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September 7, 2010

New partnership gives pro bono legal field a boost

TORONTO, ON – Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) began its 15th year of community service today with the announcement of an exciting new partnership with Carswell, a Thomson Reuters business. Carswell will be the exclusive legal research partner for PBSC, providing financial support and specialized training for law students across the country. Nikki Gershbain, National […]

September 7, 2010

Fears of a decline in bee pollination confirmed: may be due to climate change

TORONTO, ON – Widespread reports of a decline in the population of bees and other flower-visiting animals have aroused fear and speculation that pollination is also likely on the decline.  A recent University of Toronto study provides the first long-term evidence of a downward trend in pollination, while also pointing to climate change as a […]

September 7, 2010

St. Michael’s College presents a unique student orientation event

TORONTO, ON – St. Michael’s College is putting on a special presentation during orientation week in an effort to help new students adjust to university life. The presentation, called “UniSmart: The Live Survival Guide to University,” is a 75-minute interactive show that covers a wide range of subjects of importance to students, such as: diversity, […]

September 7, 2010

Study to examine link between school transportation and childhood weight, activity levels

TORONTO, ON – Is taking the school bus a factor in childhood weight gain? Does hitching a ride with Mom or Dad plunge a child’s overall activity level? How does walking or cycling to school impact a child’s body weight? When kids return to GTA schools this September, one UofT professor will be taking a […]

September 7, 2010

U of T researchers lead study to determine individualized smoking cessation treatments

TORONTO, ON – Quitting smoking is hard, and researchers at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have discovered one reason why: it’s in the genes. Each smoker has a different genetic makeup, which influences their response to different treatments to help them quit. Now, these researchers plan to […]

August 30, 2010

U of T part of international effort identifying gene linked to epilepsy

TORONTO, ON – Researchers from the University of Toronto are part of an international team which has identified the gene causing the childhood form of epilepsy known as Mabry Syndrome. In an article published Aug. 30, 2010 in the journal Nature Genetics entitled ‘Identity-by-Descent Filtering of Exome Sequence Data identifies PIGV mutations in Hyperphosphatasia Mental […]

August 25, 2010

U of T study shows infants can remember emotional events

TORONTO, ON — A new study led by a University of Toronto Scarborough psychologist shows that human infants can remember unusual emotional events. Investigating the impact of relationship disruptions on stress regulation in infants, researchers asked parents to briefly ignore their six-month-old infants during an experiment, which caused an elevation in infant stress hormones, said […]

August 25, 2010

U of T rooftop garden feeds a community

TORONTO, ON – A rooftop garden is providing fresh produce to a local food bank and a community kitchen, thanks to the volunteer efforts of University of Toronto Engineering graduate students. With help from a Live Green Toronto grant, U of T’’s “Sky Garden” has tripled in size in its second year of growing and […]

August 24, 2010

Rotman faculty and graduates honoured at academy of management conference

TORONTO, ON – Four professors and graduates of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management were honoured during the Academy of Management’s recent annual meeting held in Montreal earlier this month. The Academy is a leading professional association for scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organizations. Gary Latham, Secretary of […]

August 23, 2010

University of Toronto going greener this year

TORONTO, ON – From heating showers with solar energy to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing electrical loads, the University of Toronto’s wide-ranging “green” initiatives are advancing sustainable practices on campus. Last year UofT joined with the executive heads of 20 other Ontario institutions and made a public commitment to continue practicing the three Rs […]

August 23, 2010

UTSC offers Canada’s only undergraduate program in mental health studies

TORONTO, ON – Canada’s only undergraduate program in mental health studies is now entering its second year at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus (UTSC). Traditional undergraduate psychology programs focus both on normal and on abnormal psychological processes,  with the former usually receiving the lion’s share of attention.  UTSC’s Mental Health Studies program provides a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]