UTM grad recreates 31-year-old photo from her first graduation

15 Nov 2019 - 8:57am
Two photos side-by-side, the first showing a family of four standing on steps, second photo is a recreation of the first, with family standing on concrete steps

Four years ago, Unnati Patel stepped away from a decades-long engineering career and returned to her alma mater to rekindle her dream of studying humanities. She and her family celebrated that labour of love by recreating the photos from her first graduation at U of T 31 years ago.

Earlier this month, Patel graduated with an HBA in Philosophy from the U of T Mississauga. It is her second degree from U of T following a successful career as an engineer, much of it in leadership roles with multinational corporations in aerospace, high-technology and manufacturing.

Pass on the Salt: New study finds insect health affected by road salt

14 Nov 2019 - 4:04pm
Workers manually spreading salt from a salt truck in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

It may help keep your car on the road in the winter, but new research from U of T Mississauga reveals that road salt is creating problems for wildlife. Researchers from the McCauley Lab investigated the impact of road salt exposure on larvae of Anax junius dragonflies. Their results show that long-term exposure to high levels of salinity supresses the immune response of the aquatic insects, negatively impacting their ability to fight infections and recover from injuries.

Arctic’s last refuge is disappearing as region continues to warm

12 Nov 2019 - 10:28am
A map with an outline showing the Last Ice Area is located between Greenland and Canada in the far north

A marine protected area in the Far North, potentially the last refuge for Arctic animals that depend on sea ice for their survival, is disappearing twice as fast as the rest of the Arctic Ocean.

The finding is part of a study recently published in the journal of Geophysical Research Letters that also reveals the area is comprised of two, dynamic sub-regions.

New interventions could help children accept gender-diverse peers

11 Nov 2019 - 4:13pm
Photo of Doug VanderLaan

New intervention techniques could help reduce bullying toward children who don’t conform to gender stereotypes, a new study suggests.

Initial findings show intervention could help reduce children’s bias toward their gender-diverse peers, leading to improved peer relations and better psychological outcomes for children who don’t conform to gender norms.

Revisiting ‘The Psychopath Test’: New research gives diagnosis a failing grade

6 Nov 2019 - 1:09pm
Rasmus Rosenberg Larsen

Charismatic, callous, criminal—the very mention of the word “psychopath” calls to mind fictional and real-life monsters like Hannibal Lecter, Charles Manson or a predatory executive in a pinstriped suit. Psychopathy is one of the most widely recognized psychiatric diagnoses in popular culture, but new research from U of T Mississauga says it’s time to reconsider what we think we know about the condition.