New language created by U of T professors

Developed for playwright, Lavinian is based on Slavic languages
Elaine Smith

Lavinian, a new Slavic language created by University of Toronto professors Christina Kramer and Dragana Obradović, will never be taught in classrooms or spoken on the street.

Yet, it will live on in Butcher, a play by Nicolas Billon that premiered at the Alberta Theatre Project and runs through Nov. 1.

Improving special needs education in Canada and abroad

OISE hosts Norwegian delegation
Liz Do

Canada needs more large-scale research on special needs education, says Julia O’Sullivan, dean of the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

O'Sullivan made the comment during a meeting with delegates from Norway’s educational authority, Statped. The state agency is dedicated to helping Norwegian children, youth and adults with special educational needs participate actively in education, working life and society.

Transatlantic Science Week 2014 at U of T

Arctic experts to tackle challenges from climate to health to human rights
Nicole Bodnar and Sarah McDonald

As the world grapples with the question of how best to address climate change, many scientists are looking to some of the coldest places on Earth for answers.

Transatlantic Science Week 2014 (TSW2014) brings together scientists, policy-makers and industry leaders from Norway, Canada and the United States to share knowledge and approaches for dealing with the challenges unique to the Arctic, with a focus on societies, sustainability and safety. The conference also aims to strengthen the link between research and education surrounding arctic issues.

Ebola and the media: beyond the hype

Paul Fraumeni

Has the media reported the ongoing developments in the Ebola outbreak objectively or has media coverage reached such a fever pitch that it has incited panic?  

Global Cities & Global Universities: Brazil conference

Terry Lavender

President Meric Gertler is taking his message that world-class universities and world class cities need each other to Sao Paulo, Brazil this week.

Gertler is leading a contingent of University of Toronto academics participating in a two-day Global Cities & Global Universities conference at the University of São Paulo (USP) October 24 and 25.

Ebola: controlling outbreak in West Africa most effective way to decrease international risk, paper says

Focus on "exit screening" not "entry screening" says Dr. Kamran Khan
Leslie Shepherd

Controlling the Ebola virus outbreak at the source in West Africa is the most effective way to decrease international risk of transmission, a new study published in The Lancet has found.

What happens when non-western students attend western universities?

The globalization of higher education and its impact on students
Terry Lavender

Universities are increasingly global institutions – with large numbers of foreign students, study abroad opportunities for domestic students and even branch campuses in other countries – but what effect does the globalization of higher education have on students? 

That’s what Grace Karram Stephenson, a PhD student at U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), is trying to find out.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö visits U of T

Discussing international affairs at Munk School, celebrating 25 years of Finnish studies at U of T
Terry Lavender and Liz Do

Finland and Canada need to work together to ensure the Arctic region is developed sustainably, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö told a standing-room only audience at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs.

Niinistö, along with his wife Jenni Haukio, visited U of T on October 10, participating in a conversation on international affairs with Munk School Director Janice Stein, as well as a panel discussion on the future of Finnish studies in North America.

University of Toronto first in Canada, fourth in world in latest rankings

Althea Blackburn-Evans

The University of Toronto jumped to fourth place in the world – and first in Canada – in the latest international rankings on scientific performance.

The rankings, released October 9 by the National Taiwan University (NTU), are based on indicators representing three different criteria of scientific performance: research productivity, research impact and research excellence.

Canada needs to re-think how it engages with China, says former ambassador

Don Campbell

Canada’s former ambassador to China stressed the importance of better engaging with the emerging superpower in the first of several public lectures at the University of Toronto Scarborough that will examine the deepening relationship between the two countries.  

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