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Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: the science of sprinting

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“A good sprint start is kind of a controlled fall,” says researcher analyzing athletes' mechanics
Author: 
Valerie Iancovich

For University of Toronto Olympian and Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games hopeful Sarah Wells, few athletic moments are as rife with anticipation as those leading up to when she places her feet on the starting blocks.

“A good start can make or break an athlete’s performance during a big race,” says Bob Westman, sprints coach for the Varsity Blues track and field team.

Chancellor Michael Wilson named chair of Mental Health Commission of Canada

Author: 
Michael Kennedy

The University of Toronto’s 33rd chancellor, The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, has been appointed chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. 

The long-time champion of mental health initiatives in Canada will replace outgoing chair Dr. David Goldbloom. A professor in U of T’s department of psychiatry and a pillar in the mental health community, Goldbloom has served as both chair and vice-chair of the commission since it was established nearly 10 years ago by the federal government.

Animation, interactive quizzes, exercises, videos and more: online learning at U of T

Author: 
Cynthia Macdonald

An initiative of the Ontario government is helping U of T instructors use technology to deliver their course content in ever more innovative ways.

Thanks to the Ontario Shared Online Course Fund, seven undergraduate courses were offered in the fall of 2014. For the fall of 2015, another 10 projects are being developed: two new, fully online courses and eight new sets of course modules. 

Game-changing work with the NBA and more from one of world's top ten computer science departments

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Research in Action showcase highlights research by graduate and undergraduate students and entrepreneurs
Author: 
Orbelina Cortez-Barbosa

What do the Toronto Raptors and mobile advertising have in common? 

You can find the answer at department of computer science’s Research in Action showcase, April 15.  But here’s a hint: both seek to improve performance and both are tapping into the research talents of University of Toronto computer science students.

U of T Engineering supermileage team wins Shell Eco-marathon in Detroit

Author: 
Marit Mitchell

Eighty-nine engines revved in Motor City this weekend, but they weren’t racing for gold – they were racing for green.

The University of Toronto Supermileage team won this year’s Shell Eco-Marathon Americas in Detroit, Michigan, with an efficiency of 3,421 miles per gallon – the equivalent of 6.82 millilitres of gasoline per 10 kilometres.

Edward Snowden Archive: University of Toronto project gives you access to all leaked NSA documents

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Accessible, indexed and easily searchable archive is part of Andrew Clement's effort to explore issues of mass surveillance
Author: 
Kathleen O'Brien

How much do you know about the American surveillance documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden – and how many of those National Security Agency documents have you read?

Now you can see everything – a complete, indexed, searchable and fully accessible archive of all NSA documents released by the exiled Snowden and published by media – at the University of Toronto.

Can hosting the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games make Toronto a healthier city?

Author: 
Valerie Iancovich

This summer, thousands of the world’s top athletes will descend on our city to compete in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games, showcasing not only athletic prowess, but the dynamic and thriving City of Toronto.

Organizers say a key priority of TO2015 is to “foster sport development and healthy living” and Professor Peter Donnelly says there are plenty of opportunities for international games to create a legacy of health for a host city.

Making vaccinations less painful and scary

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Anna Taddio takes her findings to WHO
Author: 
Michael Kennedy

Its goal is to increase vaccination rates and reduce the spread of disease globally – so the World Health Organization turned to the University of Toronto's Anna Taddio

Next week, the world-renowned leader in childhood pain management travels to Geneva to present research and recommendations on reducing pain, distress and fear during vaccinations.

Thirty Metre Telescope: “amazing news for Canadian astronomy”

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Federal funding for world’s most powerful telescope has U of T prof “over the galaxy”
Author: 
Terry Lavender

The phrase “over the moon” doesn’t begin to describe University of Toronto astronomy and astrophysics professor Raymond Carlberg’s feelings.

“I was over the galaxy, well beyond the moon,” Carlberg said.

How autocratic regimes use social media to win over citizens

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“A way to brainwash people and to do it in a subtle way,” says professor
Author: 
Peter Boisseau

China and Russia are leading an “insidious trend” among autocratic states to not only censor but subvert the Internet and social media, a development that could have serious consequences for democracy all over the world, says a University of Toronto professor.

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