Winter 2018

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Scrapping everything and taking a fresh approach can be exhilarating. But what happens when change is not a choice? In this issue we look at “Plan B,” the power of reinvention, and how knowledge and education can help us achieve our dreams —  or chase new ones.

In This Issue

Photo of Edna Staebler at her desk.

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

Photo of Rabbi Rena Arshinoff

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

Photo of lost of different kinds of candy, representing a profusion of consumer choice.

Why We Sometimes Make Bad Decisions

Economists have long known that consumers can make confounding choices when presented with too much selection. But they’ve never agreed on why. Enter neuroscience

U of T president Meric Gertler (right) meets students at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Rwanda.

Our Partners in Africa

On a visit to Ethiopia and Rwanda, U of T president Meric Gertler affirms the power of collaborations – and sees potential for new ones

Photo of 100 female U of T students in front of a building on Parliament Hill.

Women Are in the House!

A unique U of T program that takes 100 female students to Parliament Hill aims to encourage more women to enter politics

Photo of Gord Dorrett

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

Prof. J.B. Caron of ecology and evolutionary biology in his lab at the Royal Ontario Museum

The Big Bang

Life on Earth exploded about 540 million years ago. Scientists are now beginning to understand why

Illustrations of astronaut Chris Hadfield and singer Celine Dion.

A Distinctive Look?

English-Canadians are pretty good at identifying French-Canadian faces but the reverse isn’t true

Illustration of a squirrel looking at a mobile device.

Save Your Money

An app from Vicis Labs aims to help millennials and the precariously employed manage their cash

Protesters at an alt-right rally in Berkeley, California

Antifa

An anti-fascist movement that started in 1930s Europe is making headlines again

Outdoor headshot of Maureen Judge

The Struggle Is Real

Filmmaker Maureen Judge’s latest project captures stories of millennials venturing out on their own

Photo of dragon breathing fire surrounded by a crowd of onlookers.

Enter the Dragon

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

Tub time for baby: Nurses teach U of T students how to care for a newborn. Photo: University of Toronto Archives, 2010-40-8MS.

Bringing Up Baby

What U of T nursing students learn about infant care has changed a lot since the 1950s