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Sara Seager, who has dark hair and is wearing a red coat, is in profile, peering through the eyepiece of a telescope

The Search for Another Earth

Astronomer Sara Seager believes there are other planets that support life. She’s dedicated much of her career to finding them

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Behind the Headlines

Canadian media are becoming more diverse but racialized journalists still face barriers in the workplace that are rarely discussed, says UTM alum Pacinthe Mattar

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Seeds of Bravery

Sometimes life’s pain can feel overwhelming. A new book shares stories of how people find hope in their darkest moments

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The Property Guy

In less than five years, Austin Yeh has built himself a solid real-estate portfolio. Here’s how he did it

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The Bridge Builders

How a visionary group of alumni helped forge a strong and lasting connection between U of T and Hong Kong

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The Truth Saved My Life

A picture that circulated in the aftermath of an attack led to my wrongful imprisonment. My friends and family – and U of T – helped free me

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Taking a Stand

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

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Computer Says “No”

U of T’s Petra Molnar warns that the use of AI in immigration decisions could infringe on the human rights of migrants

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Doing the Devil’s Work

The local bishop called her a heretic. The Criminal Code deemed her work illegal. But Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw was more concerned with helping women at Canada’s first birth control centre

Judith Schurek

Her Extraordinary Journey

Judith Schurek fled the Hungarian Revolution and studied at U of T. Now, she supports scholarships for international students

Laura Alary holds a mala as she thinks about the specific things she's grateful for in her life

How to Be Grateful

When I was battling depression, it was a small moment that helped me begin to find my way out

Lentil Soup for the Soul

Being a healthy eater doesn’t mean giving up your own cultural foods, says Nazima Qureshi, a nutritionist who helps women meet their health goals

Kate Scowan sits at her kitchen table

Help Through the Darkness

The wait-lists for publicly funded therapy are long. Kate Scowen devised a way for people to receive low-cost counselling sooner

More Than a Pipe Dream

Ryan Janzen is developing a new kind of transportation that could revolutionize intercity travel – and he wants to be the first to ride it

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The Wife’s Tale

In her new book, Aida Edemariam shares stories of her grandmother, who survived violence at home – and civil war

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Hope Floats

U of T alumna Kerri Sakamoto’s new novel explores racism, architecture – and how to “dream and dare”

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A Prisoner No More

My eating disorder felt like a life sentence. Now recovered, I help other people overcome theirs

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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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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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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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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Enter the Dragon

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

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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A Legacy of Mentorship

U of T creates memorial scholarship and chair in honour of alumnus Geoff Taber, who died tragically in a fire in 2016

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Taking Waste off the Menu

U of T grad Lucy Cullen has been named one of Canada’s top environmentalists for helping restaurants earn more – by throwing away less

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From Shy to Shining

A YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award winner reflects on a pivotal first-year program at U of T

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Happy Feet

Mallory and Jade Ryan are helping children – including those with special needs – experience the joy of dance

Actor Lee MacDougall.

A Play’s Hopeful Message

Since joining the cast of Come From Away, Lee MacDougall has never seen so many audience members overcome with emotion. "This story reminds us of who we are"

The Trial of Anita Krajnc

In 2015, this U of T alum was charged after giving water to a pig. It only pushed her animal-rights activism to a new level

The Spy Among Us

In Kerry Clare’s first novel, Mitzi Bytes, a blogger has a secret online presence – but someone is threatening to expose her