International

Earth Sciences undergrads get field work insights in Spain

Author: 
Peter McMahon

“We can talk about all these tectonic events and floods, but until you see it for yourself, you cant make all the interpretations you need to,” says University of Toronto Earth Sciences PhD student Benjamin Moulton.

My hybrid is greener than yours: how ‛conspicuous conservation’ affects product innovation

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Study by U of T, UC Berkeley examines importance of social comparison
Author: 
Ken McGuffin

Companies may have a bigger incentive to invest in developing socially responsible products – if those who buy those products feel they can stand a little taller than those who don't, new research says.

Consumers don't just listen to their own conscience when making decisions around buying environmentally friendlier cars or sweat-shop-free clothing, says the study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. They also consider how those choices will make them stack up against other people.

Poverty, not delinquency, drives homelessness among world's youth, research finds

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Study shows “criminalizing youth or instituting policies that assume they are thieves, delinquents or drug addicts, won't help,” researcher says
Author: 
Nicole Bodnar

Poverty is the most common reason reported by children and youth globally for why they were on the streets, according to a large international study led by a University of Toronto researcher.

“Wherever in the world you look, children and youth are taking to the street because of poverty, family dysfunction, and abuse” said Paula Braitstein, associate professor of epidemiology at U of T’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. 

U of T’s Emily D’Angelo wins Metropolitan Opera National Council audition finals

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Undergrad is one of the youngest winners in the history of the prestigious competition
Author: 
Jessica Lewis

“Voice hued like polished teak,” “vivacious and nimble” and “arrestingly vulnerable” are just a few of the phrases The New York Times used to describe mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo on her win at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Finals.

This U of T engineer wants to build an 8,000-kilometre water pipeline – across Africa

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Pipeline would stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea
Author: 
Terry Lavender

March 22 is World Water Day and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is asking for a commitment to improve "the quality, management and protection of water resources as part of our historic campaign to achieve a life of dignity for all people." Many University of Toronto students, faculty and staff are rising to that challenge. U of T News presents a profile of one of them, Rod Tennyson.

Why Responsibility to Protect is more important than ever: Tina Park

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PhD candidate heads Canadian group in support of R2P
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Responsibility to Protect – R2P for short – was endorsed by the United Nations more than a decade ago. R2P maintains that when a government or a state fails to protect its people from genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing, the international community has the responsibility to do so.

U of T’s Ken Welch leads international team on hummingbird research

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Can these tiny birds help us understand human metabolic physiology and disease?
Author: 
Don Campbell

An international team of researchers led by Associate Professor Ken Welch will explore in greater detail the metabolic marvels of the hummingbird thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the Human Frontier Science Program.

The goal of the project is to bring together researchers with expertise in molecular biology, genomics, molecular biophysics and physiology in order to gain a more complete picture of hummingbird metabolic performance from the molecular level all the way up to the bird itself.

Baby monkeys grow faster to avoid being killed by adult males

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“The experience of observing an infanticide is horrific,” says U of T researcher Iulia Bădescu
Author: 
Kim Luke

Natural selection has shaped the ways in which babies grow in different species, including the rate or speed with which they develop.

A new study by Canadian researchers suggests that some baby monkeys develop faster than others in the same population, and that this is best explained by the threat of infanticide they face.

This global affairs course lets U of T students develop actual government policies

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Students have seen their policies implemented in Ireland and Mexico
Author: 
Terry Lavender

It’s not unusual for university students to develop proposals for governments or businesses as part of their classwork. It’s less usual for those organizations to actually implement such policies.

But that’s what will happen for at least two student groups in Dan Breznitz’s Innovation, Institutions, Governments and Growth class at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs.

Munk students make the most of Reading Week

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Almost 40 undergraduates travel abroad for a first-hand education
Author: 
Adrienne Harry

Its studious name notwithstanding, Reading Week is seen by many as a time to leave their books behind and unwind before the start of exam season. But nearly 40 students from the Munk School of Global Affairs used the week away from classes to travel to Japan, Georgia or Vietnam to study everything from urban development to energy legislation. 

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