Analyzing the output of the brain

4 Oct 2018 - 2:30pm
Robert Gerlai

Robert Gerlai wants to understand the neurobiological mechanisms of the effects of alcohol on the brain. The behaviour geneticist studies changes in behaviour caused by alcohol in zebrafish. He hopes that understanding these behaviours in fish will ultimately reveal something about how humans respond to alcohol.

“Behaviour is the output of the brain,” he says, and analyzing behaviour allows him to reveal how brain function changes in response to alcohol.

Logging off--and luring them back

2 Oct 2018 - 9:56am
Tero Karppi

Academics have spent the last decade studying connectivity, the rush to adopt social media that has more than two billion people around the world on Facebook and counting.

For Tero Karppi, an assistant professor in UTM’s Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, the focus has instead been disconnection. 

Wake up and smell the resistance

28 Sep 2018 - 11:11am
Kristin Plys in a coffeeshop in India, wearing a sari

The differences between anti-authoritarian movements in the 1970s in India and Pakistan, and the role of specific coffee houses in each country in igniting pro-democracy activism, is the focus of a new study by University of Toronto Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Kristin Plys. The winner of a 2018 Connaught Fund New Researcher Award worth $35,000, Plys’ study is called “Brewing Resistance: Coffee House as a site of social protest against post-colonial authoritarianism in India and Pakistan”.

U of T rises one spot to place 21st in Times Higher Education rankings of world's best universities

27 Sep 2018 - 2:37pm
Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre

The University of Toronto has moved up one spot, to 21st place, in the latest edition of the influential Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s best universities.

The 2019 rankings, released today, also saw U of T retain its positions as Canada’s top university and one of the top 10 publicly funded institutions in the world.

'The power of place': U of T president on why leveraging the university’s location is so important

25 Sep 2018 - 9:25am
Toronto city hall

In our technological age, it has become much easier to feel connected to people and places around the world, making geography seem much less significant than it once was. This global interconnectedness has led to the rise of online learning technologies, which are seen by some as a threat to the bricks-and-mortar education system.