2015 Rhodes Scholars: meet Caroline Leps and Moustafa Abdalla

Liz Do

University of Toronto undergrads Moustafa Abdalla and Caroline Leps are heading to Oxford University next year for postgraduate studies – as two of Canada’s 11 students named 2015 Rhodes Scholars.

Maker Faire: U of T startups share tech wonders at the biggest-ever event for Toronto's 'maker' community

Sojourn Labs, Icewire Makerspace, InteraXon and others met with makers of all ages
Brianna Goldberg

Wheeling, floating, flying and soldering.

These were just a few of the adventures University of Toronto entrepreneurs, students and more than 10,000 Toronto ‘makers’ of all ages got their hands on at the 2014 Toronto Mini Maker Faire, hosted at Toronto Reference Library on November 21 and 22.

Transforming the education of health care professionals

"This is in some ways a golden moment," says George Thibault
Jim Oldfield

Interprofessional teams are changing patient care in hospitals and health facilities around the world. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, rehab specialists, social workers and other health professionals increasingly work together to deliver better care than specialists who work alone. 

Royal Ontario Museum turns undergrad essays into videos

UTSC students use artefacts from the ROM to bring history to life
Don Campbell

From Roman urns to an Etruscan bronze mirror, they are museum artefacts that bring history to life. 

As well as offering a glimpse of what life was like for people living in ancient Rome, they illustrate important economic, political and cultural events of the time. 

Transforming the undergrad experience: evolutionary medicine

New course attracts increasing number of students
Elaine Smith

There has been a small outbreak of evolutionary medicine courses at North American universities, and Nicole Mideo is optimistic that it will be contagious.

Mideo, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, introduced an evolutionary medicine course into the department's curriculum last winter, offering spaces for 60 students. The course was so popular that this year's class is open to 100 students.

Nine U of T students invited to Dublin for Undergraduate Awards

Florence Chan recognized in two categories
Liz Do

Nine U of T graduates were named to the Highly Commended list at this year’s Undergraduate Awards – a global competition that brings top students from around the world to take part at its Global Summit in Dublin, from November 19-21. 

To be named ‘Highly Commended,’ a student's research paper submission must be ranked in the top 10 per cent. This year’s finalists were named ‘Highly Commended’ in the following categories:

Convocation 2014 grads to watch: education leaders making an impact at home and around the world

Groundbreaking research, entrepreneurship, giving back to communities
Terry Lavender

“My dream job in my dream city”: That’s how Sandra Campeanu describes her new position as a lecturer at the City University of New York’s Lehman College.

Teaching, she says, is her passion; a passion she developed while completing her PhD in cognitive psychology at U of T.

“I always enjoyed teaching and being a teaching assistant,” she says. “Toward the end of my graduate studies, I realized that I wanted to pursue a career as a lecturer, and that I wanted teaching to be my primary focus.”

Where the grads go: UTSC's international development studies program

Alumni celebrate 30 years of IDS, share stories from Africa, Iraq
Berton Woodward

One is currently working in war-torn Iraq. Another brought together feuding political groups in Lebanon. A third helps empower communities in southern Africa and India.

As they celebrated the 30th anniversary of UTSC’s groundbreaking International Development Studies (IDS) program at a reception in the Instructional Centre on November 7, alumni of the program had fascinating stories to tell about their lives since graduation. Here are three:

Convocation 2014: celebrating success, looking to the future

More than 4,000 students graduate this week
Hailey Parliament

They spent years studying and researching, put in countless hours volunteering in disadvantaged communities and interning with companies in Canada and around the world – and now they’re celebrating.

This week, more than 4,000 students graduate from the University of Toronto and most will return to make their final trek across front campus to storied Convocation Hall: the journey from students to alumni.

Former Prime Minister Paul Martin visits U of T's School of Continuing Studies

Alison Terpenning

Aboriginal education is “the largest, single moral issue we face as a country,” the Right Honourable Paul Martin told an audience of more than 200 people at the University of Toronto November 4. 

“We cannot turn our back on this issue,” said the former prime minister and U of T alumnus. 

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