U of T Mississauga receives over $3.2 million in NSERC grant funding

24 Jun 2016 - 10:27am
Biology professor Marc Johnson received NSERC Discovery and Accelerator awards

Researchers from across seven departments at UTM have received more than $3.2 million in awards to fund projects on topics such as transgender identity, native and non-native plants, and online assistive interfaces.

Professor Marc Johnson,from the Department of Biology, is one of 20 faculty members at UTM to have received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). He says it will go a long way to support his research on the process of plant defences against herbivores.

Connaught Committee funds rising research stars

23 Jun 2016 - 9:30am

The annual Connaught New Researcher Awards have awarded a total of $966,000 to 63 researchers across a range of disciplines at U of T, including 16 professors from U of T Mississauga.

The awards are provided to assistant professors within the first five years of a tenured-stream academic appointment to help them establish strong research programs. 

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UTM professor discovers new origins for farmed rice

22 Jun 2016 - 1:08pm
Professor Gary Crawford

Chew on this: rice farming is a far older practice than we knew. In fact, the oldest evidence of domesticated rice has just been found in China, and it’s about 9,000 years old. The discovery, made by a team of archaeologists that includes University of Toronto Mississauga anthropology professor Gary Crawford, sheds new light on the origins of rice domestication and on the history of human agricultural practices.

Wild Life

21 Jun 2016 - 1:55pm
Matthias Li

To celebrate his graduation from U of T Mississauga—then Erindale College—in 1978, Matthias Li bought a two-week, $65 Greyhound ticket and headed west. He wound his way along the Trans Canada Highway, passing Thunder Bay and on to Winnipeg, Calgary and eventually Vancouver before returning to start his MBA at U of T’s Rotman School of Management that fall.

A year later, with a second degree in hand and, this time with a bit of money in his pocket, Li flew to Halifax, rented a car and camped throughout Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and New Brunswick.

When snakes had legs: New look at rare fossil reveals clues about early reptiles

17 Jun 2016 - 4:08pm
Tetrapodophis fossil and illustration of live animal

Close examination of a rare Brazilian fossil is shedding new light on an enduring controversy in evolutionary thought—why snakes evolved their long, limbless bodies.

At the heart of the controversy is a tiny fossil discovered in Brazil. Known as a squamate, Tetrapdophis amplectus was a snakelike creature that lived about 110-million years ago during the early Cretaceous period. It is is considered one of the oldest snakes and is notable for having four small, paddle-like legs.