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U of T Cities podcast episode three: sustainable cities

Sub-title: 
Experts describe Toronto's future buildings, transit and economy
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

With the election just a week away, voter decisions are coming down to the wire: when it comes time to actually cast their ballot, will the choice they make help build a better Toronto?

The latest in U of T News' mini-series of podcasts tackles the question of sustainability to offers voters – and anyone interested in the future of urban issues – an idea of what global cities like Toronto could look like just a few years from now.

Transatlantic Science Week 2014 at U of T

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Arctic experts to tackle challenges from climate to health to human rights
Author: 
Nicole Bodnar and Sarah McDonald

As the world grapples with the question of how best to address climate change, many scientists are looking to some of the coldest places on Earth for answers.

Transatlantic Science Week 2014 (TSW2014) brings together scientists, policy-makers and industry leaders from Norway, Canada and the United States to share knowledge and approaches for dealing with the challenges unique to the Arctic, with a focus on societies, sustainability and safety. The conference also aims to strengthen the link between research and education surrounding arctic issues.

Meet the new dean of the Faculty of Law

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Professor Edward Iacobucci begins five-year term January 1, 2015
Author: 
Althea Blackburn-Evans

The University of Toronto is appointing Professor Edward Iacobucci as dean of the Faculty of Law for a five-year term, beginning January 1, 2015 and ending December 31, 2019.

“The Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is a great Canadian institution, and one of the world’s best law schools,” said Iacobucci. “I am enormously fortunate to be associated with the Faculty, and am humbled and honoured to be its next dean.”

Global Cities & Global Universities: Brazil conference

Author: 
Terry Lavender

President Meric Gertler is taking his message that world-class universities and world class cities need each other to Sao Paulo, Brazil this week.

Gertler is leading a contingent of University of Toronto academics participating in a two-day Global Cities & Global Universities conference at the University of São Paulo (USP) October 24 and 25.

How action video games bolster sensorimotor skills

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"Their gaming experience enabled them to learn better than the non-gamers”
Author: 
Kim Luke

People who play action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed seem to learn a new sensorimotor skill more quickly than non-gamers do, say University of Toronto psychology researchers.

Ebola: controlling outbreak in West Africa most effective way to decrease international risk, paper says

Sub-title: 
Focus on "exit screening" not "entry screening" says Dr. Kamran Khan
Author: 
Leslie Shepherd

Controlling the Ebola virus outbreak at the source in West Africa is the most effective way to decrease international risk of transmission, a new study published in The Lancet has found.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö visits U of T

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Discussing international affairs at Munk School, celebrating 25 years of Finnish studies at U of T
Author: 
Terry Lavender and Liz Do

Finland and Canada need to work together to ensure the Arctic region is developed sustainably, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö told a standing-room only audience at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs.

Niinistö, along with his wife Jenni Haukio, visited U of T on October 10, participating in a conversation on international affairs with Munk School Director Janice Stein, as well as a panel discussion on the future of Finnish studies in North America.

U of T Cities podcast episode two: the future of transit

Sub-title: 
Meeting the U of T experts and startups reimagining transit downtown and beyond
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

No matter which box Torontonians check on October 27, this city is on a course for change.
 

U of T News is presenting a mini-series of podcasts aimed at giving voters – or anyone interested in the future of cities – an idea of what Toronto and other global cities could look like just a few years from now, as the urban-focused research and businesses developed by University of Toronto experts come to life.

University of Toronto first in Canada, fourth in world in latest rankings

Author: 
Althea Blackburn-Evans

The University of Toronto jumped to fourth place in the world – and first in Canada – in the latest international rankings on scientific performance.

The rankings, released October 9 by the National Taiwan University (NTU), are based on indicators representing three different criteria of scientific performance: research productivity, research impact and research excellence.

Canada needs to re-think how it engages with China, says former ambassador

Author: 
Don Campbell

Canada’s former ambassador to China stressed the importance of better engaging with the emerging superpower in the first of several public lectures at the University of Toronto Scarborough that will examine the deepening relationship between the two countries.  

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