Research & Ideas

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Woke

The term emerges from African-American vernacular as a call to action, says U of T prof Cassandra Lord

The War of Currents

U of T startup ARDA Power is looking to change people’s ideas about where electricity should come from

Dr. Joseph Cafazzo holding a mobile device showing the Medly app

Healing Hearts at Home

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

From left: Jeff Reading, Howard Hu, Lee Vernich and Earl Nowgesic have all been involved with U of T’s cancer study in the First Nation community at Northwest Angle 33.

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 solve a generation-old medical mystery

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Facing Up to Canada’s Past

Scholars at the Jackman Humanities Institute find optimism amidst the pain in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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Let’s Get Physical

U of T professor Peter Donnelly is tracking the physical activities multicultural Torontonians enjoy

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

Tomi Poutanen (MASc 1998, MBA 1999), is a fellow at the Rotman School's Creative Destruction Lab.

Getting to Know You

How Tomi Poutanen is using artificial intelligence to help companies learn more about their customers’ preferences

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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The Hidden Epidemic

Prof. Esme Fuller-Thomson researches the devastating effects of child abuse on health. Now she wants to ensure all survivors get the help they need

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Brewed to a T

Using robotic technology, an engineering student lets tea drinkers create their perfect cuppa

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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

Trans students Kinnon MacKinnon (left) and Cassandra Williams. Photos by Wynne Nelly.

Generation T

For trans students at U of T, the fight for rights and equality is about much more than just washrooms

Redefining Gender

These days, talking about sex and gender can involve a lot of specialized terms. Here’s a guide

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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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The Gene Editors

U of T scientists are using a powerful new technology to alter DNA and possibly cure disease

How CRISPR works.

How CRISPR Works

Proteins and RNA all play a part in this age-old defense against invading viruses

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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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In the Pink

Anabela Piersol showcases independent clothing designers, as well as her own lovely creations

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Robots That Play Soccer

At the end of the course, teams pit their robots against each other in an actual match on a mini-"field"

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Carbon Busters

How can Toronto reduce its greenhouse gas emissions? Munk School students propose the ways