Media Releases

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

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August 20, 2010

Soldiers’ Tower shows battle scars

TORONTO, ON – Major restoration is about to commence this summer on the first of a multi-stage project to repair the Soldiers’ Tower at University of Toronto.   E.R.A. Architects Inc. will be working in conjunction with Clifford Restoration Ltd., both among the top building restoration firms in Canada. The job is being managed by the University of Toronto’s Department of Facilities and Services.  The first phase amounts to $800,000, which has been raised through a fundraising appeal initiated by…

August 18, 2010

Learning outside of the classroom on the rise

TORONTO, ON – Lectures, textbooks and classroom learning will be complemented by real-world experience for many UofT students this fall, as the trend towards service learning continues. Once thought to be the type of educational experience offered in a community college setting, service learning has exploded at UofT over the past five years. The formal number of courses offering students an out-of-the-classroom component has grown by nearly 700 per cent and nearly 2,000 students will benefit from the enhanced educational…

August 18, 2010

New planetarium set to open at U of T

TORONTO, ON – The Milky Way over Giza in 2500 BC. The stars above Toronto tonight. Amazing new views of the sky in radio waves, infrared light and gamma rays from space observatories. With the opening of a state-of-the art planetarium this fall at UofT, thousands of students will get to see the sky like never before. “No lecture slides or illustrations in books can offer our students the kind of understanding that can be achieved with a highly realistic…

August 17, 2010

Canadian Journalism Foundation and Rotman School of Management revamp media management executive education program

TORONTO, ON - Veteran media professionals and U.S.-based guest panelists will augment this year's Media Management Executive Education Program (MMEEP), an intensive three-day program tailored to meet the needs of Canada's media managers, jointly produced by the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Richard Siklos, a Los Angeles-based columnist, reporter and former editor-at-large at Fortune magazine; Chrystia Freeland, the global editor-at-large at Thomson Reuters; and Jonathan Goodman, a senior partner of…

August 17, 2010

New program helps moms re-enter the workforce

TORONTO, ON – As local moms prepare to send their kids off to school full-time in September, many are thinking about returning to the paid workforce. A new program offered through U of T’s Rotman School of Management this October will help those women figure out ways to kick-start their careers after a period of absence from the working world.   “At this time of year, moms are busy getting their kids ready to go back to school. But it’s…

August 16, 2010

University of Toronto atmospheric scientists contributing to 2016 mission searching for signs of life on Mars

TORONTO, ON - An international team of scientists including several atmospheric and planetary researchers from the University of Toronto (U of T) will develop an instrument to search for signs of life on Mars during the 2016 ExoMars Trace gas Orbiter NASA-European Space Agency mission. The instrument, known as MATMOS (Mars Atmospheric Trace Molecule Occultation Spectrometer), will probe the atmosphere of Mars in search of biological sources of methane, and consequently, signs of life. “We are very excited to be…

August 13, 2010

Increased worker flexibility not always a good thing, says new Rotman paper

TORONTO, ON - Companies trying to improve efficiency by building more flexibility into their workforce could end up too lean and drive costs up, says a new paper co-published by the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. “Flexibility is good, but too much of it is dangerous,” says Oded Berman, who holds the Sydney C. Cooper Chair in Business and Technology and is a professor of operations management at the Rotman School. Prof. Berman co-authored the study with the…

August 12, 2010

New professional master’s program in computer science

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto is launching a new professional master’s degree in Computer Science this September, aimed at educating the next generation of technical leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in turning research into practical applications. The new Master of Science in Applied Computing program is one of only a handful of similar programs in Canada. Unlike most of the country’s Computer Science graduate programs, the focus of this program will be on the concrete application and development of…

August 12, 2010

Survivors of 1994 Rwandan genocide to share their insights and help launch new educational initiative

TORONTO, ON – Patrick Iregura and Emery Rutagonya, two survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, are joining forces with Between Four Eyes to launch a new educational initiative called the “Mindfulness Ambassador Council” in select Toronto schools. This program was originally developed for Rwandan high schools, and based on its positive impact in strengthening leadership and civic responsibility, local Toronto stakeholders are eager to pilot the project for North American students and their educators. Iregura and Rutagonya will share their…

August 9, 2010

Rotman professor receives outstanding educator award

Toronto / Montreal - Anita McGahan, a professor at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management is the recipient of the Academy of Management Business Policy and Strategy Division's 2010 Irwin Outstanding Educator Award. Prof. McGahan, who holds the Rotman Chair in Management at the Rotman School and is cross appointed to the Munk School of Public Affairs, was presented with the award yesterday during a reception at the Academy of Management's annual conference in Montreal. In her acceptance…