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Order of Canada: top honours go to U of T stem cell pioneer Janet Rossant, public policy leader Bob Rae

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More than 20 U of T researchers, alumni recognized for breaking ground in global development, medical innovation, legal scholarship, more
They have transformed cancer research, complexity theory, neurology innovations, international non-profits – even the landscape of harp music performance.
 
On Canada Day, Governor General David Johnston recognized some of U of T’s most distinguished faculty and alumni with more than 20 spots on the 100-strong list of Order of Canada appointments.
 

The Greek financial crisis: an expert weighs in as deadline looms

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Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Stock markets around the world watched on edge as Greece’s five-year financial impasse took a perilous new turn this week.

The government announced June 28 that banks and the country’s stock market would be closed for the week as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for a referendum next Sunday. Greeks will be deciding whether to reject or accept budget and reform proposals made by creditors – rejecting such a deal could put at risk Greece’s financial future and its continued membership in the European Union.

Retreating sea ice could mean a colder Europe, researchers say

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International collaboration finds changes in the air-sea heat exchange
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Elaine Smith

Retreating sea ice in the Iceland and Greenland seas may be changing the circulation of warm and cold water in the Atlantic Ocean and could ultimately affect the climate in Europe.

Those are the conclusions of a new study by the University of Toronto atmospheric physicist, Professor G.W.K. Moore and his colleagues in Great Britain, Norway and the United States.

Why the U.S. Supreme Court was bound to legalize same-sex marriage: U of T expert analysis

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Understanding the legal arguments, context behind the ruling
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Michael Kennedy

In an historic victory for equal rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favour of legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states: the constitutionally awarded right to marry will no longer be reserved for heterosexual couples in America.

“Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in support of the ruling.

The "best of" U of T spring convocation 2015 on social media

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Celebrations continue on Twitter, Instagram for new grads and their families

Thirteen thousand graduating students,12 honorary degree recipients and 45,000 proud friends and family members shared in three weeks of spring convocation celebrations at U of T.

But that was only the size of things ‘in real life’ – festivities continued online well after the final graduate crossed the stage.

During convocation, new alumni and their fans were encouraged to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #UofTGrad15.

Meet Hallucigenia: the 500-million-year-old worm whose throat was lined with needle-like teeth

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New analysis of fossil uncovers ring of teeth, details of common ancestor to worms
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Sarah Collins

A new study of an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago – a worm-like animal with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has definitively identified its head for the first time, and revealed a previously unknown ring of teeth and a pair of simple eyes.

The results, published this week in the journal Nature, have helped scientists reconstruct what the common ancestor of everything from tiny roundworms to huge lobsters might have looked like.

Improving kids’ literacy with singing stickers: U of T social startup goes global

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Attollo Social Enterprise vies for US $1 million Hult Prize after pilots in Kenya, India
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Jamie Hunter

A child-friendly handheld device that makes inanimate objects talk and sing is part of a University of Toronto startup’s strategy to improve vocabulary and communication skills for young children in impoverished communities.

“We wanted to create something that was play-based,” said U of T alumna Aisha Bukhari, a co-founder of Attollo Social Enterprise, the team behind the innovation. “We wanted it to be affordable, scalable and loved by children.”

Beat It! Listening to music leads to longer workouts, U of T researchers say

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You're more active during the rest of the day too, study finds
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Michael Kennedy

Listening to music while you exercise can increase the length of your workout by up to 70 per cent, shows new research from the University of Toronto. The study found that cardiac patients who listened to music that was synchronized with the tempo of their workout had greater compliance to exercise plans and increased their overall daily activity.

Convocation 2015: social media highlights, week three

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Sarah Khan

Our newest group of alumni graduated this week with cheers from family, friends, classmates, colleagues and four-legged friends.

More than 13,000 students crossed the stage at Convocation Hall this June and joined the University of Toronto’s alumni family.

Twitter buys Whetlab, artificial intelligence and machine learning startup

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Researchers behind startup include former students of Google’s AI expert, U of T professor Geoffrey Hinton
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Brianna Goldberg and Nina Haikara

Twitter has scooped up a machine-learning startup called Whetlab, launched by several alumni and a PhD student from the University of Toronto.

Twitter announced the acquisition June 17, 2015. 

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