Chemistry labs receive update, roomy quarters, leading edge equipment

24 Nov 2011 - 12:36pm
Image of students working in new chemistry labs

In a race against time, a team of designers and construction experts had less than five months to completely renovate the chemistry undergraduate teaching labs -every mechanical, electrical and plumbing system, plus the instrumentation. Deserving of its own reality TV show, the newly renovated labs in the William G. Davis Building welcomed their first students in September. The state-of-the-art facilities have garnered rave reviews and promise to be a showpiece for recruiting new students.

The University of Toronto launches Boundless, its $2-billion fundraising campaign

21 Nov 2011 - 9:54am

The University of Toronto has unveiled Boundless, the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian university history. With a historic $2-billion goal, the campaign for the University of Toronto will help expand U of T's global leadership capacity across critical areas of knowledge and help develop the talent, ideas and solutions for the defining challenges of our time.

Size Matters? Study raises questions about when and where soybeans were domesticated

18 Nov 2011 - 11:01am
Professor Gary Crawford examines soybean plants in China

If you like tofu, tempeh, edamame or miso soup, you're a fan of soybeans. But the significance of this legume goes far beyond a few culinary treats--soybeans rank seventh among world crops for tonnage harvested.

Now, a new study led by researchers at the University of Toronto Mississauga and the University of Oregon gets at the root of soybean domestication in Asia, and challenges many of the long-held beliefs about when and where humans first began to domesticate this plant-and specifically, increase its seed size.

U of T Mississauga, Samsung Electronics Canada partner in new media initiatives

16 Nov 2011 - 3:21pm

From family games night to an apps challenge, the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and Samsung Electronics Canada are joining forces to explore and improve human interaction with technology. The initiatives are intended to prepare young people for the realities of living and working in the ever-evolving digital media environment.

Genetic variation plays role in kindness, study shows

14 Nov 2011 - 3:35pm

Do you consider yourself a kind, compassionate person? And how would a stranger judge your kindness quotient? Having a certain genetic variant might provide the answer to both those questions, according to a recent University of Toronto Mississauga study.