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

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Innovative research leader already the only person ever elected to all three of Canada’s science academies
Author: 
Peter McMahon

University of Toronto biomedical engineering professor Molly Shoichet has been named the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science North American laureate for 2015.

Online Icicle Atlas – U of T professor offers jackpot of scientific data to everyone

Author: 
Sean Bettam

Anyone who might be dreading the end of winter or cannot wait until it arrives again can now enjoy the beauty and mystery of icicles all year long with the Icicle Atlas.

A giant trove of data on icicle shapes and growth, the atlas contains more than 230,000 images as well as hundreds of time-lapse movies of icicles grown under controlled conditions in the laboratory. It’s all free for download by anyone, thanks to years of research by physicists at the University of Toronto. 

Sick of real estate bidding wars? Sadly, no end in sight, study finds

Author: 
Ken McGuffin

Frenzy, frustration and disappointment are what home buyers have come to dread about real estate bidding wars.
 
They'd better get used to it, suggests a new study. It shows that despite some drop-off over the last decade, homes sold through bidding wars have still substantially increased their share of sales over the last two decades.
 

New explanation for gold's voyage from Earth's crust to surface

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Theory also confirms link between metals, volcanic eruptions and climate change
Author: 
Sean Bettam

New research by University of Toronto geologists James Mungall and James Brenan, along with colleagues in Australia and France, suggests ore deposits of gold and other precious metals formed near Earth’s surface after floating upwards on vapour bubbles released from magma chambers deep inside the planet’s crust.

Human rights advocate, banking leaders and film legends among those to receive honorary degrees

Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Track star Abby Hoffman raised the bar for women in sport, Mark Carney helped Canada weather the first financial storm of the 21st century and Frank McKenna strengthened the country’s ties with the U.S.  

Beyond our borders, Graça Machel fought tirelessly for human rights in Mozambique, while Italian filmmaking duo Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi enchanted the world with a life-affirming tale of joy found in the darkest places.  

Anesthetics could have long-term impact on children’s brains

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Human trials needed, experts say
Author: 
Heidi Singer

Anesthesiologists and toxicologists are issuing a caution to parents and health care professionals about the use of general anesthetics in children.

Recognizing U of T’s rising stars

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Sloan Research Fellowships reward faculty members for early-career achievements
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Sean Bettam, with files from Marit Mitchell & Jim Oldfield

The Cannes Film Festival may have the Caméra d'Or for debut filmmakers – but the research world has the Sloan Research Fellowships.  

And, of the eight fellowships awarded to faculty at Canadian universities this year, six are going to University of Toronto scholars.

Alumni named to Forbes Top 30 under 30 for startup that began in basement of University College residence

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Three of four co-founders of Montreal-based OOHLALA are recent U of T grads
Author: 
Blake Eligh

Paying close attention to what students want to know and how they want to get that information has landed three U of T alumni a spot on Forbes Magazine’s 2015 Top 30 Under 30 list.

How can we build a sustainable Toronto? U of T public forum takes on the 'Natural City' with David Miller

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Olivia Chow, Roger Keil and other cities experts to meet on March 2
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

It’s a chance to chat with a former mayor, a world-renowned cities scholar, environmental leaders, a former city councillor, urban planners, academics – and members of the public – about what it means to live in a ‘natural city'.

Toronto and the Natural City: Facing Our Ecological Future is a free, public forum sponsored by U of T’s Centre for Ethics in conjunction with the School of the Environment.

Assisted death: how the work of this philosopher informed the recent Supreme Court decision

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University Professor Emeritus Wayne Sumner
Author: 
Kevin Temple

In 2011, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) filed a lawsuit claiming that physician-assisted dying should be legal. That case ended up before the Supreme Court of Canada last fall and on February 6, 2015, the BCCLA won their case.

The landmark decision overturned the Supreme Court’s 1993 ruling that physician-assisted suicide is illegal. The court has suspended its decision for 12 months to give lawmakers a chance to write new laws that reflect the ruling.

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