Kinetica: engineering safer buildings in Toronto, Canada and worldwide

New condos in Toronto will use technology developed at U of T
Tyler Irving

Kinetica is reaching new heights at home and abroad.

The company, which designs devices that safely dissipate the energy absorbed by high-rise buildings during high winds and earthquakes, just announced that its technology would be incorporated into the YC Condos at the corner of Yonge and College in Toronto.

A tumour you can unroll: engineers create new technology for understanding cancer growth

“It’s simple enough that one could teach an undergrad to do it in a week,” professor says
Tyler Irving

A team of U of T engineers is unrolling the mysteries of cancer – literally. They have developed a way to grow cancer cells in the form of a rolled-up sheet that mimics the 3D environment of a tumour, yet can also be taken apart in seconds.

The platform, described in a new Nature Materials paper, offers a way to speed up the development of new drugs and therapies and ask new questions about how cancer cells behave.

These U of T faculty are now fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

AAAS welcomes leading researchers Cheryl Arrowsmith and Greg Evans
Carolyn Morris and Tyler Irving

Two U of T faculty members are among the latest fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Professor Greg Evans of chemical engineering was recognized for his important contributions to air pollution research and his leadership in engineering education.

Professor Cheryl Arrowsmith of medical biophysics was honoured for enabling the research community to benefit from open-access science, speeding up the discovery of new therapies.

The prestigious honour was announced on Nov. 23.

World Toilet Day: an update on U of T's response to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation challenge

Field trials in a developing country expected by next August
Tyler Irving

November 19 is World Toilet Day, but if you were able to celebrate it, you should consider yourself lucky. Worldwide, about 2.5 billion people – a third of the global population – have no access to safe sanitation.

This lack of hygiene is linked to the spread of many preventable diseases, such as diarrheal diseases that kill more than 500,000 children under the age of five every year.

Polanyi Prize goes to U of T researcher for his work on more efficient solar materials

Engineering postdoc one of five recognized as outstanding Ontario researchers in early states of their careers
Marit Mitchell

Riccardo Comin, a postdoctoral fellow in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has won the 2015 John Charles Polanyi Prize for Physics for his research into a rapidly emerging new class of materials, called perovskites, for more efficient solar cells and lighting.

Convocation 2015: social media highlights from the fall ceremonies

Sarah McDonald

Nothing brightens up a gloomy autumn day like stepping into a hall filled with graduates ready to change the world with their hard-earned knowledge.

Convocation definitely brings out the love between U of T grads and their proud families and friends – and last week’s ceremonies were no exception. 

Defibrillators: making sure they're accessible when and where heart attacks are most likely to happen

Research finds life-saving devices are often located in buildings and facilities with limited opening hours
Liz Do

Walking through an office building on St. George Street, Engineering's Christopher Sun quickly spots a portable automated external defibrillator (AED) conveniently tucked near the side of the entrance.

From 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., its accessibility could be vital in saving a life. But after the building closes at 9 p.m., it is almost as if the AED isn’t there.

Canada Next: researchers explain what the return of the long-form census means for Canada

Alan Walks: “It was actually harming Canadian business, harming the competitive aspect of businesses and entrepreneurs not to have this data”
Alan Christie

The new federal Liberal government is bringing back the long-form census for 2016 and no one is more grateful than University of Toronto researchers. 

The 61-page census was killed by the former Conservative government in 2011 prompting outrage from urban planners, health care advocates, scientists and demographers.

Tiny device from U of T startup helps blind and partially sighted people navigate daily life

Scott McAuley

There's a story behind the Buzzclip – a clip-on device that detects obstacles in the path of blind and partially sighted people and uses vibration to alert them to obstructions ahead.

And the story begins in India.

That's where Arjun Mali spent years volunteering with his family at a blind school and orphanage. His late grandmother was one of the school’s largest supporters and he spent a lot of time helping prepare and serve food to the children. 

U of T physicists among team members receiving Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Kim Luke

University of Toronto physicists are on two of the five teams receiving the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics tonight for major insights into the deepest questions of the Universe.

The prize will be awarded during a ceremony hosted by “Family Guy” creator Seth Macfarlane and broadcast in the United States on the National Geographic Channel.

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