much more slowly as the difficulty increased – as much as one second slower with the most demanding tasks. “It did not matter whether the subject spoke the answer aloud or simply thought about the answer,” said Spence. “It was the thinking, not speaking, that caused them to slow down.” Spence said the practical consequences are clear. “At 50 kilometres per hour, a car travels 13.9 metres in one second. A driver who brakes one second earlier than another driver to avoid a collision, will either prevent it completely or be travelling more slowly when it occurs, lowering the probability of severe injury or fatality. A delay in braking by as much as one second presents a significant threat to safe driving and casts doubt on the belief that hands-free voice-controlled devices reduce driver distraction.” The study “How speech modifies visual attention” appears in the September/October issue of Applied Cognitive Psychology. The research was funded by a Discovery Grant to Spence from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

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For more information, please contact: Prof. Ian Spence Department of Psychology University of Toronto Ian.spence@utoronto.ca 416-978-7623 Sean Bettam Communications, Faculty of Arts & Science University of Toronto s.bettam@utoronto.ca 416-946-7950  

Latest Media Releases

Below is a selection of recent press releases. For all the latest news please visit www.utoronto.ca/news

October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON –  Professor Kent Roach, Wilson-Prichard Chair in Law and Public Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, was awarded an esteemed Trudeau Foundation Fellowship today, worth $225,000, in recognition of his outstanding scholarly and pro bono contributions in constitutional, human rights and anti-terrorism issues. The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is an independent, non-partisan charity established in 2001. Its Fellowships are awarded annually to prominent researchers and thought leaders who make meaningful contributions to the world’s social issues in four key areas: human rights and dignity; responsible citizenship; Canada in the world; and people and their natural environment. A world-renowned legal expert, Roach has shared his expertise with countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, South Africa, Indonesia and Kenya, has acted as pro bono counsel to interveners in 13 groundbreaking Supreme Court of Canada cases, and has worked on notable commissions of inquiry: Ipperwash, Arar and the Truth and Reconciliation. In addition, Roach was the research director for the Goudge Inquiry into Forensic Pathology and the Air India bombing inquiry. His current scholarly focus is on comparative constitutional remedies, counter-terrorism and wrongful convictions. “Professor Kent Roach has made outstanding contributions to some of the most critical scholarly and public policy debates of our time. As one of Canada’s most dedicated, thoughtful and creative academics, he has helped shape Canada’s place in the world with his abiding commitment to improving respect for human rights and dignity, and responsible citizenship,” says Professor Mayo Moran, dean of the Faculty of Law. “We are so thrilled he has received one of this country’s most important research awards.” Professor Paul Young, U of T vice-president of research, says: “Congratulations to Professor Roach. I’m delighted that his scholarship is being recognized with such a prestigious honour. Trudeau Fellowships celebrate researchers who are engaging with the challenges of their times. Professor Roach’s work, which has examined everything from the Supreme Court to terrorism to our constitution, exemplifies this spirit of engagement as it helps us understand the history and institutions that shape our lives.” Roach has authored 12 books, including the award-winning The 9/11 Effect: Comparative Counter-Terrorism, and numerous articles and chapters. His texts on criminal law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are used broadly. He plans to use the Trudeau Fellowship to research comparative perspectives of miscarriages of justice, wrongful convictions, and constitutional remedies.

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Read Professor Kent Roach’s biography. Read the Trudeau Foundation media release. For more information, contact: Kent Roach Professor and Wilson-Prichard Chair in Law and Public Policy University of Toronto Faculty of Law Kent.roach@utoronto.ca Lucianna Ciccocioppo Director, External Relations University of Toronto Faculty of Law Lucianna.ciccocioppo@utoronto.ca Tel: 416-946-0334

Latest Media Releases

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October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON - Teams of faculty and students from North American universities will gather at the University of Toronto in a competition to see who has the most novel ideas in the transformative new field of synthetic biology. Synthetic biologists engineer biology to create tools that may solve some of the world’s most pressing problems in such areas as health care, energy production and environmental degradation. Each team in the competition has been given a kit of biological parts. Working at their own schools over the summer, they use these parts and new parts of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells. Previous projects in the competition have included Bactoblood in which a team transformed a bacterial cell into a surrogate red blood cell and grew batches of synthetic blood. Such a product could one day be used to grow blood for transfusions in places where there is limited supply such as during military conflicts or natural disasters. Other teams have developed bacterial sensors that are useful for a variety of environmental conditions –  heavy metal contaminations, for example – or to identify the presence of certain parasites. This year’s participants include teams from Harvard, Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto. The winners will proceed to the World Championship in Cambridge, Massachusetts in November. EVENT DETAILS: WHAT:  Synthetic Biology Competition WHEN: The finalists will compete on Sunday, October 6, 9 – 10:45 a.m. Awards presentation 11:15 a.m. WHERE: MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park

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MEDIA CONTACTS:         Graham Cromar 416-813-7654 ext. 30-1846 graham.cromar@mail.utoronto.ca Sergio Peisajovich Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto 416-978-2308 sergio.peisajovich@utoronto.ca Kim Luke Communications, Faculty of Arts & Science University of Toronto 416-978-4352 kim.luke@utoronto.ca

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October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more. 

TORONTO, ON – Victoria University, in the University of Toronto, celebrates the official opening of the Goldring Student Centre on September 25 at 6 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and formal remarks will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by a reception and informal tours. Named in honour of Victoria College graduates and siblings Blake C. Goldring and Judy G. Goldring, the Goldring Student Centre doubles the space of the former Wymilwood student union building to 40,000 square feet. Recognizing the importance of a welcoming space for socializing and learning beyond the classroom, the Goldrings contributed $4 million to help launch the renovation and construction to create a space in which Vic students can thrive. Victoria College students committed $7 million and alumni have contributed almost $9 million to this important project. Toronto-based architectural firm Moriyama and Teshima preserved many of the iconic heritage features of Wymilwood within the new Goldring Student Centre. Wymilwood, built in 1952, is a historically listed building. It is a rare example of a building designed by notable architect and former dean of architecture Eric Arthur. Arthur was one of the first to teach the Modern movement in Canada. He is also known for encouraging the preservation movement of the 1960s and 1970s with his book Toronto, No Mean City.   According to current Vic student, Nirusha Shanmuganathan, “Before the Goldring Student Centre, student clubs and groups were spread out all over campus. Now that we are all sharing a space, we feel like a stronger community. We are forming a critical mass that is bound to increase student engagement.” Students are thrilled to be using the new space as it provides a real incentive to stay on campus to work and socialize. The Goldring Student Centre provides a much-needed space for student activity on the Vic campus, with space for meeting rooms, offices for student government and more than 20 student clubs, a renovated café, a two-storey lounge, an assembly space and the addition of lockers for commuter students. It will give students, especially those who don’t live on campus, the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities, join a student club, socialize with friends, and engage in all the activities that make for a well-rounded student experience. Who: Dr. Wendy M. Cecil, chancellor of Victoria University; Prof. Paul W. Gooch, president of Victoria University; Prof. David Naylor, president, University of Toronto; Blake Goldring and Judy Goldring When: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 6 p.m. Where: 150 Charles Street West, Toronto Victoria University, founded in 1836 as Upper Canada Academy in Cobourg, Ont., federated with the University of Toronto in 1890. It comprises Victoria College, an arts and science college of the University of Toronto, and Emmanuel College, a theological college of the United Church of Canada. As one of the oldest universities in Canada, Victoria has earned a distinguished reputation for excellence and creativity. It has graduated more than 40,000 students and counts among its alumni some of the country’s most recognized innovators, artists, academics and political leaders: literary critic and scholar Northrop Frye, Nobel laureate and prime minister Lester B. Pearson, pioneering doctor Augusta Stowe-Gullen, Nobel laureate and co-inventor of the laser Arthur Schawlow, authors Margaret Atwood, John Bemrose, David Gilmour and Elizabeth Hay, artist Robert Bateman, poet Dennis Lee, actor Donald Sutherland, the Honourable Bill Blaikie, former ambassador Kenneth Taylor and filmmaker Norman Jewison.

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For information, please contact: Jennifer Little Office of Alumni Affairs and University Advancement Victoria University Tel: 416.585.4489 jennifer.little@utoronto.ca    

Latest Media Releases

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October 19, 2017

New Program in Management Analytics Launched at UofT’s Rotman School of Management

Toronto, ON – A new program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management aims to equip graduates with the skills to succeed in the field of management analytics. The Master of Management Analytics (MMA) is a rigorous nine-month program aimed at recent university graduates and provides students with advanced data management, analytical and communication skills. Developed in consultation with analytical professionals in industry, the program combines training in the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics tools as they…

October 18, 2017

Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to BMO’s William Downe

Toronto, ON – William Downe, a graduate of the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will be honoured today at the Rotman Alumni Awards Dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Downe is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group. He receives the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada, his steadfast support of education and healthcare, and his leadership of Canada’s first bank and bold expansion of its…

October 18, 2017

Survey Provides Rare Insight into the Governance of Private Family Businesses

Toronto, ON – Family businesses, arguably the most important contributors to Canada’s economy, recognize the need for strong governance, but approach board oversight in a variety of ways depending on their size and stage of maturity. A survey conducted by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management shows that, while family businesses in the early stages of growth tend to rely less on formal…

October 17, 2017

Is the municipal electoral system in need of reform?

Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that…

October 10, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Announces Expansion to New York City

Toronto, ON – Today one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management announced its latest expansion. The Creative Destruction Lab will partner with the Stern School of Business at New York University to establish the first Lab outside of Canada – CDL New York City. CDL New York City will bring together, in a nine-month program, three groups: highly successful serial entrepreneurs and angel investors; founders of pre-seed…

October 6, 2017

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

Toronto, ON – The first National Executive Director has been chosen to lead one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Sonia Sennik is the inaugural Executive Director of the UofT’s Creative Destruction Lab and its national network of programs.  She will be responsible for the Lab’s strategic operational and programmatic leadership, coordination, and oversight. Sennik, who held senior project and engineering management roles at global engineering consultancy…

October 4, 2017

“Nudge-a-thon” at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Tackles Public Transit Fare Evasion

Toronto, ON – Fare evaders are a problem faced by public transit systems in cities across the world. Evaders are willing to break the law and risk a significant penalty for the free ride. In Toronto, fare evasion is estimated to cost around $20 million a year in lost revenue. An event at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on September 30 brought together students and members of the community interested in behavioural economics to develop concepts to…

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U of T in the News

BBC | October 20, 2017

Reality Check: Does China's Communist Party have a woman problem?

Political Science’s Lynette Ong describes the role of women in China's Communist Party.  Read more. 

Toronto Star | October 19, 2017

To judge the Trudeau government at mid-term, look at the big picture

Donna Dasko of the School of Public Policy and Governance offers a positive mid-term review of Justin Trudeau. Read more. 

The Globe and Mail | October 18, 2017

Canadian University Report: Canadian universities a growing destination for international students

Vice-President International Ted Sargent and Executive Director of Enrolment Services and University Registrar Richard Levin remark on the surge in interest among students from around the world. Read more.