U of T research could lead to child health revolution

22 Jul 2011 - 2:44pm

What if you could prevent your daughter from developing heart disease—before she was even born? Or maximize the potential of your children to do well at school - before they actually start going to school?

Though they sound like science fiction, these are exactly the kinds of questions Professor Stephen Lye—along with UTM professors Alison Fleming and Marla Sokolowski—will tackle as he spearheads an ambitious new research and outreach program with $1 million in funding from U of T's Connaught Fund.

True Grit: Language Studies professor's tenacious spirit helps her hit her mark in the field of sociolinguistics research

5 Jul 2011 - 12:31pm

Katherine Rehner has always had a bit of an unconventional approach, even as a child when she discovered that her natural affinity for language provided the perfect sortie for her occasional behavioural transgressions.

The tri-campus work experience has its benefits

23 Jun 2011 - 11:14am

At U of T, students, faculty and staff study, work and live on its three campuses. With some of the most prestigious architecture and beautiful green space in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, each one has its strengths. It’s not often however we hear that a staff member has worked on all three campuses. Jacqueline Dean, faculty affairs co-ordinator at the dean’s office at U of T Scarborough, Yvonne Rodney, director of the Career Centre at St.

Molecular glue sticks it to cancer

22 Jun 2011 - 10:59am

Imagine dropping dish soap into a sink full of greasy water. What happens? As soon as the soap hits the water, the grease recoils-and retreats to the edges of the sink.

Now, what if the sink was a cancer cell, the globs of grease were cancer-promoting proteins and the dish soap was a potential drug? According to new research from the University of Toronto Mississauga, such a drug could force the proteins to the cell's membrane (a.k.a., the edge of the sink)-and make the cancer cell more vulnerable to chemotherapy.

Geography professor honoured for outstanding teaching

21 Jun 2011 - 1:49pm

For Professor Kathi Wilson, good teaching goes far beyond the classroom. It encompasses not only coursework, but also community involvement and extracurricular volunteerism. It combines academic programming, local partnerships and a healthy dose of fun.
And now her outstanding teaching has been recognized by the Canadian Association of Geographers, which presented Wilson with the 2011 Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography.