3,000-year-old eastern North American quinoa discovered in Ontario

14 Jan 2019 - 12:06pm
The goosefoot crop (left) and the wild/weedy relative

A mass of charred seeds found while clearing a home construction site in Brantford, Ontario, has been identified as ancient, domesticated goosefoot (C. berlandieri spp. jonesianum), a form of quinoa native to Eastern North America. The seeds date back to 900 B.C., and have never previously been found north of Kentucky this early in history, says Professor Gary Crawford of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), who was brought in by Archaeological Services Inc.

Memory of pain enhances pain responses in males, not females

10 Jan 2019 - 12:53pm
stock image of man feeling pain in mouth or jaw

The general assumption is that people have a poor memory for pain, but both men and male mice clearly remember physically painful experiences and become stressed by the experience, says a new study by Loren Martin, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and colleagues at McGill University in Montreal. Interestingly, females do not react in this way and appear not to recall the experience.

Understanding punishment and crime control in South Africa’s marginalized communities

7 Jan 2019 - 1:01pm
Gail Super

Inadequate policing, vigilantism, social inequality, the legacy of apartheid: these are the complex factors affecting the landscape of law and justice in South Africa’s informal shack settlements. University of Toronto Mississauga assistant professor of sociology Gail Super is trying to untangle them and learn how they relate to state formation in her new study, “Precarious penality on the periphery: Crime prevention and punishment in South Africa's informal settlements.”

Meet U of T's student city builders

20 Dec 2018 - 9:42am
Léa Ravensbergen riding a bicycle

It’s been a busy year for University of Toronto students leading the charge to make cities more sustainable, equitable and accessible.

U of T students who crushed it in 2018

19 Dec 2018 - 2:10pm
Stephen Ayeni and Naafiu Mohammed

It would be difficult to overstate the hard work and achievement of University of Toronto students this year. They overcame difficulties to succeed in their studies, held events enriching life on campus and inspired others with their dedication to learning.