Nineteen scholars at U of T have been awarded almost $5 million to support research that ranges from using stem cells to fix injured hearts to creating an advanced laboratory to developing large astronomical telescopes.
“It made me realize that within a lab there are many opportunities, not only for research but to work with other people, to take leadership opportunities and to develop as an individual,” says Rishwan Dhir, a fourth-year neuroscience and health studies student.
Students in Rachel La Touche’s “Logic of Social Inquiry” class use the popular dating site OkCupid to test research questions about how socio-demographic traits like age, sex and race influence dating outcomes.
Twenty-five years ago, award-winning architect Brigitte Shim was scoping out a location to build her home. “After building it and living in it, I actually thought that it was a really interesting territory for future densification in our cities,” she says. Today, laneway housing is seeing a renewal.
Affordable housing for students is the next issue to be addressed by the presidents of four GTA universities who collaborated last year on supporting StudentMoveTO, a comprehensive survey that shed light on the long daily commutes of GTA students.
Improving the undergraduate experience, encouraging more students to study abroad, increasing diversity, and outreach to Indigenous communities – these are some of the key priorities outlined in U of T’s proposed spending plans for the coming academic year.
Sanja Hinic-Frlog, Dawn Kilkenny, David Roberts and Ashley Stirling have won the 2016-17 University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award. This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to student learning, pedagogical engagement, and teaching innovation. Up to four awards of $3,000 are offered annually.
Every year, the Division of University Advancement (DUA) hosts a Black History Luncheon to celebrate black history and culture in Canada. “Looking around the room at the lunch it was gratifying to see the wide spectrum of attendees which confirmed the success of the lunch,” said Glen Boothe,Chair of the organizing committee.
“It has long been a wish to inspire other Faculties and Divisions to do their own celebrations of Black History Month. Thanks to Martina Simmonds it was amazing to have UTM host their own successful lunch with a live stream of the DUA event.”
The event featured live music, Afrocentric food from all over the world, and a discussion with Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders.