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U of T’s 191st Birthday Quiz

Test your knowledge of all things U of T in honour of the university’s 191st anniversary on March 15!

Spring Reunion Draws Alumni Back to School for the Weekend

More than 5,000 converged at U of T to reconnect with old friends, listen to some lectures and even ride a few roller coasters together at Canada’s Wonderland

U of T Student Helps Arrange Free Eye Exams for Refugees

A former refugee himself, Tarek Bin Yameen pays it forward: “I’m very mindful of how lucky I am to be here”

U of T’s 190th Birthday Quiz

Test your knowledge of all things U of T in honour of the university’s 190th anniversary on March 15!

Getting to Know You

How Tomi Poutanen is using artificial intelligence to help companies learn more about their customers’ preferences

Remembering Russell J. Morrison

Russell Morrison (1923 – 2016) was one of U of T’s most generous supporters. Through his giving, he strove to help students reach their full potential

Follow all 12 of U of T’s Olympic Athletes in Rio

A handy guide for cheering on the U of T alumni and students competing with the Canadian Olympic team: watch this page for schedules and results

21 More Things Every U of T Student Should Do Before They Graduate

Go sledding at UTSC, perform in the UC follies, paint the UTSU dome and much more!

Your Daily Grub

U of T student club aims to convince the campus that eating bugs is healthy – for people and the planet

6 Places at U of T That Just Might Be Haunted

Spooky stories? Yes. Evidence of ghosts on campus? You be the judge

A New Vision for Front Campus

Four design proposals to revitalize King’s College Circle would eliminate cars, add trees and even create a pond outside Hart House

Follow All 21 of U of T’s Pan Am Athletes

Cheer on the Canadian team and watch this page as we post results

21 Amazing Things You Can Do with a U of T Degree

Graduation is just the beginning

Toronto’s Beating Heart

With the Toronto Poetry Map, a U of T English professor and Toronto Public Library unveil a whole new way to view the city

U of T Birthday Quiz

U of T celebrates its 188th anniversary on Sunday, March 15. Here’s a chance to test your knowledge of all things U of T!

A Tribute to Former U of T President John Evans

“We have lost a great and passionate Canadian who believed this country had much to offer a troubled world”

16 Movies You Probably Didn’t Know Were Shot at U of T

U of T often plays an Ivy League school in Hollywood. But it’s popular in horror and sci-fi films as well

Lislehurst bridge at U of T Mississauga by Adrian Berg(aoberg) on Flickr

The 10 Best Places at U of T to Steal a Kiss with Your Sweetheart

Woo your Valentine with a romantic vista or a secluded paradise… all without leaving campus!

Ideas for Your Ears

Hear all about the future of cities with U of T’s new podcasts

U of T Ranked 20th in the World

University also named tops in Canada in all disciplines

Slam Dunk!

The newly opened Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport will be a boon for campus and community athletics

Bringing the Universe Down to Earth

Student scientists at Astronomy Summer School learn how to design the instruments that show us the cosmos

Faces of ’14: Graduation!

What happens after life at U of T?

17 Things Every U of T Student Should Do Before They Graduate

Stroll Philosopher’s Walk, peer through a telescope, hear the Gospel Choir and much more!

Kiss Me, Choose Me

How did locking lips become the ultimate romantic gesture?

Astronomy’s Answer Man

A U of T grad student has created a website where anyone can pose burning questions about astronomy – and receive an expert reply

Telling the U of T Story

Student Amy Chong wins a global contest with her “We Love U of T” slideshow

A Crack Team of Coders

U of T computer science students win top honours at largest-ever Canadian university “hackathon”

Life on Earth, Mars and Beyond

The inaugural Toronto Science Festival, hosted by U of T, will feature leading scientists addressing fundamental questions about human existence

YouTube’s Favourite Doctor

Prof. Michael Evans’ videos on health are viral sensations

The Real Students of U of T

Reality television comes to U of T as students vie for chance to compete in Big Brother-like show

Design on the Fly

A team of U of T students have won a 24-hour challenge to redesign the front entrance of Toronto’s central Y

Faces of ’14: Senior Students

With a little less than two years left to go, six third-year students share their hopes and fears for the future

U of T Idol

Second-year student Patrick Simeon is crowned champion of Hart House’s tri-campus singing competition

Rob Ford, the Opera

In which God may or may not be Margaret Atwood

Photo by Adam Ince

Land Speed Record

A bicycle that can exceed 110 km/h? U of T engineering students have designed and built one

Photo courtesy of U of T Lipdub

This All-Star Party Show Goes On

Behind the scenes at the U of T lipdub video shoot

Photo by Suzanna Chang

Faces of ’14: After First Year

What six first-year students have to say about their experiences at U of T so far

Photo by Chris Granger

What Is Sacred?

Two U of T thinkers debate whether we can ever know what is truly “right” or “wrong”

Photo by .niCky. at Flickr.com

Tough Love

Dating at university is supposed to be easy. But many of today’s U of T students find campus romance elusive. Enter Love@UofT, a new online matchmaker

Quantum Physics: The Dance

U of T grad student Krister Shalm cut the rug to explain his thesis in the “Dance Your PhD” contest

Start Your Engines!

Building your own formula race car? At university? How cool is that!

Photo of Hormuz Dadabhoy

Faces of ’14: Frosh Week Approaches

They’re smart, globally aware, tech savvy — and still a little nervous about starting at U of T

The Green Revolution, One Year Later

Iranian students and professors reflect on the future of their home country

“You Are Your Own Microphone”

For talented young opera singers, a four-week program in Italy is music to the ears

The Accidental CEO

Computer engineering student Vincent Cheung’s photo software has become an Internet hit

Books Outbound

A new campus group wants to send leftover books from college book sales to schools that could use them

Water Pressure

Canadians feel no urgency to conserve water, but they should, says architecture prof

Fashionista

How did first-year student (and former tomboy) Anna Cunningham end up writing a fashion column online?

On “Slacktive” Duty

Are Internet protests as effective as real-world ones?

Anatomy of a Makeover

Architect Nader Tehrani talks about his company’s striking design for the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture

Digital Books Look Great on Paper

Students haven’t embraced electronic textbooks, but a rumoured device from Apple could change everything

Gearing Up for Copenhagen

Will student protests make a difference at the UN’s climate conference in Copenhagen?

Ditching the Paper Cup

As Toronto considers a ban on take-away cups, a Victoria College café is forging ahead on its own

Secular Hecklers

Protesting the world’s blasphemy laws
 

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With a Student in Crisis, a Faculty Rallies

In an instant, Emma’s hopes of becoming a nurse were dashed. Could she make the journey back?

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Plan B: The Power of Reinvention

Scrapping everything and taking a fresh approach can be exhilarating. But sometimes change is not a choice

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U of T’s 191st Birthday Quiz

Test your knowledge of all things U of T in honour of the university’s 191st anniversary on March 15!

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Finding Comfort in Food

Edna Staebler was 55 when her marriage ended. She thought she would grow old alone, impoverished and unhappy. Then she wrote a cookbook

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Make No Mistake

Can a group of Toronto hospitals eliminate medical errors?

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There Is No Magic Formula When Quitting an Addiction

By 28, I’d been arrested, convicted and kicked out of grad school. But it took me another two years to end my love affair with drugs

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Seniors Want to Know Whom They Can Trust Online

U of T study finds older Canadians are highly concerned about digital security – sometimes to their disadvantage

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Save Your Money

An app from Vicis Labs aims to help millennials and the precariously employed manage their cash

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A New Life After Loss

Over more than two decades, Rena Arshinoff built a successful career in medical science. Then she felt a spiritual call

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Strength in Numbers

Our first-ever Alumni Impact Survey reveals that U of T alumni are making massive social, cultural and economic contributions around the world

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After the Shooting, a Search for Salvation

U of T sociology professor Jooyoung Lee spent time with 40 people who had been shot to record how their lives had changed. Their stories are harrowing and instructive. This is just one

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Is Ending Homelessness in Toronto Possible?

For U of T student and Fix the 6ix founder Deanna Lentini, it’s a mission

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Ghost Effects

Social psychologist Michael Inzlicht launched his academic career on the study of “ego depletion.” His research suggested it was real. Then came doubts

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Fanny & Keats

Winner of the 2017 U of T Magazine Short Story Contest

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Velut Arbor ævo

What does U of T’s motto mean?

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Bringing Up Baby

What U of T nursing students learn about infant care has changed a lot since the 1950s

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Expecting the Unexpected

U of T provides an unparalleled setting in which students can prepare for a world of possibilities

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The City is Her Patient

Eileen de Villa targets opioids and homelessness as Toronto’s new medical officer of health

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Down Feathers

“People’s Choice” winner in the 2017 U of T Magazine Short Story Contest

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The Serious Business of Being Funny

Trinity College student Celeste Yim is on a mission to get students laughing

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The Mathematician

Runner-up in the 2017 U of T Magazine Short Story Contest

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Why Do We Make Bad Shopping Decisions?

Economists have long known that consumers can make confounding choices when presented with too much selection. But they’ve never agreed on why. Enter neuroscience

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The Art of Design

Gord Dorrett explains why FORREC has given $100,000 to support a “critique room” at U of T’s new Daniels Building

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60 Seconds With Conan Tobias

Taddle Creek’s editor-in-chief shares the back story of a uniquely Canadian magazine

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The Struggle Is Real

Filmmaker Maureen Judge’s latest project captures stories of millennials venturing out on their own

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Business Threats Can Arise at Any Time. Are You Ready?

It’s easy to say “be prepared.” Scouts learn it. Even Scar in The Lion King sang it. So why do executives so often avoid it?

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Top of the Class in Canada

Across international rankings, U of T remains one of the top publicly funded universities in the world

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The Day the Stars Collided

It was all hands on deck for U of T astronomers during a rare cosmic event that led to the first sighting of a new object

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Guitar Hero

Liona Boyd talks about her new memoir and album, her 5 million YouTube hits, and her pen pal, Prince Philip

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The Big Bang

Life on Earth exploded about 540 million years ago. Scientists are now beginning to understand why

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Enter the Dragon

Why did this U of T alum build a fire-breathing dragon bus? To go to Burning Man, of course!

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What Does an Ethnographer Do?

The goal is to get “an intimate and authentic representation of the person’s life,” says U of T prof Jooyoung Lee

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2017 Writing Contest Winners

Read all the winners, runners-up and readers’ choice favourites in the U of T Magazine Writing Contest

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Love Yourself First

How do you foster greater self-worth and, in turn, help others? Nurture your inner foundation, says author and U of T alum Renu Persaud

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Bringing Smiles to Uganda

On a two-week visit to remote villages, a U of T dental team fixes teeth – and changes lives

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Yoga Is Good for You

But just what are the health benefits?

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What Will Solve the Replication Crisis?

U of T scholars and others are calling for four major changes to how research is conducted

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Women Are in the House!

A unique U of T program that takes 100 female students to Parliament Hill aims to encourage more women to enter politics

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The Registrar Who Championed Me

A U of T staff member helped Cheryl Perera manage her schoolwork while she fought for children’s rights

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Our Partners in Africa

On a visit to Ethiopia and Rwanda, U of T president Meric Gertler affirms the power of collaborations – and sees potential for new ones

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Poll: Have You Ever Switched Majors?

Many students change programs to pursue newfound interests

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Somewhere Between Me and the Desert

Winner of the 2017 U of T Magazine Poetry Contest

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Letters to the Editor

Syrian doctor Khaled Almilaji’s story resonated with readers, as did Prof. Barth Netterfield’s article on science and faith

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A Distinctive Look?

English-Canadians are pretty good at identifying French-Canadian faces but the reverse isn’t true

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The Summit

U of T PhD student Tad Ferreira captures a striking image of hikers trekking across the top of Mont Blanc

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Failing is Part of Innovating

How an early defeat helped U of T alum Tom Jenkins and his company, OpenText, succeed

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What Does It Mean to Replicate a Study?

Replication studies put researchers’ conclusions to the test by creating new versions of the original experiment

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Fire and Ice

U of T photographer Laura Pedersen takes in a sunset view of Toronto’s Beach in the heart of winter

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A Scholar Who Spoke Up for an Entire People

The question of a Kurdish homeland was central to Prof. Amir Hassanpour’s life and career

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With Restored Sight Comes Opportunity and Hope

A gift from the Nanji family to U of T will help people “see the light of all the world”

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In Memoriam: Jack Canfield

A passionate Wittgenstein scholar, he also pursued a spiritual practice in the Zen tradition

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In the Spotlight, Yet Invisible

Alumna Ellen Tang helps immigrants feel less alone by recalling other newcomers’ stories

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Finger on the Button

Could a war of words lead to an actual war between the U.S. and North Korea?

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A Mother in Six Tones

Runner-up in the 2017 U of T Magazine Poetry Contest

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Antifa

An anti-fascist movement that started in 1930s Europe is making headlines again

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An Open Letter to My 13-Year-Old Self

People’s choice in the 2017 U of T Magazine Poetry Contest

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Voyage Into Ice

Daniel Kukla’s camera discovers an otherworldly Arctic

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Still Air

Reem Eissa captures raw emotions through photography

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150 Years of Varsity Football

Gala fundraiser at Great Hall in Hart House will mark Blues milestone

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The Gay Voice

Some men may subconsciously adopt certain female speech patterns

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