Diving into Molecular Mysteries

6 Jun 2013 - 12:42pm
Professor Scott Prosser

Ever wonder how a protein takes a chemical signal from the outside of a cell, and uses it to start talking to signaling proteins on the inside of the cell? How about how a protein is spun out of a cell factory called a ribosome, and within milliseconds takes on a single structure out of a possible number of conformations greater than the number of atoms in the universe?

UTM celebrates graduating students

5 Jun 2013 - 9:48am
University of Toronto mace

Being involved is the key to a successful University of Toronto Mississauga student life. That’s the final advice of Gurveer Bains, UTM’s valedictorian for the class of 2013.

“There’s such a positive impact associated with being involved in the world around you,” says Bains, who is graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science. “Doing volunteer and other work not only opens your mind to new experiences, it lets you give back to the community that is giving so much to you.”

"V" is for Victoriana in Visual Studies

5 Jun 2013 - 9:41am
A Touch of Blossom: John Singer Sargent and the Queer Flora of Fin-de-Siècle Art (2010)

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria, that is, for Professor Alison Syme who is the newly elected president of the Victorian Studies Association of Ontario (VSAO), and has the distinction of being the first art historian to hold this position.

Communicating the molecular realm

4 Jun 2013 - 11:04am
Images of varying animations of proteins moving

Imagine a protein. That protein moves and the motions cause changes in its conformation—shape or structure. Within the protein, different parts of the protein move and conform differently and then, at the atomic level, vibrations, changes and motions occur.

From large conformational changes to the thermal vibrations of individual atoms, these different types of motion occur simultaneously.

Awards help establish research programs, launch careers

29 May 2013 - 10:39am
Vinod Vaikuntanathan

Forty-one researchers from across the university have won Connaught New Researcher Awards to help them launch their academic careers.

The program is designed to foster excellence in research and innovation among researchers at the assistant professor level who are within the first five years of their first academic appointment.

This year, the fund awarded a total of $674,614. Among the winners are UTM professors Nate Charlow, Hae Yeon Choo, Jodie Jenkinson, Shannon McCauley, Andrea Olive, Vinod Vaikuntanathan, Daniel Wigdor and Ke Zhang.