Nobel Prize-winning connection

13 Oct 2017 - 11:22am
Joel Levine

Current U of T Mississauga biology chair Professor Joel Levine had an unanticipated setback early in his academic career when he suffered an allergic reaction to the rats he was studying in the lab. However, that discovery set him on a new course of study of Drosophila melanogaster, or the fruit fly, which ultimately led to doing a postdoc at Brandeis University under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey C. Hall, who was recognized last week with a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with colleagues Drs.

Massive hole reopens in Antarctic sea ice: UTM prof

11 Oct 2017 - 3:53pm
Dark spot reveals hole in sea ice

A mysterious, massive hole, as large as Lake Superior or the State of Maine, has recently been spotted in the winter sea ice cover around Antarctica. This opening, known as a polynya, is the largest observed in the Weddell Sea since the 1970s. At its largest extent, this winter’s polynya had an area of open water close to 80,000km2. This marks the second year in a row in which the polynya has formed, although it was not as large last year.

Janpix Inc., co-founded by Patrick Gunning, launches with $22 million in funding to advance cancer therapies

11 Oct 2017 - 10:47am
Professor Patrick Gunning

Professor Patrick Gunning, a medicinal chemist whose lab at the University of Toronto Mississauga is revolutionizing how cancer-killing drugs are produced, has signed a $22-million investment deal for Janpix, an oncology-focused startup that he co-founded. The investment came from Medicxi, a European venture capital firm.

Deep Dive: UTM prof studies ancient trade routes in Cyprus

6 Oct 2017 - 12:52pm
Two SCUBA divers examine a stone

Many of us dream of spending the summer on the water, but for U of T Mississauga archaeologist Carrie Fulton, it’s just another day on the job. The assistant professor of historical studies recently completed the first season of field work in a three-year study of an ancient marine site off the coast of Cyprus. Fulton and her five-member research team conducted daily dives in the Mediterranean Sea searching for signs of ancient trade routes.

When Getting a Job Is Mission Impossible

3 Oct 2017 - 11:27am
 U of T Mississauga sociology prof David Pettinicchio

When Kate Welsh, a 29-year-old artist and educator applies for a job, she faces more than the usual trepidation about whether there will be an interview and an offer of employment at the other end of an inherently competitive process. Welsh (MEd 2017) has a physical disability as well as a chronic illness that flares up from time to time, which means she always has to gauge when, in the process, she should disclose her conditions: in her cover letter or resumé, via a call prior to an interview or even just when she shows up for the meeting.