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. 

U of T rises to 19th globally in Times Higher Education world reputation rankings

19 Jul 2019 - 10:57am
aerial photo of Simcoe Hall and Toronto skyline

The University of Toronto is increasingly regarded as one of the world’s leading academic institutions.

The 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings, released yesterday, ranks U of T in 19thplace globally. That’s up three spots from last year.

Among public universities, U of T ranked eighth in the world and fourth in North America.

“This fantastic result reflects the wealth of talent and expertise at the University of Toronto,” said U of T President Meric Gertler.

A Blastoff from the Past

18 Jul 2019 - 12:31pm
moon rocks and dust

In 1969, Erindale College (as it was then known) had an out-of-this-world encounter when it received lunar rock samples collected by three Apollo 11 astronauts.

A research team led by physics professor David Strangway analyzed the material for its magnetic properties.  Strangway, who was 35 at the time, was one of approximately 140 scientists from around the world who received the samples from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Fault Lines: Research could protect cities in active quake zones

12 Jul 2019 - 12:17pm
Jeremy Rimando sets up survey equipment in a rocky landscape.

A new study from U of T Mississauga reveals new clues about an earthquake that rocked Argentina’s San Juan province in the 1950s. The results add important data about one of the earth’s most active thrust zones and could help to protect cities in the region from earthquake damage in the future.

Experiential Learning Offers Students Career Ideas, Opportunities

11 Jul 2019 - 11:47am
Felicity Morgan

Nimesha Basnayaka dove into the pool of experiential learning as a U of T Mississauga undergraduate and learned not only to swim, but to thrive. Today, the environmental studies graduate is working for the organization where she first did a year-long Department of Geography internship, and she has moved from her entry-level position into management.

Interestingly, Basnayaka, now a program manager with the Association for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER), is responsible for supervising the organization’s student interns herself.