Scholars say global governance overhaul needed for earth’s sustainability

20 Mar 2012 - 2:20pm

A group of the world’s leading environmental scholars are sounding the alarm that human societies need to transform their national and international environmental institutions into a more coherent and robust planetary stewardship model to steer away from rapid and irreversible changes to the Earth’s subsystems.

University of Toronto Mississauga political scientist Steven Bernstein is one of the authors of a paper which appears in Science on March 16, 2012.

U of T #1 in Canada, 16th Globally in Survey of World Academic Leaders

15 Mar 2012 - 4:37pm

Leading academics from around the world have rated the University of Toronto number one in Canada and 16th in the world in a reputational survey undertaken by a British publication that focuses on post-secondary education. 

The 2012 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, now in their second year, are based on a survey of academic opinion, featuring 17,554 published scholars from 137 countries. The invitation-only survey is carried out by Ipsos.

Italian writing students interview ‘red-carpet’ celebrities

9 Mar 2012 - 2:37pm
Image of Professor Deep Saini with Andrea Bargnani

When seven-foot tall NBA star Andrea Bargnani ducked to enter a U of T Mississauga classroom, he was greeted by 21 students—all speaking in near-perfect Italian. “It was nerve-wracking when I asked Mr. Bargnani if he is proud of his heritage,” second-year Language Studies student, Jena DiGiambattista said. “He answered, ‘Of course, I’m proud—I am Italian’.”

Cultural 'tightness' holds back female leadership – but not always, says UTM professor

8 Mar 2012 - 9:45am
Image of Professor Soo Minh Toh

Countries that more strictly uphold their cultural norms are less likely to promote women as leaders – unless those norms support equal opportunity for both sexes, shows a new paper from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Promising Pathways

6 Mar 2012 - 10:54am
Photo of Daniel working on some machinery

Photography by Andrew Dmytrasz

While Daniel Badali has not won the Nobel Prize for science yet, he is well on his way to many accolades with his research, starting with the inaugural Abdus Salem award in 2011. This honour, which is named after the 1979 Nobel Prize winner of the same name, is awarded to the best research project done by a U of T undergraduate student and supervised by a U of T Physics faculty member.