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Why this U of T biotech entrepreneur made MIT’s Innovators Under 35 list

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Engineering alumnus David He tapped for work on covert startup, Quanttus
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

David He finds himself in good company today: MIT Technology Review just named him to its list of Innovators Under 35.

It's a title the University of Toronto engineering alumnus shares with past honourees such as Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) and Jonathan Ive (designer of the iPod and iPad), to name a few.

So what market disrupting innovation has He produced to get added to this list of game-changers?

Business Development Bank of Canada partners with U of T startup accelerator, Creative Destruction Lab

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"A perfect fit" says BDC Capital
Author: 
Ken McGuffin and Brianna Goldberg

Creative Destruction Lab, an elite startup accelerator at the University of Toronto, will receive a major boost over the next three years as it teams up with influential crown corporation BDC Capital, a leading investor in emerging business in Canada.

U of T scholars lead in prestigious graduate and post-doctoral research awards

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Innovations range from injectable heart patches to HIV-battling chickenpox viruses
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Erin Vollick with files from Shujanaa Mahendrarajah

They’re trying to cure AIDS and cancer, improve teaching methods and mend damaged hearts. And they’ve just received some very prestigious support for their work.

The Government of Canada announced this year’s Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships August 14 and the list includes 34 doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows from the University of Toronto − the most in the country. 

University of Toronto ranked first in Canada, 24th in the world

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U of T’s strong academic and research performance continues to rank among the best in the world, according to new global ranking report
Author: 
Liz Do

The University of Toronto is the top university in Canada and one of the best in the world, reports the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014.

This year, the prestigious ranking – which analyzes the top universities worldwide on research output, the quality of faculty and the quality of education – placed U of T 24th in the world, up from 28th in 2013. Harvard University remained the top-ranked university.

U of T's Alex Goodman is first Canadian to win Montreux international guitar competition

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Alumnus takes first prize and Public's Choice Award
Author: 
Tyler Greenleaf

University of Toronto Faculty of Music alumnus Alex Goodman is the first Canadian ever to win first prize and the Public's Choice Award at the Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition.

The prestigious competition accepts applications from around the world, selecting ten guitarists to compete in the semi-finals in July. Three musicians made it into the final round: Goodman, Columbia’s Andres Corredor and Israel’’s Yoav Eshed.

Five frequently asked questions about Toronto’s finances

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"Toronto has not had a spending problem, and programs and services appear to be relatively efficient"

What should Toronto’s mayoral and council candidates – and the city's voters – understand about the city’s finances?

How about the fact that Toronto has no spending problem and its debt is “relatively modest” but the city can’t maintain its infrastructure (let alone build new) without more revenue?

What you need to know about the Ebola virus

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A Q & A with experts from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Author: 
Nicole Bodnar

The world is watching the outbreak of Ebola virus infection that has spread across West Africa, through the countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and most recently Nigeria, since early 2014. 

While the outbreak was first reported by North American sources in March, cases appear to have occurred as early as December 2013.

Beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils increase fullness and could help manage weight

Author: 
Leslie Shepherd

Eating about one serving a day of  beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can increase fullness, which may lead to better weight management and weight loss, a new study from a University of Toronto expert has found.

Conflict in Gaza is a public health issue, says Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

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Peace advocate asks both sides to focus on needs of the children
Author: 
Terry Lavender

In January 2009, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish watched as two tank shells hit his apartment in Gaza, killing three of his daughters and a niece, and seriously wounding a fourth daughter.

U of T scientist to play key role on Mars 2020 Rover Mission

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NASA releases details on payload mission to the Red Planet
Author: 
Kim Luke

When NASA’s next rover lands on Mars in 2020 to conduct unprecedented investigations, the seven highly-sophisticated instruments on board will include a long-anticipated radar with a U of T connection. Selected from 58 proposals from researchers and engineers around the world, the ground-penetrating radar known as RIMFAX was developed by a team of researchers that includes Rebecca Ghent of the Department of Earth Sciences.

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