Cancer Sleuth: École Polytechnique award helps PhD student study disease

26 Jun 2012 - 4:23pm
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When Miriam Avadisian picked up her cell phone and learned that she had won a prestigious Canadian graduate award, her research group surrounded her and cheered so loudly that she could barely hear the details of her prize.

Avadisian is the 2012 recipient of the 1989 École Polytechnique Commemorative Award. The award, presented by the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), commemorates the 14 women murdered at Montréal’s École Polytechnique and bestows $7,000 to recognize important doctoral-level studies relevant to women.

Middle school students uncover forensic science secrets at UTM

22 Jun 2012 - 3:17pm
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With the heat wave over, students from David Leeder Middle School in Mississauga enjoyed beautiful weather during a “Discovery Day” visit to the U of T Mississauga campus on June 22. 

Professor challenges the lure of local foods

12 Jun 2012 - 11:15am
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Pierre Desrochers knows how to serve up controversy. When an acquaintance mentions she follows a 100-mile diet to help the environment, Desrochers calmly asks how much energy it takes to heat an Ontario greenhouse.

When a colleague lauds local food as more nutritious than products shipped thousands of miles, Desrochers politely points out that the diet of a 19th-century German peasant consisted of lentils and peas.

Climate change linked to unexpected 'blooms' under Arctic ice, says UTM research

11 Jun 2012 - 10:33am
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Phytoplankton blooms unexpectedly occurring under Arctic sea ice are an indication of how climate change is affecting the Arctic ecosystem, says a study published in the June 8 issue of Science.

Watch this once-in-a-lifetime transit of Venus at UTM!

5 Jun 2012 - 2:12pm
Transit of Venus

Amateurs astronomers and curious sky watchers will gather tonight at 6 p.m. on the front lawn at U of T Mississauga to watch a transit of Venus, the last time this phenomenon will be visible until 2117.

While a few clouds are expected, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be on hand with filter glass and specially adapted telescopes to allow visitors to view the transit safely.