U of T Alumni Association fetes exceptional individuals at UTM

26 Feb 2013 - 10:28am

U of T Mississauga community members representing faculty, staff and students are among those recognized with this year’s U of T Alumni Association Awards of Excellence.

Oscar win for U of T alumnus

26 Feb 2013 - 9:42am
photo via Life of Pi Movie's Flickr

Composer and University of Toronto alumnus Mychael Danna picked up the Academy Award Feb. 24 for Best Original Score for the film Life of Pi.

"I share this wondrous award with our visionary captain, Ang Lee,” said Danna in his acceptance speech. “[Life of Pi] transcends culture and race and religion."

Danna also thanked his parents “and, most of all, my wife and our two beautiful boys who remind me every day why stories like this one need to be told.”

University of Toronto joins Harvard, MIT online learning platform

25 Feb 2013 - 9:25am
U of T logo

The University of Toronto is joining edX, a US-based platform for massive open online courses that is accessible to students of all ages and means around the world.

“The University of Toronto is extremely pleased to join edX,” said Cheryl Misak, U of T vice-president and provost. “This is the latest move in our ongoing efforts to provide an opportunity for people worldwide to have access to outstanding educational materials and to enhance the learning experiences of our own students.”

Giving back and getting ahead

22 Feb 2013 - 1:50pm
Matthew Spadafora (foreground)

Anyone who was looking for Matthew Spadafora over Reading Week wouldn’t have found him relaxing on the couch or on a beach, but working in a charity office.

The mind of a mother

21 Feb 2013 - 11:34am
Professor Alison Fleming

What makes a mother? Alison Fleming, a behavioural neuroscientist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, has spent three decades asking this question. She’s carried out dozens of experiments over 30 years, trying to understand what’s on mothers’ minds — literally.

Fleming began her career investigating the psychological changes mother rats undergo as a result of pregnancy hormones. She later became interested in identifying which parts of the brain were involved in the psychological changes she observed.