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Taking a Stand

As these alumni have discovered, it takes courage to speak up for what you believe in

The Oxford English Dictionary in Robarts Library at the University of Toronto, June 19, 2019. Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn

The Great Canadian Word Hunt

Canadian meanings of “soaker” and “bush party” don’t exist in the Oxford English Dictionary. A U of T linguistics prof is aiming to change that

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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

Illustrations of astronaut Chris Hadfield and singer Celine Dion.

A Distinctive Look?

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

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How Much Methane?

A U of T study aims to create the most accurate estimate yet of Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions

Engineering PhD student Justin Kim has built nine robots not much larger than your thumb that exhibit

The Wisdom of Crowds

PhD student Justin Kim is working on intelligent “swarming” robots that could one day help rescue earthquake survivors and explore other planets

Family Guy

Stereotype or archetype? Actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee talks about the biggest role of his career

A collaboration between U of T and community group Cabbagetown Releaf hopes to inspire people across Toronto care for their neighbourhood's trees.

An Army of Tree Lovers

U of T’s Faculty of Forestry is teaching Torontonians how to care for one of the city’s most valuable resources – its trees

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When Memory Fails

Understanding how we learn and make memories will lead to better treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, says Brain Prize winner Graham Collingridge

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Partners in Transition

Prof. Elspeth Brown is interviewing partners of trans people as part of a project to record the stories of LGBTQ people

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Followings

Meet six U of T alumni, faculty and staff members whose stars are shining brightly on social media

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Loving the Aliebn

Jonathan Sun tweets funny, heartfelt – and often misspelt – observations about what it means to be a 21st-century human

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Views from UTSC

Does Drake go to U of T Scarborough? This Instagrammer imagines that he does

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Mx

New honorific is for people who don't want to reveal their gender

Prof. Jooyoung Lee (left) with rapper Big Flossy

Rap Dreams

Where gangs rule, hip hop is a strongly positive force for youth, study finds

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Making Camp

U of T prof’s designs let campers sleep over wetlands or high among trees

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Cooling Off

Will the Paris climate accord succeed where Kyoto didn’t?

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Words of Freedom

U of T is now home to the world's largest digitized collection of Soviet samizdat journals

Irwin Adam Eydelnant.

Food Technologist

Irwin Adam Eydelnant blends his love of food with an advanced science degree and entrepreneurial outlook to come up with a completely new kind of work

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Taking Off

You’ve heard of burlesque? Now, there’s nerdlesque

A scene from Cracked: New Light on Dementia. Photo by TK.

Spotlight on Dementia

An innovative blend of research and theatre is enabling scientists to reduce the stigma around a distressing disease

Your Daily Grub

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

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Mobile City

As Toronto's population grows, we will have to embrace alternatives to the car

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Healthy City

How can we improve the health of some of the city's most vulnerable residents?

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Street Theatre

A design for the Gardiner Expressway illustrates how U of T students are reimagining Toronto