IBM's Watson comes to computer science department at the University of Toronto

Kim Luke

A group of students in the department of computer science at the University of Toronto are getting what experts say is the opportunity of a lifetime.

The vast capabilities of IBM’s Watson, the cognitive computing technology widely known for winning the 2011 Jeopardy challenge, will be made available to students learning to develop innovative artificial intelligence (AI)-based applications.  

UTSC students, grads take home half of the City of Toronto awards for excellence

Don Campbell

When Michael Piok writes a poem he takes readers on a journey more than 11,000 km back to the place where his educational odyssey began.

It was at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya where the aspiring writer first went to school, soaking up the works of Shakespeare and his favourite poets and African writers.

“I love to explore Kenyan village life and culture in my writings,” says Piok. “Moving to Canada has given me a different perspective, but the countryside is where I am from and those themes inspire my work.”

Top 20 under 40 spot for Engineering's Micah Stickel

Recognized for innovative teaching methods
Marit Mitchell

He pioneered the use of what's known as an inverted classroom at U of T Engineering, was one of the first in his Faculty to teach entirely using a tablet PC, and he calls himself “a facilitator of experiences, not a deliverer of content.”

U of T autism researcher touted as possible recipient of Nobel Prize for medicine

Professor Stephen Scherer among Thomson Reuters’ predictions for 2014
Liam Mitchell

University of Toronto Professor Stephen Scherer was surprised to find his name on a short list of possible winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine that was published by Science Watch, a Thomson Reuters publication.

“I had to pinch myself,” Scherer told The Toronto Star.

Dyson Award for engineering students who developed way to print skin

3D skin printer uses patient's own cells to create new skin for grafts, eliminates painful harvesting
RJ Taylor

While some of us are using the new power of 3D printers to make smartphone cases and chocolate figurines, two engineering students from the University of Toronto are using them to print functional human skin.

On September 18, Arianna McAllister and Lian Leng were named the Canadian winners of the 2014 James Dyson Award for their invention, the PrintAlive Bioprinter.

Punjab educators take part in U of T teacher training program

OISE hosts 50 teachers for intensive development program
Liz Do

A skilled educator with 15 years of experience teaching high-school science in her hometown of Punjab, India, Sapna Verma was searching for ways to improve her teaching. 

Enter the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). 

Verma was among 50 government teachers, teaching coordinators and officials sent by the government of the Indian State of Punjab who took part in an intensive four-week teacher-development program at OISE last month. 

Creating a Pandemic of Health: global conference gathers experts at U of T

Elaine Smith

They’re calling it a health epidemic. And organizers of an upcoming global health equity and innovation summit at the University of Toronto say they hope it will be contagious.

In a bid to shift the emphasis in health care away from disease and towards health, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health is convening Creating a Pandemic of Health from November 3 to 5, 2014. The summit will focus on global health, equity and innovation.

Jesus in Toast study wins Ig Nobel Prize for U of T's Kang Lee

Harvard University celebrates funny, thought-provoking research
Dominic Ali

University of Toronto professor Kang Lee has been awarded a 2014 Ig Nobel Prize for his study on the phenomenon of "face pareidolia" – where onlookers report seeing images of Jesus, Virgin Mary, or Elvis in objects such as toast, shrouds and clouds. 

Mats Sundin Fellows: an update on the young researchers helping to advance fetal health

Exploring the first seven days of human development, studying a parasite that can pass through the placenta
Heidi Singer

Thanks to former Toronto Maple Leafs Captain Mats Sundin, two young researchers are helping to advance fetal health in important new ways. 

Moral violations: hard to stomach? Hard to swallow?

Feelings of moral repugnance may affect us physically, researchers say
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.

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