Politics of Empowerment: New book explores disability rights and the cycle of American policy reform

29 Jul 2019 - 11:13am
David Pettinicchio

American disability policy is lauded around the globe as a model for disability rights and yet, at home in the United States, the legislation is vulnerable to constant reform. A forthcoming book by U of T Mississauga sociologist David Pettinicchio explores America’s role as both a “leader and a laggard” in disability policy, with new analysis of the politicking, activism and entrepreneurship that created—and sometimes unravels—the American Disabilities Act (ADA).

Grads find that all-important first job through UTM’s Recent Graduate Opportunities Program

26 Jul 2019 - 12:19pm
Alex Court standing next to a mascot

Alex Court, a 2018 UTM commerce graduate, is happily immersed in his second year-long contract with Special Olympics Ontario, enjoying his recent promotion to visual content/marketing officer.

“I’ve learned so much, and it’s a great opportunity, but I wouldn’t have applied without encouragement from the UTM Career Centre,” Court says. “I didn’t think I had all the skills.”

‘An obligation to fill the vacuum’: U of T President Meric Gertler leads climate change discussion at Paris summit

25 Jul 2019 - 4:03pm
U of T President Meric Gertler snaps a selfie with French President Emmanuel Macron

The University of Toronto – represented by President Meric Gertler – was one of 47 universities that recently met in Paris to reach agreement on how post-secondary institutions can play a leadership role in addressing urgent global issues, from climate change to income inequality.

The group of universities, from 18 countries around the world, belong to the U7+ Alliance that was established by France as a way to dig deeper into the issues to be discussed by world leaders at the upcoming G7 summit in Biarritz.

Vanier Victory: Love, sex and relationships

24 Jul 2019 - 3:15pm
Nathan Leonhardt

Nathan Leonhardt, a graduate student in Professor Emily Impett's Lab in U of T Mississauga's Department of Psychology, was recently awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS).

In this profile Nathan provides more insight into his area of research on the ways in which couples can thrive in their sexual relationships, and the project he will undertake over the duration of his Vanier award. 

A suitcase full of moon rocks: Working with NASA, U of T's David Strangway brought a piece of Apollo 11 to Mississauga

19 Jul 2019 - 8:37pm
More than 3,000 people lined up for a peek at a moon rock and a thimbleful of moon dust when they went on display on campus (photo courtesy of U of T Mississauga)

For at least one day in Grade 2, Susan Strangway was unquestionably the most popular girl in school. 

Her dad, David Strangway, was a University of Toronto geophysicist who worked for NASA beginning in the mid-to-late 1960s – just as the space agency worked toward the first manned trips to the moon.