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Want to be in the know about the important stuff happening at U of T? This is your destination for news on university and alumni events and activities happening right now.

Information on exciting research findings, the accomplishments of fellow alumni, new university programs and buildings, and the most current university endowment campaign will all be shared here. You’ll even be able to listen to recordings of recent lectures, read new president’s messages, and find out about the latest prominent individual to receive an honorary U of T degree.

If it’s news that’s important to alumni, you’ll always find it here.


Angela Hildyard is honoured with a 2017 Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award
A champion of equity, diversity and excellence: Angela Hildyard is honoured with a 2017 Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award

No one can accuse Angela Hildyard of talking the talk but not walking the walk. On her


Ronald Kluger is honoured with a 2017 Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award
The benefits of curiosity and engagement: Ronald Kluger is honoured with a 2017 Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award

Ronald Kluger is a chemist with a fascinating career working on projects such as how to create


The power of education, the power of example: Lance McCready wins the 2017 Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize

Education fights discrimination in two ways, says Lance McCready, a professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher


Elizabeth Edwards wins a 2017 Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and research
Getting hands-on with microbes: Elizabeth Edwards wins a 2017 Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and research

It’s the magic of chemistry – combine two substances and they transform into a third that’s completely


Jay Pratt wins a 2017 Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and research
How an NHL legend inspired a quest to understand visual processing: Jay Pratt wins a 2017 Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and research

It’s all Wayne Gretzky’s fault. If it hadn’t been for perhaps the greatest player the game has


Craig Simmons receives the 2017 Northrop Frye Award for integrating teaching and research
Making lab work come alive: Craig Simmons receives the 2017 Northrop Frye Award for integrating teaching and research

When undergraduate engineering students wanted to know whether vibrating a cell would change its properties, Professor Craig


Building holistic competence
Building holistic competence: the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s innovative Simulation Program receives the 2017 Northrop Frye Divisional Award

This is the story of how an entire faculty pulled together to research the most effective methods


Josh Abraham - Photo credit, David Chang Photography
Passionate about understanding our world: Josh Abraham wins the Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award

Science is about so many things – the power of curiosity, the thirst for knowledge, the creativity


Aly Madhavji
U of T alum selected as Schwarzman scholar

Aly Madhavji is China-bound. The 26-year-old graduate of the Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) at U


Popular Chinese celebrity Dashan visits U of T Scarborough

The U of T alum looks to reinvent his act  U of T alum Mark Rowswell, aka “Dashan”


Courtesy Kawin Ethayarajh
Using technology to boost fairness and equality: Kawin Ethayarajh wins the John H. Moss Scholarship for graduating students

Fairness is important to Kawin Ethayarajh. It’s this sense of justice that has underpinned many of his


Aaron Persad, photo courtesy Aaron Persad
U of T alumni make shortlist to become Canada’s next astronaut

Five on the list are U of T engineering alumni; others include a marine geophysicist, a Canadian Armed Forces


Chancellor Emerita Rose Wolfe
Remembering University of Toronto Chancellor Emerita Rose Wolfe

“A beloved champion, a distinguished alumna, and an incredibly warm and generous friend” University of Toronto Chancellor


U of T Engineering alumni set fastest human-powered vehicle record — again
U of T Engineering alumni set fastest human-powered vehicle record — again

On September 14, 2016, a team founded by U of T Engineering alumni broke their own world record for


How can Canada capitalize on the new geography of innovation
How can Canada capitalize on the new geography of innovation?

In an op-ed in the Toronto Star, U of T President Meric Gertler and MaRS Discovery District CEO Ilse


Alumni startup Financeit buys up $339 million-worthof home improvement loans
Alumni startup Financeit buys up $339 million-worth of home improvement loans

When you buy a big-ticket item, this Canadian company founded by U of T grads could help you set


R. Scott MacKendrick
New leadership elected for Alumni Association

The University of Toronto Alumni Association elected its officers at the first meeting of the year and


2016 Cressy Awards
2016 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards

A successful entrepreneur, it is said, is someone who sees a need and figures out how to


U of T nursing students
U of T Nursing is third best in the world; U of T is top Canadian university for 31 subjects

The University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing is the third best nursing school in


Kristina Minnella
Emerging Leader Kristina Minnella honoured with a 2016 Chancellor’s Award

In just over two years as Coordinator, Co-Curricular Learning at U of T’s Centre for Community Partnership,


Tad Brown
Influential Leader Tad Brown honoured with a 2016 Chancellor’s Award

Tad Brown, the University’s Counsel, has been named a U of T Influential Leader and awarded one


Arlene Clement
Student Success Starts with Good Housing: Arlene Clement wins a 2016 Jill Matus Excellence in Student Services Award

For spearheading initiatives that have made it easier for students to apply for residence, Arlene Clement (BA


Holly Luffman
Holly Luffman receives a 2016 Jill Matus Excellence in Student Services Award for her Commitment to Intercultural Learning and Fostering Global Citizenship

Holly Luffman (BA 1994 UC, MA 2008), interim director of Students at U of T’s Centre for


Richard Chambers
Richard Chambers wins the Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award for his commitment to inter-faith dialogue at U of T

Under the leadership of Richard Chambers (MDiv 1986), U of T’s Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and


Mark Lautens
Professor Mark Lautens receives the 2016 Faculty Award

Professor Mark Lautens of the Department of Chemistry is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Faculty Award


Chizoba Imoka
Laying the groundwork for an ambitious educational reform – Chizoba Imoka wins the Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award

Chizoba Imoka, a doctoral student at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, has been awarded U


Judith Poë
Professor Judith Poë wins a 2016 Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award for a Remarkable Breadth of Service to the University

Professor Judith Poë has been named as one of this year’s recipients of the Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship


Elizabeth M. Smyth
An Extraordinary Record of Service to the University wins Professor Elizabeth M. Smyth a 2016 Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award

In more than 25 years at the University of Toronto, Professor Elizabeth M. Smyth (EdD 1990) has


Theodora Bruun
All-round excellence wins Theodora Bruun the John H. Moss Scholarship

Theodora Bruun, a final-year Victoria University student, is the winner of the prestigious John H. Moss Scholarship


Professor Andrea Most
Professor Andrea Most wins the 2016 Northrop Frye Award

Thanks to her groundbreaking interdisciplinary work and the innovative ways she’s found to share her research with


Laura Rosella
U of T gains 34 new Canada Research Chairs

The University of Toronto has been awarded 34 new Canada Research Chairs and seven renewals, federal minister


Dinuk Wijeratne
15 reasons to watch the Junos this year

Forty-three University of Toronto musicians, from jazz to classical to world music, have received 15 Juno nominations.


Robarts
Robarts Expansion to Begin This Spring

Robarts Library attracts as many as 18,000 visitors a day – double what it was 35 years ago


Harvey Lam
Harvey Lam spearheads #LearnSyria

Harvey Lam saw first-hand the transformative power of education. Now Lam is hoping to help others stay


Donald Sutherland
Beyond academics: There’s star potential in extracurricular activities

At the beginning, Donald Sutherland, Kate Reid, Don Harron, William Hutt, Charmion King, Ed Follows, Norman Jewison,


pedestrian oasis
U of T to make King’s College Circle a pedestrian oasis

An ambitious plan by the University of Toronto aims to ban vehicle traffic in King’s College Circle


U of T 2015 Rankings
U of T one of world’s top three universities: NTU Ranking

The University of Toronto placed third in the world in the National Taiwan University Ranking, behind only


Ken Taylor
In Memoriam: Chancellor Emeritus Ken Taylor

It is with deep sadness that Victoria University announces the passing of Kenneth Douglas “Ken” Taylor, O.C.,


Cameron Bailey
TIFF 2015: talking cinema with U of T’s Cameron Bailey

TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey tweeted “Well, we’re a day over 40” – as fans lined up


Shelley Gautier
Champion for sport: meet paracyclist Shelley Gautier

On a tricycle, alumna Shelley Gautier is the world’s fastest woman. She’s a nine-time Paracycling Road World Champion


Order of Canada: top honours go to Janet Rossant, Bob Rae

On Canada Day, Governor General David Johnston recognized some of U of T’s most distinguished faculty and


Malcolm McGrath on Knox College pipe organ
Spring Reunion organist Malcolm McGrath

Special thanks to Malcolm McGrath (BASc 5T4) for his dedication, enthusiasm and years of service as Spring


Spring Reunion honours alumnus celebrating 80th Anniversary

On May 29, during Spring Reunion, centenarian Alex King (BASc 3T5) was honoured by Chancellor Michael Wilson


Twitter buys Whetlab, artificial intelligence startup

Twitter has scooped up a machine-learning startup called Whetlab, launched by several U of T alumni and a


Convocation 2015: CBC’s Bob McDonald receives honorary degree

The University of Toronto is recognizing Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio’s popular science show Quirks and


President Gertler at The Empire Club
Laying the groundwork for prosperity: Canadian cities and their universities

Canada’s cities are building the foundations of our future prosperity, University of Toronto president Meric Gertler told


Redefining infant brain tumours to improve treatment

For years there was little hope for children diagnosed with rhabdoid brain tumours. Now researchers from the


Drone experts: U of T to train 150 grad students

The word ‘drone’ often conjures up invasive images of military aircraft, but if Professor Hugh Liu of


This PhD in classics is bringing wearable tech to kids

Launching a startup that teaches kids to code by creating magic wands or bracelets may seem an


Professor Lisa Forman, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Professor Lisa Forman wins the 2015 Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Award

The 2010 conference of the Canadian Public Health Association was illustrative for Lisa Forman, winner of the


International Human Rights Program, Faculty of Law
International Human Rights Program wins the 2015 Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize

Human rights are often taken for granted by those who have them. For marginalized and vulnerable groups


Ms. Melinda Scott Wins the 2015 Chancellor Award – Emerging Leader

Melinda Scott loves being Dean of Students at University College because it means she gets to help


Ms. Andrea Carter wins the 2015 Chancellor’s Award – Emerging Leader

Andrea Carter, Director of High Risk Matters, does much of her important work behind the scenes –


MAGIC! night at Junos for alumnus Mark Pellizzer

Two new Juno awards are the latest in a string of accolades for the band MAGIC!, started


Professor Doug W. Reeve
Professor Doug Reeve receives the 2015 Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award

Professor Doug Reeve made a great name for himself in the pulp and paper industry, but his


Ms. Judith Chadwick wins the 2015 Chancellor’s Award – Influential Leader

Judith Chadwick’s leadership is stamped all over the research enterprise of the University of Toronto. Ms. Chadwick


Professor George Connell
In Memory of Professor George Connell

With the passing of Professor George Connell, the University’s 12th president (1984-1990), the University of Toronto community


teaBOT: doing business one cup at a time

Safina Allidina thought she was headed for a career in healthcare management, but a cup of tea


Molly Shoichet wins L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award

University of Toronto biomedical engineering professor Molly Shoichet has been named the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science


Jozef Kosc wins the prestigious John H. Moss Scholarship

High academic standing is expected of the winner of the John H. Moss Scholarship. With a 3.87


Professor Brian Corman receives the Faculty Award

There can a scholarly upside to long service as a dean and department chairman. “Had I published


Professor Brenda McCabe, Winner of the 2015 Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award

To Brenda McCabe, winner of the 2015 Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award, sustainability is


Alex Harris receives the Adel Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award

Alexandra Harris, a PhD student in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, says she really loves


Professor Morley Gunderson receives the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award

Professor Morley Gunderson has dedicated much of his career toward making his research relevant to public policy.


Professor Carol Rogerson receives the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award

Carol Rogerson, a legal scholar and teacher, has played a pivotal role in shaping family law in


John Evans
In Memory of Dr. John Evans, President Emeritus of the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto receives the news of the death of Dr. John Evans with sadness at


Joseph Rotman (MCom ’60, LLD ’94)
Remembering Joseph L. Rotman (1935-2015)

Joseph Rotman, a leading Canadian businessman, philanthropist and one of U of T’s greatest champions, has passed


The Gordon Cressy Award 20th Anniversary Dinner at Hart House hosted by the University of Toronto Division of University Advancement. November 20th, 2014
Celebrating Twenty Years of Student Leadership

On November 20th, the Great Hall at Hart House served as a fitting backdrop to celebrate the


University of Toronto campus
U of T ranks highest in Canada, 20th globally: Times Higher Education

The University of Toronto was once again named the top university in Canada and one of the


David He
U of T biotech entrepreneur named to MIT’s Innovators Under 35 list

University of Toronto engineering alumnus David He, finds himself in good company: MIT Technology Review has named him


Alex Goodman
U of T alumnus Alex Goodman is first Canadian to win Montreux international guitar competition

University of Toronto Faculty of Music alumnus Alex Goodman is the first Canadian ever to win first


In Memoriam: Grace Bayliss

The university community was saddened to learn of the passing of Ms. Grace Bayliss (WDW, BA 1988)


In addition to stimulation, children also need time for reflection and unstructured play, the authors say (photo by Simply CVR)
OISE alumnae reveal secret to raising happy, productive kids

Living in a fast-paced world leads to a long list of stresses and distractions for both adults


Green technology means the new bulb from Nanoleaf will allow users to hit pause whenever the light is bright enough (all images courtesy Nanoleaf)
U of T alumni startup Nanoleaf beat funding goal for new bulb in 90 minutes

The U of T engineering alumni behind Nanoleaf, a startup which they say makes ‘the world’s most


Premier Kathleen Wynne – a double alumna of the University of Toronto – at WorldPride with U of T's Shelly Craig (second from left)
Five ministers among the 15 alumni elected to the Ontario cabinet table

When Premier Kathleen Wynne looks around the table during a cabinet meeting she will know she has


TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people names U of T alumna, climate change expert

U of T alumna Katharine Hayhoe was named to the 2014 TIME 100 list of the world’s


U of T’s David Briskin performs for 1100 audiences worldwide – at the same time

David Briskin, assistant professor and director of orchestral activities at the Faculty of Music, and music director


Killam Prizes for two U of T researchers

Two University of Toronto researchers – physicist Sajeev John and engineer Andreas Mandelis – have each won


Rachel Mahon set to become the first female organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral

U of T alumna Rachel Mahon is set to become the first female organist hired at St.


Juno wins for U of T’s Sienna Dahlen, Owen Pallett

Two University of Toronto musicians were named as winners at the Juno Awards in Winnipeg on March


Science superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson thrills at sold-out Dunlap Prize Lecture

Neil deGrasse Tyson—astrophysicist, author, StarTalk podcast host, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and star of the new


Ron Levi wins Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize

If there was ever a candidate who perfectly fits the description of a recipient of the Ludwik


Dr. George Sefa Dei wins Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize

Professor George Dei believes that a community “is only as good as we work collectively to make


University of California, Berkeley honours President Meric Gertler

The University of California, Berkeley has recognized renowned geographer and urban issues expert Meric Gertler, president of


Jonathan Rose receives Faculty Award

Professor Jonathan Rose believes in “teaching from the ground up,” and it is that philosophy that helped


Ian Orchard receives Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award

Professor Ian Orchard says he had “the best job at U of T” during his years as


Prof. Elizabeth Cowper receives Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award

After nearly 40 years at the University of Toronto, Professor Elizabeth Cowper says she is still “like


Recipient of the 2014 Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award

Nadine Borduas possesses an infectious passion about science, the environment and policy, and that passion helped her


Canadian women’s hockey team, including U of T alumna Jayna Hefford, wins gold at Sochi

In a spectacular comeback, Marie-Philip Poulin tied the game with 55 seconds to spare. Poulin then scored the


Kaillie Humphries and U of T alumna Heather Moyse take gold in women’s bobsleigh

Kaillie Humphries and U of T alumna Heather Moyse made history on Wednesday, becoming the first women


Patrick Quinton-Brown receives 2014 John H. Moss Scholarship

Patrick Quinton-Brown is the recipient of the 2014 John H. Moss Scholarship, showing his intellectual leadership and


Andrew Dicks wins Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award

Dr. Andrew Dicks has won the Joan E. Foley Student Experience Award for something he loves to


Olympic Games: alumna goes for hockey gold

Jayna Hefford, who earned a Bachelor of Physical Education & Health degree at the University of Toronto


Oscar nomination for alumnus Andy Koyama

U of T alumnus Andy Koyama received an Academy Award nomination for his achievement in sound mixing, Lone


Milica Radisic wins NSERC Steacie Fellowship

U of T engineer Milica Radisic has won one of six E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships. The competitive


Steve Paikin named to Order of Ontario, Order of Canada

A few weeks after being named to the Order of Canada, alumnus and award-winning TVO journalist Steve Paikin


Atom Egoyan and Innis College launch 50th anniversary celebrations

Renowned filmmaker Atom Egoyan played host to a packed Innis Town Hall at the University of Toronto


Oscar nomination for alumnus Owen Pallett

Indie-pop songwriter, prodigy violinist, and U of T Faculty of Music alumnus Owen Pallett received an Academy


Inventing a new brand name? Choose your vowels carefully

A simple shift in a vowel’s sound can change the way people think and make decisions about


Two U of T alumnae selected Rhodes Scholars

Aliyyah Ahad and Chloe Walker will pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University next year after being named 2014


Most powerful women of 2013

Bay Street observers have long recognized alumna Judy Goldring as a powerful leader in the business community.


Chambers
Needed: Three Outstanding U of T Alumni Volunteers to Serve on Governing Council

Three outstanding alumni volunteers with an understanding of governance are needed to serve on the Governing Council


Rosie MacLennan takes gold at world championship

Trampoline superstar Rosie MacLennan reasserted her status as best in the world on November 10 at the


U of T ranked 8th in the world, 1st in Canada, for scientific performance

The latest annual rankings on scientific performance released by the National Taiwan University (NTU), are based on


2013 Arbor Award Recipients

When David Scandiffio thinks about the University of Toronto, he thinks family, and not just because his


U of T first in Canada, among world’s top 20 in new rankings

The University of Toronto has been recognized as the top university in Canada and one of the


MacArthur ‘genius’ grant goes to alumna Sara Seager

The MacArthur Foundation awarded astrophysicist and University of Toronto alumna Sara Seager one of its prestigious fellowships


U of T ranks among top universities in QS World University Rankings

U of T’s strong academic and research performance continues to rank among the best in the world


Engineering alumni make aeronautical history

An aerospace team with strong U of T Engineering connections has made history by winning the $250,000


Sixteen new Order of Canada appointments for U of T

Governor General David Johnston has appointed 16 members of the University of Toronto community to the Order


Spring Convocation: Celebrating our graduates, honouring exceptional individuals

More than 12,500 students graduated this June. As is customary at convocation ceremonies, honorary degrees were also conferred upon 12 exceptional individuals.


Learning, connecting and celebrating mark Spring Reunion 2013

Every June, U of T alumni come back to campus to reconnect, attend a lecture, meet new people and rediscover their alma mater.


Tim Sze helps create an ad hoc supercomputer

U of T alumnus Tim Sze, as part of a team of four, has developed a new


U of T Next Steps Conference

In advance of June convocation ceremonies, more than 4000 Arts & Science students are preparing to conclude


Dr. Allan Vescan performs balloon sinuplasty

Dr. Vescan did his residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at U of T. He is


Fast, cheap methods of diagnosing infectious disease are coming

Scientists at the University of Toronto have devised a cheap and rapid method of testing for numerous


MasterCard Foundation Scholars
U of T and The MasterCard Foundation to develop next-generation African leaders

The University of Toronto will join The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, with a USD 22.5 million grant


Alumni win Gates Cambridge scholarships

Two University of Toronto alumni are joining 90 of the world’s most academically brilliant and socially committed


Short-term, applied research won’t win Canada any Nobel prizes

There’s a popular myth about universities as ivory towers full of fat-cat academics and loopy students asking


LGBTQ History and Scholarship Celebrated at this Year’s Snowflake Event

On February 28th dozens of alumni and friends gathered at the Royal Conservatory of Music.


Bernard Choi Wins Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Service

Congratulations to Dr. Bernard Choi for his Gold Medal award. Dr. Choi won the Gold Medal from


Google Acquires U of T Neural Networks Company

University Professor Geoffrey Hinton and two of his graduate students from the Department of Computer Science have


Nigel Spencer Wins Third Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation

What Nigel Spencer has achieved with the translation of Marie Claire Blais’s Mai au bal des prédateurs


Jemy Joseph Receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Fresh from earning a newly minted MSc in Medical Sciences from the University of Toronto mere months


Dani Reiss: Meet the reluctant mastermind behind Canada Goose

If he’d had his way, Dani Reiss would be writing short stories in Southeast Asia. Instead, he’s


Owen Pallett: How the award-winning indie-pop violinist hooked up with the TSO

Owen Pallett, the classical composer and indie-pop violinist, is bringing his Violin Concerto to the stage. The


Young pianist soars with a perfect 100

Even for a rare piano talent who has won medals at every level since 2002, this performance


World-renowned urban expert to become next U of T president

Meric Gertler, a world-renowned expert on urban issues, will be the next President of the University of


Oscar win for alumnus Mychael Danna

Composer and University of Toronto alumnus Mychael Danna picked up the Academy Award February 24 for Best Original Score for the film Life of Pi.


David Naylor to address The Empire Club of Canada

In an upcoming speech, David Naylor tackles two dangerous myths in higher education, contrasting training for “job-readiness” with advanced research.


SHAKER: Year of the Snake

Close to 500 young alumni came to celebrate the Year of the Snake at the Metropolitan Hotel.


In Memoriam: Father Robert Madden

Father Robert Madden C.S.B., Died peacefully at St Michael’s Hospital on February 16, 2013 after a brief


Alumni launch “world’s most energy-efficient light bulb”

Three University of Toronto alumni are set to flip the switch on “the world’s most energy-efficient light


U of T alumna to become Ontario’s first female premier

University of Toronto alumna Kathleen Wynne will become Ontario premier in the next few days, the first


Explaining adrenal glands for Scientific American

Alumni Dorea Reeser, Raluca Ellis and Nigel Morton are members of the winning team in Scientific American’s


W. Garfield Weston Foundation launches U of T scholarships

With an eye to developing globally oriented thinkers and innovators, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and the


Mychael Danna Wins Golden Globe, Nominated for two Academy Awards

Congratulations to Mychael Danna (MusBac1986) for his Golden Globe award for best original score in a motion


Barbara Hannigan Nominated for a 2013 Grammy

Barbara Hannigan (MusM 1999, MusBac 1993) recently made a very successful title role debut in Berg’s Lulu,


Three Alumni Named to the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio

Current Masters student and alumni Andrew Haji (MusBacPerf 2011), Charlotte Burrage (MusM 2009, MusBacPerf 2007), and Aviva


Information about 2012 Tax Receipts & Office Hours

Are you considering a donation to the University of Toronto this holiday season? Please read this important information.


Call for Applications for Alumni Members of Governing Council

Would you or an alumna/alumnus you know like to help shape the future of the University of


Three U of T students named 2013 Rhodes Scholars

Three students from the University of Toronto will pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University next year after


New grad reaches new heights — literally

As Aly Madhavji prepared for his midnight trek to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, he packed something special to him – a homemade sign that said: “U of T alumni.”


Mutation in immune system gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease

An international research team including scientists from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine has discovered a


Stefano Fornazzari San Martín wins Governor General Award

Daraius M. Bharucha and Stefano Fornazzari San Martín received the Governor General Award for Teaching Excellence for


Asia-Pacific launch of Boundless

The Campaign for the University of Toronto was celebrated recently at a gala event in Hong Kong.


David West Read’s second play to open on Broadway

It’s the type of overnight theatrical success story that’s simply not supposed to happen these days. This


U of T Poet Raymond Souster dies at 91

U of T Alum Raymond Souster, the prolific Toronto poet who helped advance the careers of Margaret


Fields Medal Symposium: showcasing the magic of math

In 1932, U of T Professor John Charles Fields established the Fields Medal to create an award


Henry N. R. Jackman gives largest donation in the history of the Faculty of Law

The University of Toronto Faculty of Law is delighted to announce the largest gift to the law


Breaking ground for the Pan Am Games at U of T

Sport and government dignitaries joined the university and the community in celebrating the groundbreaking Thursday for the


U of T launches Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development

in a bold and necessary response to the challenge of providing every child the opportunity to have the best start in life.


Wess Lovell
U of T launches new centre to support commercialization of research

The University of Toronto today launched the Banting and Best Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a new


Jane Goodall
Chimp champion, Dr. Jane Goodall visits U of T Mississauga

The famous primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, spoke to more than 1,100 University


U of T Medicine launches Boundless Impact campaign

The Faculty of Medicine announced its $500-million campaign that will transform health care by training future leaders


The Glenn Gould Variations

A number of U of T alumni are among the internationally renowned artists and speakers to celebrate


Professors Yu-Ling Cheng and Mark Kortschot with Nathan Myhrvold, Prince of Orange and Bill Gates
U of T Team Wins Third Place in Gates Foundation Toilet Challenge

A University of Toronto team led by Engineering Professor Yu-Ling Cheng, Director of the Centre for Global


Rosie MacLennan wins the first gold for Canada

U of T alumna and trampolinist Rosie MacLennan won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics on Saturday, cheered on by throngs of supporters across the university and around the world.


How a 24-year-old is putting science in action

Eugenia Duodu talks about science education the way other young activists talk about human rights and the


3,000-year-old Statue of King Suppiluliuma Unearthed

Darren Joblonkay was digging at an archeological camp in southeastern Turkey when he spotted a lock of


Dr. Farhan M. Asrar awarded the 2012 RCPSC Leadership Award

Dr. Farhan M. Asrar has been recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada


Astronomers Discover “Astounding” Spiral Galaxy

A team led by astronomer David Law at U of T’s Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics,


Rosie MacLennan at the Olympics

Already an established name as a trampoline gymnast, Rosannagh (Rosie) MacLennan began international competition at the age


Northrop Frye’s 100th Birthday

It’s the 100th anniversary of the birth of U of T’s Northrop Frye, Canada’s most distinguished literary


Discovery May Prevent Leukemia

A Canadian-led team of international scientists, including U of T’s Prof. Tak Mak, says its discovery of


Crispin Duenas is Going for Gold

Alumnus Crispin Duenas is no stranger to the international stage. The former physics major represented Canada in


David Naylor
For many reasons, U of T research outperforms

A simple statistic says it all. Today, in total research output, the top two universities in the world, in order, are Harvard and Toronto.


VIDEO: David Peterson retires as Chancellor, flash mob interrupts his final convocation

David Peterson wept as a flash mob took over his final convocation ceremony, paying tribute to his time as Chancellor.


Sheila Heti, “How Should a Person Be?”

U of T Alumna Sheila Heti’s latest novel takes its place in a contemporary literary movement, writes The New Yorker.


Kevin Lau
TSO Announces Shalom Bard Resident Conductor and Kevin Lau Affiliate Composer

TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian proudly announces Canadian artists, conductor Shalom Bard as the TSO’s RBC Resident


Cristina Rizzuto
Cristina Rizzuto on Poetry

Cristina Rizzuto is the author of a recently published poetry collection, The Music Makers (Blaurock Press). Her


Professor Keren Rice
U of T Linguist Receives Molson Prize

Professor Keren Rice – one of the world’s most distinguished linguists and an international leader in the


Welcome Home: Spring Reunion 2012

For most graduates, the memories of their university days are cherished and irreplaceable – a once in


Spring Reunion 2015
It’s Spring Reunion: May 30 – June 3

Welcome back to campus! Jumpstart your Spring Reunion experience by attending a Stress-Free Degree lecture. On June


Barbara Sherwood Lollar
Barbara Sherwood Lollar Wins Eni Award

University of Toronto geochemist Barbara Sherwood Lollar is receiving the prestigious Eni Award for the Protection of


Jeffrey Skoll
The Canadian Billionaire Who’s Giving it All Away

Jeffrey Skoll was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his “commitment to social causes


Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson New U of T Chancellor

The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, a former Canadian ambassador to the United States and federal Minister of


Venus
Symposium to Explain Transit of Venus

On June 5th, 2012, the planet Venus will pass in front of the Sun as seen from


Donald R. Sadoway
Sadoway Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

U of T Engineering alumnus Donald R. Sadoway has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most


Bruce Pynn
Bruce Pynn Helps Paleontology Students Pursue Their Dreams

Beginning this year, Bruce Pynn will provide student support for undergraduates in financial need who are pursuing


Professor Stephen Scherer
Researchers Uncover Clue to Autism Mystery

Autism researchers at U of T have uncovered a clue to the mystery of why autism affects


Stem cell research
Till and McCulloch Award goes to U of T’s Aaron Schimmer

Canada’s most coveted stem cell prize is going to a University of Toronto researcher who has only been working with


Professor Paul Stevens
Professor Paul Stevens Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Paul Stevens, English professor and Canada Research Chair in Early Modern Literature and Culture, has been awarded


2012 Awards of Excellence
U of T Alumni Association Celebrates Faculty, Staff and Students

More than 175 people gathered at the Great Hall at Hart House April 10 as the U


U of T Alumnus Relaunches New College Lecture Series

When Carl Sagan gave the inaugural lecture for the Jacob Bronowski Memorial Lecture Series at New College


U of T’s Geoffrey Hinton Wins Killam Prize

Geoffrey Hinton, one of the world’s leading researchers in machine learning and artificial intelligence, is the winner


Victoria University Launches Imagination Unbound

Victoria University President Paul Gooch helped launch Vic’s “Imagination Unbound” fundraising campaign during a ceremony at Isabel


$1 Billion in Contributions to U of T

At the end of January, Boundless: The Campaign for the University of Toronto surpassed $1 Billion in


Faculty of Arts and Science Celebrates Campaign Launch

More than 500 students, benefactors, volunteers, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the launch of the $250-million


U of T’s Tanz Centre is Half-Way to its $31 Million Campaign Goal

Reaching this milestone is, in large measure, a credit to the tireless work of fundraising co-chairs Mark


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U of T Medicine celebrates three inductees to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

A University of Toronto professor emeritus and two former U of T professors renowned for their extraordinary


Professor Prabhat Jha
American Cancer Society honours U of T Professor Prabhat Jha

The American Cancer Society has recognized U of T Medicine Professor Prabhat Jha with a 2012 Luther


Andrew N. Forde
Black Business & Professional Association Honours U of T Alumnus

Materials Science and Engineering alumnus Andrew N. Forde has been named the recipient of the 2012 Harry


Heidi Taylor to take on leadership of Playwrights Theatre Centre

Playwrights Theatre Centre today announced that, effective December 1, 2012, Heidi Taylor (UC 9T4) will assume leadership


U of T #1 in Canada, 16th Globally in Survey of World Academic Leaders

Leading academics from around the world have rated the University of Toronto number one in Canada and


Professor Joyce Poon
U of T Wins Four New Canada Research Chairs

Professor Joyce Poon of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is working


U of T-led Team Discovers Rare Wood Statue in Abydos, Egypt

A wooden statue of a king, a private offering chapel, a monumental building and remains of over


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Human’s Oldest Ancestor Found in Burgess Shale

Researchers from the University of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the University of Cambridge have


lung surgery
Early-stage Lung Cancer gets new Surgical Treatment with Robot

In a Canadian first, a robotic surgical system has been used to treat early-stage lung cancer by


Photo by Ryan Pyle
U of T Alumnus Ryan Pyle Document’s China’s Rise to Power

Ryan Pyle‘s Canadian lecture tour, Bearing Witness: Documenting China’s Rise, launches at the Munk School for Global