What the World Needs Now

How U of T’s Boundless campaign is lifting the university, the city and beyond

Munk One Students Think Locally, Act Globally

The Munk School of Global Affairs encourages students to apply what they learn to a global issue they’re passionate about. Sometimes it saves lives

Pearson Scholarships Aim to Attract World’s Brightest Students to U of T

Program named for Lester B. Pearson would offer 37 international students full tuition for four years

Documenting the War in Syria

Global journalism alumna Nousha Kabawat examines the plight of everyday people trying to carry on with their lives during Syria’s long civil war

A Better Life for Children with Heart Defects

Research by scientist Craig Simmons at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, supported by a visionary gift from the Rogers family, could one day eliminate the need for infants with heart defects to have more than one surgery

Big Data, Genetics and Personal Medicine Will Soon Transform Health Care

But first we have to close the gap between all the medical data being gathered and the ability to translate this into the best therapies for individual patients

Healing from Home

Apps such as Medly are expected to significantly reduce hospital admission rates for heart patients while also helping them recover

A Hub for Urban Innovation

The renovated Daniels Building at One Spadina will bring together scholars from across the university to envision an even better Toronto

U of T’s Ambitious Green Strategy

By reducing energy use in its new campus buildings, U of T is helping the city meet its own ambitious climate-change goals

A Bold Vision for Front Campus Moves Closer to Reality

U of T aims to raise $20 million for a multi-year project to reimagine the area around King’s College Circle

“My Education Enabled Me to Break Down Walls”

Scholarships can inspire students to believe they can make a difference. For Atik Bird, it helped her reach out to others – and trust her own voice

Double the Impact of a Donation

U of T is extending the Boundless Promise Matching Program, which doubles the impact of donations in support of financial help for students

A Community Grapples with Cancer

Researchers at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health have teamed up with a First Nation in northwestern Ontario to seek answers to a frightening, generation-old medical mystery

Advancing Drugs to Fight Cancer and Other Diseases

A medical research centre at U of T Mississauga aims to speed up the development of new life-saving cancer drugs

Facing Up to Canada’s Past

Scholars at U of T’s Jackman Humanities Institute find optimism amidst the pain in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Mentors Are Giving Students Confidence in Themselves

Hundreds of students such as Jenny Charitable have received a university education they thought was out of reach, thanks to U of T Scarborough’s Imani mentoring program

Giving Younger Academics a Boost

The Hart Professorships – created through a historic $20-million bequest from the estate of Erwin Edward Hart – are bringing opportunity to the next generation of engineering research pioneers

Forensic Accountants Fight Back Against Fraud

U of T Mississauga aims to create global champions in the battle against white-collar crime

Helping Machine-Learning Startups Succeed

Artificial intelligence could soon transform almost everything. An innovative program at the Rotman School’s Creative Destruction Lab will help place U of T entrepreneurs at the forefront

Tailor Made for New Ideas

The Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship will encourage all kinds of collaborations among students, faculty and industry in U of T’s engineering discipline

How Building Design Can Make Collaboration Easier

The design of the Jackman Law Building reflects the need for creative, collaborative spaces for both students and faculty

More Study Space Is on the Way

Robarts Common will create new spaces for students to study, collaborate and access the world’s digital knowledge

A New “Front Door” for UTSC

U of T Scarborough has close ties with the community. A new building will help foster even stronger links

Overcoming Bias with Teaching

Shafique Virani spoke powerfully against Islamophobia at a recent TEDx Talk. The key to countering it, he says, is education

The Beauty of Language

Reading Canadian fiction and poetry helps us understand our own experience and that of others

Exploring Toronto’s Tamil Heritage

Students at UTSC will be able to learn much more about Tamil language and culture, thanks to a $2-million gift

A Place to Reimagine the World

U of T’s Boundless campaign is helping the university – and Canada – shine as a beacon of inclusion and hope

Letters to the Editor

On banning corporal punishment, compliments to our photo contest contestants, and praises for our faculty and alumni

A New Sense of Community at the School of Graduate Studies

Renovated space marries history with innovation to better serve U of T’s booming grad student population

U of T: A Top-Tier University

“These results demonstrate our world-class performance in teaching,” says U of T president Meric Gertler

The Class of 2020

U of T’s newest undergraduates: Who they are and where they’re from

Open Book

The Human Library Project: This U of T grad student shared her story and a painful truth

Poll: Do You Generally Prefer to Read Text in Print or Online?

U of T students have spoken: Print is far from dead, but online has its place, too

Returning to Africa

U of T MasterCard Foundation scholar Sylvia Mwangi hopes to improve health care in Kenya

World’s Easiest Book Club

This Hart House Library literary club is stress-free

Oxford Bound

Rhodes Scholar Stephanie Gaglione is interested in vaccine development

In Memoriam: Jim Delaney

A trusted adviser to students and U of T presidents, this staff member was also open about his mental health challenges

In Memoriam: Russell J. Morrison

One of U of T’s most generous benefactors helped improve study spaces for students

The English of a Millennium Ago

Now at “H,” the Dictionary of Old English aims to define every word from the language’s earliest days

Lowering Barriers to Higher Ed

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

Post-Truth Politics

When lying becomes an acceptable political strategy

Can Artificial Intelligence Solve the Mystery of Genetic Disease?

Prof. Brendan Frey and his team are harnessing machine learning to figure out what makes us sick

Making Money Out of Thin Air

U of T startup Exact Media finds a way to turn excess space into a business

Black and Blue

How do we restore trust between minority communities and police?

Let’s Get Physical

U of T prof’s new website tracks the physical activities multicultural Torontonians enjoy

Of Hearth and Home – and Health

A simple U of T innovation could help prevent burns among millions of children in developing countries

Beauty in the Everyday

During one terrible year, author Kyo Maclear finds solace by birding in the city

Who Gets Called an Artist?

Wanda Nanibush, the AGO’s first curator of Indigenous art, pays heed to the overlooked

What Do Hip Hop and Beowulf Have in Common?

Gilbert Perkins uses urban music to teach students about literature

Without a Trace

This U of T alum’s new novel highlights how a victim’s voice gets lost in tragedy

The Sweet Sound of Inspiration

An encounter with one of opera’s greats helped this alum succeed

Exploring Northern Communities

U of T alumni connect with First Nations people in northern Ontario

Life and Death in an Addis Ababa ER

Dr. James Maskalyk describes a day in an emergency room in Ethiopia

The Life of Rajiv

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

Ice Queens

Hockey was one of U of T’s first women’s sports

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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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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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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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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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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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Somewhere Between Me and the Desert

Winner of the 2017 U of T Magazine Poetry Contest

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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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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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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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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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Alexa, Compose Me a Song

So far, machines are not very good at creating original art, such as pop tunes and short stories. Will they ever be?

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A Prisoner No More

For Kyla Fox, an eating disorder felt like a life sentence. Now recovered, she helps other people overcome theirs

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There’s Great Potential for AI in Health Care, but also Many Questions

A U of T research team is examining ethical issues around the use of artificial intelligence in medicine

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Many Medicines Are Considered Essential. Not All Are Effective

A U of T doctor is leading efforts to review the medical evidence for more than 2,200 commonly prescribed drugs

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What You Can Do with an Advanced Degree

Many recent PhD grads are professors, but a growing number, especially in the sciences, have landed jobs in the private sector

Category: Winter 2017