U of T to ensure student access despite changes to OSAP, tuition framework

17 Jan 2019 - 3:31pm
Photograph of students walking through a snowy campus

The University of Toronto is committed to maintaining its standing among the world’s top academic and research institutions – and ensuring access for all qualified students – despite the Ontario government’s cuts to post-secondary education funding.

President Meric Gertler said U of T is studying the government’s plan, announced today, to roll back recent changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program, or OSAP, alongside a cut in the tuition fees paid by students across the province.

Evolution of the Textbook: Free open access digital resource a first for UTM

17 Jan 2019 - 10:48am
Photograph of a blue jay in flight

Biology students at U of T Mississauga will use an all-new resource into their courses this semester at a price point that suits every student budget. UTM’s first-ever open access digital textbook, Introductory Animal Physiology,launched in January 2019 as the primary text for 480 undergraduate students enrolled in the second-year biology course. Custom-tailored to the course, the textbook is available to students free of charge.

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.”