It Was 50 Years Ago Today

Ken Luckhurst first set foot at UTM at the height of the hippie era. Touring a transformed campus with a recent grad, he finds not everything has changed

Taking Centre Stage

As the theatre world grapples with change, U of T Mississauga student Muhaddisah Batool prepares for the spotlight

At Home in the World

Noor Naga’s work, including her award-winning poem, explores the question of belonging

60 Seconds With Jean Yoon

Queen of the corner store

Gerard Charles Frost Exemplified the “Greatest Generation”

U of T alumnus cultivated a legacy of service and a commitment to family and community

Music to the Ears

Margaret Lam’s company aims to reduce ticket prices for concertgoers

Sebastian Brown’s Sidewalk Saloon

U of T alum pushes his piano two kilometres to play ragtime on Toronto’s streets

Oxford Bound

Rhodes Scholar Stephanie Gaglione is interested in vaccine development

Lowering Barriers to Higher Ed

Helping high school students apply to college and university leads to higher enrolment, study finds

The Life of Rajiv

A young actor reflects on the life-changing role he didn’t get

Shelter from the Storm

Michael Bazzocchi co-founded Trek for Teens to help homeless youth

60 Seconds with David Sugarman

Ontario Science Centre guy gets a charge out of explaining the natural world

Carl Mitchell’s Outstanding Service

Former president of the U of T Alumni Association has left a lasting impact

60 Seconds with Barry Avrich

In his new memoir, the filmmaker and ad exec talks divas and Donny Osmond

“We Remember Him with Pride”

U of T alum Walter Kohn rose above tragedy to earn a Nobel Prize in chemistry

Life after Grad School

As more PhD graduates seek work outside of academia, U of T is creating opportunities for these highly knowledgeable students to develop professional skills

Urban Angel

Judy Matthews and her husband have given $25 million to turn a stretch of derelict land under the Gardiner into a vibrant park

A Force for Change in Her Time

Though she was a trained teacher, “Lib” Cranston found her true purpose volunteering

Healthy Minds

As U of T responds to a rise in mental health needs on campus, a powerful source of help emerges: students themselves

A Canadian Hero for Mental Health

Twenty years ago, Michael Wilson witnessed the terrible impact of stigma around mental illness. He’s been working tirelessly to erase it ever since

Literary Detective

Phyllis Grosskurth was one of Canada’s best biographers, and one of University College’s first female English professors

60 Seconds with Ariel Garten

Calming the monkey mind

Cosmic Twins

Mercedes Richards unpacks an astronomical mystery

At Canada’s Own Jurassic Park

George Jacob is fascinated with museums: and is heading the new Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Alberta

Photo: Reg Innell/Toronto Star Archives

George Connell Set U of T on a Firm Foundation

U of T’s 12th president charted a course for the university that took it to the top

John Evans Was a Champion of Innovative Medical Education

U of T’s ninth president truly changed the world

Our Problem With Stuff

What is driving North America’s obsession with hoarding?

Keeping Thrill-Seekers Safe

Safety specialist Joelle Javier uses her engineering knowledge to make sure amusement park riders don’t get hurt

Walter Curlook was Mining’s Green Pioneer

The engineer, inventor, Inco executive and U of T prof is remembered for his boundless passion, spirit and energy

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Before Science, There Was… Literature?

Not so long ago, theories about the natural world were often put forth in poems and plays

Join the Science Party!

In her book Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Zoe Cormier explores the workings of our rowdiest pastimes

In Her Shoes

Like many women, Tanya Heath loved the look of high heels, but not the pain that went with them. So she created her own line — with removable heels

Robert Remis Was a Pioneer in HIV-AIDS Research

He made it his life’s mission to track and prevent AIDS, saving countless lives

Sleuthing Toronto’s Odd History

How a history degree led Cameron to a job designing scavenger hunts in downtown Toronto

Illustration by Stéphane Poirier

The Bully Who is Everywhere

The Internet makes it easy to be mean. No wonder cyberbullying among teens has everyone worried.

Idea Bank: Open Late

Next Einstein runner-up Deep Prasad shares tips for coming up with winning ideas

Bernard Etkin Helped Save the Apollo 13 Crew

The professor of aerospace engineering, a beloved mentor to generations of engineers, also helped develop the Avro Arrow and even checked the aerodynamics of Toronto City Hall

60 Seconds with Aelita Brivins

What you don’t know about how you’re communicating

Dennis Smith Pioneered Biomaterials in Canada

Leading scientist brought together experts from chemistry, medicine and dentistry to advance innovative new field

What Happens to Our Digital Selves When We Die?

For Facebook and other technology companies it’s still an open – and troublesome – question

60 Seconds With Yoni Freedhoff

This doc prescribes chocolate

The Science of Mindfulness

Researchers are producing mountains of evidence that meditation can boost satisfaction, improve health and reduce burnout

How Mindfulness Helps

Studies show that mindfulness meditation improves everything from stress to binge eating

In Memoriam: Richard Simeon

A talent for building bridges made Simeon a sought-after advisor on federalism

Screen Time

Online courses are big, bold and potentially game-changing for higher education

In Memoriam: Anthony Pawson

Targeted drugs exist because Pawson discovered how cells communicate

In Memoriam: J.N. Patterson Hume

As a co-founder of the computer science department, Hume helped usher in the Information Age

Taking Care

Mary Jo Haddad came to Sick Kids to look after ill children. As CEO, she helped nurse the whole hospital back to good health

In Memoriam: Michael Hough

The founder of landscape architecture at the University of Toronto was an eco-pioneer

Tweet If You Love Monet

New technologies are taking art directly to the people, forcing galleries and museums to adapt

Illustration by Gavin Potenzawidth

A Shift in Perception

Discoveries in brain science are prompting new theories about how our senses work – and how they affect our understanding of the world

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Selling to the Senses

Companies appeal to hearing, taste and sight to affect consumer perception

Illustration by Isabel Foo

Words, by the Numbers

What can a computer reveal about a work of fiction? Plenty, it seems

Photo by Chris Thomaidis

Mentoring Young Moguls

Yasmin Razavi helps students start their own businesses

Photo by Cindy Blazevic

Water, Power and the Boardroom

Rotman’s international study tours taught Michael Odam the ins and outs of doing business in low-income countries

Life Recovered

Life Recovered

A neuroscientist recounts his personal experience with drug addiction

Timing is Everything

Modern life is 24-7, but there may be negative consequences to defying our body’s internal clock

Literature Junkie

From street art to hip hop, Nick Mount connects English lit to pop culture

Photo by Andrew Rowat

Rules of Conduct

As chief of protocol, Desmond Parker brings peace of mind to United Nations’ guests

A Capital Achievement

In nearly half a century at U of T, economics prof Michael Hare has touched thousands of students’ lives

Author: Cynthia Macdonald