International

Meet Chizoba Imoka: OISE student driven by a different vision of education

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“My immediate goal is to set up a teachers’ training college in Nigeria, based on a framework of inclusion, social justice and African-centered education”
Author: 
Terry Lavender

In 2006, 19-year-old Chizoba Imoka, then a student at the University of Alberta, founded Unveiling Africa, an organization that provides a platform for African youth to participate in democratic nation building through civic engagement, political advocacy and community service.

Ten years later, Imoka is a PhD student at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and a junior fellow at Massey College. She still leads the foundation and is just as passionate about youth engagement and educational change in Africa.

Einstein proved right: LIGO, U of T astrophysicists detect gravitational waves

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Discovery that confirms theory of relativity makes headlines around the world
Author: 
Sean Bettam

For the first time, scientists have observed gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of spacetime from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe, likely the collision of black holes.

The discovery, made by the team at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory (LIGO), promises to open a new window into the cosmos.

How U of T doctors and students are helping Syrian refugees access health care

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To find clinics nearest refugees: 416-323-6400 ext. 5905
Author: 
Allison Mullin

When family doctor Perle Feldman heard she would be seeing a recently arrived Syrian refugee with cancer, she knew she would have to act fast.

The man had been undergoing treatment in Beirut, Lebanon after moving there from a refugee camps, but he desperately needed surgery.

“By the time he had arrived in Canada he already had undergone two to three more cancer treatments than he should have – he was weak,” says Feldman, a professor in the department of family and community medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto.  

U of T launches leadership excellence programme for United Arab Emirate female executives

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From emotional intelligence to leading in changing times
Author: 
Terry Lavender

While two Ontario community colleges are under fire for operating male-only campuses in Saudi Arabia, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management is about to offer a leadership excellence programme for female executives from one of Saudi Arabia’s next-door neighbours, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The week-long course starts May 30 at U of T and is offered jointly with the American University in Dubai (AUD).

U of T's Deep Saini heads to India with Ontario premier for trade mission

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Vice-president and principal of U of T Mississauga will connect with leaders and promote Ontario expertise
Author: 
Blake Eligh

Professor Deep Saini, vice-president of the University of Toronto and principal of U of T Mississauga, will accompany Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on a trade mission to India next week.

The six-day trip will visit four cities – New Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Mumbai – to strengthen economic, political and cultural ties with the world’s third-largest economy.

Zika virus: U of T experts on what you need to know

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Most people infected will not even know they're sick, experts say, but link to birth defects “is a very active area of research now”
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with files from Dominic Ali

U.S President Barack Obama called for urgent action against the Zika virus on Jan. 27 as the World Health Organization predicted the mosquito-borne scourge will likely spread across the Americas.

The virus, which is linked to the birth defect microecephaly, where babies are born with unusually small heads, has been reported in more than 20 countries so far.

Earlier this week, health officials in El Salvador were warning women to avoid pregnancy until at least 2018 and Health Canada is advising women who are pregnant to avoid travel to infected areas.

Designing windmills for Nicaragua: University of Toronto undergrads provide irrigation during dry season

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Engineering students students support Winds of Change
Author: 
Tyler Irving

U of T engineers have partnered with residents of Pedro Arauz, Nicaragua to design and construct a water-pumping windmill, providing critical irrigation during the area’s long dry season.

From Japan to Samoa: understanding the origins of sexual behavior

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Award-winning researcher focuses on mental health challenges facing sexual and gender minority groups
Author: 
Blake Eligh

How does evolution affect human behaviour? The University of Toronto's Doug VanderLaan has chased the answer to that question from Japan to Samoa and across Canada, searching for clues about why humans behave as we do.

As a specialist in evolutionary psychology, VanderLaan investigates how biological adaptations may contribute to specific human behaviours that occur across cultures, such as the ability to infer emotions or discern kin from non-kin.

Diagnosing malaria: U of T startup developing “practical, fast and affordable solution”

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With mobile technology common in areas where malaria is endemic, students create app to detect disease
Author: 
Carolyn Morris

Malaria is among the leading causes of death in many developing countries. But detecting the disease is an uncertain art, prone to human error.

A new, student-led startup at the University of Toronto aims to take the guesswork out of detecting malaria with smartphone lens attachments and image-recognition software.

Faculty of Medicine writer Carolyn Morris spoke with one of the co-founders, Fatema Chowdhury, to find out more about the endeavor.

U of T Law student reflects on COP21 climate conference

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“History will judge our generation not for having adopted the Paris Agreement, but by how we implement it”
Author: 
Terry Lavender

“There was electricity in the air when the COP21 president took everyone by surprise and declared the adoption of the Paris Agreement late on Saturday night in Le Bourget. All who were present rose up as one and screamed their joy, hope and relief.”

So began international environmental law student Christopher Campbell-Duruflé’s final blog post on the COP21 conference in France.  

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