Cities

Building healthier cities and communities: Professor Patricia O’Campo

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"Achieving health equity involves more than providing equitable access to health care"
Author: 
Nicole Bodnar

Students and colleagues at the University of Toronto know her as a social epidemiologist striving to reduce health inequalities. Now, Professor Patricia O’Campo has taken on the role of chair in Intesectoral Solutions to Urban Health Problems at St. Michael’s Hospital

U of T in the community: 100 in 1 day

Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

100 in 1 Day, a social movement that started out in Bogota, Colombia, and spread all the way to Toronto this June, saw hundreds of Torontonians working together to transform the city.

Three to watch: Convocation 2014's city builders

Author: 
Dominic Ali
 
More than 12,500 students are expected to cross the stage at Convocation Hall this June, receive their hard-won undergraduate or graduate degrees, and join the ranks of the University of Toronto's more than half a million alumni around the world.
 

How to build great cities, great universities at home and abroad

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Using expertise in infrastructure, public health, environment, innovation and entrepreneurship to make livable cities
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Great universities need great cities, and great cities need great universities.

That’s the message that University of Toronto president Meric Gertler brought first to the U of T community during his inauguration speech and then to the broader Toronto community when he spoke to the Toronto Region Board of Trade last month.

U of T President Meric Gertler at the Toronto Region Board of Trade

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“We can make this region an even better place in which to live, study, work and prosper”
Author: 
Terry Lavender

A strong university helps build a strong city and a strong city helps build a strong university, President Meric Gertler told a sold-out audience at the Toronto Region Board of Trade May 29.

How Norway escaped the carbon curse and what that means for the rest of us

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Meet Trudeau Scholar Nathan Lemphers

Nathan Lemphers explores the relationship between fossil fuel development and effective climate governance – with a focus on what Canada can learn from how other fossil fuel-rich advanced nations, such as Australia, Norway, and the United States, are addressing climate change.

U of T names inventors of the year, celebrates top innovators

Sub-title: 
President Meric Gertler: “We are on an extraordinary trajectory”
Author: 
Jenny Hall

A better keyboard for mobile devices, intelligent traffic lights to tackle traffic jams, a more ecofriendly way to make nanoparticles for applications such as solar cells and agriculture, and an artificial neural network that improves the way computers learn.

These four inventions took top honours May 21 at the University of Toronto Celebrates Innovation event.

Unlocking the mysteries of Toronto: Doors Open at U of T

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Your chance to explore heritage properties, modern architecture
Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

For anyone who’s ever wondered what secrets lie behind the walls of that mysterious building they pass on their way to work or school, the weekend of May 24th and 25th may hold some answers.

A city-wide weekend festival, Doors Open Toronto, offers free access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto. Recognized as one of Toronto’s most culturally significant events, the festival has attracted more than two million residents and tourists over the last 11 years.

What helps a tech firm thrive? Try access to global networks

Author: 
Sean Bettam

Technology firms which avoid transnational investments miss out on opportunities to share knowledge generated elsewhere and risk isolation and failure in the long run, say economic geographers at the University of Toronto.

Their recent study shows that a firm increases its viability when it spreads investment among strategic locations around the world with clusters of similar or related industries, creating a global cluster network.

Matti Siemiatycki testifies before U.S House of Representatives

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Geography & planning prof provides lessons from Canada on public-private partnerships
Author: 
Kim Luke

Matti Siemiatycki of the Department of Geography & Program in Planning was one of the distinguished witnesses invited to testify before the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure this month. Siemiatycki shared his expertise on Canada’s experience with public-private partnerships (PPPs).

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