Earliest ancestor of land herbivores discovered

“Eocasea is one of the oldest relatives of modern mammals"

New research from the University of Toronto Mississauga demonstrates how carnivores transitioned into herbivores for the first time on land.

“The evolution of herbivory was revolutionary to life on land because it meant terrestrial vertebrates could directly access the vast resources provided by terrestrial plants,” says paleontologist Robert Reisz, a professor in the Department of Biology. “These herbivores in turn became a major food resource for large land predators.”

Brian Mulroney and Stephen Lewis on principled leadership in foreign affairs

Canada’s role in anti-apartheid struggle
Michael Valpy

Canada needs more principled leadership in foreign affairs, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and former UN Ambassador Stephen Lewis told a symposium on Canada’s role in the struggle against apartheid held by Massey College and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History on April 10.

For the occasion, Mulroney and Lewis delivered a spell-binding exposition on how they defied the foreign affairs bureaucracy, Margaret Thatcher and the U.S. and British governments to give Canada a leadership role in the fight against South African apartheid.

U of T's Brainstorm in the UK

Faculty of Medicine Dean Catharine Whiteside and researchers and delegates from the University of Toronto gathered with colleagues, community members and alumni in London, England recently.

The occasion? A chance to discuss the Faculty’s contributions to brain health and the global economy through innovations in education and research. Called “Brainstorm,” the event drew participants from the University of Cambridge as well as Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet, who joined together discuss global challenges in brain research.

Meet U of T’s newest Gates Cambridge Scholarship winner

"I can’t imagine living a life without biological research"
Dominic Ali

Named after its honorary patrons Bill and Melinda Gates, The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are among the world’s most prestigious full-cost academic awards.

Each year they are awarded to outstanding students from countries outside the UK to pursue any full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge.

Making an impact at home and abroad

International leadership development program at School of Continuing Studies
Alison Terpenning

When the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China wanted to strengthen its global talent pool, it looked across the globe to the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

“What I learned at the U of T School of Continuing Studies is to think more creatively,” said Richard Jia, who spent nine months in Toronto as a part of the School’s international leadership development program.

“It allowed me to look at business with a different perspective.”

Students explore Milan to relive days of iconic 19th century author

Sean Bettam

It took just five days on the streets of Milan to bring the celebrated Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni to life for a group of Italian Studies students.

Building a school in Kenya with U of T Alumni Travel Program

Jennifer O'Reilly

Volunteering was always part of Rosemary Tannock’s retirement plan but she never imagined she’d be building a school in Kenya just seven months after retiring from the Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development at the University of Toronto’s OISE.

Violence, the Middle East, digital activism and the women's movement

Carla DeMarco

Professor Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani comes across as modest and humble, but she has the hard-working ethic of a heroine who has lived through historic times.

Having escaped post-revolutionary, war-torn Iran in the mid-1980s, when the new regime was cracking down on opposition groups, Tahmasebi-Birgani lived as a United Nations refugee in Karachi, Pakistan for two years before immigrating to Toronto in 1988, where she has lived ever since.

Ukraine's national bard honoured by Maxim Tarnawsky at United Nations

Celebrating Taras Shevchenko
Jessica Lewis

Taras Shevchenko — the greatest poet of Ukraine who gave voice to his people’s national and social consciousness — was celebrated at the United Nations this week with some help from Maxim Tarnawsky of the University of Toronto’s Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures.

Tarnawsky, who teaches a course on Shevchenko’s poetry, gave the keynote address. 

First woman organist at London's St. Paul's Cathedral: U of T's Rachel Mahon

Alumna graduated in 2013
Aaron Wong

When alumna Rachel Mahon takes up the position of William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral in London, U.K. for the 2014/15 academic year, she will be the first woman to hold any organist post at the Cathedral.

"We all are so proud of her," said Patricia Wright, adjunct professor of organ at the Faculty of Music and director of music and organist at the Metropolitan United Church in Toronto. "This is a wonderful and well-deserved opportunity for Rachel."

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