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Earlier Stone Age artifacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa

Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools.

These discoveries were made by archaeologists from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and the University of Toronto (U of T), in collaboration with the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa.

Thomson Reuters ranked the top scientific researchers of the world: meet the 19 U of T scholars on the list

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Among the world's most highly cited researchers, company says
Author: 
Shujanaa Mahendraraja

What do scientific marvels  such as insulin, the electron microscope, and the first successful  lung transplant have in common?

For starters, they were all discovered by scientists from the University of Toronto. But, perhaps just as important, long before the rewards of each of these discoveries were reified, a challenging and indispensible research process took place.

U of T researchers shed new light on biology underlying schizophrenia

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Genes, pathways identified by international team could inform new approaches to treatment
Author: 
Heidi Singer

It's the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date.

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have helped identify more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia.

Drama Centre students invited to perform durational project in Berlin

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Stare.Print.Blue - Voyeuring the Apparatus
Author: 
Rebecca Biason with files from Kelly Rankin

Stare.Print.Blue - Voyeuring the Apparatus is a durational performance-installation project produced by the University of Toronto’s Digital Dramaturgy Lab (DDL).

LGBT rights and the European Union

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"One activist I spoke to said... 'we need these laws to be in place and be properly enforced, and the concern is that if we’re in, the EU is going to stop bothering us about this'”
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Applying to get into the European Union is good for human rights. Actually succeeding? Not so much.

That’s the counterintuitive lesson that U of T political science graduate student Michael Pelz has learned during his research into LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights in the European Union.

Helping Botswana doctors build surgical capacity

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"Our results are now equal to, and in some areas, even better than those of our North American partners”
Author: 
Vitaly Kazakov

When Georges Azzie first arrived in Gaborone, Botswana, he was the only paediatric surgeon in that country. Not anymore.

Over the last decade, the University of Toronto associate professor has been spending three months a year in Gaborone performing surgeries and working with colleagues to address Botswana’s surgical care and education needs.

Lab-on-chip technology developed by U of T brothers draws researchers from around the world

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Dropbot created by grad students Ryan and Christian Fobel
Author: 
Sean Bettam

The opportunity to learn about a revolutionary technology that could significantly advance microfluidics research brought scientists from Brazil, England, Taiwan and elsewhere to Aaron Wheeler’s chemistry laboratory recently.

They came to learn how to use DropBot, a technology that bolsters microfluidics by adding a digital component.

Translating written English to Chinese is focus of new minor at UTSC

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Chinese is now the third most commonly used language in Canada
Author: 
Chris Garbutt

Starting in September, a new minor at  the University of Toronto Scarborough's Centre for French and Linguistics will teach students how to translate written English to Chinese.

“The need for professional English and Chinese translation is growing rapidly,” says Helen Wu, senior lecturer in Linguistics at UTSC. “The ability to translate between English and Chinese has become a valuable asset in our global economy.”

Can gender quotas get more women in boardrooms? Only in certain countries, researchers say

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Norway boosted female directors to 40 per cent by 2007; laggard firms faced dissolution
Author: 
Ken McGuffin

Quotas probably won't get more women into the boardroom in places like the U.S. and Canada.

They have a better chance however in countries such as China or Germany where people place a higher value on obeying authority and conforming to cultural norms, say a pair of researchers at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. Their conclusions are published in the journal Organizational Dynamics and in a blog for the Harvard Business Review.

Global conference on teaching chemical science

Author: 
Blake Eligh

More than 450 educators from around the globe are gathering at the University of Toronto for a week-long conference dedicated to improving education in the chemical sciences.

The bi-annual International Conference on Chemistry Education, returns to Canada for the first time since 1989. This year, it focuses on communications, particularly on ways educators can forge global links in the chemistry teaching and learning communities, and how technological advances in communications can be used to establish innovative learning partnerships.

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