More than 7,000 researchers from around the world descended on U of T from May 25 to June 1 as part of the 2002 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, co-hosted by Ryerson Polytechnic University. In addition to sessions dealing with everything from the role of technology in the humanities to new directions in American politics, U of T made a special effort to share the relevance of these disciplines with the wider community. Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison – who also received an honorary doctor of letters degree from U of T on May 28 – delivered a three-part lecture series entitled “The Foreigner’s Home: Meditations on Belonging;” playwright Tomson Highway and former Ontario premier Bob Rae gave keynote addresses on the educated citizen; and scholars examined Marco Polo and the cultural encounter of East and West in a three-day conference. One of the more popular public offerings was the Feldberg exhibition – a collection that includes work by some of the best artists in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, on display for the first time outside Berlin.
By bringing artificial intelligence into chemistry, Prof. Aspuru-Guzik aims to vastly shrink the time it takes to develop new drugs – and almost everything else