Media Releases

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April 19, 2010

New technology will mean shift for internet advertising

TORONTO, ON – Placing internet ads on websites will be easier and more profitable in the future thanks to a new technology developed at the University of Toronto that allows ads to be resized to fit any available website space. Internet ads are currently only available in three or four specific sizes, meaning websites must be designed around the ads. The size restrictions greatly limit ad placement options and affect the way ads look on devices such as the iPhone…

April 14, 2010

U of T Faiths Act Fellows mobilize against malaria

TORONTO, ON – During Faiths Act Week, April 25 to May 1, 2010, Tony Blair Foundation Fellows Areeba Jawaid and Hilary Keachie from the University of Toronto will join forces to raise awareness, funds and resources to combat malaria across the world.   Malaria, an entirely preventable and treatable disease, remains a critical threat to global health. More than 300 million people contract malaria annually and one million die.  During and leading up to World Malaria Day, April 25, 2010, the…

April 13, 2010

Historic gift to UofT makes Munk School a world leader in global affairs

TORONTO, ON -- The University of Toronto is proud to announce today the launch of the new Munk School of Global Affairs. An unprecedented gift of $35 million from Peter and Melanie Munk will dramatically expand UofT’s research capacity, enable the hiring of new faculty and drive the expansion of new facilities. This first-tier professional school will play a key role in educating Canadians as global leaders.  The Munk School of Global Affairs signals a new frontier of scholarship in…

April 12, 2010

Faith groups to examine climate change as a moral issue

TORONTO, ON – How is climate change a moral issue? What can people of faith do to be part of the solution? At a two-day retreat starting on Friday, April 16, 2010, leaders from different faith traditions will meet with environmental and international development communities in Toronto to discuss these key questions and initiate planning to tackle climate change. Media are invited to attend all or part of the two-day sessions, which will run at the national offices of the…

April 10, 2010

Stereotyping has a lasting negative impact

TORONTO, ON – Aggression. Over-eating. Inability to focus. Difficulty making rational decisions. New research out of the University of Toronto Scarborough shows prejudice has a lasting negative impact on those who experience it. “Past studies have shown that people perform poorly in situations where they feel they are being stereotyped,” says Associate Professor of Psychology Michael Inzlicht, who led the study, published in this month’s edition of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. “What we wanted to do was…

April 6, 2010

RBC Conference to explore breakthroughs in homecare policy & practice

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto is hosting a half-day conference to explore current issues and breakthroughs in homecare policy and practice in Canada. Leading experts from Toronto and Montreal will address integrated, home-based care for elderly persons. Dr. Nowaczynski will highlight the issues via his award winning photographs. An innovative home care service team using mobile technology will be presented and current issues in homecare in Quebec will be examined. The conference will close by considering the role…

April 6, 2010

New research on cyber-spying from the Citizen Lab at UofT, SECDEV Canada and the Shadowserver Foundation

TORONTO, ON – Members of a research team investigating a cyber-spying network called Ghostnet are holding a news conference on Tuesday, April 6, to discuss their latest findings and to answer questions from the media. The news conference will also be webcast live at http://hosting.epresence.tv/MUNK/1/live/148.aspx EVENT DETAILS WHAT: News conference PARTICIPANTS: Ron Deibert and Greg Walton, Citizen Lab, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto Nart Villeneuve, Citizen Lab/SecDev Group Rafal Rohozinski, CEO SecDev Group (Tentative) Steven Adair, Shadowserver…

April 6, 2010

UofT professor awarded new chair in concrete durability and sustainability

TORONTO, ON – With infrastructure spending a big part of government economic stimulus plans across North America, concrete is suddenly looking like a hot commodity. The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is at the forefront of innovation when it comes to concrete, sustainability and engineering solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. Now, one of our top professors has received recognition from the industry and the federal government. R. Doug Hooton was appointed today…

April 6, 2010

U of T’s Gerstein Reading Room wins architectural award

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto’s Gerstein Reading Room is among 15 winners of the 2010 design excellence awards. The awards, presented by the Ontario Association of Architects on May 7, 2010, honour the best in Ontario architectural design, innovation, and business.  “We are thrilled to be given this award,” said Sandra Langlands, Director of the Gerstein Library. “It has been nice to restore the room to a reading room, because it had been a reference room for years…

April 6, 2010

Groundbreaking cyber espionage report to be released

TORONTO, ON – The Information Warfare Monitor (Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and the SecDev Group, Ottawa) and the Shadowserver Foundation announce today the release of Shadows in the Cloud: An investigation into cyber espionage 2.0. The report documents a complex ecosystem of cyber espionage that systematically targeted and compromised computer systems in India, the Offices of the Dalai Lama, the United Nations, and several other countries. Members of the research team are holding a…