Cover photo for the Spring 2022 issue, showing the surface of the Earth and the words

Spring 2022

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In December 2021, U of T launched its new campaign, Defy Gravity. Its twin goals: to inspire 225,000 alumni to become involved with the university for the first time; and to raise $4 billion for the university’s highest priorities. In this issue, we highlight the immense possibility of this new campaign: By bringing together talented people from every conceivable background, What if we could prevent future pandemics? What if we could build robots for almost any purpose? What if we could speed up the pace of scientific discovery? Plus: professor Fiona Rawle’s culture of kindness, how to save an endangered language, and much more.

In This Issue

Close up of Prof. Caroline Shenaz Hossein, in a black cardigan with a grey flower pattern, wearing a large bronze pendant

Doors Open

A new network will support research excellence, mentorship and collaboration among Black scholars at U of T

Karlie Nordstrom standing in front of an Indigenous painting of animals and trees in the foreground and the outline of a city and concentric circles of different colours in the background

See You in Court

Raising the number of Indigenous lawyers and judges will require more financial support for Indigenous law students

Researcher in safety goggles and a lab coat examining one of five test tubes with different coloured lids, four of them containing DNA fragments suspended in liquid and the fifth containing a longer DNA chain

The Power of Information

The world produces mountains of data every day. A new U of T institute will help us make better sense of it all

Illustration of the Lawson Centre for Sustainability and various sustainable and accessible characteristics of the building in callout bubble illustrations and text, with lines pointing to different parts of the building

Green All Over

These four new U of T buildings will reach the highest levels of sustainability

Coloured sketch of Andrews Building

Concrete Magic

U of T Scarborough’s Andrews Building has become a Canadian landmark