From Good to Gold: science and technology in high performance sport

Cynthia Macdonald

When Dave Ross first started coaching trampoline athletes in the 1970s, sport and science weren’t nearly as intertwined as they are now. 

“We didn’t have nutritionists, sport psychologists, or biomechanists,” he says of the days before trampoline became an Olympic sport. “There was no support for the team the way there is now.”  

Like the famous Lomax recordings but for Ethiopia’s stone cutters and their rock-hewn churches

U of T’s Michael Gervers to film skilled carvers at work, interview priests and parishioners about craft that mostly died out 500 years ago
Don Campbell

A few, like the world heritage site at Lalibela, stand magnificently tall as ornate tributes to Orthodox Christianity. Others dot the Ethiopian countryside as modest houses of worship. 

Now, thanks to a significant grant from the Arcadia Fund, the knowledge and techniques of how Ethiopia’s rock-cut churches are created will be preserved for generations to come.   

Cities of Learning: The University in the Americas

How universities in North and South America can strengthen their cities – and vice versa
Terry Lavender

In seven weeks, athletes and visitors from throughout the Americas will converge on the Greater Toronto Area – including the University of Toronto – for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Fluffy galaxies: now that we know they're real, can we figure out what happened to all the stars?

International team of researchers confirms distant galaxies are as wide as Milky Way but with just one per cent of the stars

It took the combined efforts of one of the world's smallest professional telescopes with the world's largest telescope and an international team of researchers. But now we know: fluffy galaxies exist.

Next question: why?

Alzheimer's disease: researchers offer new hope for treatment

Katie Babcock

It’s one of the final frontiers in biomedical research: how to target and treat brain disease.

Now, Professor Isabelle Aubert of the University of Toronto’s department of laboratory medicine and pathobiology has found a new way to address this age-old challenge. 

The weather on alien worlds: astrophysicists prepare forecasts for planets beyond our solar system

Sean Bettam
“Cloudy for the morning, turning to clear with scorching heat in the afternoon.”
While this might describe a typical late-summer day in many places on Earth, it may also apply to planets outside our solar system, according to a new study by an international team of astrophysicists from the University of Toronto, York University and Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr. Mike Evans releases new video: tackling childhood obesity and nutrition

Vitaly Kazakov

He’s the University of Toronto professor whose face is best known as a comic-style image on a whiteboard.

His short videos on everything from flatulence to palliative care have captured more than 10 million views and his work has been discussed everywhere from network news broadcasts to the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. (See the video 23 1/2 Hours.)

Cities of Learning: exploring public health, transit, food deserts, civic engagement and more

Symposium brings researchers from North and South America to tackle shared urban issues
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

As Canadian cities ponder ways to fix traffic gridlock, overcrowded transit systems or improve urban recreation, they often look to Europe and America for solutions.

But what about Latin America, which has seen booming socio-economic development over the last 15 years in countries such as Brazil and Argentina?

A two-day symposium at the University of Toronto May 11 - 12 aims to spur discussion on that topic and get university researchers and city thinkers looking beyond the typical go-to-models of Amsterdam or New York City.

Sharing mental health expertise at home and around the world: Dr. Lisa Andermann

Michael Kennedy

As one of Canada’s preeminent cross-cultural psychiatrists, Dr. Lisa Andermann is at the forefront of tackling global mental health challenges.

And it’s a challenge she began preparing for even before medical school.

Joanne Berdan to be first Paralympian inducted into U of T Sports Hall of Fame

“I didn’t realize how many barriers we were breaking; how many changes we were making for athletes with disabilities”
Valerie Iancovich

This August, when 1600 athletes will arrive in Toronto to compete at the 2015 Parapan Am Games, University of Toronto alumna and Paralympian Joanne Berdan will be there to celebrate.

“I already have my tickets to the opening ceremonies and for the women’s shot put and javelin events,” says the multiple gold medalist. “I’m so excited.”

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