Picturing the past

8 Aug 2012 - 2:36pm
Image of Professor Gary Crawford (photo credit: John Hryniuk)

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.

Illuminating Inspiration

7 Aug 2012 - 10:36am
Dr. Frank Pompillio from Amgen in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the 67th Media Exhibition; Amgen is the AMI 2012 Gold Sponsor for the event.

In her engaging keynote address, “Perspectives on a Spectacular Profession – Inspiration for our future,” at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI), Audra Geras mused about what it takes to be a biomedical illustrator: “We are part scientist, part artist, part interpreter, and part communicator.”

Sunny Days

27 Jul 2012 - 3:13pm
Photograph of Bonnie Le

Bonnie Le, a first year PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the U of T Mississauga, is a recipient of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  After just having started her program at U of T in September, Le was thrilled to find out she received this distinction in May.

Fruit flies are LinkedIn: Genes may determine social skills that could shed light on human behaviour

23 Jul 2012 - 11:27am
A close-up of two fruit flies

The fruit flies hovering around your kitchen compost bin have an active social life.  As they eat, court and fight, the flies change their behavior depending on who they hang out with—just as humans do.

Crime scene campers learn investigation techniques

19 Jul 2012 - 3:06pm
Children investigating the interior of a car

When 10-year-old Ryan snapped on his blue latex gloves and ducked under the police tape, he discovered the scene of a robbery: a laptop, wallet, television and jar full of Mrs. Baker’s home-made cookies had been stolen in broad daylight.

Ryan, and 18 other junior sleuths, tried to piece together what happened as part of their activities at U of T Mississauga’s forensic science summer camp.