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U of T named best in Canada, top 20 in the world by QS world rankings

University remains one of the best in the world in new rankings report
Liz Do

The University of Toronto ranks best in Canada and among the top 20 universities in the world, according to today’s release of the 2014 QS World University Rankings.

The report also ranked U of T first in Canada in all discipline areas: arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences and management.

Since 2011, the University has consistently ranked in the top 25, and since 2013 has maintained the top spot in Canada.    

Moral violations: hard to stomach? Hard to swallow?

Feelings of moral repugnance may affect us physically, researchers say
Don Campbell

It’s common to refer to acts of business fraud or misbehaving politicians as disgusting, but according to new research being morally offended is not just a manner of speech. What we find morally offensive can be physically offensive as well.

The study, led by University of Toronto Scarborough and Rotman School of Management Assistant Professor Cindy Chan, revealed that people are less likely to consume beverages if they are exposed to moral violations.

DIY robots, 3D printed chocolate and more: calling U of T entrepreneurs, students to join Toronto Maker Faire

In search of exhibitors and audiences for “The Greatest Show And Tell on Earth”
Brianna Goldberg

For anyone who makes anything – from R2D2s to DIY skateboards to 3D-printed chocolate sculptures and beyond –  taking part in the Maker Faire means entering into a worldwide family-friendly carnival of wondrous, inventive physical stuff.

Launched as a showcase of cool inventions from California’s Bay area in 2006, satellite Maker Faires have since popped up around the globe in locations like Nairobi, Oslo and Rome, with a second annual instalment hosting thousands of ‘makers’ in Toronto on November 22 and 23.

Back to School: U of T library system ranked in top three with Harvard and Yale

University of Toronto ranked as one of the top three library systems in North America
Margaret Wall with files from Liz Do

Students entering the University of Toronto this fall have access to the top-ranked library system in Canada, according to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

The ARL recently ranked the U of T library system one of the top three in North America, after Harvard and Yale. The only Canadian university in the top 10, U of T has placed among the ARL’s top five research libraries since 2002-2003.

Balzan Prize goes to University Professor Emeritus Ian Hacking

Leading philosopher cited for “fundamental and pioneering contributions”
Jenny Hall

University Professor Emeritus Ian Hacking is a winner of the 2014 Balzan prize, an $800,000 (US) award that recognizes scholars and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields. 

One of the foremost philosophers in the world, Hacking is known for his work in the philosophy of science, medicine and psychology; the logic and history of statistics; the history of philosophy and the philosophy of language. He has written 14 books and more than 300 papers and reviews on a wide range of subjects.

Record number of Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada for U of T

Jenny Hall

Twenty-one U of T scholars have been named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) this year, more than the university has ever seen inducted in a single year.

Back to School: how to create a healthy lunch

Jim Oldfield

What is a healthy lunch for your child? And how can you encourage your kid to eat the lunch you pack or put on the table? 

These are two of the most vexing questions parents face, as they get their kids ready for school each day, so writer Jim Oldfield consulted an expert at the University of Toronto for ideas on how you can meet the nutritional needs of your child at midday.

New project would enhance Toronto's cultural landscape

New proposal for 90 Queen’s Park – in the heart of city’s cultural corridor

New performance space, a new museum and new academic facilities for the study of civilizations and cultures are all part of a University of Toronto proposal that would create a dramatic new gateway to its downtown campus and a major addition to the city’s cultural district. 

Back to School 2014: fall term begins at U of T

Students from Canada and around the world help launch U of T’s 187th school year
Liz Do with files from Shujanaa Mahendrarajah

Across all three U of T campuses, students are gearing up for a new school year. 

For many, September means delving back into studies and campus happenings. But for more than 15,000 undergrads entering their first year of university, this September marks a year of many new beginnings. (Watch some of U of T's orientation festivities on CITY TV's Breakfast Television.)

Back(pack) to School: how much is too much?

Experts weigh in on how much children and youth can safely tote
Erin Howe

Students are returning to class this week lugging backpacks filled with books and binders. But how much is too much to carry?

Debra Cameron, an assistant professor in the University of Toronto’s department of occupational science and occupational therapy, says the acceptable weight for a backpack depends on the child’s age and stage of growth. Younger children should carry no more than 10 per cent of their body weight, while older teenagers should carry no more than 15 per cent of their body weight.

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