Documentary Detail

2 May 2018 - 4:02pm
Image of Professor Rebecca Wittmann

At the end of April, Professor Rebecca Wittmann, Chair of the Department of Historical Studies, appeared in a film that confronts the aftermath of the Holocaust.

“In the fall I gave an introduction and Q&A to another film called The People vs. Fritz Bauer at the TIFF Bell Lightbox,” says Wittmann.

Yes, sir! That’s my baby!

25 Apr 2018 - 3:46pm
UTM authors and their publications

“Which one is yours?” one person asks the other. In response, they point proudly to the particular arrangement beyond the plexiglas borders, and the other in turn gestures over to their accomplishment at the end of the table. Though there’s the feeling of viewing new offspring that have just been borne into the world, it’s actually UTM’s annual Celebration of Books and these are two of its participating authors identifying their respective recent publications.

Roman Report

23 Apr 2018 - 7:35am
Image of Professor Evonne Levy

Far from her regular digs up on the third floor of the ICCIT Building at UTM, Evonne Levy, Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture, is spending this 2017-18 academic year at the top of the Spanish steps in Rome: she is holding a distinguished guest research professorship, serving as the Wittkower Guest Professor at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, a Max Plank Institute located in the 16th-century palace of the painter Federico Zuccari.

Putting her ‘pedal to the mettle’

17 Apr 2018 - 3:57pm
Image of Léa Ravensbergen on a bicycle in the winter

For PhD candidate Léa Ravensbergen getting around on two wheels is not only her preferred method of transportation, but has also served as the driving force behind her transportation-geography research for the past five years under the supervision of Professor Ron Buliung.

And thanks to urban pedaling’s popularity rising in the last few years, Ravensbergen, who in her work focuses primarily on gender and cycling, is not wanting for material to study. 

Tipping Cell Signaling Pathways by Salts

12 Apr 2018 - 8:07am
Image of salt tipping the scales with GPCR-related cell signaling

It might surprise you to know that vision, smell, and the plethora of emotions you experience in any given day are all masterfully regulated by a quiet family of cell-signaling molecules in the body called G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs).

These receptors are complex molecular machines that are switched on by light, small hormones, odorants, and other ligands. In all, there are over 800 different GPCRs in our body and while their functions vary greatly, all possess a very similar design that can be traced back hundreds of millions of years in metazoan evolution.