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The Columbia Reconstruction Project Team place debris from the space shuttle Columbia on a grid as part of the investigation into the accident that caused the destruction of Columbia and the loss of its crew.

Forensic Engineer

Bob Banks trained as both an engineer and a doctor... and now he investigates plane, car, and even space crashes in order to prevent future accidents

Photographer John Simone, and on the left with Michael Musto at Tunnel Club in 1987

Party Out of Bounds

In the late 1980s, photographer John Simone captured New York City's outrageous counterculture on film

Joanne Cave, Connor Emdin and TK. Photo by Jacklyn Atlas

12 Inspiring People from U of T

A celebration of unique, extraordinary and record-breaking feats and facts from the University of Toronto's 187-year history of learning and discovery

Illustration of a typewriter with confetti.

Canada’s Next Top Author

How a creative-writing program that admits just seven students a year is cultivating the country’s next generation of literary giants

Photos of professors with pie on their faces.

Pie a Prof

In vying to escape a sticky situation, six political science profs raise $13,700 for child refugees in Jordan

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Farewell to the Master

Outgoing Massey College master John Fraser decodes the unusual traditions and unique contributions of U of T’s only graduate college

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“Innis Was My Oasis”

Mark Weisdorf took no classes at Innis, but the college's Town Hall became the heart of his U of T community

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A Spoonful of Mustard

First-year student discovers a potential new treatment for malaria that could be as close as your kitchen cupboard

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World Changer

Katharine Hayhoe is one of the world’s top voices for climate action

Rachel Mahon

A Fine Set of Pipes

Being hired as the first female organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England was music to Rachel Mahon’s ears.

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In Vino Veritas

An anthropology degree adds depth to Adrian Marquez’s work as a sommelier

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Boundless Promise

A long family history at the university encouraged this couple to create a new scholarship

Photo of Jeffery Alderdice with Governor General David Johnston.

A Medal for Mettle

Police Sergeant Jeffery Alderdice wasn’t sure how he’d react to the dangers of Afghanistan, but he more than passed his test of courage

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Spectacular

Claire Battershill's new short story collection, Circus, explores the extraordinary

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Spreading Smiles

Johanna Schaeffer and Harold Isaacs brighten many lives through their volunteer work

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A Bright Light

Dorrian Porter builds a monument to visionary Nikola Tesla in Silicon Valley

Tassie Cameron

Writing for Rookie Blue

Total immersion in the world of television led Tassie Cameron to screenwriting gigs – and her own show

Into the Wilderness

Animals in Canada – and how they live, mate and die – inspire an indie concept album by a U of T biologist and friends

Celebrities at Red Dress Collection 2013, New York Fashion Week. Photo by Dan Lecca for The Heart Truth, National Institutes of Health

The Heart Truth

Sarah Temple is justly proud of her role in the iconic Red Dress campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women

The Curiosity Rover asking questions on Mars. Credit: NASA

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

Pink Ribbon represents Run for the Cure

Pink Is for Hope

More than 17,000 supported CIBC's Run for the Cure, held at U of T in October

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The Price of War

International aid fuels corruption in a conflict zone and may keep war going, says political science professor Aisha Ahmad

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Playbook

Inner worlds unfold in Anne Michaels’ new poem

Photos of Jim and Sheila Latime: one of their wedding and one current, years later.

Learning Together

For Jim and Sheila Latimer of Wasaga Beach, Ontario, a shared commitment to education helped cement their five-decade bond

Laura Inward (left) and teammate Wanda Guenette in Torino in 2013.

Golden Glow

Alumna Laura Inward outclassed all competition in beach volleyball at the World Masters Games in August

Librarian Jacqueline Whyte Appleby and student Tony Ding.

At Your Service

Personal librarians help first-year students understand U of T’s libraries

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Athletic Champion

Kevin Reed supports the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport because he believes in the life-altering benefits of athletics

Photo of Antoine Pappalardo in front of a UN plane.

Flights of Peace

Antoine Pappalardo is the CEO of a Toronto-based airline that flies aid missions to many of the world’s hot spots

Photo of Derrick Fung.

Song and Dance

At Derrick Fung’s site, fans buy more than music – they buy musical experiences