Media Releases

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June 18, 2010

G8 and G20 Research Groups release compliance reports

TORONTO, ON - On June 21, 2010, the G8 Research Group will release the final compliance report measuring progress made by the G8 on the pledges made at the 2009 L'Aquila Summit, with input from the G8 Research Centre at the State University Higher School of Economics led by Professor Marina Larionova in Moscow. The full report will be available for download at the G8 Information Centre website at . A separate compliance report on Iran will also be presented.…

June 16, 2010

University Women’s Club of Toronto sells buiilding to UofT

TORONTO, ON – The University Women’s Club of Toronto has sold its building to the University of Toronto, the Club and UofT announced today.  The sale of 162 St. George Street, for $4.3 million, was completed May 31, 2010. Under terms of the agreement, the Club will lease the premises for two years while it searches for another location. After that, the site will be redeveloped by the University for academic use.  Founded in 1903, the University Women’s Club of…

June 14, 2010

New PhD program in Environmental Science at UTSC creates pillar of advanced research

TORONTO, ON - The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) is responding to the world's pressing need for more qualified scientists trained in Environmental Science. A new PhD program in Environmental Science will launch in fall 2010 and aims to prepare students at the advanced graduate level to investigate the critical environmental challenges facing our planet. "This is a significant milestone for UTSC," says Professor Franco Vaccarino, Principal of UTSC. "With the launch of the first-ever PhD program to be administered…

June 11, 2010

New genetic findings expected to accelerate autism testing and development of treatments

TORONTO, ON - Canadian and international scientists have uncovered key changes in DNA in individuals with autism. The Phase 2 results of the multinational Autism Genome Project Consortium published in the June 9 advance online edition of Nature, substantiate the importance of genes as susceptibility factors in autism spectrum disorders. This study is the largest of its kind, involving 1,500 families and more than 120 scientists and clinicians from across North America and Europe. The team was led by Dr.…

June 10, 2010

Acclaimed novelist Lawrence Hill to receive honorary degree

  TORONTO, ON. – On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., the University of Toronto will award acclaimed Canadian author Lawrence Hill an honorary doctor of letters degree in recognition of his contributions to Canadian literature, in particular through his exploration of race relations and humanitarian concerns. Lawrence Hill is a fiction and non-fiction author whose work addresses, among other themes, the social history of slavery and race relations in Canada and internationally. His 2007 novel, The Book of…

June 10, 2010

John Manley to receive honorary degree

TORONTO, ON. – On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 2:30 p.m., the University of Toronto will award the Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, an honorary doctor of laws degree in recognition of his outstanding record of contributions to Canada, through service in public office, and the development of public policy in support of research, technology, and innovation.. Manley, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, was first elected to Parliament…

June 9, 2010

Do creative work activities create stress? A new study identifies the challenges for the boundaries between work and family.

TORONTO, ON – The demands associated with creative work activities pose key challenges for workers, according to new research out of the University of Toronto that describes the stress associated with some aspects of work and its impact on the boundaries between work and family life.  Researchers measured the extent to which people engaged in creative work activities using data from a national survey of more than 1,200 American workers. Sociology professor Scott Schieman (UofT) and his coauthor and PhD…

June 9, 2010

Personality predicts political preferences

TORONTO, ON – There is a strong relationship between a voter’s politics and his personality, according to new research from the University of Toronto. Researchers at UofT have shown that the psychological concern for compassion and equality is associated with a liberal mindset, while the concern for order and respect of social norms is associated with a conservative mindset. “Conservatives tend to be higher in a personality trait called orderliness and lower in openness. This means that they’re more concerned…

June 8, 2010

Philosopher Ian Hacking to receive honorary degree

TORONTO, ON. – The University of Toronto will award Ian Hacking, world-renowned philosopher and winner of several prestigious national and international prizes, on Monday, June 14, 2010, at 10 a.m. with an honorary doctor of laws degree in recognition of his groundbreaking scholarly contributions to philosophy, and to the humanities, sciences, and social sciences more broadly. Hacking, whose lengthy and distinguished career has included posts at UBC, Cambridge, Stanford, the University of Toronto, and the College de France in Paris,…

June 8, 2010

Charles Pachter to receive honorary degree at U of T

TORONTO, ON. – The University of Toronto will honour Charles Pachter, one of Canada’s most distinguished and internationally recognized contemporary artists, on Monday, June 14 at 2:30 p.m. with an honorary doctor of laws degree in recognition of his outstanding artistic achievements and his contributions to our understanding of modern Canada. Pachter, a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian and lecturer has work hanging in public and private collections around the world. His images of the Queen, moose, and maple leaf…