The Greek financial crisis: an expert weighs in as deadline looms

Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Stock markets around the world watched on edge as Greece’s five-year financial impasse took a perilous new turn this week.

The government announced June 28 that banks and the country’s stock market would be closed for the week as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for a referendum next Sunday. Greeks will be deciding whether to reject or accept budget and reform proposals made by creditors – rejecting such a deal could put at risk Greece’s financial future and its continued membership in the European Union.

Retreating sea ice could mean a colder Europe, researchers say

International collaboration finds changes in the air-sea heat exchange
Elaine Smith

Retreating sea ice in the Iceland and Greenland seas may be changing the circulation of warm and cold water in the Atlantic Ocean and could ultimately affect the climate in Europe.

Those are the conclusions of a new study by the University of Toronto atmospheric physicist, Professor G.W.K. Moore and his colleagues in Great Britain, Norway and the United States.

Korean officials, scholars strengthen ties with U of T

Diplomats, scholars build on history of collaboration stretching back to 1888
Terry Lavender

Korea is more than 10,000 kilometres away from Toronto, but it was very much in the spotlight at the University of Toronto earlier this month, with a visit from the president of one of Korea’s top universities and a conference on Canada-Korea relations attended by high-ranking officials from government, academia and business.

Diamond mine dig offers rare glimpse at enclave of racial coexistence in 19th Century South Africa

U of T students and peers from Sol Plaatje University work together on excavation
Pierre Boisseau

An unassuming hill in rural South Africa held secrets of a surprising history between Europeans and Africans for more than a century, says a team of archaeologists from the University of Toronto and the McGregor Museum of South Africa.

Convocation 2015: Jacqueline Novogratz receives honorary degree from U of T

The University of Toronto is recognizing Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and chief executive officer of Acumen, with an honorary degree.

How wine-making spread through the ancient world: U of T archaeologist

Peter Boisseau

Next time you bring wine to the party, consider raising a glass to the ancient people of the Republic of Georgia for helping make the grape beverage such a popular social lubricant.

An archeological dig at the site of Gadachrili Gora, near the village of Imiri in southeastern Georgia, recently unearthed the earliest evidence of domesticated grapes from about 6000 BC, according to carbon-dating analysis.

Today's Europe the result of massive Bronze-age migration from Asia

Sean Bettam
One of the largest DNA studies of ancient humans to date has found that the genetic makeup of Europe’s current populations is the result of a massive migration from western Asia during the Bronze Age – and that lactose tolerance developed later than experts previously believed.

Convocation 2015: meet global community-builder, Mariajosé López Mejía

Equity studies grad putting social justice to work in the Balkans, Belize, Toronto
Kaitlin Klaas
For Mariajosé López Mejía, who’s graduating with a degree in equity studies, working to improve the lives of other people has been a lifelong passion — but until she attended U of T, she didn’t realize it could also be her career.

Convocation 2015: Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi receive honorary degrees from U of T

The University of Toronto is recognizing internationally renowned filmmakers Nicoletta Braschi and Roberto Benigni with honorary degrees.

The couple received the honours at convocation ceremonies June 3 for students from the University of Toronto Mississauga who were graduating with Bachelor of Arts and Honours Bachelor of Arts degrees.

WHO backs U of T professor's recommendations for reducing pain of vaccines

Michael Kennedy

When the World Health Organization asked University of Toronto Professor Anna Taddio for help increasing vaccination rates around the world her overriding message was: make the needles less painful and scary.

On May 29, WHO announced it will adopt many of the recommendations proposed by Taddio when she travelled to Geneva to address  its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts. (Read about why Taddio was invited to address the group.)

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