Education

New program to focus on applying medical research

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Master's program to launch in fall 2015
Author: 
Jim Oldfield

The University of Toronto will launch a new program this fall that trains students to put scientific discoveries and medical advances into practice.

Human trafficking course arouses strong passions in undergrad students

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It's the only course of its kind in Canada, says Antonela Arhin
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Michelle Chung and Alizee Zapparoli-Manzoni-Bodson are trying to speak at the same time, both eager to explain their group projects for Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism (Human Trafficking, Migration and Human Rights).

Classmates Mariajose Lopez and Krystal Thomson lean in, waiting to talk about their own projects. Antonela Arhin, who teaches the course, interrupts with a comment about the nature of the group work.

Encouraging high school students of Indigenous and African ancestry to see themselves here

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Meet LaToya Dennie, outreach administrator at the Faculty of Medicine
Author: 
Liam Mitchell

Applications to the Faculty of Medicine's outreach program for youth of Indigenous and African ancestry have almost doubled under Outreach Coordinator La Toya Dennie – and the number of students has jumped to 60 participants from 40 just a few years ago.

“I am really inspired by the work,” Dennie said. “I think it’s important that the University of Toronto look like the city it’s a part of and I love the chance to help make that happen.”

New ranking places U of T first in Canada, 16th in world

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Times Higher Education rates the reputations of universities among scholars around the world
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

The University of Toronto remains number one in Canada and jumps to 16th in the world in a prestigious ranking of universities with the best academic reputations released March 11.

The fifth annual Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings rates a university’s stature by asking leading academics around the globe. The results are based on an invitation-only survey that polled about 10,500 senior and published scholars from 142 countries.

Better parenting through technology?

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Using digital devices to encourage reading with kids, meditation and more
Author: 
Blake Eligh

We use technology to run everything from our home thermostats to our social lives, but can it also make us better parents? A pair of new studies examines that very question, and preliminary findings are encouraging.

Innovative teaching wins Northrop Frye Award

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Toronto is a learning lab for students in Pamela Klassen’s Study of Religion courses
Author: 
Elaine Smith

Pamela Klassen’s passion for teaching and research has brought her the 2015 Northrop Frye Award. The award recognizes distinguished achievements in linking teaching and research. Klassen, from the department for the study of religion, was nominated by some of her graduate students.

3M Teaching Award for Steve Joordens

Author: 
Don Campbell

Steve Joordens loves the challenge of finding innovative solutions in the pursuit of improving education. 

Throughout his career the U of T Scarborough psychology professor has embraced or helped develop educational software that delivers results by keeping students engaged. (Read about previous teaching awards for Joordens.)

Transforming the undergrad experience: Munk One

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“You shouldn’t wait until fourth year to have academic fun,” says program director Teresa Kramarz
Author: 
Terry Lavender

In week 2, you will present to your colleagues a devastating fact – something you find disturbing, astounding, unbelievable, inhumane and solvable. You will ‘live with’ this fact throughout the course.

–syllabus for Munk One: Global Innovation I: Innovating for the Global

The social benefit of 500 hackers

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Computer science students organize U of T Hacks to create new solutions
Author: 
Nina Haikara

In the film Blackhat, actor Chris Hemsworth plays an imprisoned computer hacker who can secure his own release if he helps the FBI stop the code he once helped create. 

But unlike Hollywood films, some hackers use various coding languages, creatively, for social innovation. Hackathons bring hundreds of computer programmers together to learn and build new skills. The results of these “hacks” can solve daily problems or have a wide social impact. 

TEDx at UTSC: tackling big questions

Author: 
Chris Garbutt

What is the value of a university education? How can poetry save a life? How do I keep the promise I made to my new friend?

It was a day of tackling big questions, and even small ones with large consequences, at the third TEDxUTSC conference. 

U of T Scarborough student Mandekh Hussein set the tone for the day with her presentation, Why ask Why? “It’s not the answers that are important,” she said. “It’s the questions. Ask questions that ignite a fire.”

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