Statement by the University of Toronto on the death of two faculty members

1 Jun 2010 - 11:29am

It is with great sadness that the University of Toronto announces the tragic passing of two highly respected faculty members, Dr. Andrew Mark Herzenberg and Professor Avner Magen. The two men were on a climbing expedition in Alaska's Denali National Park and Reserve on Saturday, May 29 when they were killed by an avalanche.

Would the “precautionary principle” have averted the Gulf of Mexico oil spill?

31 May 2010 - 9:23am

It's now the largest and most devastating oil spill in U.S. history, even bigger than the infamous Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill, caused by an explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig 40 miles south of the Louisiana coastline on April 20, is coating the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the marshlands that are home to hundreds of species of birds and marine life.

Carlo Fidani's $10 million gift to boost numbers of primary care physicians in Ontario

27 May 2010 - 2:07pm

Mississauga businessman Carlo Fidani has donated $10 million to the University of Toronto to advance medical education and construct a new Health Sciences Complex at U of T Mississauga, scheduled to open in August 2011.

The $37 million complex will house the new Mississauga Academy of Medicine, one of the most advanced sites for training family medicine and community-based primary care physicians in Canada. Fifty-four new MDs will graduate from the academy every year, adding urgently needed capacity to the training of primary care physicians in Ontario.

Orchard reflects on legacy at U of T Mississauga

25 May 2010 - 11:11am

Outgoing Vice-President and Principal Ian Orchard will discuss U of T Mississauga's physical and philosophical changes during his term of office on Thursday, May 27, at 10 a.m. in the South Building, Room 2074, U of T Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Rd. N.

Orchard, who steps down on June 30, will speak about The Little Campus That Grew: You Can't Get There From Here. Under his eight-year leadership, he effected growth in physical developments, student enrolment and increased autonomy from the St. George campus of the University of Toronto.

An apple for teacher? How quaint

20 May 2010 - 1:15pm

Three plastic horses prance next to Monika Havelka's computer. A nearby shelf proudly displays an antler from a white-tailed deer. And what's that? A bone?

My students give me all sorts of things, says Havelka, a biology lecturer at U of T Mississauga. One person gave me a scute from a turtle shell, another a shell necklace. But what says You're a great biology teacher better than the gift of a bone from a dead raccoon?