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Moral violations: hard to stomach? Hard to swallow?

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Feelings of moral repugnance may affect us physically, researchers say
Author: 
Don Campbell

It’s common to refer to acts of business fraud or misbehaving politicians as disgusting, but according to new research being morally offended is not just a manner of speech. What we find morally offensive can be physically offensive as well.

The study, led by University of Toronto Scarborough and Rotman School of Management Assistant Professor Cindy Chan, revealed that people are less likely to consume beverages if they are exposed to moral violations.

With HIV rates at a 20-year high, AIDS researchers discuss next steps

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Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work professors share expertise
Author: 
Michael Kennedy

The scientists and activists who lead the world’s efforts to defeat one of the great medical scourges of our time met recently in Melbourne – among them three professors from the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.

Back to School: new club brings together domestic, international students

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Global Student Network offers film nights, festivals, networking opportunities
Author: 
Terry Lavender

When international students first come to the University of Toronto, it’s very tempting for them to stay within the comfort zone of their own language and culture, says Tom Chan, who arrived here from China three years ago to study life sciences. 

The peach: long before Prufrock or James, someone domesticated this fruit. But who?

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Researchers say modern peach began with Liangzhu in southern China thousands of years ago
Author: 
Elaine Smith

As peach trees in the Niagara Region of Ontario give up the last of their fruit for the season, their ancestors halfway around the globe are clamouring for attention.

Answering the Geneva Challenge: U of T student team makes it to the finals

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Interdisciplinary group tackles vulnerabilities of female migrant workers
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Two student teams from the University of Toronto’s Munk School’s Master of Global Affairs program competed this year in the prestigious Geneva Challenge, an annual international competition that challenges interdisciplinary groups of graduate students to offer innovative solutions to relevant global problems.

From the Andes to the Amazon: U of T students in "biodiversity hotspot"

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Twenty students join experts for tropical biology field course
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Danielle de Carle was terrified. The University of Toronto ecology and evolutionary biology student was alone in the Peruvian rain forest – for once without a headlamp – with monkeys, birds and insects creating a cacophony of noise around her.

Why this U of T biotech entrepreneur made MIT’s Innovators Under 35 list

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Engineering alumnus David He tapped for work on covert startup, Quanttus
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

David He finds himself in good company today: MIT Technology Review just named him to its list of Innovators Under 35.

It's a title the University of Toronto engineering alumnus shares with past honourees such as Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) and Jonathan Ive (designer of the iPod and iPad), to name a few.

So what market disrupting innovation has He produced to get added to this list of game-changers?

Green Path: 10 years of helping students from China adjust to university

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Program celebrates more than 1,400 graduates over past decade
Author: 
Don Campbell

When Kobe Sun and Camellia Tian reflect on their time in the Green Path program, the memories go beyond building academic skills or adjusting to life in a new country.

It was during a Green Path class trip to Wonderland in 2010 that the couple met and began dating. They are now happily married. 

U of T's Alex Goodman is first Canadian to win Montreux international guitar competition

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Alumnus takes first prize and Public's Choice Award
Author: 
Tyler Greenleaf

University of Toronto Faculty of Music alumnus Alex Goodman is the first Canadian ever to win first prize and the Public's Choice Award at the Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition.

The prestigious competition accepts applications from around the world, selecting ten guitarists to compete in the semi-finals in July. Three musicians made it into the final round: Goodman, Columbia’s Andres Corredor and Israel’’s Yoav Eshed.

Helping people with disabilities in Cameroon

Author: 
Vitaly Kazakov

If you have a special connection to a place, it lasts a lifetime. When Lynn Cockburn was 11 years old, her father got a teaching job at a school in a small village near Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon’s North West Region. Her whole family ended up moving to Africa for two years.

“At first, it was really difficult for a small town Ontario girl to adjust to living in an African village,” says Cockburn. “That was quite an experience, but I loved it.”

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