U of T researchers explore virtual reality as a microbiology teaching aid

19 Nov 2019 - 4:24pm
Computer rendering with an purple oval shape outlined in yellow near the centre with the words RNA plymerase written over it. There are grey spheres in the background and a red, blue and yellow curved tube in the foreground

Imagine being inside an E. coli bacterium, smaller than a speck of dust and surrounded by genetic material, molecules and proteins.

This could soon be commonplace for some microbiology students thanks to work by University of Toronto researchers who are investigating virtual reality design features that can support or impede learning.

Making the Connection: For award-winning computer science prof, it's all about the 'human element'

18 Nov 2019 - 4:42pm
Andrew Petersen

For Andrew Petersen, teaching computer science takes a human touch. That dedication to community and collaboration has earned the U of T Mississauga professor a reputation as one of Ontario’s most outstanding university educators.

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.