‘Chimp champion’, Dr. Jane Goodall, visits U of T Mississauga

19 Sep 2012 - 10:47am
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When shy British secretary, Jane Goodall, entered a remote corner of the Tanzanian jungle to observe wild chimpanzees, she had no idea her work would span 50 years, or that her breakthrough discoveries would revolutionize the way we view chimps and other mammals.

Memorial service to be held for literary lion Josef Skvorecky

17 Sep 2012 - 10:45am
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A memorial service for internationally renowned writer and former Erindale College professor Josef Skvorecky, who passed away earlier this year, will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, at 2:30 p.m., in the Great Hall of Hart House. 

Skvorecky, who used a fictionalized Erindale College setting in one of his most famous novels, died Jan. 3.  The Engineer of Human Souls (Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1984) is set in the sheltered world of “Edenvale College” in Toronto and won the Governor General’s Award for English Language Fiction in 1984.

University of Toronto leads Canada in latest rankings report

16 Aug 2012 - 9:38am
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The University of Toronto’s strong academic and research performance continues to rank among the best in the world – and the best in Canada – in the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s annual Academic Ranking of World Universities report.

U of T ranked 27th, the best of any Canadian university, in the report which analyses the top universities worldwide on research output, the quality of faculty and the quality of education.

Medicinal chemist targets cancer; receives prestigious award

13 Aug 2012 - 2:38pm
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The Royal Society of Chemistry. It’s the oldest and most prestigious chemistry society in the world and for Patrick Gunning, it makes being named the inaugural winner of their MedChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship Award even more meaningful.

Picturing the past

8 Aug 2012 - 2:36pm
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Computing and archaeology are unrelated. Or are they? Could an invention of the modern age actually benefit a field that focuses on the past? The answer is yes, says a University of Toronto Mississauga  researcher. And he’s proving it, artifact by artifact.

Gary Crawford, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, is interested in the long-gone settlements of East Asia. And whereas some archaeologists hunt for tools and pottery to understand past civilizations, Crawford looks for fruits, seeds and grains.